Merry Christmas From Our Home to Yours

On this most blessed day in December and from our home to yours, Dave the Builder and I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas.

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As you and yours celebrate this wonderful holiday Christmas season, may the love of family and friends, joy of life, comfort of home, hope of brighter and healthier days ahead, and a glorious sense of style fill your heart and home with peace and love.

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Festive Photos of the Christmas Season

Festive photos of the Christmas season reminds and reinforces the notion it’s magically beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Christmas at Forde Abbey

Christmas at Forde Abbey

“…freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night…”

– John Geddes

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Victoria Magazine

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

– Norman Vincent Peale

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House & Garden

“Christmas isn’t a parade or concert but a piece of home you keep in your heart wherever you go.”

– Donna VanLiere

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Pinterest

“At Christmas, all roads lead home.”

– Marjorie Holmes

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Bless’er House as featured by Better Homes & Gardens

“Christmas… is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.”

– Freya Stark

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“Kindness is like snow- It beautifies everything it covers.”

– Kahlil Gibran

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Martha Stewart

“The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money.  There’s a kind of glory to them when they’re all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy.”

– Andy Rooney

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House & Garden – Photo by Paul Massey

“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.”

– Pindar

Market Street – Corning, NY

“Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever.”

– Richelle E. Goodrich

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Jason Donnelly

“The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.”

– Louisa May Alcott

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South Tirol, Italy

“Thank you, Dear Creator, for Life.  Thank you for Dreams.  Thank you for Ideas and Thoughts and Feelings.  Most of all, thank you for choosing me to grow – just for today – and to know the Wonder of Your World and its many Possibilities.”

― Janie Jasin

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Victoria Magazine – Photography Marcy Black Simpson
Styling by Melissa Sturdivant Smith

“Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago.”

― Tom Baker

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Christmas Songs and Sights

Christmas songs and sights rule the festive fun around Places In The Home this time of year.

Why certain things come to mind when we hear Christmas songs is anyone’s guess, but I believe traditions old and new, coupled with cherished memories near and dear to heart and mind, work together to awaken the spirit of the season that beautifully dwells within all of us.

As I was listening to classic Christmas songs late Saturday night, an imagined slideshow broke out in my thoughts- some obvious, some silly, but all telling.

So here you go, my wonderful friends, a Christmas songs and sights ’tis the season pictorial.

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Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring tingle tingling too
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you
Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling “yoo hoo!”
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

I met a man who lives in Tennessee, and he was headin’ for
Pennsylvania and some homemade pumpkin pie
From Pennsylvania, folks are travelin’ down to Dixie’s sunny shore

Santa on beachFrom Atlantic to Pacific

– I know it means from the Atlantic to Pacific Ocean(s), but the line always brings to mind thoughts of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, better known to some of us as A&P

A&P Coffee

Gee, the traffic is terrific

Christmas traffic

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas

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Chasing Daisies

Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you hear
Silver bells (silver bells) silver bells (silver bells)

Christmastime in the City

Flickr

It’s Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling (ring-a-ling)
Hear them ring (hear them ring)
Soon it will be Christmas day

Santa and friends

Santa and Friends

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

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Gone away is the bluebird
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song, as we go along
Walking in a winter wonderland

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Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel

Frosted window panes
Candles gleaming inside
Painted candy canes on the tree
Santa’s on his way
He’s filled his sleigh with things
Things for you and for me
It’s that time of year
When the world falls in love
Every song you hear seems to say
Merry Christmas
May your New Year dreams come true

Silent-Night

And this song of mine
In three-quarter time
Wishes you and yours
The same thing too

heading home in the snowstorm

Fine Art America

the snow’s comin’ down
(Christmas) I’m watchin’ it fall
(Christmas) lots of people around
(Christmas) baby, please come home

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Elle Decor – Photo by Douglas Friedman

Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

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Skonahem

Have a holly, jolly Christmas
It’s the best time of the year
I don’t know if there’ll be snow
But have a cup of cheer
Have a holly, jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet
Oh, ho the mistletoe
Hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you
Kiss her once for me
Have a holly, jolly Christmas
And in case you didn’t hear
Oh by golly have a holly jolly Christmas
This year

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In The Fields

For we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
Candles in the window
Carols at the spinet

Christmas-tree-on-pianoYes, we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
Hasn’t snowed a single flurry, but Santa dear we’re in a hurry

retro Christmas partyThere’ll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting

Carol-Brady

And caroling out in the snow

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There’ll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse

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Country Living Magazine

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.

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Christmas eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

Christmas songs

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Sharing the Christmas Cheer

Time is short on this Friday before Christmas, but there’s always time for sharing the Christmas cheer.

vintage-style-gift-bagsChristmas on sale emails get my attention at this time of year.

I sourced, shopped, and scored these Simplicity vintage gift bags at Joann Fabrics and Crafts, and they are so super vintage style cute.

Christmas-potpourri

Apples, lemons, cinnamon sticks, whole coves, and bay leaves brought to boil and set to simmer fills the house with the scents of Christmas.

poinsettiaBrothers bearing gifts of poinsettia in winter white and Christmas red kick off the week before Christmas gift exchange.

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This year’s Christmas decorating is less extravagance and more emphasis on special touches rooted in memories, provenance, and simple I love that beauty.

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Oranges and cloves remind me of my great grandmother’s house at the holidays.

cloves-oranges-cedarHer uncomplicated approach to Christmas decorating translated into a unique style all her own and adorned in understated grace.

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I conducted a Christmas tasting trial run while the kids were home.

Hands down, this cranberry fig cheese ball took top honors in the holiday appetizer category.

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Cranberry Fig Cheese Ball

Ingredients

8 ounce block cream cheese softened

8 ounces shredded mild cheddar cheese

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

½ cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup fig preserves

1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon Creole seasoning, optional

½ cup chopped walnuts

Directions

In a mixing bowl, whip the cream cheese to soften.  Add shredded mild cheddar cheese, dried cranberries, Worcestershire sauce, fig preserves and chopped parsley.  Mix all ingredients together to blend.

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Form cheese mixture into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 4 hours or even better, overnight allowing cheese ball to firm up.

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Once firm, unwrap cheese ball from plastic wrap.  Roll the cheese ball in Creole seasoning and chopped walnuts to cover.  Serve with snack crackers of choice.

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Sharing the Christmas cheer is the best part of the holiday season.

I’m spending this weekend in the Places In The Home test kitchen churning out cakes and cookies for family, friends, and neighbors.

After all, it is the most wonderful and tasty time of the year, the present is in the process, and the gift is in the giving.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and love from me to you at this holiday season.

Merry Christmas!

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At The Holiday Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Santa’s elves are working diligently to give last minute Christmas gift ideas inspiration to those of us who invariably feel the need to pick up one or two more little things for that special someone on our Christmas gift giving list.

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Zip-Top Wristlet For Women

All that glitters is a winter glam gift idea.

This super on-trend glitter wristlet from Old Navy is a great gift option for the holiday of it all as well as winter fetes and Mardi Gras gatherings.

I know this firsthand from the “I love it” reaction our daughter-in-law had when she found one in her stocking when they visited last week.

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Target order pickup is a life saver during these hectic holiday times, especially when the son and daughter-in-law volunteer to go on a Target run.

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As I flipped through the pages of last week’s weekly ad, this stocking mug caught my eye.

It’s got pencil, pen, and whatnot holder for my desk written all over it.

Clydesdale painting print

Art is the gift you can’t go wrong with.

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Josh Young – Domino

James Dean canvas print

James Dean Print by Phil Stern

An encore from Josh Young Design House.

Emma in blush framed

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Andy Warhol Soup Can Die Cut Notecards Set Of 12Andy Warhol Soup Can Die Cut Notecards Set Of 12

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Old And Wise Cane Pens Set Of 2Old And Wise Cane Pens Set Of 2

Leopard love this haircalf tray with leopard print from TJ Marshall’s (what I call it when the item can be found at both outlets).

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Jay Import Marble Cutting Board With Brass

There’s nothing cheesy about spending the night in with delicious bites served in style with a side of all things cheesy trivia.

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Big Cheesy Night In Game

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Dave the Builder’s idea of Christmas lights.

18-Volt ONE+ Lithium-Ion Cordless LED Light

18-Volt ONE+ Lithium-Ion Cordless LED Light

Cookbooks, spices, sauces, and grilling kits are my last minute Christmas gift ideas go-to for the host, hostess, him, and/or her.

The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and StoriesThe Southerner’s Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories

last minute Christmas gift ideas

Jim Beam Grilling Essentials

Color, texture, and pattern for the holidays.

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We’ve already had our big Christmas when the Canadian snowbirds were home, so I’m hitting the reset button for the second round of celebrating the most wonderful time of the year.

With all there is to do in these last few days before the big day, last minute Christmas gift ideas come in holiday handy.

I don’t want to rush, forget, or overlook the season and all its fabulous traditions, which can be easy to do if you don’t take a moment or two to take it all in.

Classic, old, and vintage Christmas songs on YouTube are keeping me company as I source and sip Christmas cider (apple cider or juice and red hots warmed on the stove until the red hots melt).

Now for a blast from Christmas past.

I found this Kmart in-store Christmas music from 1974 video on YouTube and to say it brings back holiday shopping to merry Muzak memories is an understatement.

Happy holiday shopping.

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Festive Finery For Christmas Fetching Friday

Today’s festive finery for Christmas fetching Friday comes to you in the spirit of it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

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Christmas is the time of year for decking the halls in elegant, traditional, vintage, casual, and the like finery.

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House & Garden

tassel wreath

One Kings Lane

Christmas fetching Friday

Better Homes & Gardens

mirror above benchThe Glam Pad

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House & Garden

Absolutely vintage style fabulous.

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Country Living

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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Veranda Magazine

 JOSH YÖUNG DESIGN HOUSE

Josh Young Design House – Domino

It’s the most wonderful and beautiful time of the year.

I hope you have the opportunity to witness firsthand the beauty and magic of the season’s festive finery on this twelve days until Christmas fetching Friday.

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Home For The Holidays Christmas Decorating Ideas

Ho Ho Home for the holidays Christmas decorating ideas are all around.

Inspiration reigns supreme at anytime of year, but it’s especially motivating and visually captivating at Christmastime.

Gardner Architects LLC

Gardner Architects LLC

Traditional Aluminum Bucket Wine Cooler

Traditional Aluminum Bucket Wine Cooler

Rustic Tarnished Brass Iron Chalice-Style Urn Planter Yellow - Olivia & May

Rustic Tarnished Brass Iron Chalice-Style Urn Planter Yellow – Olivia & May

Genius and gorgeous Christmas decorating ideas are well worth repeating and reproducing.

Christmas crafts citrus

Country Living Magazine

Uttermost Samuelle Wooden End Table

Uttermost Samuelle Wooden End Table

burlap base faux Christmas tree

Holiday Time Green Fir Tree with Burlap Base Christmas Decoration

8ct Glitter Pine Cone Christmas Ornament Set Champagne - Wondershop™

8ct Glitter Pine Cone Christmas Ornament Set Champagne – Wondershop™

10ct Mixed Metals Glass Ornaments Gold Copper Bronze - Wondershop™

10ct Mixed Metals Glass Ornaments Gold Copper Bronze – Wondershop™

Hammered copper continues to catch my eye as a classic color, texture, and pattern decor choice.

Aged Brass Ribbed Planter

Aged Brass Ribbed Planter

Hammered Copper Party TubHammered Copper Party Tub

Marketed as a party tub in its original retail form, I see the Hammered Copper Party Tub from World Market as a classic container extraordinaire for housing a tabletop Christmas tree, fresh greenery, or rosemary tree.

DIY Dried Citrus Garlands

DIY Dried Citrus Garlands

A string of Christmas charm awaits in a fragrant DIY dried citrus garland like this one from Honestly WTF.

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Olive Green: 2-ply Waxed Polyester Cord, ~ 1mm, pack of 25 feetOlive Green: 2-ply Waxed Polyester Cord, ~ 1mm, pack of 25 feet

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Hobby Lobby

Dried oranges, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, and decorative tassels strung together in a repeating pattern produce a simple yet elegant Christmas through winter decoration for a tabletop, mantel, banister, and Christmas tree.

tassels-on-door-knobHouse Beautiful

Small touches take the ordinary to holiday extraordinary.

Entertaining goes with the holiday season, and this recipe for white Christmas punch and ice ring mold is Christmas decorating ideas easy and elegant.

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Ballard Designs

Buff Concrete Planters

Buff Concrete Planters

Well-done home for the holidays decorating ideas do not have to be costly to be remarkable.

Balsam Mixed Greens Fresh Wreath

Balsam Mixed Greens Fresh Wreath

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Pears paired with fresh greenery and placed in a decorative urn housing bottles of your favorite holiday beverage on ice becomes a festive beverage  holder focal point.

Christmas decorating ideasHouse & Garden

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Early 20th Century Antique French Carved Cane Seat Side Chairs- a Pair

Christmas decorating ideas often entail a project, and this wonderful pair of early 20th century antique French carved cane seat side chairs are sitting pretty ready to be purchased, primed, and painted in Modern Masters pale gold metallic interior paint.

Wait a minute.

Aren’t you the one who preaches against painting antique furniture?

On the whole I am, however, in certain decorating situations and with certain pieces, a coat or two of matte metallic in a designer color is pure paint project perfection.

Pale Gold Water-Based Matte Metallic Interior Paint

Modern Masters Pale Gold Water-Based Matte Metallic Interior Paint

Absolutely gorgeous describes the details found in the F. Louis XVI hand carved chair.

F. Louis XVI hand carved chair

Chairish

Neutral-toned antiques and quality antique reproductions layers a space in  softness.

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Midwest Living

Ethan Allen Legacy Huge French Armoire

Ethan Allen Legacy Huge French Armoire

Reverie+Armchair

Reverie Armchair from Magnolia Home

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Hanging a wreath(s) or greenery bunches from the top of a door (armoire, cabinet, exterior) with ribbon adds a custom touch to your holiday decorating presentation.

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The wider the ribbon the better, so I like to use a ribbon that is at least 2½” wide.

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Determine the placement of where you want the wreath to hang on the door.  Measure the distance from the top of the wreath to the the top of the door.

Double that measurement and add three inches to it.  This is the length in inches to cut the ribbon.

Loop the ribbon under the wreath’s center, bring up the ends to meet, and position over the flat top of the door.

top of front door

Press a flat head thumbtack into the center of the ribbon to secure.

Festive kitchen

House & Home

 20-ft Fresh Cedar Christmas Garland

20-ft Fresh Cedar Christmas Garland

Antique French Hanging Plate Rack, circa 1700s

Antique French Hanging Plate Rack, circa 1700s

European Bread Boards

European Bread Boards

large pine cones

Pinecone Ceramic Salad Plate Set of 4Pinecone Ceramic Salad Plate Set of 4

vintage-bulb-christmas-craft-centerpiece

Country Living

DIY retro bulb centerpiece is popping with color and memories of Christmas past.

You’ll need a small round Styrofoam ball and a strand of vintage or vintage style big bulb Christmas lights.

To make the centerpiece cut off the bottom of the Styrofoam ball so it will sit properly.

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Use a hot glue gun to attach the Christmas lights to the top and sides of the ball.

Be very careful handling the hot glue gun and the glass bulbs.

Ornaments on High

Better Homes & Gardens

A box of Shiny Brite ornaments keep with the appeal of vintage at the holidays.

Adorning a chandelier with vintage or in the style of vintage ornaments is a home for the holidays Christmas decorating ideas classic that is  delightfully elegant in presence and simple to achieve.

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Ho Ho Home for the holidays Christmas decorating ideas for decking the halls in Christmas decor and finery time is here.

For those of you beginning to deck, do show and tell with us.

For those of you whose halls are decked and ready to impress, let the decorating continue.

You can never have too much Christmas!

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