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It is no secret that Christmas is the one and only holiday for which I go ALL OUT. When early December rolls around, the boxes come out of the attic and it is on. 🙂

The goal each year is to look at what we have with fresh eyes (try it –  it’s like shopping your own stuff) and rarely do items end up in the same location from year to year (‘cuz that would be boring now wouldn’t it? 😉 )

Don’t believe me? Well, you can check out the 2010 and 2011 line-ups to see what I’m talking about. If I do say so myself, I think I just may have out-done myself this year. So, grab a glass of eggnog and turn up your favorite holiday music (Trans Siberian Orchestra is playing here) and enjoy the tour! 🙂

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  1. It’s an indoor wonderland! So beautiful with all those warm lights! Hope you had a very merry Christmas!

    • Awwwww, thank you, Soonie! You are sweet!

      I did and I hope you had a fantastic one as well! 🙂

  2. Beautiful! You have a lovely home and the decorations are awesome! You are so creative! Thanks for sharing with us!

    My mother loved Christmas, too, and did a gorgeous job of decorating each season. She died on millennium new year’s eve and I haven’t had the heart to decorate since.

    • Thank you, LaBonBon! It is an opportunity for me to get my “creative ON” and I take FULL advantage! That isn’t to say I don’t stress a bit over it all BUT in the end I am always so happy with it and just walking around the house makes me smile. Even on a dreary day as today was I simply turned everything on and it instantly became “happy house”. I always miss that once the season is over.

      Oh, so sorry about your mom. I expect in time, your sadness will be replaced by the happy memories of what she did each year and in time, you might want to pull out the decorations once again? I’m certain she would be proud of you if you honored her memory in that manner seeing that it was her favorite time of year. My Mother-in-Law has been gone a long, long time and I still have items I use to decorate with that were gifts from her and even if a tear falls as I am hanging them, it is usually followed up by a smile when I think of her beautiful face and how happy she’d be knowing she was (still) a part of the holiday. Just a thought for you. Take care and hugs.

      • Words of wisdom. You are correct. Next year I really must put up her Dickens Village as it meant the world to her.

      • 🙂

  3. Yeah! Two posts in a week or so… so glad to see you back online. 😉

    • Ha! Yeah…I’m just goin’ crazy over here. The 40 images in today’s post so should hold you for awhile, no? 😉

      Thanks, Derrick. It is nice to post but boy! also a bit exhausting! 🙂

  4. Your home looked lovely, warm, and inviting with all the decorations out and about-. The carved woooden bird house hanging on the tree caught my eye and is one that I will remember.

    • Thank you! 🙂

      The birdhouse ornament is the newest one – a gift this Christmas from our neighbor and good friend, Nancy, who knows how much we love our feathered critters (we have 7 birbaths, 7 feeders and numerous birdhouses and shelters).

      • I am impressed. Do you have any idea of where she might have obtained the little house. I would love to get one for my daughter who loves christmas and ornaments of birds, animals, etc.

        Thank you for the reply. I know you are a busy, busy person.

      • I would have to ask her. She does travel quite a bit and loves to shop in artisan shops so it could be from just about anywhere. I did look on Etsy (searched “wood bird house ornament”) and serval artists there make something similar.

        UPDATE: I just spoke with Nancy and she bought that ornament in Budapest.

      • Thank you for the reply. The quality is superior and I thought that it was probably a handmade item. and from Europe as well. It is unlikely that the ornament was mass produced but I suppose that it could have been.

        I will look in Etsy to see what I can find there.

      • I agree and good luck! 🙂

  5. The right words are already said above about this wonderful Christmas-post:
    Your home and your photos from this here are amazing – lovely – warm – awesome – inviting – – – – it is SO nice to see you here again – almost overwhelming – your image series makes me full of Christmas spirit again!!!!
    I hope you are doing well, Tracy – and I wish you and your family a Happy New Year!

    • Aw, shucks….thank you, Truels, for your very, very kind words. It is nice to be missed! 🙂

      I am doing okay, some days are better than others. It really is a mental game and support from folks like you make it all a little easier to take. Thank you! 🙂

      A healthy, happy and prosperous NEW YEAR to you and yours!

  6. Great to see you back Tracy! I remember those beautiful Christmas posts from years past. I didn’t do anything this year as we were traveling so next year, can’t wait! Best in 2013.

    • Hi Tammy! Thank you so very, very much! 🙂

      A happy and prosperous 2013 to you and yours!!

  7. What a wonderful, beautiful celebration you have given to us to see! 😀

    P.S.- It is so good to see you again!

    • Awwwww…. thank you, Ted! Glad you enjoyed the tour! 🙂

      A HAPPY NEW YEAR to you!

  8. Ha! The OTHER switch! The OTHER switch! SANTA! NOoooo!
    Looks wonderful, M.P… you put my efforts to shame!
    A very happy new year to you and your family, too!

    • Hi Sig! Your knowledge of movie quotes surpasses mine as I cannot place this one. Where is it from?

      Aw, thanks, Sig. You say that every year. 😉 (Don’t worry…I do not tire of it!)

      Let’s hope 2013 is a good one for us all! Cheers! 🙂

      • That was just my own incoherent rambling (I couldn’t help but imagine someone turning on the fan… because that’s totally the sort of thing I would do… to my own decorations… and then I’d have to pretend it had been intended)!

      • Ha! Funny! (I forget, Sig, how your mind works! 😉 )

        Actually, since the wreath isn’t attached to the fan itself (it is suspended from the light dome) I think no harm would come to the misfits! (BUT, you know now I feel compelled to try that before we take it down… 😉 )

  9. What a pretty house – you DO go all out. Love the photos as well. Best to you in the New Year!

    • Thank you, Tom! 🙂

      And the SAME to you! Hoping 2013 is a FANTASTIC year for all of us! 🙂

  10. I think my previous comments have disappeared? This time I´m writing just to find out if it happens again. 🙂

    • Hmmmm, strange…this one seems to have ‘stuck’, Birgitte! 🙂

      Hope all is well!

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