The House Is Decorated…At Last! December 12, 2011

Well, I finally got the house “done up” for Christmas after Mr. Wonderful put the lights on the tree last night. I’ve done the lights plenty of times before, but you sure don’t want to be here when I’m doing it. We’re all better off leaving the nasty work to the mister!

20111212-183621.jpg But as we know, this is an all day deal, because there’s the kitchen…


20111212-183833.jpg and of course the mantel…



20111212-183953.jpg And the four stockings. My stocking on the far left was knitted by my dear Aunt Donna, years ago! I noticed that there are some new moth holes since last unpacked.

I don’t change the look of my tree, year after year, as some people manage to do. Our tree is a collection of ornaments collected over a lifetime, which for me, makes it special!



20111212-184713.jpg My favorites are the ornaments, made by our kids, when they were young, complete with photo! I also love the ornaments given to me by friends and family and while traveling. Wonderful memories!


20111212-185006.jpg Our decorations in the living room are much more low-key. I’m not like some “wonder women” I know, who will remain nameless, who manage to put up two or more trees in their home!




I put Santa in charge in the entryway, making sure we have presents for everyone! Yikes!

20111212-185458.jpg Well, there you have it! (Yes, that’s a flag in the dining room, that needs to be hung outside.) Welcome to our version of Christmas 2011. Now, we can sit back and enjoy the Monday night football moment! Merry Christmas to all and thank you for stopping by!

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  1. Jane on December 13, 2011 at 3:00 am

    Nice job Barbara…I threw some oranges with cloves in a dish and called it a day! Between the shop,a six day a week job and house one had to get the short end of the stick…rather pine branch!

    • Barbara Bussey on December 13, 2011 at 7:34 am

      I know what you mean! When you say “the shop”, which one is this? Have you opened your own yet? Hope you’ll still have time for a get together, when we come out next month! I’m looking forward to meeting you in person! Take care, Barbara

  2. Kristy Swain on December 13, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Beautiful family room! So fun to see your decorations. I agree with you about the lights – I can do it, but it’s better for all of us if the mister does it!

  3. Sarah Snider on December 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Oh, your house is lovely! I know what you mean about “wonder women” – my mother does three trees…a family tree in the main den, a “designer tree” in the living room, and a “fun/retro” tree on the patio by the pool. My favorite is always the family tree – full of all the ornaments we made as kids 🙂

    • Barbara Bussey on December 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Sarah!,
      Thanks for dropping by! I’ll be sure to visit your shop, if I haven’t already! Enjoy the holidays!

  4. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking on December 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Oh you have decorated everything so beautifully!!

    • Barbara Bussey on December 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm

      How nice of you! And thanks for stopping by! I’ll be visiting your “place” soon!

  5. Alison on December 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm


    Your house looks so gorgeous!
    You know I have my eye on that large trophy
    on your mantel too! It all looks so warm and inviting!

    So much fun to see the inside of your house!

    • Barbara Bussey on December 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      Hello darling! So good to hear from you! The trophy was won by my husband’s uncle, in 1928! Yes, I love it too. I got a couple of velvet hunt caps at a flea market recently and thought of you. Enjoy the holidays!

  6. adrienne on December 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    This is all very festive and quite lovely. It looks as if you are all ready for the holiday. Merry Christmas!

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