Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Joy, Love, Peace, Believe, Christmas

I'm decorating two different Christmas themes in our home this year.  We purchased a second tree from Balsam Hill.  It's a Brewer Spruce tree.  I sorted out all our ornaments and used the ones I considered "rustic" on this tree.  I'm putting the more formal ornaments on another tree in the front window of dining room.  I'll share that one soon.  

I found the sign for the mantel at Kirkland's. So many of my favorite words in one place makes me happy.

The magnolia greenery is from our backyard.

So are these berries.  We have loads and loads of them.

My mom grew up on a farm in Ireland.  She has told me that when she was a child, the only Christmas decorations in their home were the pieces of holly they cut and brought inside.  She has very happy memories of the excitement that holly brought.

I have lots more Christmas decorating to finish up around here.  Please come back next week to see my post on the Cozy at Christmas Home Tour hosted by Let's Add Sprinkles.

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  1. Eilis, I love your pretty tree and mantel. I agree the words on the sign do make you happy and I like how you placed the sign within a frame. Love your knitted stockings too.
    I haven't decorated my one tree yet. I'm impressed you have two trees.
    I look forward to your Holiday Blog Tour next week.

    1. Thank you, Bonnie! I wouldn't have mine up yet if I hadn't needed to harness my son's energy over the Thanksgiving weekend...

  2. Eilis, what pretty decor! I love fresh magnolia branches and red berries! A couple of years ago, we were in Louisiana working on the other house until 4 days before Christmas. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I was determined to add some Christmas cheer. I went out back and cut fresh greenery and holly berries and put them in mason jars. We loved it!

  3. Eilis, your Christmas decor is lovely. Your tree is beautifully decorated. Two trees is amazing. The sign is so cute and perfectly framed. Classic beauty. Merry christmas.

  4. I love that you were able to bring in natural elements from your own yard! There are several magnolia trees at the entrance of my subdivision. The thought of clipping a few strands for the holidays has crossed my mind! Ha!

  5. Isn't it fun to have two trees so you can use a variety of ornaments to create different looks? Looking forward to the Cozy at Christmas tour. Love the natural elements. Do you put the berry stems in water?
    I need to put up my second tree.

  6. Cecilia,
    Yes, there is water in the white pitcher. See you on the tour!

  7. So pretty already! I know your house is stunning. :)

  8. Eilis, your tree looks pretty! I can't wait to see the rest of your Christmas Decorations! I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend!!!

  9. Eilis,
    Love your new tree... We have some of the same rustic Christmas ornaments. :) I love your magnolia leaves and red holly berries, two of my favorite natural greens for Christmas. I am looking forward to seeing our Texas blogging friends at your house this week.



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