Christmas Around the House

Submitted by Christi

Well, the decorating is going really slow this year. We’ve been passing around the pre-Christmas crud around here the last couple of weeks. We are planning on being back to 100% this coming weekend! For now, I’ll post what we’ve got done and will try to post more once our ailing bodies have recovered. First stop, the dining table for a Christmas tablescape:

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Next stop, the Christmas tree. So glad we got this up before the ailments began. It has been nice to enjoy the tree while we have been stuck at home.

Christmas Tree

I’ll get some more shots of the tree tomorrow (when I predict I’ll be back to at least 90%) and add them to the post.

Then there is the nativity, which I showed you earlier this week. We still have not put ours together yet. The pieces are still awaiting us on the back porch. I just hope ours looks even half as nice as Mama’s.

Nativity

Still working on the fireplace. Somehow the lights are not cooperating as I would like.

Christmas Fireplace

A little touch of Christmas in the kitchen:

Kitchen Wreath

I like to hang the wreath above the kitchen sink. It has some of my favorite ornaments on it along with some old silver. Here is my Christmas piggy chef:

Kitchen Christmas

A little Christmas cheer on the cabinets:

Christmas Cabinets

Stockings for the pets (we have no children so we make do):

Bailey stockin

Cali Stockin

Our Christmas decorations are still a work in progress. Hopefully a lot more progress this weekend!

In the meantime, I promised the Christmas fruitcake story. As you may remember, I posted a fruitcake recipe earlier this week. Well, that fruitcake has been around for a long, long time. My Mama remembers that My Daddy’s father’s (my Grandpa’s) bookkeeper, who was named Jelly had a wife who would always make this fruitcake. Now, this was before my Mama and Daddy married, so that was over 50 years ago. My grandmother got the recipe and our family has been making it ever since. My mother and grandmother just didn’t soak it in the sherry. If you missed the recipe, just go back one post and check it out.

For tonight, we’ll stick with something easier.

Today’s Lagniappe:  Chocolate Coffee
This sounds like a yummy recipe for after a fun time in the snow or just for some Christmas Cheer.

4 heaping teaspoons of cocoa mix
1 scant teaspoon of instant coffee mix
cinnamon

Makes one serving.

Okay, hope everyone is having lots of holiday fun (without any of this yucky stuff). Lots of parties going on! Here are the ones I am linking to!

Tablescape Thursday with Between Naps on the Porch

with Between Naps on the Porch

Holiday Home

Hooked on Houses

18 Responses to “Christmas Around the House”

  1. Ro Says:

    Lovely tablescape! Your dishes are very pretty. I loved all your glowing pictures taken at night.

  2. [email protected] Porch Musings Says:

    Pretty and festive!

  3. Sarah { a b e a c h c o t t a g e } Says:

    love all your pretty lights

    happy tablescaping & happ holidays, I am visiting from Susan’s party 🙂

    Sarah

  4. Tammy Says:

    Hope you feel beter quick!

  5. marlis Says:

    Love the gold rimmed crystal. Your table is so very elegant and lovely. Love how you hung some christmas on your cabinets.. Merry Christmas

  6. melissa @ the inspired room Says:

    So pretty around here! And I really want that chocolate coffee!

  7. Karena Says:

    Christi, Beautiful and you really did accomplish a lot, even with being sick!

    Remember to come & enter my $200 Giveaway from Fifi Flowers!

    Xoxo
    Karena
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  8. Dining Delight Says:

    Your decorating is coming along wonderfully especially considering you’ve been sick. I really like the crystal bowl filled with balls as your centerpiece. The ornaments hanging on your kitchen cabinets make a wonderful accent.

    DD

  9. Barbara Says:

    I loved seeing all your pictures of the Christmas decor. I especially like your mantle. Such pretty dishes!

  10. Mid-Atlantic Martha Says:

    So sorry that you’ve been feeling bad. Hope your pretty table and decorations have you feeling back to the Christmas Spirit soon. Your glowing table is lovely and the lawn nativity is quite beautiful — especially your night view.

  11. Tess Says:

    Hope you are feeling better!! I love your tree and LOVE the fireplace! What a cute idea on your kitchen cabinets!! We don’t have children but our kitties are fascinated by our tree!! I believe there is one under there right now!

    Wonderful post even while you were sick!!!

  12. Entertaining Women Says:

    Such an awful time to be down with the yucks…hope that you’ve recovering quickly! Christmas has been hit and miss around here, too. Is your centerpiece bowl an oval shape? I have an old crystal, oval bowl that was Nana’s. I love to use it for so many different things. I hadn’t seen another one like it until yours. Your tablescape is lovely. OH! Your Yorkie is darling. Dickens, my Yorkshire Terrorist is sleeping on the ottoman by my toes as I type. Thank you for sharing your charming designs. Cherry Kay

  13. Nellie Says:

    Wow, for being sick you have done a great job!! Like how you put ornaments on your kitchen knobs, great idea! don’t know if it will work for me tho, cause my knobs are at the bottom of the door,
    will have to give it a try.
    What a lovely and elegant tablescape too. Very pretty tree, every thing looks great!! Hope you get feeling up and at um real soon.
    Blessings for a joyous Christmas Season,
    Nellie

  14. Linda Says:

    Get well soon! It’s a terrible time to be sick. Your Tablescape is lovely and festive. Rest up….Happy Holidays to you. Linda

  15. Lisa's Creative Home Says:

    Your home is lovely! I’ve enjoyed hopping around blogland peeking at everyone’s holiday decor. I have the same “Our First Christmas” ornament you have on your wreath. We bought it 17 years ago. Boy time sure does fly. Merry Christmas!

  16. Kat Says:

    I hope everything is well at your house with you and your husband feeling much better by now. Your decorations are lovely. Have a Merry Christmas.

  17. Christy Keirn Says:

    I love the wreath with old silverware. GREAT idea. I’m going to copy that one, friend!

  18. Lorena Dunn Says:

    Such an awful time to be down with the yucks…hope that you’ve recovering quickly! Christmas has been hit and miss around here, too. Is your centerpiece bowl an oval shape? I have an old crystal, oval bowl that was Nana’s. I love to use it for so many different things. I hadn’t seen another one like it until yours. Your tablescape is lovely. OH! Your Yorkie is darling. Dickens, my Yorkshire Terrorist is sleeping on the ottoman by my toes as I type. Thank you for sharing your charming designs. Cherry Kay

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