Thursday, 17 December 2015

Christmas Decorating at Home

You know that decorating is a big thing at our home all year round, so of course it isn't any different at Christmas.  This year though we haven't done quite so much as we often do.

No special reason, just decided to change things up a bit.  We also have the tree in a new place this year.  I am not sure that I am 100% happy with it here because it seems to me to be leaning forward, but it is probably an illusion!  I tried to prop it up with various things and it still looks leany to me.  Must be imagining it!!

Anyway, on to the decorations!


The, looking non wonky in these photos because I straightened them up, tree!  I love that I can take photos and blur the lights like this, I think it looks so pretty.



So of course I had to have a go at making other blurry pictures too!  This tree is supposed to hold a candle, but instead I put a string of battery operated lights inside.



The Nativity scene also got some additional lights this year.  You might notice that a few people are missing.  The baby Jesus will of course arrive on Christmas Day and the three Kings will not make their appearance until Epiphany.  Currently they are journeying along the windowsill and Jesus is hiding out in a cupboard!


More fuzzy lights.  I know, I went for it with these pictures!




We had a bit of a disaster putting up the tree actually.  The lights all went on - without being tested, and no I wasn't the one putting up the lights! - and only half of them came on.  Cue lights shopping and new lights for the tree.  Hubby managed to do a bodge on the old ones - which are indoor outdoor - and they are now outside adorning our lavender hedge.  They are only plugged in when we are here and they are a low voltage set so we are pretty sure they will be safe, but I would recommend that if your lights don't work you just dispose of them safely.


I made this garland last year and it has come out again.  Still looks good!




A few ornament close ups!  Some of these are from Hubby's childhood like the one below.  That makes them blah de blah de blah years old!










The rest of the house isn't too done up.  Although there are a few things on the pictures here and in the kitchen on the windowsill.




That is it really!  I shared my mantel yesterday and I will share the front door tomorrow.

I hope that you are enjoying your own decorating and time in your home!

Happy Christmas!!!

Amy xx

39 comments:

  1. It all looks lovely Amy. Beautifully done. I do enjoy seeing how other people decorate their houses at this time of year and 'borrowing' ideas. I also love how Jesus is hiding out in a cupboard. X

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  2. Very tastefull did you watch the program thats just been on when a family went back in time and did christmas from the 40s,50s,60s,70,80,90s its was interesting to see how decorations and traditions have changed, I am thinking of collecting some greenery this week perhaps :-)

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  3. You have done such a great job, you have such a warm and welcoming home. Looking forward to seeing the front door. I smiled when you said Jesus was hiding out in the cupboard.

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  4. Lovely Amy. I don't do much decorating these days unless grandkids are coming and that's not this year. I'm going to do a post, either later tonight or tomorrow. Tomorrow would be good as it is going to reach 37deg, "again", so will not be doing anything too energetic. Take care.

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  5. Beautiful decorations - I love your Nativity scene and the fact that the Kings are still travelling and Jesus is doing a Harry Potter! I made a wreath for the door yesterday and am still discovering bits of moss lurking under the dining table! xx

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  6. Great fun! Christmas has definitely arrived at your house now. Lovely to get all the bits and bobs out again, although it only seems like yesterday that we were taking them down. x

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  7. It's all looking very festive. I love the garland you made last year, nice to see it in situ again.

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  8. Merry Christmas, Amy! Your home looks lovely and festive. May you and your loved ones be blessed!

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  9. it all looks so wonderfully Christmassy Amy xxx

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  10. What lovely decorations Amy. I have quite a few vintage baubles from my childhood they still look wonderful. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  11. Super sweet lights trees & decorations around your home, Amy! I love those wee Emma Bridgewater jugs!

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  12. What pretty ornaments. I always put the lights on one string at a time and test them as I go. Also buy one new string a year just in case.

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  13. Lovely Amy, so many beautiful baubles on your tree

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  14. All Christmas trees lean- it's the law :o) xx

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  15. You made me smile Amy, I just love your story of your nativity scene with the wise men still on their way :-)! You are absolutely right of course! Your home looks so festive and warm. Love from Mirjam.

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  16. Para si e para a sua família desejo um Natal de Luz! Abençoado e repleto de alegrias.
    AG

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  17. I love all the lights and do you have an app that does that for your photos? Love the cups and pitchers. That's one of my weaknesses. No problem when I can find at goodwill for 50Cents.

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  18. I love getting a peak into your Christmas home. Looks all very festive and cheery! Our tree lights get replaced every few years, and this year we noticed the "blues" don't come on. drat! I'm still in decorating mess mode and won't be showing any photos till I can sort things out. Not feeling much like dealing with any of it this year ... bah humbug :P
    Wendy

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  19. It all looks very pretty, but I think my husband would go mad if I started buying so many Christmas knick knacks and do-dahs! He's far from mean, but doesn't see the need to titivate more than having a tree (he loves a real tree with decorations and lights as much as I do, and the cards, and he loves flowers, but not other decorations.) I like your kitchen window sill with all the red and white pieces on it best of all. Is that a real tree? Ours is a 6ft one, but almost as broad as it's long!
    Margaret P

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  20. Very pretty tree, Amy, despite the wonk :) I love that you have the childhood ornaments, still. I only have two. The 'flower' strand of lights is very pretty and I really like your collection of mugs and jugs. So sweet. Those blurry photos are so pretty. For a minute I thought I had forgotten to put on my glasses! :) Hope your day is lovely. xo Karen

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  21. Your home looks very warm, festive and joyful, Amy. I have finally put a few things out but we have decided to have fairly low key Christmas this year so no swag on the mantle piece and the smaller tree rather than the larger one with no tinsel just the baubles and one string of lights:)

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  22. Your home is decorated beautifully! It looks like you're enjoying the season.. so am I. I'm going to make some more gifts today.. I am going to post about the "craft" I'm doing tomorrow.
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  23. It all looks lovely, Amy. :o)

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  24. Oh!!!! This was fun!!!
    It is all lovely. and so festive!
    I love your nativity....and that window ledge! : )
    Enjoy the rest of the season, my friend!

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  25. I wish my kitchen window had a ledge. I love the way you arranged the 9, I think, frames on the wall. Very pleasing without being matchy-matchy.

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  26. What a fun post for Christmas. The old, vintage ornaments are the best, and how lovely they have survived the years. I had a smile about the Three Wise Men journeying along the window - priceless! We hide baby Jesus in a pretty stocking hanging in the same room as the Nativity scene - a little secret I share with the grandson. After years 'fighting' with his electric lights for outdoor decorating, HB has moved on to solar lights this year - there is enough sun during the day to charge them, and we don't have to remember to switch them off! Happy Christmas Amy.

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  27. Always fun to take a tour...lots of beauty and your tree looks straight as an arrow to me. I like the treatment you gave the pictures on the wall. Ornaments are holding up well for being so old! =D

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  28. It all looks beautiful Amy! Jesus is on top of our thermostat at the moment and the wise men are in the tea towel drawer ha! I love your vintage ornaments, they are gorgeous xx

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  29. i read 2 posts today. i love your December mantle. i love your bokeh photography shots. i had never heard of such a thing until i started bloggin'. very cool what you learn when blogging. i love Christmas ornaments, so pretty. hope you are well this week. Merry Christmas!!! ( :

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  30. I absolutely love your photos. Everything looks so festive. You have some real treasures. Thank you for the Christmas tour. Blessings to you and yours.
    Thank you for your blog friendship throughout the year!

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  31. Love all of your beautiful decorations Amy! Everything is so pretty & twinkly. It gives me a giggle how you like blurring the lights. One of my favorite things to do is squint my eyes at our tree so I can blur the lights with my eyes. Too funny!! ;)

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  32. Amy - your house looks so cute! You have a real knack for decorating!

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  33. Your home looks so warm and welcoming, Amy. I adore the felt gingerbread decorations.
    Amalia
    xo

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  34. It all looks so beautiful and festive.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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