So, I promised a little tour of the Hall House on Christmas, and I aim to deliver :) We're still constantly changing and adding to what we have here, but this seemed pretty good for starters, you know? So, if you begin from our little cul-de-sac, this is what you see--so much smaller than our previous displays, to Matt and I this looks like we've hardly done anything at all. Our neighbors, I'm sure, don't share the same opinion! But it seems like we've wound up in a great neighborhood for lights, lots of other houses here decorate as well, and everyone so far is really enjoying it.
Before you come in, you must say hello to the little Christmas mouse down by the mailbox!
The view as you approach the porch. Those candy cane poles on the left were ones Matt and I built and painted (and glittered...) for the Yorkshire house, and so far they've found a good home on either side of the garage. Next year we hope to have more made for the porch, which as you can see, now just has red ribbon and lights.
Santa's on the porch! Hi Santa!
At the entrance, to the left, we've got white lights and garland up the banister, and the animals stockings hang here.
To the right, is *Our* tree. This tree has all of the ornaments each of us kept from when we were kids. It's our first tree that's totally ours, together. We love it.
This tree has a train, baby! Yes, it really runs, and yes, it is the most awesome thing ever. The smokestack even blows tiny puffs of smoke as it runs.
Who wouldn't want to marry this guy when you know you'll be getting this tree topper in the deal? This topper lights up on it's own and spins. Santa and his sleigh, rounding the globe. One of our favorite Christmas toys!
The fireplace--I'm so happy to have a tree by the fire again! This is officially the coziest Christmas spot on earth--hot chocolate and movies in this room are just the best it can get.
A view of the full room, tree and all.
The dining room is next, where I have the buffet fully decorated already--guess we'll have to move all this when it's time for dinner, huh?
The "casual" table set up (wait to y'all see our Christmas Dinner set up!), and the second of our trees, this one's kinda skinny and done in all metallics and cool tones. Very much *my* tree ;)
We've become addicted to the french press coffee pot we got for our wedding, and couldn't resist a shiny Christmas snowflake model for dessert with the family!
And these are my new dessert plates and napkins--so cute, I can't stand it!
Upstairs in the guest room is the third tree, also mostly a Cortney Tree, along with all my Peanuts Christmas toys. We think of the guest room at Christmas as a kids room, and always want to make it the room one of us would have wanted to sleep in if we were kids. Guest should absolutely get their own tree, don't you think?
The guest bed, and a rare appearance by Zoe! Apparently, in our house, guests get their own room with a CAT, too.
Finally, in our bedroom, is the fourth tree. One year Matt got this idea that we should have a big tree with nothing but glass ornaments, and in about 3 weeks, we had almost all the ornaments you see here. When my husband sets his mind to it, well, it gets done as only he could. Wait til I tell y'all about the Pez some time. Anyway, this is the tree that a) you can see from outside in our center upstairs window, and b) that I cannot find the skirt for ANYWHERE, which is making me nuts. It also has this lovely ornament, given to us by one Mrs. Kim Haynie! Kim, this was the FIRST ornament we hung this year, and we hung it together. We're dorks that way. I love this ornament so much, the cake even has lily of the valley on the bottom, which were the flowers I actually had on my real wedding cake!
And here's me, saying hi and Merry Christmas to all of you, in my dining room mirror, with my new Christmas Haircut. Happy Holidays, Y'all!