Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Look Back to Christmas Past, Part 1

Tomorrow is Dec. 1st, hard to believe.

I am joining my friend The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, a look at Christmas Past.

Actually, I don’t change my d├ęcor that much from year to year.  That’s part of the tradition of Christmas, doing many things the same way from year to year.

The Christmas mantel…


I have a double mantel that dh built when we built this house 12 years ago.

The Precious Moments Nativity always goes there, surrounded by a mixture of faux and fresh greens.  I use oasis for the fresh greens and fresh flowers, and weave lights throughout.

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Another tradition is my front porch.


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After all, Santa needs a place to sit and cool off after squeezing down the chimney in that hot suit.

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Our home would not be complete without a Nativity, and  outside must have one too!

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A light in every window to welcome the Christ child’s arrival on the 25th.

I have always wanted to put every Christmas table I have ever done in one place, and tomorrow I hope to do just that!

Thanks for visiting, be sure to check out The  Tablescaper’s  Seasonal Sunday .


  1. What a warm and inviting greeting to your home! I love the mantel with the nativity and all the bottle brush trees.

  2. Traditions are marvelous.

    Wonderful to have you be at Christmases Past at Seasonal Sundays.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  3. I love your cute nativity K! Have fun decorating for Christmas:@)

  4. Your front porch is so welcoming. Beautiful! Deb

  5. Hi lovely lady.
    Your home looks Beautiful for Christmas and your porch is so welcoming ! I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family.

  6. Oh, Kathleen, your home is so lovely. I love your mantel decorations and what you've done to your front porch: a warm and welcoming presentation which will greet all your Christmas visitors (Santa included!) and make passers-by smile with holiday glee! Have a wonderful Christmas season. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  7. Your home is full of warmth, Kathleen. Love the focus of your mantel ~ the true meaning of Christmas.
    I would love to see all the Christmas tables you've ever done. I hope you get the post created. Great idea!

  8. Hi Kathleen,

    I don't change up a lot at Christmas either for the very reason you've stated. I like the traditions of the season. However, I am doing a few changes this year, and I think it will be fun. I never change our trees, though.

    I love all the plaid on your porch; I've enjoyed seeing everyone's pretty plaids in these posts. I never get tired of tartan plaids. :) Your mantel looks really beautiful -- I bet it's fun to decorate.

    I look forward to seeing all your previous Christmas tables, Kathleen, and I hope your hubby is still recovering nicely from his illness. Visiting from Seasonal Sundays; have a great day!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  9. Beautiful, and I especially love the porch!

  10. So pretty Kathleen.....
    I love your front porch..
    Love, Mona

  11. Your home is beautiful and I love tradition. Your mantel is very special.

  12. I'm with you--I love the tradition of decorating the same way each year. I might add one or two new finds, but the ritual of unwrapping each item after a whole year is just as exciting. It's like visiting "old friends".

  13. Your home looks so warm & inviting with all your beautiful Christmas decorations, Kathleen!
    I'm ashamed that I forgot to show or even mention my nativity scene. Me devout Irish Catholic mother will be rollin' in her grave!

    I sure hope that Christmas is a much better holiday for you & Mike.


  14. This all looks so pretty, Kathleen! You really did a super job bringing the season to life.

    I hope Mike feels better for Christmas. THinking of you both.




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