Friday, December 15, 2017

Great Room Christmas Tour 2017

Oh the joy of decorating for Christmas!
It is probably my favorite thing.  I crank
up the Christmas music and enjoy every
minute of it.  It truly is one of my 
happy places during Christmas.

The fireplace is one of the main focal points 
during Christmas, well I guess all of the time,
but I love decorating it.  

This year I changed things up a big
by adding
lots of candles - which are all remote control
that I blinged up by gluing some diamond
ribbon around the bottom, and a touch of pink,

starting with this wonderful pink and gold set
of angel wings at the center of the mantel,

and long luscious ribbons.

Although the color doesn't show up well
in this photo, these beads are also a pale pink.

I also cut out O Holy Night on my Cricut
and put it on the face of the mantel in gold foil.

A diamond crusted fur stocking graces the hearth
and Santa's Book - where the little ones  can check to see how they
are doing this year.

The tree is at the other end of the room.

It also received some pink touches this year.

It is studded with gold and silver and more of
the blush pink beaded garland, and a touch
of white boa.

This is the centerpoint of the tree.

It also is adorned with a couple of sets of wings,
one in blush pink and one in white.  These are 
huge compared to the one on the mantel.

Glittery deer hide in the branches of the tree.

I love the warm feel of fur and boas and they 
go so well with my room decor.

A few pink trees are scattered around the room.

And a large bowl of pink ornaments change
things up a bit.

I love this perched atop my gold and fur coffee table -
which happens to be the grandkids favorite piece
in the room, and probably mine.  They just can't stop
playing with it.

More fur in the tree skirt and this gorgeous 
furry "basket" with pompoms.

This gorgeous gold tipped feather tree was a gift
from one of my dear friends this year.  We went on
our traditional shopping trip to Salt Lake and we
all fell in love with it at Z Gallerie, so she bought
us each one as our Christmas gift!

All this fur makes you just want to cozy up,
but it works well in summer too!

I found a pair of silver sleigh lamps
last year at Home Goods.  I just love this
touch of whimsy.

At the opposite end of our great room is
the video room.

On the wall hangs a print of theMadonna and
Baby Jesus by Amy Oberhansley
and underneath it is an olive wood 
Nativity that my daughter and her husband
brought back from Israel this year.

With just a few touches, our great room 
was transformed from last year's decor.  
I really like what a touch of pink did for the room.

I hope all your decorating is finished and you
can sit back and enjoy the Christmas season.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Night In Bethlehem Table

Silent Night,
Holy Night,
All Is Calm,
All Is Bright....

Gather with us tonight as we
celebrate the Reason for the Season,
the birth of Christ, with
a dinner called

Last year we decided to make the night
we celebrated the Nativity separate from
gifts and crazy excitement of Christmas
Eve and make it a more special and spiritual

Last year we called it
 A Night With The Shepherds.
We were dressed in our Middle Eastern
outfits and ate Middle Eastern food.
Haha!  That didn't go over so well with
the grandkids.  I should have called them
burritos, as they got scared off.

This year we decided to call it 
A Night In Bethlehem and wanted
to make it more special by sitting on the 
floor and serving a little more familiar
food, but maybe in a style like they
might have eaten.

We started with long folding tables
and set them on #10 cans on the carpet
in the great room.

Tablecloths covered the tables and were tucked
underneath.  I spread out a beaded table topper
and then placed wooden serving boards
around the table.

I had purchased a lot of these small wooden
serving boards at Home Goods quite
a while ago and decided that would be
their "plate" and all they needed was
a knife for cutting and spreading.

The food was beautifully displayed
as an assortment of Charcuterie boards.

The menu consisted of a variety of cheese,
crackers, naan bread, prosciutto wrapped cheese,
hummus, nuts, fruit and honey with honeycomb.

I chose grapes and pomegranates,
Asiago and Manchego Cheeses and a variety
of flavored Brie, along with artichoke dip.

Sparkling apple cider is always festive
and the kids love to drink from goblets.

I have about 20 goblets from Dollar Tree,
and there is no fear about broken glasses
since they can easily be replaced.  A glass
goblet makes it so much more special for
the little ones.  We have used these for
a lot of family events for two years, and
the funny thing is, none of them have broken.

We didn't have quite enough of the small boards
so I used a few larger boards.  Everyone loved
eating off the boards.

These two cuties helped me set up and 
immediately Jacquelyn wanted to get
dressed as Mary.

Zack also got dressed in a shepherd's costume.
They then proceeded to answer the door when
the remainder of the family came, and told them,
"There is no room in the inn," and closed the door.

Of course, they enjoyed that fun.

The adults had a little fun with
costumes too, as they reclined at the feast table.

Baby got into the fun as she
acted as a servant, feeding her daddy grapes.

As dishes were being cleared, the rest of the costumes
were being donned.

Usually the girls fight over who is Mary,
last year the prized costumes were the
camels, but this year we had tender
feelings over who got to be the
pretty angel.

Of course, we try to be kind and take turns.
This little one informed me that she wants
to do the Nativity again for Christmas Eve,
and could I be sure and get another angel
costume for her since this one was a little big!

Jokingly, we asked the 2 1/2 year old if she
wanted to be the baby.  She crawled right into
the manger and posed with her eyes closed
the whole time.  The day after she came over
and said she wanted to sleep in the manger
again.  Oh the magic of children!

Mary gave love to her little one with pigtails!

We have a collection of sheep who
attended the dinner and the nativity.

You can see Zack riding his camel.

We didn't have all of the little ones here
for dinner this year, so we are always able
to fill in with adults.

We are a rather crazy crew, but
the night was magical and brought
a wonderful spirit into the home as
we prepare to celebrate the
birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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