Christmas

Scenes of Christmas

Christmas is my favourite holiday of the year.

I love pulling out all of our decorations — some new, some handed down from my parents — and covering the house in Christmas cheer. Each year, I start plotting our decor on November 1st.

This year was no exception.

Without further ado, I bring to you Christmas…

The Merry Christmas banner is my favourite craft thus far. To make it, I simply cut the letters out of seasonal scrapbook paper using my Silhouette Cameo and strung each letter together using red and white twine. I even made a few extra and gave them to friends and family to help spread some Christmas cheer.

Slow down and enjoy this last week before Christmas. It’ll all be over in a flash!

2011 Christmas Home Tour

With Christmas only a few sleeps away, I thought I would share our 2011 Christmas Home Tour. This is a picture-heavy post, so grab a blanket and a cup of coffee and enjoy the show.

The outside of The 236 shines so bright with warm white lights….

 Lush wreaths and Season’s Greetings welcome you home…

Grapevine reindeer, fragrant greenery from the garden and a handmade crate sit by the front door…

A poinsettia, just like my Dad used to give me when I was younger, adds a festive touch to the foyer…

Mason’s photo with Santa brings a smile to your face and the green ornaments in the glass cloche add the right amount of sparkle…

The new bannister is dressed for its first Christmas with glittering ornaments and lights…

The living room is decorated with golds, reds and greens…

At night, the tree glows and shimmers…

The “mantel” is decorated with vintage finds, like old milk bottles and window shutters…

The silver Pottery Barn reindeer (a gift from my Dad) sits pretty amongst greenery and candlelight…

Pine cones, silver bells, red berries and glittering epsom salt “snow” surround the sweet smells of a vanilla candle…

The live boxwood wreath (made by yours truly) adds an elegant touch to the mirror…

The Royal Doulton Santa (another gift from Dad) sits in the corner taking requests from good little boys and girls…

The “vintage” tree in the family room is adorned with handmade treasures and sentimental Hallmark ornaments from my Mom…

It’s also the perfect spot for a nighttime snooze under the lights…

The handmade treasures and collector ornaments bring back fond memories of Christmas past…

And, there you have it — our 2011 Christmas Home Tour. I hoped you enjoyed it, as much as Ted and I do. Our house has never felt more cozy and warm. It makes me wish Christmas was here all year round.

From all of us at The 236, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!