Holiday House

We are teaming up with Kelly’s Korner today and displaying my home on her Christmas tour of homes. I think I have done this the past two years and little has changed but what the hey!

This is my front porch all aglow with Christmas cheer. My pig has on a velvet and jingle bell collar. My windows all have wreaths with red bows and we have plastic cane canes lining our walkway. We also have 2 lighted reindeer in our yard and 2 iron snowman in flowerbeds. I did not get a photo of this at night, but you can imagine it. We have a wonderful Santa Razorback sleigh that was made for us by a coworker in Memphis, but Randall could not handle putting Razorbacks on our fence this year after the year they have had. I think he feared we might get egged over here in Red Wolf country!

This is my entry way. My wonderful neighbors from Byhalia sent us the beautiful plant this week. It really spruces up this boring little area. I have no plug ins for a tree or a lamp in this spot but have plug ins inside cabinets in various spots throughout my home. No clue what the electrician was thinking. 

My living room is right off the entry and it is our “sitting room” like all old school southern homes have. We are so not those people, but I love pretending that we are! I go loud and proud with the tree in this room. It gets busier each year and I love it. My nutcrackers have to go up high on the mantle at this stage in life because I live with a 3 year old boy who is obsessed with them.

My dining room is always the last thing I do and my lack of creativity usually shows in here. I took this photo before my cookie exchange so it normally does not have cookies as the centerpiece. I am good, but not that good! My forest of alpine trees got smaller this year. I lost 2 to bad lights and I did not have the energy to fix them this time. They were returned to the attic. Maybe next year they can shine again.

My kitchen is so fun, I think. This photo was also taken before my cookie exchange. We made a red polka dot curtain and bought a new Christmas rug this year. Out kitchen is normally yellow, white, gray and black year round. I love being all festive with it all this year. It makes me smile. 

I have 3 really cool cookie jars that were all given to me by special people. Putting them out each year is so fun. I really have way too many Christmas dishes and serving pieces and need to downsize this next year, but I hate parting with things. Randall says I am a Christmas decor hoarder. He may be right, as much as I hate to admit it.

 This is our den and where we spend most of our family time. This is where my tree with all my ornaments is displayed. My ornaments are “insane” as I have heard many say over the last few years as the collection has grown. We purchase ornaments on every trip we take, new attractions or places we visit for the first time, and milestone events made throughout the year,  and each year we give and receive ornaments on Christmas Eve from each other. We also exchange with Melissa, Julie and Connie, and my mother in love each year. I also have a fascination with Santa faces. I have no idea how they all fit on my tree. It takes 5 hours to decorate it. I have them from our wedding/first Christmas and all of Henry’s first year ornaments. I love, love, love it! This year we have a Little Tikes nativity on our fireplace that Mama Sue is letting us borrow. Our handmade stockings are all hung by the chimney with care and all my frames are displaying photos from past Christmas’. I love this room.

 Henry’s tree displays the Mickey Mouse Clock Shop that came from the attic in Randalls’ childhood home. It sings 26 carols in the voices of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse characters and they all pop out of the houses. This also has to go up high, as you can only imagine! He also has a rubber duckie nativity on display. He loves turning his tree on and watching it. He is not real sure about the duckies though!

This is a little peak into our Christmas wonderland. We hope no matter how your home is decorated this Christmas, that Christ is in the center of it. He is all that matters. The rest is just festive fluff. I love Jesus and I really like festive fluff!


Published by Abby Lee

Celebrating and decorating with purpose is my favorite thing to do. When I am not filling a tree with ornaments or throwing a birthday party for my golden doodle, I am being mom to a super cool tween son, the wife to a fine blue eyed man and selling real estate. I call northeast Arkansas home and when I am not loving on my people or celebrating in our space, I am using words to express myself here or on my podcast. Be sure to follow me! I am the co-author of a blog called Life with My Sister and have a podcast called Abby As-Is. You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

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