I've been decking my rooms with garlands decorated with fruit and birds. I usually do my dining room in all white, but this year I decided to use the traditional colors of green and red. I started with the dining room. . . .
I love red Cardinals that live in our trees so I give them a place of honor in my decorating. . . .
You can get a glimpse of the Christmas tree in the living room in the mirror. I have jars and tins of cookies ready for the kids when they come home for Christmas. . . .
I found these April Cornell placemats in a yard sale this year. I love the battery-operated, timed candles. They come on when it gets dark, and turn off when we go to bed. . . .
The mechancial cat gets his Santa's cap. . . .
I've switched Harry Richardson's painting to the winter scene of his grandmother's house, and have added a Grandmommy and baby to my Christmas decor. . . .
I put a little decorated tree and Santa in each guest room. . . .
The Snowman tree stands on the living room hearth. . . .
. . . .and miniature scenes adorn the book shelves. . . .
A cooking school and piano shop flank the creche on the hill. . . .
Behind the couch are two huge pinecones flanking a snowed-frocked tree with more snowmen. . . .
This is my third year to get a Hemlock. I love their feathery needles. . . .
Poetry loves hiding under the tree. She doesn't get to go outside, so this is a real treat for her. . . .
Most of the decorations are handmade this year. The birdhouses were unfinished. I painted them red and added a shingled, pinecone roof, dried apple and orange slices and hung them with raffia, and added store-bought Cardinals. . . .
I hung pinecones that I painted with "snow" and tied homespun strips of fabric on the branches. . . .
You can see the dolls' house through the branches. . . .
Hannah is enjoying tea by the fire. . . .
The twins, Sarah and Gabriel, are out sledding in the snow. . . .
The creche is set up on the piano, reminding us all that Christmas is really all about the babe in the manger, God's Son sent to bring Peace to all of mankind. . . .
Wishing you all the Peace of God as you celebrate the birth of Christ!
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