Pretty Little Christmas Spots Around Our Home



Happy Tuesday! Today I'm joining a group of ladies sharing Christmas vignettes around our homes as part of a Christmas Festival Blog Tour hosted by Kendra of Joy in Our Home.  If you just popped over here from My Creative Days then welcome! I home you'll make yourself at home here.

Christmas vignettes at our house are built around memories and things we've collected over time. There's nothing picture perfect here and no stress to make it pin worthy.  I just want to enjoy these days. 



On this stunningly beautiful day here in Texas it is 76 degrees. You heard that many of my Texas neighbors had snow a couple of days ago....right?  Not us and I'm glad about that! While some of you are sipping cocoa and enjoying a fire,  I've been out cleaning windows  and loving "the outside looking in" view.


Now remember, we've been in this house less than 6 months and I don't have everything figured out here decoratively speaking.  I do know what's important to me right now and that includes a jar or two filled with old Christmas photos of our sons and family members. I've been digging through hundreds of photos taken over the years and just can't seem to get enough!


The old Santas on the shelf are special to us because they were collected in the first few years of marriage when buying something like that was truly an extravagance.  I have to grab the glue bottle when the Santas are unpacked these days. 


When our oldest son was a toddler he could climb just about anything. We decided not to put a tree up that year to reduce the risk of a Christmas tree landing on our red-headed baby boy. As the season moved along, I was not happy at all about the missing Christmas tree.  Paul came home from work one day with Santa holding the baby. I love Christmas memories and I love that man.


A little glitter sparkling in the house is welcomed this time of year.


The Christmas shadow box below was made by a sweet blogging friend, Laura of Decor to Adore. She sold these in her Etsy shop one year to raise money for a family in need. I think of that generosity when I take it out each year. 



Do your Christmas decorations bring back memories or do you like to start over each year?  I'd love to know some of your favorite memories.

You can see our Christmas Kitchen here and our Cozy at Christmas post here.  Next stop on the Christmas Festival Blog Tour takes you to City Girl Meets Farm Boy. 

Christmas Festival Blog Tour




Mantels on Monday


Vignettes on Tuesday

Recipes on Wednesday




Front Porches on Thursday




Tablescapes on Friday


Linking with: Dream Create Inspire   Home for Christmas   Home and Garden Thursday 
Sundays at Home

31 comments

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I love the idea of the Christmas photos in the jar! And the story of Santa holding the baby, made me smile. We have collected our ornaments over the years of our marriage. When we travel, we try to find a Christmas store and buy an ornament from where ever we are. So every year when we are decorating the tree we reminisce about our travels.

Joy In Our Home said...

Such pretty vignettes, Stacey! Love the memories from when your boys are small and the santas from when you were first married! True keepsakes! Thanks for joining me on this tour!

Decor To Adore said...

Your shelves look fantastic. That Santa is SO precious! Thank you so much for the sweet shoutout.

Lindsay Eidahl from My Creative Days said...

I love your shelves styled for Christmas! Such pretty touches!

Noting Grace said...

Love these vignettes! And I agree - touches of glitter this time of year are perfect for the season!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love seeing your family photos mixed in with the decorations. Your home is filled with things to bring you joy...and not too much. I need to declutter after the holidays! lol Holiday hugs!

Sandy said...

Everything is perfect. I noticed that little sign next to the family photo. I really like that. A few years ago, I really went through all my Christmas decor and purged. I kept ONLY the things that were really special to us as a family. That is all I put out nowadays. I love to look at magazines and see what others do, but as for my home now it is just the things that have been around for years. I think I have really loved my home at Christmas more the last couple of years. It is not over the top and driving me crazy by Christmas Day and evokes lots of warm fuzzies.

Marci Schneider said...

I need those little pink houses with the glitter!! Merry Christmas!

Jamie Hoover said...

As the snow falls outside my house and the winds are blowing, I am sooo jealous of your beautiful Texas weather! Your photos look so pretty displayed in the jar. It is such a different way of putting them out there for everyone to see! I've put them under a cloche in a similar way.

chateau chic said...

Reading about some of your special Christmas memories is heartwarming. When we got married and had children, I loved Christmas and started many family traditions. It's fun to see that our children still expect those traditions to continue even as they are now adults.
Mary Alice

The Sketchy Reader said...

Aw, isn't Laura the sweetest! I love the shadow box!

designchic said...

What beautiful Christmas memories - I love the Santas from when you were first married and the pink house are adorable! Happy Wednesday, Stacey!

Jann Olson said...

Stacey, all of your vignettes are perfection! Love the idea of old photos in jars. Your Santas are precious and I love the story behind them. I have some ornaments from our first tree and they hold a dear spot in my heart!
hugs,
Jann

Junkchiccottage said...

Good Morning Stacey. I love the Santa holding the baby. What a beautiful man your hubby is to bring that home to you. Such a beautiful memory to cherish. I have angel ornaments on my tree each year that have beautiful memories attached to each of them.
Enjoy this week. We are getting so close now to the big day. I am trying to enjoy each and every day. This time of year goes so quickly.
Hugs,
Kris

Caligirlinasouthernworld said...

Love your Christmas vignettes, Stacey! Your Santas and the shadow box are some of my favorites. Holiday decor with memories and stories behind them are so special. Thank you for the inspiration. Merry Christmas!

Jeanie said...

I love every single thing you shared here, Stacey -- especially the photo pieces and those wonderful Santas. Beautiful vignettes, including Laura's shadowbox.

Everything I have seems to have memories. And yes, I'll add to it, but it doesn't seem to change much -- I add in the spirit of the old. It's like reading my biography as I decorate for the holidays -- a gift from this friend, a Santa from that one, an ornament that was mom's favorite, the bear ornament that came on flowers once sent by my dad. It's all the story of my life. I think yours is, too.

Christine Vandormolen said...

Gorgeous Christmas decor and not too over-done. I love the little pics in the glass. What a neat idea! Christine stopping by from Little Brags (today's Front Porches) .

Kristin Lenz said...

Such sweet memories! Love the idea of the pictures in the jars! So sweet!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I will never tire of seeing snippets of your pretty home. Your shelves are decorated beautifully and you totally look like the sister to those boys in that family pic! You young, pretty thing! :)

Amber Lyon Ferguson said...

This is such a beautiful and heartfelt post! I am very sentimental when it comes to Christmas too. The memories are what makes it so special! I love your photo jars. Such a great idea! Thanks for linking up to the Home For Christmas link party! I am also co-hosting Thursday Favorite Things if you would like to link up. Merry Christmas!
Amber
Follow The Yellow Brick Home

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

What a great sentiment - not to try to make your decor "pin-worthy" but to make it special to you. Such a wonderful point to remember and it will definitely take the stress out of putting out your treasured ornaments and enjoying time-honoured family traditions. That being said, I think you've done a terrific job in decorating - love the photos in the jar and that Santa with the baby is fantastic. Really enjoyed my stop here on the blog hop!

2 Bees in a Pod said...

Your Christmas decor is beautiful, especially your styled shelves! The photographis in the jar are wonderful! We enjoyed visiting you on the hop. We wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas season!

The Crowned Goat said...

I love your collection of Santa's Stacey and your pictures in the jar idea is super cute! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year. It's been so much fun to see all the exciting adventures with the house you guys have been on this year and I can't wait to follow year next year too. Sending you warm hugs from Florida, Coco

Bonnie said...

I love the idea to put old Christmas pictures out for viewing. Memories are neat.
Great story about the Santa with a baby. I also relate to changing temperatures. I’m actually at my daughters and it was 28 this morning in north Alabama. I’m wearing the perfect sweater for the temperatures I haven’t worn that I bought two years ago. We have such mild winters it has been too warm to wear it.
Merry Christmas.

Carrie said...

That Christmas shadow box is so pretty and what a good cause! I love having my home filled with items that bring back memories. Your home is beautiful! It has been pretty mild here in St. Louis all winter so far and I am not complaining!

Carrie
curlycraftymom.com

bj said...

What pretty Christmas spots around your beautiful new home..
Merriest Christmas

Hena Tayeb said...

What sweet little spots you have created.
Happy Holidays.

handmade by amalia said...

Your home looks so warm and welcoming, as always. Wishing you a very happy holiday.
Amalia
xo

Amy Johnson said...

I just love your "pretty little spots". The santas are so charming!

Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry said...

What precious memories! Love all the sentiment in your holiday displays.

Simply LKJ said...

What a sweet story about your hubby and the santa!