Merry Christmas to all …

As promised yesterday I have a few photographs for you.  It’s what my family and I will be looking at tonight during the Christmas Eve party I throw every year.  That sentence seems completely wrong, but I don’t have time to fix it.  I have food to make and a Christmas party to get ready for.  That means dabbing nail polish onto the chipped portions of my always chipped nails.

Remember the Thanksgiving Dinner I hosted this year where the evening ended with everyone measuring each other’s heads?   The Christmas Eve party is pretty much like that with fancier clothes.

Oh! Oh!  And once we had a fist fight over flannel pajamas  at one of my Christmas Eve parties!  To be fair, they really were exceptional pajamas.  So that’s something to try and top.  I’ll keep my camera handy just in case.

I’ll be serving the biggest mish mash of food you’ve ever heard of … as I do every year.

We’ll be eating antojitos, mini sweet and sour meatballs, veggies and dip, pan fried polenta with portobello mushrooms, shrimp and cocktail sauce, cheeses, polish sausage and crackers, bacon wraps, olives and an assortment of chocolates and cookies. And of course the standard chips and dip. It’s a festival of mismatched appetizers.

I’ve tried to change things up over the years.  I’ve tried to fancify it.   But I’ve been met with resistance. Resistance in my family is voiced something like this, “Um.  Where’s the meatballs“.  And then someone pokes me in the eye and makes a run for the door.

Oh right!  I was going to show you pretty pictures of my house before it becomes a mess when my guests arrive.

For your viewing pleasure …

My Festive Foyer

This is my live tree.  My real tree.  My main tree.

More on it later …

These are my elves. They creep people out.

My champagne tree and deer in my bookcase. I have a thing for reindeer in Christmas decorating.

My Festive Living Room

That’s Ernie under the table.  We found her on the porch 2 winters ago.

This tree is one I found in my mother’s garage.  She owned it for years, got sick of it and decided to throw it out.  To chuck it.

I grabbed it (only moments before my sister) and have had it up ever since. Well, during the holidays anyway.

The mantle.

Back to my main tree.

My main Christmas tree is decorated with antique ornaments.

I found them all at garage sales.

They’re beautiful and I love them.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

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  1. Christie Holbert says:

    Lovely!!! Where did you find that clear deer???

    • Karen says:

      Hi Christie! I can’t remember, but I got it many years ago. You can find them all over now, but I haven’t seen one quite as large as mine. I found the exact one on Amazon for you! I remember mine was expensive but I bought it after Christmas so it was 40 or 50% off. ~ karen!

  2. Evelyn says:

    Ok so I have had THE best time here at your website and have been here probably an hour or so :)
    I was almost ready to shut her down and get some sleep (You know how Monday is at work, right!?!) This was my last page.. making my great escape and then I saw it.. There is this cute little white thingy hanging down from the ceiling on the last picture here.. Ok so I went through all your pages and guess what.. Umm hum no directions on how to make it.. SOOOO am waiting till you have a diy page for that cute little hanging ornament Ok.. Ok.. Thanks, I love your wonderful ideas..

    • Karen says:

      Hi Evelyn! Do you mean my ceiling fixture, lol? My light? I think that’s the only thing you could possibly mean. :) It’s the Knappa pendant lamp from Ikea. Welcome to my site! Sometimes I swear. ~ karen!

      • Evelyn says:

        Ha ha.. yup that would be it.. I really thought how lovely and just thought it was a Christmas Decoration you made.. You are so talented. I love the light.. I will have to check it out at Ikea.. lol

  3. Cathy says:

    That glass reindeer is to die for. I want it now.

  4. Linda says:

    Nice to see a real tree that hasn’t been pruned to death. In other words, I like the branches to be spindly, or perhaps natural is a better word. That way, each decoration is showcased as a work of art. Hard to find good old fashioned spindly trees these days. Short of trudging into the forest to lop off the top of a Spruce, I’m still searching ;-)

  5. Cindy says:

    I love all of your decorations especially the beautiful tree that you found in your mother’s garage. That is so pretty in your room. I also have a tree filled with vintage ornaments and I think they make the most gorgeous trees with all the colors.

    I have a question for you regarding your mantle. I have a lovely garland that I haven’t used on my mantle because I didn’t want to put nail holes. How do you hang yours? The 3M plastic hooks with adhesive do not stay attached to my mantle because of the type of paint used or because the garland is too heavy. It is a frustration for me every Christmas. I appreciate your advice.


    • Karen says:

      HI Cindy – Thanks! As to the garland .. well … I use nails. I just have 3 small nails, one at each corner and one in the middle. They’re just tiny finishing nails. I leave them in the mantle all year long and have painted the nails white so you don’t even notice them throughout the year. It’s much easier than trying to figure out what to do every year. I know people are afraid of making holes in mantles, walls etc., but if you just do it, and get over it, you’ll forget they’re even there. :) ~ karen!

  6. Tigersmom says:

    Oh thanks,I really do love that reindeer, but haven’t seen anything like it here in Texas.

    I finally worked my way from a random point all the way back to your very first post. I still haven’t read everything because I was flitting around at whatever piqued my interest but then finally figured I should travel in order in one direction. While I was doing it, you changed your avatar and it took me a minute to figure out that the comments I was reading were from you and not some American Indian chic also named Karen.

    I was about to ask why Laura Ingalls and then I remembered the bundle of Little House books you didn’t buy. I read and reread that whole series a gazillion times as a little girl. That and the Anne of Green Gables books. : )

    Oh, and I suck at drinking, too. If I get to the point where I actually get a buzz it’s guaranteed I’m gonna puke. Nice, huh?

  7. Tigersmom says:

    OK – I’m skulking some more and I must know where that enormous and gorgeous (glass?) reindeer on the mantle came from, please.

    I also have reindeers featured heavily in my Christmas decor (yours is wonderful, btw), but they have to be done right, like yours are, elegant as opposed to childish or overly sweet.

    I also have to say that I totally get why you sold everything and painted your house. The way it was before was so completely not you.

    I have reacted that way to things in my decor (not, of course, on such a grand scale as you did, you not being one for half measures and all). I have an aversion to distressed finishes (and a MIL who persists in giving me items with distressed finishes for every possible occasion). Honestly, I know they are all the rage, but they make me twitch and start frantically searching for paint.

    But enough about me, the way your house is now is really beautiful and is SO much more you. You have really done the eclectic look right (not easy to do, btw). I totally understand not being comfortable or able to live in an environment that is utterly contradictory to one’s self. So, my point, (yes, I have one) is that I understand why you sold everything and painted the walls white and I dont think it’s crazy at all.

    • Karen says:

      Tigersmom – Thanks! I got the acrylic reindeer on sale at my local garden centre in Canada. However, I’ve seen them ALL over the place in Canada at Christmastime. Google “Acrylic reindeer” around the holidays and I bet they’ll come up. ~ k!

  8. ev says:

    Very nicely decorated. You really go all out. Thanks for sharing!

  9. kelliblue says:

    Yes I AM commenting months and months after this posting (which is stunnnnnning, btw, as are all your posts, your house, your fella, your kitties …but i digress). So what I really want to know is where can I find/get/obtain/steal your stainless steel side table and your uber cool ‘fractured’ mirror??? *DROOL!* :)

  10. Erin says:

    I have to say I absolutely LOVE your style and your christmas style. Your house is everything I wish mine was. Such a beautiful collection and mixture of modern, traditional and antique-y things. I long to have a collection of antique christmas ornaments.
    Do you have any favorite places to go garage saleing or are there any flea markets you frequent that I should know about?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Erin! I got most of the antique Christmas ornaments in Pembroke, Ontario! A few came from southern Ontario … but the majority came from Pembroke. You can also get some good ornaments at Freelton Antique Mall (where I used to have an antique booth). They’re more money than buying them from garage sales, though! ~ karen

  11. Pam'a says:

    Your Christmas decor pics are absolutely lovely, Karen!

    Now I’m wondering if you took it all down and redecorated for Boxing Day. Does one decorate for Boxing Day? I figure if anyone does, it’d be you…

  12. Evalyn says:

    We had the tradional turkey, two kinds of potatoes, etc. Good food, good company (I like my family!), fun gift exchange.
    Then I called a friend who said, “we had the tradional dinner for Christmas eve; today everyone is coming to my house for Mexican food” and I was suddently jealous. My family refuses to move outside the tradional for holidays, and I understand the need for consistancey, but just once I’d like to have Mexican food for Christmas!

  13. Gina says:

    I only recently discovered your blog and feel I discovered a sister the family didn’t tell me about!
    It was nice stopping by to check out your sensational & snappy Christmas decor.
    Our Christmas was less festive than planned r/t a sick teenager with a high fever and our relatives avoiding viral exposure (smart)… Leaving an 8 lb beef tenderloin for the four of us!
    If only they had dropped off those promised side dishes !

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Gina! I must admit, I would have avoided viral exposure too! Although a tenderloin is always, ALWAYS very tempting. :) Always. ~ karen

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