Christmas Home Tour: Living Room | Overstuffed Overstuffed

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Home Tour: Living Room

I had signed up to do a blogger Christmas home tour, but ended up having to back out due to my shoulder. I still had most of the photos taken, though, and since I've slowly been working through them, I think I'll try to post at least a few of the decorated rooms in my home before Christmas.

Which is now in less than a week!

Before I start in with the photos, I should tell you a little bit about my house. It was built in 1908 or thereabouts by a copper miner. It has all of the original wood flooring, woodwork, and a wonderful old red brick fireplace. Sometimes I love my vintage home, and sometimes it drives me absolutely nuts. But, even though the living room layout is a little strange--there are four windows, five doorways, and an archway in the living room--I love it at Christmas time.


I have usually put the tree in a different corner of the living room, but that would have required moving both the couch and the new electronics charging station we put in a few months ago. So I decided to just move the easy chair and put the tree right next to the fireplace this year.


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I love it there.

Incidentally, everyone loves the fact that we moved the chair up into the family room, so maybe I'll have to keep the tree up all year. Or buy a new chair for the living room.

But that is neither here nor there, let's look at a little more of my Christmasy living room, okay?

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If you've been reading my blog long enough, you've seen my Christmas more than once, and you know I am all about keeping things traditional. Which means I don't change up my Christmas decorations very much.

My tree is pretty much the same every year, with the occasional addition of new ornaments and retirements of those that are just too old to use anymore. If you want to see my entire tree decorating process, click here: How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree.

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Like my tree, the mantel doesn't change much, either. I bought the stockings our first Christmas in this home. It was a big splurge on Pottery Barn, but totally worth it.

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I love them.

I've had the JOY stocking holders since Bria was a baby. I added the snowflakes at either end when I bought the new stockings. Before that, The Maestro and I just didn't have stockings (we didn't really have room for five stockings at our last house, anyway).

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The initials on each stocking are one of my favorite touches. They are Harvey Lewis Monogram Ornaments (he puts a different design out every year, so I am linking to a 2014 example). My "L" is actually from 2010, while everyone else's are from 2009. I couldn't find an "L" in 2009, so I used something else. I was pleased to see that the font wasn't so drastically different the next year, and it fits in pretty well with the other initials.

I just strung red grosgrain ribbon through each ornament and tied it to the stocking.

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One of the things I worried about this year with putting the tree right next to the fireplace was the fact that the mantel has always been silver and red, while the tree is gold and red.

But I think it turned out lovely.

Last year I made the little tree on the mantel by gluing decorative sparkly balls onto a tree form.

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I had intended to make another, smaller tree to complement it, but never got around to it. I think I also ran out of the sparkly balls. It doesn't look like it's going to happen this year, either, since there is less than a week until Christmas! Oh well.

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I like my little Santa bear under the tree. My aunt sent it to me when we first moved into this house, and he has been an important part of our decor since. He fits in perfectly.

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Every year, I empty out my magazine basket and fill it up with lots of Christmas books. The idea is to read one every night in December, though that isn't always easy. I think this week we might have to read three a night in order to get through all of them. The kids are just too darn busy now that they are older. Not to mention the fact that The Maestro and I are also busier than I'd like. Also, do not ask what I did with all the magazines. And don't go into my office, either.

But if you'd like to know which books are in the pile, click here: 24 Christmas Books to Read with Your Family.

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Finally, I made the wreath that is hanging on the mirror myself. I just bought a plain old fake pine wreath and wired some cheap dollar store ornaments on. I was copying a wreath out of the Pottery Barn catalog that cost about 80 dollars. Making it myself cost about 15-20 dollars. It's been a while, so I'm not entirely sure.

And that's it for my cozy and Christmas-filled living room. I have a few random things on the bookshelves, but nothing worth posting here.

Also, my dog is cute and those pictures would have been even better if I had had an actual fire going. But, fire or not, I love sitting on the couch and just looking at the tree and the mantel. It really puts me in the mood for Christmas and helps me focus on the Savior during this season.

Look for the dining room next!

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106 comments :

  1. Lara, I love all your beautiful decor. Your room is so cozy I could just snuggle up with one of those Christmas books, a hot cup and coffee and spend the afternoon there. Gorgeous. Cathy

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  2. The stockings are so pretty! And the tree is fabulous. It doesn't matter to me that it's the same every year - that's tradition, and it's beautiful!

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  3. It's beautiful Lara! We decorate pretty much the same way every year too... we love the tradition of seeing the same things every year. I let my kids put stuff wherever they want (mostly) and they end up putting things where they remember they "always" go. It's comforting I think. Makes our pictures fairly similar every year, but I'm OK with that :) I love your stockings and those monogram ornaments really add some sparkle to them.

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  4. Everything is so gorgeous! Keeping the tree up all year as an excuse to keep the chair in the other room? Yeah that sounds good, ha, as it looks absolutely fabulous!!

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  5. Very pretty! I love all of the ribbons on your tree. We also have the same Twas the Night Before Christmas book and it is a tradition to read it in our house every Christmas Eve.

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  6. Struggle with not having dinner every night but at least everyone comes home on Sundays for a big dinner.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  7. Tweeted

    https://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/546840208399142913

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  8. I always liked baking cookies to leave on the hearth for Santa.

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  9. https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/546931593135132672

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  10. Baking cookies with my mom. Love it! Cherish it more and more as we both get older and we see each other less.

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  11. I was the oldest child and when I was seven, I was allowed to stay up late and be Santa's helper while my siblings slept.

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  12. Tweet

    https://twitter.com/clc408/status/547008612971720706

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  13. Leaving a plate of cookies for Santa

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  14. i struggle with planning meals to what my family will eat

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  15. I struggle with the delay gratification. If there's something I want, I want it now...

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  16. the christmas tree was decorated with everything edible! Decorated gingerbread men wrapped in saran wrap and hung, strings of popcorn & cranberries, candy canes, popcorn balls, pouches of chocolate coins, we had fun making it all, also, we got to eat it when taking the tree down, so it was just as fun to take down the tree as put it up!

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  17. celebrating with extended family on Christmas eve and each child picking out an ornament for the tree each year.
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  18. Finding time to exercise

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  19. One of my favorite traditions is that my kids, husband and I decorate a
    couple of Gingerbread houses. We buy the premade type and then we
    decorate. We make a mess, but it’s really fun and we all look forward
    to it each year.
    Thanks so much
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  20. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/547166633689509888
    Thanks again
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  21. Our family trims the tree with popcorn on Christmas Eve.

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  22. One of our holiday traditions is making different kinds of cookies on Christmas Eve.
    austma7@aol.com

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  23. I loved getting the whole family together on Christmas Eve and opening gifts. I really miss this and wish we had more family to share this tradition with. Thank you!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoodot com

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  24. On Christmas eve we'd all go to midnight mass.
    Come home have an early brunch and open our gifts - fun!
    thank you

    barbara (dot) montyj (at) gmail (dot) com

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  25. Tweeted https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/547218597055979521

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  26. All 4 of us kids got matching jammies.

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  27. we sit by the tree on xmas eve drink eggnog and watch a xmas movie :)
    thank you!

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  28. tweet https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/547238168404058113

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  29. https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/547251831739383808

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  30. I loved going to see the christmas lights at the temple every year.

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  31. https://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/547303125418127360

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  32. Elisabeth AshleyTue Dec 23, 09:11:00 AM

    https://twitter.com/ERASweepstakes/status/547393995320467456

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  33. Elisabeth AshleyTue Dec 23, 09:12:00 AM

    I struggle with getting active and getting outside, instead of just sitting around on the television and internet.

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  34. Elisabeth AshleyTue Dec 23, 09:12:00 AM

    http://erasweepstakes.blogspot.com/2014/12/no-fight-at-my-fridge.html

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  35. Birthday cake and singing "Happy Birthday" on Christmas

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  36. My favorite childhood memory was watching It's a Wonderful Life with my family in our pjs and snacking on our homemade Christmas goodies! :)
    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  37. Tweet!

    https://twitter.com/ScoomerBlog/status/547444447575691266

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  38. It seems like unfun life is always in the way of fun life. LOL We struggle with the age old struggle of working to live vs living to work. We do a pretty good job of making sure we live more than work though.

    Angie

    14earth at gmail dot com

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  39. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/547456520779091968

    Angie

    14earth at gmail dot com

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  40. My favorite is a Denny's dinner with the family after Christmas Eve mass.

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  41. my favorite is going around town and seeing all the pretty Christmas decorations and than coming home to hot chocolate and cookies

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  42. We have beautiful wooden advent calendars that have boxes with different sizes. I love finding the perfect presents for them, and watching each morning when the kids open them. The email I check most often is fossil316@aol.com

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  43. Making gingerbread houses with my family.

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  44. Our only real tradition was to get everyone bundled up in the car and to drive around town and look at all the lights and holiday decorations :) I'd loved doing this as a kid and it's something we still do today with out kids :)

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  45. Tweeted - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/547526550644486144

    anastasia2013@gmail.com

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  46. We share oplatek ( a Polish wafer ) by breaking off a piece from each person's wafer at the Christmas feast!

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  47. We drive around looking at lights and then watching movies.

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  48. as a child we drove to PA to meet with family and have Christmas there! There were always so many presents we would have to take a break to eat dinner before we could finish!

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  49. https://twitter.com/wblack1125/status/547594982975348737 my Tweet ty

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  50. my favorite tradition is opening one gift on Christmas eve


    Joebissy@mail.com

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  51. Kimberly Deallovingrandma StclWed Dec 24, 07:03:00 AM

    Our tradition is to open gifts on Christmas eve which are always pajamas! kimstclair39@yahoo.com

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  52. I struggle with making fresh meals every night
    POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

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  53. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/547758708370182144
    POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

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  54. we struggle to find time for exercising
    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  55. My family does not celebrate Christmas but we do celebrate Winter Solstice, where a lot of the Christmas traditions actually come from historically. So we have many of the same traditions that Christians do. One of my fav is putting up our Winter Solstice decorations, including the tree. Every year, looking over the ornaments and remembering the history with my husband is very special.

    Angie

    14earth at gmail dot com

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  56. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/547767252267696130

    Angie

    14earth at gmail dot com

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  57. We struggle to eat healthy meals ; we love chocolate !
    My email is redaurelie(at)gmail(point)com

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  58. My tweet https://twitter.com/AurelieRed/status/547788267370708992
    My email is redaurelie(at)gmail(point)com

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  59. My your favorite childhood tradition is lighting the chanukah candles at sundown

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  60. My mother always made cream puffs every year..I can't even come close to hers

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  61. https://twitter.com/klp1965/status/547845616634564608

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  62. My favorite tradition was that my parents always let me open one gift on Christmas Eve.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  63. My tradition is making snowball cookies on Christmas Eve and enjoy them Christmas morning when opening gifts.

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  64. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/547854568311107584
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  65. my favorite tradition was the big dinner with family

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  66. We do the Christmas PJ's on Christmas eve.

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  67. WE make cookies for santa and then visit family later on for dinner


    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  68. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/547929603906338816


    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  69. Stephanie LarisonWed Dec 24, 10:40:00 PM

    Putting the fake Christmas tree up together the day after Thanksgiving. Then, we'd made sugar cookies.

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  70. My favorite traditions growing up were always decorating the house.
    sonyadmorris@gmail.com

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  71. Link to tweet:

    https://twitter.com/catholicfanatic/status/547970746803167233

    sonyadmorris@gmail.com
    Thank you!

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  72. My favorite childhood holiday tradition is making Christmas lollipops.

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  73. Every year we used to bake Christmas cookies. Now I do the same with my own kids.

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  74. Going to Christmas Eve service, coming home to hot chocolate and opening one present.
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

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  75. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/548014795346042881
    slehan at juno dot com

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  76. I always got to open one present on Christmas Eve. I knew it would be pajamas, but it was still exciting. And I did the same for my children.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  77. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/548028403945705472

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  78. On Christmas morning we put a lit candle in a cupcake and put it in front of the manger and sing Happy Birthday to baby Jesus.

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  79. https://twitter.com/smilekisses/status/548054799250227201

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  80. My favorite childhood tradition was going to my grandmothers house on Christmas Eve, now I am the grandma and everyone comes to my house, we watch Christmas movies and open presents.

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  81. My favorite Childhood tradition was going out every holiday to go cut down the perfect tree in our back field. We'd all walk out and spend hours looking for just the right one. It was so magical every year. :)

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  82. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/iiiyadirf/status/548132602419245056

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  83. loved decorating cookies
    POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

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  84. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/548146357039796225
    POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

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  85. Every year my family would decorate the tree together.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  86. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/548172186725257216
    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  87. We went to my grandma's Christmas afternoon

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  88. making a lot of cookies with my great grandma

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  89. https://twitter.com/eaglesforjack/status/548223269866704896

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  90. Tweet: https://twitter.com/um_lil_cutie/status/548226768499269632

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  91. Baking Christmas cookies together.

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  92. As a child, I used to help my mother make just the right cookies to let Santa know how much I appreciate all his hard work.

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  93. One of my favorite childhood Christmas traditions was watching Christmas movies on TV. Back then we had no way of recording movies and you certainly couldn't buy them. It was the only time you could watch each year. waytoomanycats (@) gmail (dot) com

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  94. https://twitter.com/ThatTuxedoCat/status/548252021636071424 waytoomanycats (@) gmail (dot) com

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  95. We decorate the house the day after Thanksgiving!

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  96. decorating the tree together - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  97. Baking Christmas cookies with my kids.

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  98. Decorating the tree is our favorite tradition

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  99. my favorite tradition is opening up one special gift on Christmas Eve!


    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  100. i posted a tweet here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/548314965338120193

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  101. The youngest child in our family gets to place baby Jesus in the Nativity scene on Christmas Eve. dmarie824 at aol dot com

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  102. When our two youngest were little they had many gifts to open on Christmas. We wanted to stretch things out a bit so we had Santa make a special visit to our house the day after Christmas. He would drop them from his sleigh onto the front lawn. The adults would hear Santa's sleigh bells and yell for the kids to go outside and see if there were gifts on the lawn. It was magical for them!

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  103. tweet - https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/548328507177062400

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  104. I love them. When I lived in Ottawa, Canada, we used to go see the ice sculptures. Usually up here they last most of the winter. :D And I just realized we use different terms - here they are "ice sculptures", not "snow statues".

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  105. I do love the sculptures. I think the difference is that we actually make ours out of snow, and ice is carved with chainsaws on ice. Some of ours use the ice sculpting method as part of the whole sculpture, though, too.

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