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Holiday House Tour

By Tara Zandra | December 20, 2013

I’m participating in a virtual Holiday House Tour put on by Jen on the Edge. It was a natural fit since I usually share photos of our decorations. To see the other houses on the tour you can go to this page.

We’ll start with the front door area.


To the right of the door are our received Christmas cards. I know it’s a dying act, but I do so love to send and receive cards every year.

Still in the entry way, this is my display on top of the divider looking into the living room. The gingerbread house plays the Nutcracker Suite. Originally I had envisioned 3 candy dishes and searched thrift stores for what I wanted. I found the one candy dish and then liked how it looked without being a grouping. Unfortunately, I still haven’t made it to the candy store this year to fill it with ribbon candy. Definitely on the list for next year!


Off the entryway is the living room.


The paper chains were made by the girls at the beginning of the month. I really love how they add to the room. As this is a functional room, on the floor you can see our Christmas puzzle we’ve been working on. Also, there’s a tray that holds Tabitha’s bead work for bracelets she’s making for friends.

Same view of just the lights.


Close ups of the fireplace area with a basket of Christmas books and another of stuffed animals. This is where we keep a few Christmas toys like a wooden Santa’s Workshop and a bucket of indoor snowballs. Also is a close up of Tabitha’s tree.




A close up of the real tree and also the top of one of the bookcases.



At the other end of the living room we have our Little People display. Tabitha sets it all up perfectly and Daisy spends the rest of the month playing with it however she wants. It’s a good system.


Next we’ll move into the dining room. This is where Daisy has her tinsel tree and also her Playmobil set from last year’s advent calendar.



In the kitchen I have lovely gingerbread displays and a welcome mat.






Even the bathroom is not immune from my decorating.


And that completes the tour. Thanks for looking :)

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11 Responses to “Holiday House Tour”

  1. Marion Says:
    December 20th, 2013 at 2:43 am

    I always love looking at your Holiday decorations…so beautiful,welcoming and festive!
    Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

  2. Jen on the Edge Says:
    December 20th, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Oh my gosh! So many festive things. I love it, especially that little tinsel tree.

    And I’m with you: I love getting real paper Christmas cards.

    Thanks for sharing your home with us.

  3. Patience Says:
    December 20th, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Wow, this really is a Christmas explosion! (I mean that in a good way. :) ) I love all your gingerbread things, and your mantle is lovely.

  4. Common Household Mom Says:
    December 20th, 2013 at 7:05 am

    What fun! I love cards, too. I really like what you did with your fireplace. Indoor snowballs?! I have to get me some. The gingerbread theme throughout is excellent.

    - Carolyn

  5. green girl in wisconsin Says:
    December 20th, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Christmas explosion, indeed! I LOVE IT! So happy and enthusiastic.

  6. Molly Says:
    December 20th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    That living room looks like a room full of love! I think your elves on the mantle are related to mine on my porch. This looks like a magical place for children!

  7. Smalltown Me Says:
    December 20th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    So fun and festive!

  8. Melyssa R Says:
    December 20th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    So fun to see your house. I love how you go all out! I admit that my energy is waning for it the last couple of years.

  9. Brightside-Susan Says:
    December 20th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Love the different themes through the house and those paper chains take me back…

  10. Karen (formerly kcinnova) Says:
    December 21st, 2013 at 9:47 am

    So much gingerbread! I like that — it’s different than anything I’ve ever seen. I am impressed by your Christmas explosion. :)

  11. Kim Kasch Says:
    December 22nd, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the paper chain garlands. My kids used to make those…maybe when I have grandkids I will be lucky enough to have more. Oh and the sugar and spice measuring spoons—that is so cute.

    I hang Christmas towels even on my stove too ;D

    And your fireplace is awe….dorable!