Thank you for coming by! My Christmas Tree Home Tour is named because I want to share about the special trees that we look so forward to putting up each year.
I am so excited to share my home with more than just my family this year.
To be honest, I am not ready by far, but I have enough started to give you a taste of my Traditional Christmas Home.
But I shall keep you in suspense because I must first offer you a drink from the bar! Come on in.
You’ll see my little angels, I have 2 in different colors, in every seasonal pictorial I present. Their little leaf can hold so many things. Here she is holding little wine charms made of type set letters and the old-fashioned key bottle opener.
Another fun holiday decor is this little snowman wine bottle stopper! Also a great hostess gift. I found mine last year at Pottery Barn, but you can find unique ones at any great home boutique.
My wine trough with the little tags also from previous seasons at Pottery Barn and a Christmas towel from Williams Sonoma a few years ago.
Now let’s take just a moment to peek in the powder room.
I love mercury glass and sparkle. So nice to have battery operated candles that can safely be left on for the evening. Setting all of this shine and sparkle in front of a mirror and with low lighting can truly bring an extension of the decor in the room.
A quick stop in the kitchen for now.
The lights, the color, the sparkle and oh yes a few Christmas Trees! This makes me smile everyday. Not sure I did it the same as last year but I loved it so much that I left it up until Valentines Day!
I absolutely adore Lang calendars, so many artists, so many themes to choose from I purchased one of their wooden frames years ago, probably about 30 years. Only Lang Calendars fit them…smart move on their part. Anyway here is December 2016 by Donna Winnet. You can find these at any bookstore and on line as well.
I wish I could eat cookies! But doesn’t matter, somehow, someway, cookies will find their way into our home every year and I love using the decorative everyday items to add to the celebratory feel in our home~
Are you ready? Our first and most important Christmas Tree, The Family Tree.
I actually started the tree this year with brand new ribbon and base ornaments as well as picks in teal and greens. I will show you how I built it in a future post. But yesterday I added the most important part, The Family Ornaments.
From our first Christmas Together 1979, we have each year purchased one meaningful ornament to represent something very significant or special that happened that year. Here is our very first ornament as a married couple!
This adorable stroller has writing on the side that shows the year and this is our first child’s first Christmas.
My son made this in scouts or school not sure any longer, but most important is we still have it! I love the little fun and different ornaments the kids make to adorn the Christmas Tree.
Our 25th wedding anniversary ornament next to another child’s first Christmas ornament.
So I could go on and on, but I will save some for another year. Let’s move on to the rest of this room.
An entertainment center is a great canvas to put your decorative talents to work. This year I went to the top and decked it out with the Nutcrackers I collected the years my daughter danced in the Nutcracker Suite Recital each December. I filled in the gaps with velveteen Poinsettias and little music boxes of the Nutcracker.
How about a little music?
While I have not yet put out my Christmas Sheet Music, I love the song Blessings! I prayed for a piano when I was in 7th grade and I got it and took lessons all through high school and then went back when I took my kids to lessons. I am still not great but I can knock out a piece with practice. When we moved to this home 26 years ago we took the leap and invested in this gorgeous Yamaha Baby Grand. So let’s sing some carols, right?
I was never one for lots of collections, but over time they just happen. I love intricate and unique music boxes. Most of mine are Christmas, so I only get to enjoy them once a year. This one is new. The skaters move about and it plays a multitude of carols while the lights flash in different colors.
I’ve had this one for a few years. When turned on, Santa moves and makes the toys move as it plays carols!
This room got a nice facelift last year with new silver carpet, a nice spring green paint color and those amazing wide and texture rich baseboards my husband designed. But wait, you wanted to see the tree! This is our Music Themed Tree. For years I used to host the Choir party at our home. Probably about 60 or more people would come and bring a dish. With choir members the piano was played and we sang, sometimes took ourselves around the neighborhood, they loved it as much as we did. So these ornaments are from those years.
Into the Dining Room! A Tree you probably have not seen before
So what? You’ve seen this before? Well let me give you a closer look at what is on this tree.
This was so special the year I realized that the White House put out a dated ornament every year. I got my first one and year by year I have gotten a new one plus one year I got all of the prior years as well.
I can not tell you how spectacular these are and for the price of about $20 -$30. Each ornament is extremely detailed. There is rich history written inside the box. One year I had a dinner party and we just took a box and read the story about the President and the ornament and then hung it on the tree.
An educational and beautiful thing. These can be found at the White House Historical Society along with many other great gifts!
Well, I have so much more to share but I am truly running on empty. I feel like Cinderella as the clock will soon turn midnight and this post is scheduled already to publish whether I am done or not.
So I thank you again for sharing my home tour. I would love for you to pin, share on FB and comment. Please come back again before the holiday to see my tables, and more trees!