Thursday, November 29, 2007

House Christmas Decoration

Hi everyone. Well, we decorated the house this week but believe it or not, we're not done yet. I started off with a bang but I'm slowly fizzling out.

I bought the pretty garland and huge wreath from Costco. The garland comes already lighted. At first I was thinking of creating it myself but when I added up the cost. . .it would've cost 2 to 3x more than the premade one and quite honestly, I wouldn't have been able to make it as pretty as the premade one at a reasonable cost.

I'm sorry for the poor quality pictures, but I took the pictures at night in very low lighting.

This is a close up of the garland. It has big flower pieces, ribbons and ornaments attached. In person, the garland is really pretty. I love it. The wreath is a matching piece of the garland. The wreath came seperate.

Do you see Santa? Isn't he cute! I love it because he is animated. We also have a Santa and Mrs. Santa set that also moves.

This is a Santa Village on the entertainment cabinet in the living room. My husband put up the village when I was away from home and he didn't put the fluffy snow that I asked him to use. I now have to figure out how to put the fluffy snow without having to redo the whole village. Anyway, it looks cute when its lit up.

This is the Christmas village with a train set. We have another train set that is more authentic looking but it's too large for the table. My husband bought this rinky - dinky train set. . .shhhhh, don't tell him I said that. . .but honestly, I really don't like the set. I wanted him to put up the other train set but he refused to put it up because in previous years, it had to be placed on the floor and it took up too much space. I do love the Christmas Village so I'm happy with the overall design.

I wish we had a full mantel for the fireplace. When we bought the house, it didn't come with a full mantel. Anyway. . .this is the fireplace decorated. Do you see Santa and the elves climbing up the fireplace.? Aren't they cute?

The bears are back. Every year since 1998, we've been collecting these Christmas bears that are sold at Walmart. Did you know that on Ebay, some of the previous years are collector pieces selling at times, 3x or more of the original cost?
Anyway. . .the bears are sitting on the floor in the family room. Sorry for the fuzzy picture. I took the picture in low lighting at night.

This is an old floral center piece located on a room divider between the sitting room and the hallway.

We've had these decorative pieces for over 5 years. They're still pretty.

I think I'm going to move the manger set somewhere else in the house. A floral center piece will be a better piece for this area. The Santa Village is in the background.


Cheryl said...

Oh my goodness Maria, your home is so beautiful and inviting for the holidays. You have such an eye for decorating. Great job. Love the garland. Thanks for sharing your home with us.
Cheryl Sims

Alhambra Club said...

You have made your home a warm and cozy holiday retreat, it is lovely.

Rita said...

Beautiful job in decorating! I too have a Christmas village & will be putting it up next week. I luv your staircase & the garland & wreath are awesome!!! Such a happy cozy holiday home!

Heather said...

Snazzy decorating- the garland up the staircase is very attractive and I love your bear collection.

Tracy.H said...

Maria...your house is beautiful! I love all your Christmas decorating!! TFS :0)

Sonya said...

Maria I just love your beautiful!!! I love the garland on the staircase..wonderful job.

Little C's Creations said...

Your house looks soooo cozy!!! It's beautiful sister!!! I don't have that much room for all of that decorating. Infact, I'll have to find a corner for our tree. What a beautiful home you have!!! Thanks for sharing these pics.


kathy said...

Beautiful house Maria. Love all your Christmas decorating. I have a christmas village to but it has gotten so big it doesnt fit in the house anymore. Any ideas on what I can do. Should I split it up or just take up my whole living room with it?

Shannon McGann said...

OMGoodness! Your house looks gorgeous! It must have taken you hours and hours to decorate it all! But how beautiful! Worth the work.

Lori said...

WOW Maria:
Your home is AWESOME!!!! You did an absolutely great job. Love everything about it. Thanks for sharing :)


AdriansCrazyLife said...

Thanks for the glipse of your house. I love to see what other people do to decorate. It always gives me ideas. We are in a new house this year, so it's kind of fun to have to come up with a whole new decorating scheme.

Ret said...

Maria, your home is beautiful and you did such a beautiful job of decorating. You have a knack for it!! Love your garland on your banister and your bear collection is awesome! hehe very sweet! thanks for sharing your holiday home with us.

Gail Binette said...

What a lot of work this beautiful decorating must be. You house looks huge. Love all your holiday decore Maria.

SueB said...

Pretty stuff, Maria! I like taking my time and putting stuff up piecemeal. I've started, and put a pic up on my blog this evening.

Merry Christmas, everyone!
- SueB of

Unknown said...

OMG wow, you have the most amazing decorations ever, lol.

Hi and welcome to SBS2, I just realised today that I had missed a few sistahs off my list so I have jumped over to wish you a very Happy New Year and hope to get to know you better


Alex xx

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