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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sitting with Christmas

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I love being part of the blogging world during the holidays!  So many fun linky parties ... taking a peek into your beautiful homes and seeing your festive decor keeps me in the holiday spirit! 

Here are just a few pics of our sitting room.  This is where our "family-themed" tree is (which has been up since late September)!  It holds pictures of family members (those still with us and those who have passed), along with familial and other thoughtful sayings.  I wish I could keep this tree up all year round!  (As always, feel free to click on the pics to enlarge them.)


When I put it up this Fall, I kept the colors neutral so that people wouldn't laugh that I had a tree up *that* early!  I later added touches of apple green, along with brown and gold ornaments, to make it a bit more "Christmas-y:" 


The topper consists of brown and white snow covered branches, pheasant feather and big ol' bows.  I did add a few apple green sticks, as well, but they aren't pictured:


On the ottoman, a red tray holds a few "faux" musical instruments and fancy candle:


And, our musical Santa stays seated on the wing chair ready to give us a little concert.  (Jax's *Elfie* chose to fly in and stay put by Santa all day):


Last year, our village was on the buffet in our breakfast area.  This year, I thought it'd be fun to scatter just a few houses on the bookshelves ...

Celebrating that school is officially out for Christmas vacation, Mom and kids load up the perfect Christmas tree to go home and decorate, while other kiddos finish up a snowman in the background:


A sweet Nativity will greet those who will soon arrive for Christmas Eve service: 


Friends roast marshmallows before being called inside for hot chocolate:


And, a family gets a bit of last minute Christmas shopping done in this charming village.  Wouldn't you love to spend a day there?


On an accent table stands carolers who are festively singing:


As always, thanks so much for stopping by ... I really appreciate your visits!  Come join me at these wonderful blogs to share Christmas:






Happy Holidays,
Becca

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19 comments:

Andrea said...

Your family room is beatifully decorated and I love your family tree. I also LOVE that you put it up in Sept. I'm not the only one who likes to get started early!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

What a wonderful idea for a tree!! It is beautiful as is the room. It seems that it greets visitors when they come to your home!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your home is gorgeous and the tree is stunning. I love the family tree, such a wonderful idea. All of your village pieces are perfect. Don't you just love to see all the little houses and vignettes they create of times gone by. So peaceful and perfect. I hope you and all your family have a Blessed Christmas. Hugs, Marty

Laura Marcella said...

Very beautiful! Decorating a tree with family pictures is a wonderful idea. I love that gold "Believe" sign on the wall. Thanks for sharing your pics, Becca!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

It is beautiful Becca! I bet your family is so proud to call this home because of all of your wonderful ideas and beautiful decorating. Merry Christmas!!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good day Becca, it's all just beautiful my friend and your so right blogging at the holidays is so much fun and eye candy...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Sarah {The Student Knitter} said...

so pretty! Your house feels so much like a home! I could totally cuddle in to one of those chairs and read. :)

Cathy said...

You have a beautiful home and a great eye for decorating. Have a beautiful Christmas!

Karen said...

I love the sayings that you have on your tree. I also love the topper and the way everything in the room is so well placed. It looks so elegant.

Debbie said...

I can feel the love in your family room ;o) What a wonderful idea for a tree!! I always hesitate to put up our trees until after Thanksgiving since we host the dinner and have 18 people. This type of tree would put a smile on their face! I am so glad I found your blog. You are very creative!

Pam said...

I like the idea of the family photos on the tree. Very pretty.

Vanessa said...

Hey friend! Ok, so where oh were did you find those big faux musical instruments? I love them! I want them! :-) This is totally the room I would sit in and drink my coffee in the morning...that is if I actually sat down to drink my coffee in the morning. LOL! I adore your family tree and your bow topper had me once again carefully studying something you have done so I can try and copy you! So glad you are sharing more of your gorgeous home with us!
Vanessa

Darlene said...

Your sitting room and tree is as beautiful and elegant as the rest of your house. I love the "Family Tree" idea. What a wonderful way to show those we love that we are thinking of them during this time of year.

Pam said...

As always Becca, it is beautiful! The family tree is a nice idea and I love the topper.

Denise said...

I love your family tree Becca, I remember seeing last year and would love to do one like that. What's hard is after Christmas is over the holiday posts stop (of course) so then I totally forget about all that I want to do after reading so many great blogs! Guess I need to get out my note book while reading ;)
Your tree is truly inspiring, I really hope I can do something like that next year. I love it.
xxx

Jemsmom said...

Perfection...as always! I love it the village and how it is on the shelves. We have an elf too! HIs name is Fred! She was a bit freaked out at first, but now he is o.k.! She was only freaked out because she was being naughty and knew she was busted! We love Fred now and he even went to Disney!

On Crooked Creek said...

Becca,
I thought I was the ONLY one who put their Christmas tree together in October! Sure makes for a beautiful sight and helps one to begin the preparation process!Loved seeing the Elf and your lovely home today! Thank you for sharing!
Fondly,
Pat

Michelle said...

Becca; What a lovely blog and a pretty tree! I can't believe you put it up that early! My tree is always crammed in my small house so I can't stand to have it here for more than 2-3 weeks! Then I need to BREATH when it's gone...

I found you via Met Monday and am going to follow you! Maybe you can swing by my blog sometime and consider following me back ;)

Michelle
New England-Style

Designs By Pinky said...

This is the sweetest idea for a tree! Your home just makes me want to come in and relax and SAVOR all the beautiful things you have done! It is all heavenly!!!! XO, Pinky