I'm linking up with Shabby Art Boutique's Show us your Christmas home.
We have a pretty modest home in the midst of renovations (yuk)so some of the backdrops are less than pretty but as the holidays are fast approaching the work will begin after all the festivities with painting, sanding floors, etc. But it doesn't stop us putting up the decorations and overlooking the background ;)
In our hallway Santa greets you at the entrance next to a table covered with decorations.
Grin Chinnigan (a Katherines Collection elf) has been moved back to his usual spot near the front door. I have put him under the tree each year since I had him but this year a certain little lady just will not leave him alone...she talks to him, wipes her vegemite covered hands on him, sits on him.....so I thought it safer (and cleaner) for Grin to be put back in his usual spot. She hasn't annoyed him since.
I fell in love with this big elf as soon as I saw him at Gails Patchwork Emporium and HAD to bring him home. When I did bring him home Kayla said "OH he's the ugliest thing I've ever seen!" I thought he was just gorgeous. As much as Kayla dislikes him it was her who came up with his name 'Grin Chinnigan' I think its a great name for this smiling Christmassy elf and I love him. He stays out all year long and when I pass from this world he's getting left to Kayla in my will! hehehe Kayla...you'll be stuck with him ;) You better give him a good home!
I tend to stick to just the one room for our main decorating. I dont bother with the kids rooms at all because they are so messy its hardly worth adding more stuff in there;) I regularly just shut the door on their rooms......
The Christmas tree is a 6 footer I've had for about 15 years. Its in the dining room where the majority of the decorating is. This is the first year the tree has been really full with decorations! My mum gave me a whole box full of decorations this year and I got rid of all the old broken and sad looking ones we had.
All except this poor little angel that is. Kayla made this when she was only 5 years old in kinder. She's lost a wing and her halo is broken. I was going to put her aside in the keepsake box but Kayla hung her on the tree again this year...as she has every year since she made it.
A pretty angel sits at the top of the tree.
The mantle piece...........
and dining table. The table cloths are kind of a waste with 6 kids....they're in the wash more often than on the table!
The little houses hold tea lights and look so pretty when lit when it's darker
Bit hard to see the garland I made in this pic. Clicking on it might give you a better view.
A few more decorations scattered around here and there. I still have more items in the shed. I've been bringing in a few extra at a time each day.
The kids have been having fun showing Danae all the moving singing figures. Still a few more of those too to bring in and put batteries in.
This little elf is another that stays out all year
I'm off to look at some more of the decorating linked up to Kerry's blog. I haven't forgot my recipe I was going to share either. Haven't had a chance to make them the past couple of days but this afternoon the mini plum puddings are being made and I'll share later tonight.