Decking the Halls

I have been busy decking the halls, but no boughs of holly . . . yet.

I thought that this year I would scale back on the number of trees

that I would decorate for Christmas. However, so far, I have done three

and possibly one more if time allows.

I thought that I would show you some snippets of what I have been doing.

First a peek at the dining room tree.

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I am doing something a bit different . . . a real departure

from what I have done in the past in the dining room.

The sunroom tree will be my memory tree this year.

Filled with ornaments that I have collected for decades.

Ornaments made by my son and grandchild and ones gifted to me

by friends and family so dear.

Always a trip down memory lane, especially memories of those no longer with us.

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My hubby knows that Christmas is near

when he sees me come home with Cyclamen from the garden center.

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I just completed the Great Room tree and I think you can see

how it will be decorated this year.

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The tree is completed from top to bottom.

I thought I had misplaced my 115 year old  children’s Christmas book.

I found it among some books that I had stored away and did a happy dance.

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Pretty packages under the tree . . . some with messages.

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And more “Joy”

I was so happy, and “joyful” when I found these pillows at HomeGoods

while I was in Florida.

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There is still a lot of Christmas decorating going on here.

My goal is to have it all done before Thanksgiving so that I can enjoy

all the activities of the season and have time to do some baking!

I wish you all a most joyful day!!!

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  1. Beautiful peeks of your decking of the halls! Yes, I’m getting an early start, too, but still have much to do. I hope to get more done soon.

  2. Very pretty, Shirley! I have begun UNdecorating, but vintage shopping for our booths keeps interrupting me!

  3. Robyn Henningsen says

    Looks beautiful! Love your children’s book! What a treasure! Happy Decorating!

  4. Thanks for sharing Shirley. Everything looks so lovely and like your goal of having it done in time to enjoy the season!

  5. This is going to be a banner Christmas season at the Stankus household!!! These teaser pics tell me so!

  6. Beautiful!!!

  7. It is all looking very festive! Can’t wait to see more.

  8. I can tell from the peeks that your trees are going to be beautiful Shirley! Love that pillow you found. So pretty!

  9. Your trees look like they will be beautiful. I can’t wait for you to show them. I love the black and white ribbon on your dining room tree, and your flocked tree looks absolutely gorgeous. I can’t bring myself to start decorating before Thanksgiving weekend because I am hosting dinner, but it sure would be great to get a head start like you are doing to cut down on some of the holiday stress. There never seems to be enough time to get everything done.

  10. Looking beautiful!

  11. The elves have been busy! I can’t wait to see all your trees in their full glory, you have such a talent for creating holiday loveliness, Shirley. Here at FrenchGardenHouse I’m working on my second tree, and finishing it after I spend the day with my friend the chef, we’re photographing our Holiday Entertaining series for the FGH blog today. And trying out recipes too. Happy merry making, my friend! Xo Lidy

  12. Hey for the holidays! I love decorating this time of year and challenging myself to find a way to make what I have into something new. I love your memory tree Christmas is all about good memories that we have spent with loved ones. I have just finished up my Christmas decorating in my new cottage and have had a ball getting ready for the holidays. I will be sharing it soon. Have a amazing day!
    xoxo Jo

  13. Whoa, you are ahead of the game! My brain isn’t so messed up right now I can’t even get it together for Thanksgiving and that’s next week. You are amazing when it comes to putting things together.

  14. Everything looks just beautiful! Since, I’m not hosting Thanksgiving, I have been busy decorating, too. It allows you to enjoy the beautiful decorations a bit longer. I hope you enjoy your day!

  15. Hi Shirley!! Everything is looking so beautiful but it always does. Enjoy your decorating and falalaing!!♪♪♪

  16. I have the same goal! Everything you have shown us looks beautiful…as always! I am anxious to see the dining room tree! I know it will give ME joy too!!!

  17. Everything looks beautifully, Shirley. I love your idea for a memory tree…all your meaningful ornaments in one special place! I wish I was as organized as you, to be done so early.

  18. Carol Burgess says

    Everything looks beautiful!!! Would you mind telling where you found the “joy” pillow? I love it!! Thank you.

  19. Hi Shirley! Everything looks so pretty. I like how you’ve decorated trees with different themes. I’m aiming for Dec. 1 to decorate my home. I wish you a lovely holiday season in your pretty home. Hugs, Pat @ Bringing French Country Home

  20. SHERRY MYERS says

    Shirley, what a treat to get just a peek of your hard work. I love it all. The gold, the black and white, and the memory tree, I can’t wait to see it all. The beauty of Christmas is so exciting. It warms my heart with joy. Thank you for sharing.

  21. Shirley, I love catching little snippets of how you are decorating your home for this Christmas season! I have just started. Since I host Thanksgiving I don’t like to mix the holidays, but this year I have no choice! Glitter is flying at my house! Can’t wait to see all of the magic that you have created!

  22. Shirley: Everything is so lovely. I especially love your old children’s Christmas book – it is a treasure. Like you, I try and have most everything done before Thanksgiving to give time to really enjoy the beauty of it all.

    Enjoy this wonderful time of year and I will be looking forward to seeing more of your magic touch !

  23. A beautiful teaser of wonderful things to come! Looking forward to seeing everything wrapped up with your personal stamp and beautiful style, especially your flocked gold and silver tree. ♥

  24. Can’t wait to see your trees in all their glory!

  25. Terry Wallace says

    Beautiful!!! love the flocked tree and the Joy pillow. My favorite is Owl be there wreath Enjoy you holiday.

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  27. It is all looking beautiful! This is really worth sharing. Thanks for sharing this post!

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