Christmas Decor: Candles & Cones of the Pine

pine-cone candles in glass containers

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pine-cone candles in glass containers

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pine-cone candles in glass containers

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Pine cones are so beautiful!  A variety of beautiful craft-creations can be made with them. Today, I’ve featured beautiful candles with pine cones.  If you don’t have pine trees in your yard, you may find them at your local parks or even scattered on the lawns of local businesses.  I have done so and simply ask the manager or owner for permission to collect them, first.  Earlier this week, I had the chance to collect more pine cones from a local park and one of the staff, an elderly gentlemen, volunteered to collect pine cones stating that it’s enjoyable AND relieves the pain of arthritis in his knees!  What a great mindset he has & I told him so.  If you intend to collect pine cones, be sure to

  • keep cardboard boxes and/or bags handy to place them in
  • carry protective gloves to wear as you collect the pine cones
  • literally bake them in your oven on a baking pan dedicated to baking the cones and not food (baking the cones kills hidden bugs) OR
  • wash pine cones in water to get rid of bugs (the cones with close until they dry) and then set them aside to air-dry

My goal was to get this published on 3/25/2017. However, it’s actually a few hours beyond 3/25 into 3/26. In keeping with my ’25th’ theme, I plan to post on the 25th of each month and perhaps the 5th and 15th, as well. Thank-you for following this blog! I am delighted that so many follow it and while I believe in my ‘It’s Ever Christmas’ dream I’m AMAZED that you all are ‘here’ in it with me as I build it into reality! Again, thank-you so much!

Christmas Decor: A Luxe Montana Cabin

A Montana cabin's entrance decorated for Christmas by Ken Fulk, Photographed by Douglas Friedman

Entrance Door photo courtesy of Douglas Friedman Decor by Ken Fulk for Elle Decor 11-17-2016 article: ‘House Tour: Ken Fulk Creates A Montana Guesthouse That’s The Ultimate Winter Getaway’

 

A Montana cabin's living room decorated for Christmas by Ken Fulk, Photographed by Douglas Friedman

Living Room photo courtesy of Douglas Friedman Decor by Ken Fulk for Elle Decor 11-17-2016 article, ‘House Tour: Ken Fulk Creates A Montana Guesthouse That’s The Ultimate Winter Getaway’

 

A Montana cabin's kitchen decorated for Christmas by Ken Fulk, Photographed by Douglas Friedman

Kitchen photo courtesy of Douglas Friedman Decor by Ken Fulk for Elle Decor 11-17-2016 article, ‘House Tour: Ken Fulk Creates A Montana Guesthouse That’s The Ultimate Winter Getaway’

After I saw the gorgeous living room’s photograph (above) on Pinterest, I discovered the article that the living room photo is part of, ‘House Tour: Ken Fulk Creates A Montana Guesthouse That’s The Ultimate Winter Getaway’.  The article contains a collection of  gorgeous photographs that the three photos (on display here) are part of.  Each photo displays Christmas Decor Styling that is simple, ‘quiet’ and perfectly styled by Ken Fulk.  My favorite of these gorgeous photos is the living room/den.  This room’s staging/styling makes it ‘feel’ so inviting for me because of the glowing fireplace, the super-plush garland, the twinkling Christmas tree viewed in front of the beautiful windows with snowy view of more evergreens and the comfy-looking chairs a body can sink into!

True Love is A Reflection

“My brothers and sisters, true love is a reflection of the Savior’s love.
In December of each year we call it the Christmas spirit.
You can hear it. You can see it. You can feel it.”
~ Thomas S. Monson

Christmas in Bethlehem

“Christmas in Bethlehem.
The ancient dream:
a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star,
the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees
in adoration of the sweet baby,
the incarnation of perfect love.”
~ Lucinda Franks

Christmas Decor: Ornaments of Linen & French Bleu

French Blue Linen Ornament Collection on Christmas Tree - Frontgate Catalog, Page 60

French Blue Linen Ornament Collection on Christmas Tree – Frontgate 2016 Catalog, Page 60

French Blue Linen Ornament Collection - Frontgate 2016 Catalog

French Blue Linen Ornament Collection – Frontgate 2016 Catalog, Page 60

When I see Christmas trees that are decorated with exquisite ornaments and other gorgeous items, I think of the great talents and skills of the artisans/designers/manufacturer. Because the ornaments are so exquisite their beauty reflects the excellence intended, with the design. Of course, such intentional excellence and beauty causes me to think of Christ of Christmas, the Giver of the talents and skills, and His excellence and beauty for all people.

I’ve included a large image of the exquisite French Blue and Linen ornaments collection, thinking you all would love to see how gorgeous they are up-close! If you click on the image of the Christmas tree, you’ll see a larger clickable view of it, too!

Christmas Decor: Illuminated Finial & Cone Ornaments

Twisted Cone - PotterTwisted Cone Ornament - Pottery Barn Holiday 2016 Catalog

Twisted Cone – Pottery Barn Holiday 2016 Catalog – Page 41

Twisted Finial Ornament - PotterTwisted Cone Ornament - Pottery Barn Holiday 2016 Catalog

Twisted Finial Ornament – Pottery Barn Holiday 2016 Catalog – Page 41

 

I think these beautiful ornaments look like glass, and the style of design seems antique, yet modern, too. These ornaments are lit from within, as well, which enhances their beauty. They have their own ‘sparkle of light’ from within. This sparkle of light within makes me think of Christ and how He is the ‘Light of the World’ and the ‘sparkle of light’ within all who believe in Him. I think a lot of Christmas Decor succeeds in one way, or another, in prompting thoughts of Christ and what He came to Earth to be to each person.

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Christmas Decor: Checkered Deer & Ruby-Red Pinecones

Chelsea Hardwood Chair, Deck the Halls Ornaments, Rayon Velvet Jeweled Deer Stockings, Prancer Stocking Hook, Yuletide Manor Wreath & Courtly Check Resting Deer

Photo: Chelsea Hardwood Chair, Deck the Halls Ornaments, Rayon-Velvet Jeweled Deer Stockings, Prancer Stocking Hook, Yuletide Manor Wreath & Courtly Check Resting Deer – Neiman Marcus’ The Christmas Book 2016

The decor in this stately room is minimal, and cute.   My favorite decor items in this display are the three whimsical pieces, the checkerboard-styled deer and the large ornaments on the mantle, as well as the red pine cones, the stockings, wreath and multi-patterned chair. 

Christmas Decor: Antler Candelabra for Dining!

Christmas tree's glowing lights, deer w/ antlers, gorgeous plates, assortment of bling-y candles and beautiful stemware.

Photo: Flameless Candles, Sculpted Deer and Mercury Votives – Pottery Barn Holiday 2016 Catalog

This dining table setting has a soothing ambiance due, I think, to the deer’s grand antler-rack as candelabra, the beautiful, plump, blue-green Christmas tree and its glowing lights, the smaller deer and its antlers, the gorgeous plates, the assortment of bling-y candles and the stemware. So, yes, that’s pretty-much everything in the photo!

Christmas Decor: Moose, Deer & Trees at the Cabin’s Table

Dinig Table scene featuring deer, trees, plush place mats, moose and holiday-trees mugs

Photo: Dining Table Setting – Pottery Barn Holiday 2016 Catalog

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The decor of this dining table scene looks perfect for the cabin theme.  My favorites in this room are the antlers chandelier, the plaid deer, the trees, the furry placemats and the chairs! 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Christmas Decor: Guest Room Bedding

Plaid duvet on bed

Plaid Pillows - Pottery Barn Holiday 2016 Catalog

Plaid Pillows – Pottery Barn Holiday 2016 Catalog, page 3

Woodland-themed Duvet

Duvet w/ Woodland Theme – Pottery Barn Holiday 2016 Catalog, page 108

Assortment of plaid throws

Plaid Throws – Pottery Barn Holiday 2016 Catalog, page 3

As we know, part of the decorating for Christmas-y gatherings includes the bedrooms for guests. The ‘ornamentation’ for the bedrooms includes the linens for the bed. In the images above the duvets, pillows and throws are so attractive with holiday themes.
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Christmas Decor: The Richly-Masculine Mantle!

Masculine-styled Christmas Decor for Fireplace Mantle

Photo: Industrial Fireplace Collection – Pottery Barn Holiday 2016 Catalog

I thought it would be neat to feature this quietly-gorgeous room with it’s richly-masculine feel and appearance. The fireplace is the focal point of this photograph and everything about it is really nice! My favorites are the combination of the reindeer, candles and simple, yet handsome garland.

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Gorgeous Stockings Galore

Christmas Stockings, velvet, red, white, & plaid hanging at fireplace mantle from holders spelling HOME

Photo: Christmas Stockings – Pottery Barn Holiday 2016 Catalog

Christmas Stockings, chunky knit, shiny velvet, faux fur hanging at fireplace mantle

Photo: Christmas Stockings – Pottery Barn Holiday 2016 Catalog

chunky knit, shiny velvet, faux fur hanging at fireplace mantle

Photo: Christmas Stockings – Pottery Barn Holiday 2016 Catalog

Christmas stockings hanging from picture frame stocking holders at fireplace mantle

Photo: Christmas Stockings – Pottery Barn Holiday 2016 Catalog

Christmas Stockings, red, white, silver & green hanging at fireplace mantle from holders spelling JOY

Photo: Christmas Stockings – Pottery Barn Holiday 2016 Catalog

Personalized Christmas Stockings featuring reindeer, nutcracker & one-color themes, hanging from reindeer holders 'pulling' a sleigh

Photo: Christmas Stockings – Pottery Barn Holiday 2016 Catalog

Personalized Christmas Stockings, red with white cuffs, hanging from deer stocking holders

Photo: Christmas Stockings – Pottery Barn Holiday 2016 Catalog

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Cherishing Peace & Goodwill

Photo: Image courtesy of CelebratingEverydayLife.com

“Christmas is not a time nor season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
~ Calvin Coolidge

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Christmas Decor: Baby’s Booties Trees

Christmas tree for baby's room

Christmas tree for baby's room

These trees (flocked and un-flocked) are decorated with a combination of colors that are cheerful and cute. I really like the combination of baby booties, ribbons, ball ornaments, pearls, tassels, and blossoms! I think a toddler would enjoy looking at this tree’s cute decor!

Christmas Magic

The Tinker Bell-like fairy, featured in this video, does a ‘magical’ job of illuminating this property’s home and landscape. Her ‘Christmas Decor Styling’ with the lights is really beautiful!

Christmas Decor: Forest-Inspired Eclectic Elegance!

Christmas Decor: Luxe Ecru, White, Silver & … Ornaments are The Bling!

LuxDeco Christmas 2016
Holiday 2015

As you look at this assortment of gorgeous ornaments in ecru, white, silver, gold and other colors, I think you’ll agree with me that their appearance speaks for them and tells why I chose to post them here.  The design and artistry of the ornaments is a part of what makes the overall ambiance so heavenly!

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Christmas Decor: A Heavenly Teal, Gold & Silver Mirror-ed Victorian Tree!

The combination of gold, silver and heavenly teal as the primary colors on this Christmas tree make it so gorgeous! These ornaments are of the Donatella Ornament 2015 Collection at Frontgate. In addition to the beautiful ornaments, I love how the gorgeous tree’s ornamentation is reflected in
the window-like mirror.

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Christmas Decor: Heavenly Teal, Turquoise & … Ornaments are The Bling!

Holiday 2015

 

As you peruse this collection of exquisite ornaments in teal, turquoise, ecru, pewter and other colors, I believe that you all will agree with me that their appearance speaks for them and tells why I chose to share them, here. The beautiful design and artistry of the ornaments is a part of what makes the overall ambiance so heavenly!

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Christmas Decor: Exquisite Red, Burgundy & … Ornaments are The Bling!

As you appreciate this display of exceptionally beautiful ornaments in ruby red, burguundy, and other colors, I imagine that you all will agree with me that their appearance speaks for them and tells why I chose to share them, here. The exquisite design and artistry of these ornaments is a part of what makes the overall ambiance so blissful!

Christmas Decor: 5 Gorgeously Ornament-ed Fireplaces

Each of the mantles pictured above are quite beautiful. The choice of colors and ornaments create a truly luxe atmosphere in each space! Santa is enjoying the luxe atmosphere at his fireplace, too.

Christmas Decor: Seeing the Tree, Inside & Out

This Christmas tree’s decor is abundant and gorgeous! It’s really delightful when a Christmas tree is beautiful from each viewpoint/all sides, particularly the ones placed in front of windows. Consequently, it’s exquisite when viewed from outdoors and indoors!

Christmas Decor: Luxe Dining, Fireside

The ambiance created by the beautiful Christmas tree decor, lovely table setting and furnishings gives me the impression that family and guests would feel a sense of bliss as they eat and talk to each other!

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Christmas Decor: Chandelier’s Ornament-Bling

The choice of ornaments for the trees, garland, wreath, chandelier and table are gorgeous! It’s daytime, the lights are on and the ambiance of the glow is blissful.

Christmas Decor: Bedroom Bling

This bedrooms furniture. bed linens, drapes and other furnishings are beautifully complimented by the custom tree, pine cone wreath, pear-like window lights and vintage crystal ornaments on the crystal chandelier. I would set my lights via a timer so that I could enjoy their glow and twinkling for 15 to 20 minutes after getting into bed!

Christmas Decor: 6 DIY Red & Green Dining Centerpieces

Source: www.bhg.com via Alice Diebold on FeedPuzzle – Adorable Mason Jar Christmas Crafts

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40 Easy And Creative Christmas Decoration With Jars And Bottles

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36 Impressive Christmas Table Centerpieces – Decoholic

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Christmas Decor: White Whimsical Tree

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Christmas Decor: Traditional Elegance in the Living Room

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Everything in this rooms is staged so beautifully! The tree’s decorations are lovely.  The wreath is gorgeously-plump with ornamentation over the fireplace and the stocking and garland at the mantle are cute.  Last, yet certainly not least, the chairs, pillows, presents,  coffee table and other furnishings complete this rooms styling/staging perfectly!

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Christmas Decor: Luxe Silver & Platinum Mantle Garland

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Christmas Decor: Ecru, Blush & Gold Tree & Garland Duo

The beauty of the Christmas decor on the tree and mantle compliments the furniture immediately surrounding it, as well as the wall’s finish and the beautiful rug on the floor.  Also, the Christmas tree and garland are perfectly matched and the gorgeous garland compliments the picture frame and sconces.

Christmas Decor: Chartreuse & Turquoise Mantle Garland’s Ornaments

Turquoise and chartreuse are two of my favorite colors and the luxe, bling-y designs of the Christmas ornaments are enhanced by these rich colors!  I’d love to see the tree that’s decorated with these gorgeous turquoise and chartreuse ornaments.

Christmas Decor: 3 ‘Skye’ Mantle Garlands

Christmas Decor: Jewel-Fiesta Hues Tree

The jewel-hued, Spanish Fiesta-hued ornaments and ribbons on this tree are as beautiful to look at as the traditional red, green, white, silver and gold ornament themes! This tree’s Fiesta theme is one of my favorites!

His Perfect, Indescribable Gift

Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family
and to create memories that will last forever.
Jesus is God’s perfect, indescribable gift.
The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive this gift,
but we are able to share it with others
on Christmas
and every other day of the year.
~ Joel Osteen

Christmas Decor: A Minty-Emerald & Plaid Mix Tree

I like the whimsical charm of the Christmas decor on this tree. Also, I appreciate the beauty of the ruby_red-kelly_green-taupe-mint-peach-white plaid chairs, taupe tufted ottoman, ruby-red pillow and the ruby-red ‘M’ monogrammed, mint throw blanket! I’d certainly feel welcome amid this inviting, welcoming Christmas decor as I sit fire-side!

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Christmas Decor: Lavender, Amethyst & Violet Tree

I appreciate that the lavender-amethyst-violet-white Christmas tree decor perfectly compliments the abstract art located above the fireplace mantle!

Christmas Decor: Holiday Dining in the Conservatory

This tree and gorgeous table setting are presented so elegantly in this heavenly conservatory.  The one thing that would make the entire view enchantingly romantic is twinkling lights throughout the trees that are visible through the conservatory’s pretty windows!

Christmas Decor: A Tree for the Tots’

The totally cute Christmas tree featured in the tots’ bedroom (in the picture above) looks ‘just-right’ for little ones. Children enjoy the beauty, joy and excitement of Christmas decor so much! So, naturally, we want them to be able to enjoy Christmas decor in their rooms, and not have to wait until they are in the living/family room or another room to enjoy it.  Consequently, when selecting Christmas decor for a child’s room choose age-appropriate Christmas decor preferably with:

  • a child-friendly theme
  • pillow-soft ornaments that are harmless if a child falls on them
  • ornaments that do not have parts that are a choking-hazard
  • organically-made material(s)
  • Eco-friendly material(s)
  • no Christmas lights that operate via electricity or batteries (due to the potential for hazards for young children)
  • no food-like, nor candy-like decor (due to the potential for hazards for young children)

Following those tips, and others you know of, as you decorate your spaces and rooms will help the children enjoy the beauty, joy and excitement of Christmas decor, safely.

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Christmas Decor: A Kitchen’s Tabletop Miniature Tree

This miniature Christmas tree is so cute. I appreciate its whimsical theme. It looks ‘just right’ for the kitchen’s counter-top.

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Christmas Decor: Silver & Snowy White Dining

This is an inviting table setting that is ‘quietly’ elegant with simple, yet beautiful, accents of pretty, white flowers and pine cones of various sizes that have been painted shimmery silver-platinum!

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Christmas Decor: Luxe-Plump Tree at the Palladian

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Christmas Decor: Gorgeous & Shimmery Silver-Platinum Fireplace

This is an EXQUISITE fireplace scene!  The luxe ornaments, ribbon, candle-stands, mirror, sconces, picture frames, fire-screen and chairs in this silver-platinum & pewter color-scheme together make this sitting area so luxurious and welcoming!  The decor is balanced rather than overdone!  I would enjoy sitting, here, beside the fire with a book and magazines to read, while sipping tea or hot cocoa, and enjoying a few gluten-free chocolate chip cookies!  Furthermore, I think my guests would enjoy sitting here amid this exquisite, blissful ambiance.

Christmas Decor: Frontgate’s Exquisite Christmas Decor

Exquiste Frongate.com Holiday 2016 Decor featured in video

 

I am a fan of Frontgate and this video beautifully features their home, seen in the image posted at Christmas Decor: The Front Door & the Foyer. ALL of the Christmas Decor Styling (CDS) featured in this video is totally exquisite! The choice of Christmas decor, furniture, furnishings, music, photography and videography are p-e-r-f-e-c-t!  So, don’t miss anything:  view this video ‘full-screen’!  CDS is what we do for your spaces and places, now and year-round, too!

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Christmas Decor: The Front Door & the Foyer

The ‘super-beauties’ in this great photo of Christmas decor beauties, for me, are:

  • the stair railings that end at the round table, because of the garlands’ lights
  • the round table in the center, because of the fluffy, gorgeously decorated garland and the deer and candles on top
  • the lanterns inside the foyer, because they’re filled with glowing lights
  • the lantern on the front landing, because they are filled with glowing lights
  • the miniature trees in urns on the landing, they are fluffy, fill the urns, are ‘snowy’ with tiny, glowing lights and
  • the door mat, because of its colors, snowflake and curlicues

This home’s view from the front facade’s landing through the front door, to/through the foyer and up the stairs is soooooo gorgeous and blissfully welcoming, that I’d use this one entrance when coming home as often as I reasonably could, so I could experience this bliss every time!

 

 

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Christmas Decor: Luxe Powder Room

This is one of the most gorgeous. luxurious powder rooms I’ve seen decorated for Christmas. Placing the beautiful garland around that exquisite sink is a unique and elegant touch/accent.  It’s so luxe I plan to mimic this look in my powder room!

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Christmas Decor: Crimson Porch Lantern

This gorgeous red lantern is a perfect size for a corner of this front porch. Also, this lantern compliments the architectural stone, the decorated urns, the front-door’s floor-mat  and the front-door very well. You and I can imagine how handsome or lovely a second urn placed at the other corner/right-corner would be with a few masculine accents or a few feminine accents added to both to make them personalized for us!

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Christmas Decor: Snowy-White Tablescape & Glass Trees

This dining room is staged with snowy-white as the dominant color of the dining decor on, and around, the table and the Christmas tree (in the corner). Every part of this elegant setting works so well together. Among my favorite accents on the table are the pearl-like beading on the charger-plates and the glass/crystal trees.

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Christmas Decor: Farmhouse Dining & Peppermint Candles

This is such a beautifully-cozy ‘Christmas dinner’ setting! The tablescape is so inviting; the peppermint-like candles add a just-right amount of red to compliment the napkins. Adding the peppermint-like candles to the chandelier is the whimsical-touch that continues from the tablescape. The room’s furniture adds to the welcoming ambiance of the dinner-table. The short and plump Christmas tree is simply cute! I’d enjoy having dinner with other guests in this gorgeous setting.

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Christmas Decor: Dining Table Beauty

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Christmas Decor: Ribbon-styled Trees

These three gorgeous Christmas trees have their ornamentation accented with beautiful ribbon in complimentary, coordinated patterns and colors.  Each tree is an attractive example of a unique style for different rooms of your home, restaurant, center, office and/or other spaces!

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Christmas Decor: Blue Hues & Snowy White

The Christmas trees featured below are decorated in lovely blues, white and other colors. It’s a delight to see the variety of styles that this combination of colors are displayed as for Christmas decor, including ‘Beachy’, ‘Elegant’ and ‘Whimsical’!

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Christmas Decor: Snowman Style

Today, I have four styles of really cute snowmen/snow-people to share with you. I think you’ll enjoy them!

Christmas Decor: Chic-ly Shabby Evergreens & Pine Cones – Mantles & Stairs

Well, if you love pine cones and evergreen sprigs like I do, these images that follow will delight you!  The pine cones and evergreen sprigs are mingled with miniature Christmas trees, candles, burlap and other lovely items to create beautiful mantle displays and stair railing accents!

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Christmas Decor: The Cabins’ Christmas Wreaths, Garlands & Trees

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Christmas Decor: ‘Tuscan’ Fireplace Mantle

 

In this cozy living room/sitting room the mantle décor is simple and pretty while the tree is gorgeous with a voluptuous amount of ornaments, ribbons and lights!  This Christmas tree is decorated to be the ‘star’ in the room! Well done.

Christmas Decor: Shabby Chic Bedroom

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Christmas Decor: ‘Silver Lining’ Fireplace Mantle

 

This is a lovely silver-themed Christmas decorated sitting room.  The wreath, candles, ornaments and accessories are color-coordinated creating a very luxe ambiance.  The décor is gorgeous!

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Christmas Decor: Creative Kitchens

Today’s post consists of images of a variety of lovely kitchens decorated with Christmas decor. It’s a delight to see beautiful Christmas decorations
throughout a house without being overdone and overwhelming! It’s a joy to see how various styles and colors of decor look and work in theses heavenly kitchens, too. Perhaps, these beautiful examples will spark decor ideas and we can begin planning the decorations for our kitchens!

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Christmas Decor: Gorgeous Front Doors

I enjoy beautiful Christmas decorations and as you all know, the front door of a place is one of the first things we see. Decorating the front door can be as much fun as decorating the tree(s), garland(s), wreath(s) and other items! As this year progresses we’re getting closer to the traditional season of Christmas decorating. Therefore, August is another great time to think ahead and plan the decorations for our spaces. So, with that in mind I’ve included several Houzz photos of front doors decorated with Christmas-themed decorations.

 

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Orillia’s June Christmas!

Orillia's Christmas in June Boating Event
While searching for “Christmas in June” I saw this video, above, in the search results. I viewed it to see what their “Christmas in June” is about. This video features the Port of Orillia annual “Christmas in June” boating event. For this event, dozens of boats are festively decorated and hundreds of people view them. Wait for the evening views; the boats are gorgeous!

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Regency International’s Christmas

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Premier Decorations Lit Vases

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The Victorian-ish Christmas Trees

Today, I am featuring trees decorated in what I’m calling a Victorian-ish style. Each one is very lovely via its own luxe ornaments, accents, accessories, placement and other staging!  In my imagination I can ‘see’ these gorgeous trees in the rooms of a beautiful chateau.  In addition to the trees, I like the ‘NOEL’ and stockings display on the mantle of the fireplace and those gorgeous Palladian windows!  As always, enjoy!

Christmas tree, Antique-White-Victorian hues
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Christmas tree, Victorian styling, Crystal ornaments, Antique-white decor
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Christmas tree, Victorian-White & Pink decor, Christmas lights,
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Snowfall, Snowflakes, Ribbon & Trees

Lights are one of the fun features of Christmas decor which creates the delightful, and often heavenly, ambiance we enjoy so much. Below, are images of gorgeous commercial lighting displays that I think you all will enjoy!

Snowfall lights
Snowflake stars & red ribbon lights
Sparkling lights on landscaping trees' trunks and branches
Sparkling lights on landscaping trees' branches
Images pinned from Dekra-Lite

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Christmas Decor from Around the World

Christmas Decorations from Around the World

It’s nearly mid-December and many people are in complete ‘Let’s Celebrate Christmas!’ mode, in the USA, as you are probably aware of. Did you know that Christmas is celebrated around the world, beyond the USA? Well, it is and Balsam Hill™ (the leading provider of high-quality, realistic artificial Christmas trees) has a creative webpage dedicated to sharing, ‘A Celebration of Holiday Memories Worldwide‘! How did this delightful project come to be reality? Balsam Hill approached photographers from around the world with an idea to take a photograph of their most memorable Christmas decoration and tell them why it’s so special. The photographs submitted span six continents and are all unified by the common theme of cherished memories from a time long past.

You can view some of the most memorable Christmas decorations from countries around the world. via this project!  Do you have a special Christmas decoration that you would like to share? You can share it with @BalsamHill using #BalsamHillChristmas!

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Christmas Decorations in August!

 

"Christmas All Year, It's Ever Christmas!" on image of Evergreen wreath with Christmas bow, Christmas Tree decorated with Child-themed ornaments, Christmas tree decorated with Cross and Nativity, and Carved Nativity with Evergreen tree on hayHello, Everyone!  It’s August, a beautiful month with a royal name.  As I write this post, I can see my gorgeous, evergreen Christmas wreath with beautiful ornaments and battery-operated lights, hanging on my office wall, just beyond my desk.  I’ve kept it up, beyond December, the traditional season for such decor.  Why do I have this evergreen wreath up, year-round, beyond December?  I keep this evergreen wreath up because I enjoy focusing on the bliss of Christmas, year-round!

Yes, the traditional Christmas season is months away, yet many of us carry the Spirit of Christmas with us every day! Our daily lives have the presence of that uplifting, soothing ambiance because of Christ’s Spirit being with us. We have Emmanuel with us.  (He’s also identified as the ‘God’, the ‘Universe’ & the ‘Creator’ of the universe, including humans.).  Of course, having the Spirit of Christmas each day means we are kind and charitable at home, at work, in business, as we shop, as we run errands, as we dine out and in all other interactions daily, and every month.  Consequently, living this way brings great joy to others and ourselves!

As in the traditional season/month of December, placing a beautifully-decorated Christmas tree or other evergreens such as a wreath or garland, on display, is a symbol of His ‘evergreen’, ever-present Spirit. This is why ‘Christmas All Year, It’s Ever Christmas’ resonates with so many people. We are enjoying ‘The Gift’ of Christ’s Spirit, all year, far over and beyond the delightful gifts we receive and give to each other. So, if you all have some form of Christmas decor displayed so that you (and others) can see it and enjoy it all year, we are kindred spirits in this!

 

Being Kind

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“And, so, Christmas comes to bless us!
Comes to teach us how to find
The joy of giving happiness
And the joy of being kind.”
~ Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

Lame, Blind, No More

“And how did little Tim behave?” asked Mrs Cratchit,
when she had rallied Bob on his credulity and Bob had
hugged his daughter to his heart’s content.”
“As good as gold,” said Bob, “and better. Somehow he gets thoughtful,
sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day, Who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see.”
~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Gifts in His Name

“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name,
let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars,
and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans–
and all that lives and move upon them.
He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit
and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused–
and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins,
He came down to earth and gave us Himself.”
~ Sigrid Undset

My Christmas A Little at A Time

“I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day.
We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year.
As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year.
And thus I drift along into the holidays – let them overtake me unexpectedly – waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: “Why, this is Christmas Day!”
~ David Grayson

Christmas is Forever

“Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.

Peace on Earth, good will to men,
kind thoughts and words of cheer,
are things we should use often
and not just once a year.

Remember too the Christ-child, grew up to be a man;
to hide him in a cradle, is not our dear Lord’s plan.
So keep the Christmas spirit, share it with others far and near,
from week to week and month to month, throughout the entire year!.”

~ Norman Wesley Brooks

Why “Christmas”?

“Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers,
yet there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated.
One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.”
~ Ronald Reagan

Freely Opened Hearts

“I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round,

as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year,

when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely,

and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave,

and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. .”

~ Charles Dickens

To Keep Christ in Christmas …

“Want to keep Christ in Christmas?
Feed the hungry, clothe the naked,
forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted,
care for the ill, love your enemies,
and do unto others as you would have done unto you.”
~ Steve Maraboli