The tree sits right next to the fireplace so I carried the color theme over to the mantel too. The mantel decor is just a tad busy for my tastes but there isn't anything I'd take away. Its mostly thrift finds except the red and white ho ho ho balls I got at the store closing sale.
My favorite things on the mantel are the two silver kings. I found them at the thrift last year and fell in love. I always smile when I see them and think they may be looking for the baby Jesus but they also need to be looking for their friend, the 3rd wise man. I try to help them and always have my eyes open for him. Poor 3rd wise man, out in the cold somewhere. Does he even know I'm looking for him?
See the little greenhouse with the tiny hanging red plants? It's my Ode to Martha. Its the closest I will ever get to having a greenhouse that I can decorate for the holidays. It makes me happy. Well... 99 cents happy.
I made the white star banner from a package of glittery cardboard stars I got at the thrift last year. I only used a fraction of what was in the package so I have plenty for another project TBD. The stars have an aged appearance, I can't be sure if they are old or newer but I love the banner. This is the view from our favorite seats. With the lights off and tree on, its so sweet and peaceful. I don't even want to go to bed.
Yes, that's one of our dog's bed in front of the fireplace but we rarely turn the fireplace on right now because we don't want to dry out the tree. Sorry Marshall.
"But what if I have snow on my nose and give you my best stare-down?" Nope, no can do. I'll tell you what my dad told me, go put a sweater on if you're cold. See me after the 25th.
I really tried to not over-decorate this year. I left 4 of the built-in shelves alone and just styled this one. The lighted Kinkaid houses were gifts from friends while the beaded garland and snow sign were thrift finds.
This is our entry table. Sticking with the red, white and silver theme. Love how this turned out. Too stinkin' cute.
The photo on the wall is my son and beautiful daughter-in-law. They were married at our house last summer and are celebrating their first Christmas together from their home in California this year. Blowing you both kisses from Colo.
Santa is hanging by his hat next to the front door. Got Santa at the store closing and found the wreath hanger at the thrift.
You might want to look away here. People either love this next one or hate it. Don't say I didn't warn you. Close your eyes...ta da!
THIS is the tree I grew up with. Silver in all its glory as God intended Christmas trees. You don't see many of these anymore. Yes, I know many of you are thanking the good Lord for that but this one always makes me smile. I think I was the only one in the family who would take it off my parent's hands. You're welcome mom and dad. And what's a silver tree without a color wheel? I remember laying underneath it as a kid watching the tree change colors.
I usually put baskets of pointsettias everywhere but this year settled on just one on the kitchen counter. I think the green pitcher really sets off the red (see now I'm paranoid about saying I love it?!!)
And this snowflake tree was a gift this year from a dear friend. Isn't it cute?
Back when we began, I told you I only bought one thing at full price this season. Well, that wasn't entirely true. I bought three. Here they are. Aren't they gorgeous? And I DO love these. So sue me.
Sorry for the dark picture. We had a big snowfall here in Colo. and its hard to get a get a good picture with either too much light or not enough later in the day.
And finally bringing up the rear (hee hee), this little red cardinal sits on a wintry nest on a cupboard in the bathroom.
Thanks for taking my Christmas tour. Its been my pleasure showing you how I decorate for the holidays. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas with lots of good family time and some quality rest if you need it.