First of all, I wanted to let you know that I replaced some of the photos on my home tour post in case you'd like to check them out.  Truth be told, I took those pictures at 11:00 PM, so the lighting was bad and they were kinda fuzzy.  Plus I was tired.  I got a few today that are clearer, so if you're interested in details then please give them a look-see.

I wanted to show you a few of the decorations that I use and love.  I don't change out my decorations from year to year-- I prefer to use the pieces I already have.  For me part of the joy of decorating for Christmas is getting to see these things that only come out once a year.  It's a pleasure to pull them out of the attic, dust them off, and set them up prominently in my house.

This ceramic tree sits on the table in my foyer.  I swiped it from my Mom's house a few years ago.  She painted it in a ceramics class she took with my grandmother when I was little.   It has lots of sentimental value to me.

I've had this rocking horse since before we got married, I think.  I love its old-world charm.  It moves around in my house every year at Christmas, but I always find a place for it because I just love it.

My now-sort-of-famous nativity set.   It's a Fontanini set.  I love the rustic look of the stable, the wise men on exotic animals, the look of awe on the shepherds' faces-- I love it all.  The Fontanini family has researched the time period of Jesus' birth and include lots of little details that illustrate that fact.  It's a lovely set and I'm very happy to have it.  And my daughter loves to play with it.

I bought this topiary (it's one of two, actually) at St Nick Nack's in Calabash, North Carolina.  If you ever have a chance to visit Myrtle Beach, Calabash is a short drive north and boasts some of the best seafood around.  It's also home of St. Nick Nack's, a huge Christmas store located within an even bigger store called Callahan's Nautical Gifts.  I bought these topiaries several years ago to decorate my mantel.  They reminded me of something I saw in Christmas with Southern Living 2006 (the greatest issue of Christmas with Southern Living ever, in my opinion).  You can't really tell in this picture, but the red of the berries really pops against the green color on my den walls.  And I just love topiaries.

I bought this wreath at the Southern Christmas Show back when we first got married.  We moved into our current house a few years later.  Our current house has double front doors, but alas, I couldn't find one to match it.  So now I just hang it on the inside of one of the front doors.  I keep thinking that one day I'll try to make a duplicate of it for the other door, but I kinda doubt I ever will.  I still love it, though.

If only I'd found a spot for my singing Bing Crosby this year...



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