Home for Christmas

I didn't post my house at Christmas last year and I was so bummed. It's not like it's something crazy special, but it is to me! It's home and at Christmas, it's my favorite. We mostly just have one room really decorated but this year it started spilling into the family room and kitchen. I almost feel like I want another tree for the piano or something. Oh! If you follow me on facebook, then you know I have these 2 HUGE snowflakes that a friend makes and sells at boutiques...I found a home for BOTH of them! So check it out;
 Christmas with the Gilletts.

The trees, and reindeer are from the dollar store! (SCORE!) The 'Let it Snow' sign and the garland with it are from Tai Pan Trading Co circa 2010. Stocking are from WalMart (2005) Target (2009) and Target (2014). My North Pole arrow is a combination of a facebook buy and some glittery red vinyl.

'Dashing Through the Snow' and my buffalo check Moose pillow are from Pillows4Everyone on Etsy You .see! WAAAY up there! My giant snowflake!

I printed the chalk printables a year or two ago. They were free but I can't seem to remember where they came from. I'll look into it.

This little Santa head is a new favorite of mine. I got him at Hobby Lobby last year and he is my FAVORITE!

This corner is probably my most favorite of all. Santa is from an old boss of mine when I worked at The Gingerbread Cabin in the White Mountains of Arizona. He was our Christmas gift from the owners and I cherish him. I was right out of High School and he was my first 'real' Christmas decoration. The little boy with the Christmas tree is also from there. I got him because at the time, he reminded me of my little brother. (he's now 21 and waaay taller than me). The Christmas Carol book that he is standing on is an Usborne Illustrated Book and it is B-E-A-UTIFUL!! The little tree with bells is from Tai Pan (2010). The Santa cookie plate and milk mug were inherited from my Grandma. We had one exactly like it growing up and this had been a gift to them from my parents. I was beyond excited when she gave it to me. The Christmas Carol book that he is standing on is an Usborne Illustrated Book and it is B-E-A-UTIFUL!!

This Bear Nativity and 'Twas The Night Before Christmas' book are also from The Gingerbread Cabin. I purchased the book so that someday I could read it to my littles on Christmas Eve. I do. Every year. The Hubs purchased the Beartivity for me our first Christmas together. If you know him, you know that it's completely appropriate.

This nativity is also a previous gift from my grandmother. I'm not sure how I got so lucky to get this, but I was. It also has a GIANT stable with animals and baskets and a well. It's amazing but I just don't have the real estate in my home to display it. Not safely anyway.

These 2 things are new additions this year. The Sleigh Rides sign was made by me with a stencil made by my neighbor's cousin and pallet boards that I stole from my other neighbor's pallet wall when they were moving out. It was just the top row. They never even noticed! ;) hahaha. Confession: she knew. HE didn't. The crib spring came from Sadie Mae's vintage crib that I just took down a week or so ago. I have seen people display several things on them so when I needed somewhere for incoming Christmas cards, I knew I needed to use this. I clipped the cards on with bow alligator clips because I already had them. They work great! The Merry Christmas sign is from Tai Pan 2010.

HEY!!! HEY!!! It's my other snowflake! My kitchen was a bit messy from dinner so I spared you the gory details and just took a picture of where Christmas is in it. 

My dining area got itself a poinsettia and some beads, from Hobby Lobby, for the chandelier. 

Despite the fact that the center of the tree has no lights on right now, I still love it. That little train has been with us through 10 Christmases and 2 little boys. When my "little" brother was 10, he saved and bought this for The Hubs with his own money. Who knew that it would be our dainty daughter that would annihilate it? (yesterday) The back wheel on both the caboose and the dancing Santa car are no longer working. :( Despite that, it still makes a great decoration and if we want it to run and sing, we can always run just the engine and the coal car.

So there you have it! I hope someone finds SOME kind of inspiration from my little home. I reminds me that I don't have to have a mansion with thousands of dollars worth of new decorations every year to love my home. As I mentioned before; it sure warms MY heart. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays! 

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