Decorating the house for the Christmas season is always fun. Each year I try to use the same things we have had for years in new ways, adding a few new things and donating others. This time, I had a new Wool Applique Christmas Penny Rug from the Christmas in July event, and it was perfect for my tiny frolicking reindeer .
Of course, quilts are always a part of the decor. The guest bed got the Christmas Star quilt.
I love these goofy moose with their plaid outfits. I got them in a silent auction of closet clean out stuff at our quilt club.
My chair next to the den fireplace has my Christmas Trip Around the World quilt from last year.
DH has my orphan block quilt that I made into a table topper. It is large enough to cover the dining room table, and happily the same size works as a throw.
Isn’t this little mouse cute? He gets to sit on the kitchen window with a teacup so I can hear his stories while I make a meal. To hear him tell it, he has had quite a few adventures with Santa.
The fireplace doesn’t have a mantle, and with this stonework it isn’t really practical to try to put one up. So usually I have to put my stockings on the bookcases to the right.
But this year, I thought putting them on the stairs might be fun. The stocking hangers are Santa in his sleigh, and I have four reindeer. This year I just used three. I think I’ll add a golden cord next time to tie them all together like they were harnessed up to pull the sleigh.
Over on the pub table, a jigsaw puzzle is ready for MIL to visit. We like doing these as an activity while watching football games, or just to relax. I love the elegance of the white poinsettia (a gift from a friend) in the white reindeer and I think it looks nice on the Hexagonal Table Topper. The puzzle is actually quite a bit further along now, after MIL visited and got the border done.
Next to the tree is my collection of little Santa figurines on the Victorian corner shelf.
On the cookbook bookcase, I placed the Santa Paws plate, a cute little collectable with all dogs dressed in holiday finery. A few Christmas cookbooks and a golden tree candle complete this display.
In the kitchen, the little library table has a few Christmas themed items, along with the Quick Squares Table Runner – click on that link for the free pattern. I have most of the Christmas with Southern Living series, and this one with the cookies on the cover was perfect for the kitchen this year, adding a vintage vibe to this corner of the kitchen.
The pie safe that I use for storage and display space has the Christmas Table Runner from our quilt along last year. Click HERE for that pattern. Yes, unbelievably, those violets are still blooming a month later!
In the library, the Christmas Mini Quilt from the Christmas in July event sits on its stand with the evergreen tree topper. It is supposed to be an ornament, the pattern is free on the link.
This little mouse has a pin in the side to hold onto a pillar candle. Cute isn’t he? He has been around a lot of years, but I don’t always use him every year.
On the bathroom counter, a new-to-me Santa for this year (estate sale of course), along with a moose and a small little ceramic box. I like the descending sizes with the tall candles. Festive, but doesn’t take up a lot of space.
In the sewing room, a little tree and a stuffed reindeer wait for Santa on the Singer treadle sewing machine.
In the hallway, I put a greenery wreath on the jingle bell hanger on a closet door. You know, you can have as many wreaths as you want, sometimes some just have to go inside. I used this wreath as a table centerpiece last year. This year, I added a gold wire edge ribbon bow and a few berries on either side of the bow. Everything is wired on so it can be easily removed when I change my mind and want to use it on a table again.
So, there are a few ideas for making a festive home.
Do you have some favorite things that come out at holiday time?