Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Tour


Now that you have endured 3 separate posts on 3 separate Christmas decoration ideas, I will reward you with one lengthy (just being realistic here) post detailing the sundry festive arrangements throughout my house. Lucky ducks.

For reasons untold, I have enjoyed decorating more this year than ever, using things that I already owned. Maybe my resolve to embrace Winter and all that comes with it is paying off?

At any rate, I'm linking this post up with the Nesting Place Christmas Tour of Homes, and The Inspired Room where you'll find oodles and oodles of cheer.

Now that you're here, there's something I must get off my chest: I really don't like Christmas music. I feel compelled to share this and I don't know why. I wouldn't want to be thought a fraud. It's best to just put it out there. Beat you to the punch. I can only imagine how disgusted many of you are with me right now and I very nearly understand.

It's just that - how many different takes can there possibly be on Silent Night?

There's no place like home for the holidays - I agree!

But why must we sing about it in countless, jolly-voiced variations?

Don't even get me started on the cartoon Christmas songs. You know the ones.

In my defense, I have not, in any way, attempted to direct my young, impressionable children away from Christmas music. When we're in the car, we're simply having a wonderful Christmastime and we're probably contemplating who might be special enough next year to be gifted with our hearts.

For the record, here are my two favorite Christmas songs:
1. Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel
2. O Holy Night

Both are the perfect combination of life-will-never-be-the-same joy and reverence.

I also enjoy Christmas music that is entirely instrumental, as long as they are real instruments and not jingle bells.

So tell me, do Cory's pretty pictures distract you from the simple fact that I'm practically Scrooge in a ponytail?

I promise, I'm cheery as all get out.

And if this doesn't prove it, I don't know what will.

Vintage Baby wreath, baby.
It scares my sister-in-law.

Who made this? I want to know her. I want to kiss her on the cheek. I'll bet her name was Tilly or Dot.
I'll bet she was neighbors with Bess.

They played bridge on the plastic flowered tablecloth and sewed felt exotic animal Christmas ornaments in their free time.

They say it's love that makes the world go round, but I'm not sure I entirely agree. I think it might just be Ebay.

60 comments:

  1. oh yes those little babies scare me too!!!!

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  2. Great tour. I love everything!
    Debbie

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  3. i like trans siberian orchestra's christmas music....it is like heavy metal meets classical..not the run of the mill music.....i am 57 and LOVE THEIR MUSIC!!!their music tells stories...try it you maybe surprised....this is the first time i found your blog.......i like it too!

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  4. I enjoyed reading your post just as much as the pictures! LOL. And I have to admit that that wreath scares me a bit as well! LOL.
    Blessings,
    Kim

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  5. Your home is beautiful!! Love your decor, it's all so pretty! MErry Christmas!

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  6. Thank you for the tour! I love your home, it's gorgeous. That wreath..... soooooo cool!
    Oh, and I totally copied you and ordered the snowflakes! I can't wait to get them!

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  7. Love your home and the decorations. My sister hates Christmas music too. She only likes Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers Christmas. And John Denver and the Muppets. Nevermind that she's 31. I love the snowflakes from the ceiling! I. MUST. HAVE. THEM. Where can I find them?

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  8. Love your home! Everything looks so nice! Merry Christmas to you from a girl in Arkansas!

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  9. I am so with you on the Christmas music. My favorite song is O Holy Night. I love Martina McBride's version. But, the worst ever is the Chipmunks singing/squeaking the songs. Lord have mercy on me, please. Not right, I tell you. Not right.

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  10. I am pretty much there with you on Christmas music. I do have a soft spot for "All I Want for Christmas is You" only because of its connection with Love Actually and Neil Diamond singing "O Holy Night." Love your decorations!
    Michelle

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  11. love the 1st wreath made with paper!
    and yes A LOT of Christmas songs are simply horrible
    for example:
    where are you Christmas?

    a. why would someone write this?
    b. why would a producer pay money to record this song?

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  12. Fabulous.
    All of it.
    Her name was totally Dot.
    Me I want a hula hoop! sorry.
    -Jill

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  13. So, so pretty!!! I have to tell you that I was on a date with Kelly when I read your comment about my "jacked-up sweatshirt" and laughed out loud so loud:-)

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  14. Everything is simply lovely! It's nice to see all the color.

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  15. Sometimes I don't understand how drawn I am to you when I read things like your dislike for Christmas music, animals and Julia Roberts. I wonder how can we possibly get past this? But we do every time and I'm sure this will be no exception. I adore your Christmas decorations. I think there are 2nd only to your man's photography skills. He rocks. I totally agree about ebay and I will email you at about 11:43 and tell you why.

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  16. Okay I agree with you on the variation thing with Christmas music. Personally I love hearing Bing Crosby, Louie Armstrong, Frank Sinatra sing my Christmas Carols.

    p.s.
    Love the wreath but the babies???

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  17. Your house looks B-E-A-UTIFUL! Great job Shanny...as always.

    Cory- Great pics! I love everyone.

    I'm going to admit - I love the colors of the wreath but the babies are a little freaky. Just a little bit. And it's totally ok you don't love Christmas music...but I sooo love it. I don't care how many variations. O Holy Night is my FAVORITE by far :)

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  18. I really really like your house! I LOVE the tree with the paper garland in the big silver box thingy! LOVE. Also love the fun colorful tree! You did a fabulous job!

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  19. i love this blog. i just happened to stumble upon late last night. i can't tell you exactly how i got here but i did and i am in love. i love your home! gorgeous! the crazy thing is i went to bethel and i remember you from there. i graduated in '97. the internet sure makes it a small world! if you don't mind, i'm going to stop back by. love your little spot here on the internet. :)

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  20. that baby wreath is freaking terrifying! haha

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  21. I'd kiss that vintage baby wreath maker too - it's fantastic! Also - the house is beautiful! I love it!

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  22. I love your docorations and your floor lamp and the ladder thingy you turned into a shelf. You've got a really cute house!

    -FringeGirl

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  23. I'm pretty picky when it comes to music myself...your description was totally making me laugh......

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  24. Just darling, your decor is perfect! The wreath on the outside of the door is hilarously sweet...the colors are magical! Thanks for sharing your hubbies awesome photos!

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  25. Love your house Shannon. Love the ladder in the kitchen with pictures on it! Love the wreath! Love Corey's pictures! All of it...just beautiful:)

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  26. Hi! I just love your paper wreath and snow flake dining room. Thanks for sharing with us. I am very inspired!

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  27. Someone's getting really good with their photography girlie...fabulous pictures!!! Your home looks beautiful!

    I love Christmas music...you and I have the same 2 favorite songs...I do not, however, like it when they try and pass off some lame song that mentions the word Christmas once in the whole song as an actual Christmas song that they need to keep playing over and over again!

    :) T

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  28. Hilarious post especially about the baby wreath.

    Happy Holidays!

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  29. I LOVE the scary baby wreath! Does it make the kids cry? Your house looks festive and pretty, and I can pretty much take or leave most Christmas music.

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  30. Love the wreath - it's a mixture of campy creepy and Christmas cheer - just my style! Your house looks GORGEOUS!!! And I'm not into Christmas music this year for some reason. I'll probably turn some on next week and bake or something "motherly" since the kids will be outta' school.

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  31. So pretty! That wreath is actually super cute!! :) Merry Christmas!

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  32. hello...sorry about the lack of info. i am melinda (danner) flick. i was really good friends with joy depew. i remember you from bethel but we didn't really cross paths. with bethel being small everyone just kind of "knew" everyone. ha! i have to admit that i also had the "freakish" CK One also. Ha! so funny! i had forgotten about that. i felt so rebellious. haha! well i really do love your blog and may link you up if that is ok. someday when i finally get a home of our own again (hubby is back in school at IU), i so want to go vintagey. you have great ideas and you are so funny!

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  33. I so understand what you mean about the Christmas music. I cannot stand the be-bop obnoxious harmonies. So I dream of music that I can replay one hundred and eighty thousand times...... I am liking this year, Third Days, Do you hear what I hear? Amy Grants, I need a Silent Night and I am not sure who's but I think Sara Grove's Wintersong. Would love for Norah Jones to do a Christmas CD.

    oh, and, I too am frightened by the baby wreath. all my best for a blessed Christmas!!! and a wonderfully fresh new year!

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  34. I just LOVE the snowflakes - talk about bang for the buck. I'm thinking I need some. And the vintage baby wreath...kind of weirdly awesome. Sometime during the 70's my mother-in-law sewed up a whole slew of felted ornaments that are still being passed around the fam-damily. Her name is Ruth and I bet she' BFF's with Tilly, Dot & Bess.

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  35. Your house is fabulous! And I love all your Christmas decorations! So excited to have found your blog! I'll be back often. Merry Christmas!

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  36. Your pics are really great. And all the grinchy talk about christmas music almost made me cry. ;0) haha not really -but I am abnormally a little obsessed with ALL christmas music, even the horrible stuff. (except for the Christmas shoes song, which is an annoying manipulative mistake of Holiday musicianship...and a select few others..) But for the most part..I love all Christmas music, from Rudolph to a Jimmy Buffet Christmas, which I own.

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  37. Girl, you are a crack up. That wreath scares me too, but I can understand why you love it. eBay does make the world go round, and makes it a much better place in general.

    I think Christmas music should have stopped being recorded sometime in 1960's. We had plenty of it by then, although Celine Dion's version of O Holy Night does make me weep.

    Always a fun read here!

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  38. ♥ your decorations! Your house looks fabulous, very festive! May you be blessed beyond measure this Holiday Season! Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings~ Trisha

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  39. You are so hilarious! And I love the paper chain--did you make it? Thanks for being on the tour!

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  40. very beautiful decor!! and I love your colors! so inviting. Thanks for sharing.

    Amanda
    TheEckLife

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  41. so festive and those giant snow flakes are awesome!!!

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  42. Everything looks amazing Shannan! Cory is quite the photographer and your decorating makes for awesome pictures. I love having you as part of the family and getting to reap the benefits of your decorating talents.

    Sherry

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  43. That vintage baby wreath is crazy-weird. And jingle bells are SO real instruments! And your house is lovely.

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  44. Shannan, you shocked me. I love, love, love Christmas music! It makes me feel like a kid with no worries in the world. Court says there is only one day for that music and it is Dec.25. (His skin turns grinchy green this time of year.)Your house looks so welcoming and cozy. Love the newspaper chain! Why didn't I think of that?! The kids did the traditional red and green construction paper one. We've also done a comic strip chain. Yours looks classy. I love how your brain works....except for the music thing. :)
    ~~ Jamie

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  45. That baby wreath makes my heart sing. Your kids are adorable and I LOVE your house!! I want the snowflakes...where to find??? Your blog is a fun read. I am devastated to hear about KK in financial trouble!

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  46. I love it all! (Except maybe the baby wreath. It kind of freaks me out too).
    Came over from Nester's place. You can find my tour of my house here:
    http://beautyinallthings.wordpress.com/tag/christmas-2009/

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  47. Funny post!

    Try these albums for interesting and beautiful Christmas songs
    Sting: If On A Winter's Night (Soul Cake is fabulous)
    Mindy Smith: My Holiday

    Merry Christmas!

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  48. Your home looks so pretty, all dressed up for Christmas! And, believe it or not, I TOTALLY agree with you on the Christmas music...I detest it. Seriously.

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  49. Your snowflakes are so pretty!

    Thanks for showing us around. Come by and visit me anytime. Merry Christmas!

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  50. Beautiful! I love everything and your photos are great too!

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  51. GORGEOUS! I must feature that newspaper garland on our blog tomorrow! Pretty please? :-)

    I LOVE IT! (and ALL your other decor too!)

    Layla

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  52. I love your wreath! And instrumental Christmas music is certainly the best. Especially the relaxing piano, etc. variety. :-)

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  53. Your Christmas tree is beautiful! Especially the paper link garland...

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  54. Beautiful! I love, love, love the wreath. It all looks great!

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  55. I love your chain--adorable.
    Your new follower
    Cheri

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  56. If you don't like Christmas music, it's probably because you're listening to all the BAD Christmas music out there. Do yourself a favor and get yourself some John Rutter and the Cambridge singers, Clare College, Trinity Church Boston Candlelight Carols CD is gorgeous. That's the good stuff and I think you'll like it.
    I love your dining room, so pretty, and your tree is very original. I found your blog after reading about it on TLC.

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  57. I TOTALLY feel you on the Christmas music. I try and listen to the oldies but goodies versions on Pandora when I get the chance. I do have to say that my church put out an album in 07 to raise money for our African missions partners. It is called "Ring the Bells" and it is Amazing... I never LOVED "Little Drummer Boy" until I heard it on this CD. I think you can download it on itunes, and 100% of the procedes are still being sent to Africa. I highly recommend it!!! http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ring-the-bells/id294340247

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  58. I'm in love with your wired chicken coop looking green thing. i saw it in the kitchen the other night. It's so swoony. And I love all of these photos!

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