Monday, November 30, 2009

Deck the Halls…Welcome to Our Home

I have been so excited about Deck the Halls and I hope you have been too! I can hardly wait to get a glimpse into your homes and your holiday decorations. Christmas is a magic time for so many reasons. I like to think that my outward decorations are just an expression of the joy in my heart. So, I’d like to invite you into our home.


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Welcome! We are a pretty traditional family when it comes to decorating for Christmas. We do have one running controversy however. Beloved wants RED and green not gold and green. I did wreaths with red ribbons in all the windows at the last house. This time it’s my turn :)


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I love the gold ribbon with gold and silver ornaments on the wreath. I think it dresses it up a little…and you are “front door” company! But don’t stand outside. Come on in!CIMG0772


The foyer holds my very favorite Christmas decoration—A Fontanini nativity. This is the first thing to go up every year and the last thing to be put away. The Bible is opened to the book of Luke, the story of the first Christmas. Although I sometimes read other versions for clarity, I still love the language of the King James version of the Bible.


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The House of Fontanini was founded in 1908 by Emanuele Fontanini in a small village in Italy. Each figure is exquisitely detailed and can take up to two years to create. Today Fontanini is still directed and operated by the fourth generationCIMG0762


The figures are crafted of resin and the wooden stable has natural fibers to make it more realistic. This is on my daughter’s Christmas wish list. Every member of the family has cherished this for a long time.


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The bannister is done, but you can’t go upstairs. I haven’t decorated up there yet :). Come into the living room. This is the room my family calls my room. It has “my” Christmas tree in it.


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This tree in the living room is all gold and crystal. I have been collecting these ornaments for years and try to add one or two each Christmas. The children know an ornament is a gift I will love. CIMG0744


I fill in with shiny gold poinsettias and wired fish net ribbon entertwined with the white lights, ornaments, and gold bead garland.CIMG0789


This tree has beautiful crosses…the reason for the season.CIMG0747


There is an assortment of crystal angels..some with harps, some cherubs, some with beautiful wings. I love the way the lights shine through them.


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There are whimsical ornaments too…reindeer, ballerinas, Santa, doves, snowflakes.


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A candy cane poinsettia in my grandmother’s crystal bowl carries out the red theme in the room. Early birds got these poinsettias at Home Depot for $1!!!..My early bird daughter picked them up for me. The limit was ten :(.CIMG0787


I filled this crystal trifle dish with leftover gold baubles. Sometimes when it is quiet at night, I like to come in here and just enjoy it. I hope you enjoyed coming to “my room” too. But, I know, it’s getting late. W e’re all still recuperating from Thanksgiving.


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Don’t worry. I’ll invite you back next Tuesday. If you are participating in Deck the Halls add your permalink, not your general blog address, below after you have actually published your post. Don’t forget to copy and paste the Deck the Halls logo. Thanks for participating. I look forward to visiting you.

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68 comments:

  1. Susan,
    All your decorations are just beautiful. I love all the gold, and your tree was nothing but eye candy. Your door and porch were so elegant looking. Thanks so much for sharing and hosting this wonderful event.
    Sandy

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  2. I saw earlier today that Mr. Linky is having some problems. Great timing, huh? Your decorations are beautiful. Thanks for hosting. My link is:

    http://asouthernlife.com/2009/11/southern-sister-tour/

    Merry Christmas!
    Christi @ A Southern Life
    http://asouthernlife.com

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  3. Your house looks lovely. Your nativity is beautiful, I can see why you treasure it. Thank you for hosting the fun party. I'm not seeing Mr. Linky...so you can find me here:

    http://ineedmom.blogspot.com/2009/11/oh-christmas-tree-oh-christmas-tree.html

    Sue

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  4. Susan I love your home. Gorgeous! Here is my blog address:http://lynnesgiftsfromtheheart.blogspot.com/2009/11/christmas-welcome.html I hope you get it to work I know you've gone to a lot of work... hugs darling.. ~lynne~

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  5. I love your green and gold decorations, and the nativity is exquisite.

    Here's my link:

    http://tammy518-mamaison.blogspot.com/2009/11/deck-halls-december-1.html

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  6. Sorry about Mr Linky - wish I could help. My link is http://dabofthisandthat.blogspot.com/2009/11/deck-halls.html
    On my way back to take a good look your your beautiful decorations.

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  7. Susan...Your home is just gorgeous! I love "your" tree! So many little perfect touches! I've made decorations from thrift store finds. Here's my link:

    http://confessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot.com/2009/11/decorating-with-thrifting-findsorfour.html

    Thanks for hosting!...Debbie

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  8. Nice job decorating your home. I love the nativity! Can't wait to see your other decorating posts. I just started to decorate this weekend and I keep changing it all around every time I walk into the room. My husband thinks I am nuts:)
    Joyce

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  9. We have similar tastes in decorating. I too have a large bowl full of leftover baubles. My tree is for me. The "boys" in the family don't have much of an opinion so I do what I like. I do all burgundy, copper, gold and shades of off white/cream.

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  10. Susan,
    I'm back my link is http://Sandy-Coppernthings.blogspot.com.

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  11. How beautiful it all is! I just adore your gorgeous ivory and gold tree. ~Elegance. :)

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  12. Everything looks so great and so Christmasy! And I love your Nativity Set....what a beautiful set to have. I have a set that I love and then posted on my blog today about a white porcelain set that I found at the Goodwill today for $4.99. It's beautiful...especially at that price!

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  13. SO beautiful and I love all the religious touches :) God bless!

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  14. Hi Susan! I love your Christmas tree! Your house is so festive and I still say your front porch looks like ours. Yours looks more inviting with the lights on though. I would like to participate. My permalink is http://christineshomeandtraveladventures.blogspot.com/2009/11/christmas-coming-so-soon.html
    Christine

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  15. Thank you for giving me an excuse to show off. I quite like your green and gold- husbands- huff. (grin)

    Here's my link, I want to party along...
    http://sweetteaandporchswings.blogspot.com/2009/11/vintage-christmas-part-ii.html

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  16. Beautiful post! Love that front door scene with the lights. Thanks for hosting this fun party. Sorry about Mr. Linky.

    Here's my link -
    http://ninasnest.blogspot.com/2009/11/christmas-bargain-redo.html

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  17. I like the gold/green combo...very elegant. Your tree is stunning. Also elegant! How nice that your children know what to buy you!!

    xoxo
    Janie

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  18. Susan, I just sent you another email to show you what the next sentence of the code for Mr. Linky should look like. Take a look and see if that helps. Hugs, Marty

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  19. Hi Susan,
    You have a gorgeous home! I am loving that tree with all the special ornaments, it's just a beauty! Your front door too, it's just so festive and classical! Thanks for hostessing too. My link is http://applestonecottage.blogspot.com/

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  20. Love all your decorations. This is such a fun time of year.
    My link is http://thefajdichtimes.blogspot.com

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  21. Everything is so pretty!!! I especially like the nativity scene. Love IT ALL! Thanks for sharing your decorations with us.

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  22. Your tree is so elegant and your porch is very inviting. Please link my post. Thanks for hosting this party.

    Karen at Nittany Inspirations
    http://nittanyinspirations.blogspot.com/2009/11/deck-halls-gingerbread-house.html

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  23. Susan...your home is beautiful! Mr. Linky is not working this evening apparently. :-( Sorry...all my links are gone, too. On the bright side, I surely loved seeing your beautiful green and gold decorations and lovely home!

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  24. Thanks for the visit to your lovely home. Your tree and Christmas decor are beautiful and full of sparkle. You are way ahead of me. I'm just in the "what am I going to do?" stage.....Sarah

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  25. I love your home!!! It's so beautiful. And I love the idea of having your Bible by the manger scene. And I'm with you, I love the KJV. Something about the poetry of the words speaks to my heart more than any other version. Very nice decorating!!! I have a post for next week and I will join you then!

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  26. Wow, you showed us a lot this first week! You must have a lot up your sleeve!
    It looks beautiful..I love your Nativity..That's what I showed tonight..We are a very Holy Family, LOL..I have them all over..
    I saw that special at Home Depot..but with the 4 little ones here there was no way I could get there...I'll have to pay full price.
    Your grandma's bowl is just beautiful..
    Thanks for inviting us, and I'll be back next week.
    I'll bring the cake!

    www.cuisinekathleen.com

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  27. Hi Susan, I wonder what happened to my comment! Anyway, please just ignore if this is a duplicate. Love your Christmas decor especially the Nativity. I still think your front porch looks like ours but yours is more inviting with the lights on. Lovely home all dressed up for the holidays. I would love to participate if you can figure out Mr. Linky. My permalink is http://christineshomeandtraveladventures.blogspot.com/ ....Christine

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  28. Ooops sorry, I gave you my blog address. My permalink is http://christineshomeandtraveladventures.blogspot.com/2009/11/christmas-coming-so-soon.html
    Christine

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  29. Susan, everything is all so beautiful! Every detail shows how much you really love the season.

    The Fontanini nativity must be a very special piece..our Church has the "extra large" Fontanini nativity which is absolutely gorgeous. After Mom passed away we purchaed two pieces in her memory and love to see them every year displayed in front of the altar.

    Thanks so much for getting this special event off to a great start..

    My link:
    http://foleysfollies.blogspot.com/2009/11/deck-halls-my-snowman-bob.html

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  30. Hi Susan- I'm still decorating, but managed to squeak out a short post for this week. Your home looks lovely! I see you share my penchant for gold holiday decorations! It's just so very elegant! I've listed my permalink below...and thanks so very much for hosting! Nancy

    http://athomeinthehills.blogspot.com/2009/11/deck-halls-week-1.html

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  31. Susan,
    Your holiday home is BEAUTIFUL! Love the Nativity and your tree is gorgeous.
    Thank you for hosting this get together, I've been so excited to join in.
    My post is http://theplaidbasket.blogspot.com/2009/11/decking-halls-walls-and.html

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  32. Susan,
    Pretty, Pretty, Pretty! I especially like your last fronT door photo. Thanks for hosting this fun event
    Cathy -THE STYLISH HOUSE

    http://www.thestylishhouse.net/2009/11/christmas-mantle-swag-tutorial.html

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  33. Hi Susan,
    You have some beautiful decorations, the nativity scene and the tree are wonderful.
    Thank you for hosting Deck the Halls, i's a great idea. My link is http://normandylife.blogspot.com/2009/12/tis-season-to-be-jolly.html
    Maggie

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  34. It is all just so pretty, Susan! I love the gold. Thank you so much for hosting this event!


    http://www.backporchmusings.com/2009/11/christmas-in-dining-room.html

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  35. Susan,
    Your home is beautiful and beautifully decorated. I need to get to work on mine!! Your nativity is exquisite.

    Carol
    http://carol-serendipity.blogspot.com/2009/12/deck-halls.html

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  36. Oh Susan your home is so beautiful! I love your entrance and your nativity set is really special. I cannot wait to see the rest of your stunning home.

    What a shame though about Mr Linky. Susan at BNOTP was having difficulties too. I hope this doesn't cause you too much stress.

    In the meantime,here is my link: http://5minutesjustforme.blogspot.com/2009/12/deck-halls.html

    Thanks for having me.
    Best wishes, Natasha.

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  37. Susan, you've created a gorgeous Christmas home. Mine is still under production :-) Even so; I've joined the party with a few peeks at the decorations. I'll be in full swing next week.

    http://www.snap-peas.com/2009/12/decking-halls.html

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  38. Everything looks wonderful. I can't wait till you get Linky working so we can see everyone's decor! (I'm so glad I'm not the only one who has tech problems now & again!)
    http://cheapchichome.blogspot.com/2009/11/christmas-decor-take-1.html

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  39. Your home is lovely. My home is a work in progress. We have the company party here this weekend, and there is so much to do!

    I too, hope you get Mr. Linky to function so that we can have a wonderful Deck the Halls Day!

    http://applejacklane.blogspot.com/2009/12/deck-halls-welcome-to-kitchen.html

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  40. Hi,
    My link is:
    http://whitespraypaint.blogspot.com/2009/12/decking-halls.html

    Laura

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  41. Ohhh...just found out about your party this morning and would love to join in! Your home is lovely! Thanks for hosting this party...my post is photos of one of my client's homes...I will be posting my own home very soon...
    http://erin-artandgardens.blogspot.com/2009/11/chrismas-decor-at-cs.html

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  42. Love your decor! You are off to a great start! Sorry you're having trouble with Mr. Linky, but here's my post: http://marshasmpressions.blogspot.com/2009/11/christmas-mantle-decor.html

    Thanks so much for hosting and I'll be back next week too!

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  43. I love your nativity. It is so special to keep the true reason for the season. I have my nativity in my kitchen. I have little ones coming this Christmas and don't want to take chanches of it getting broke. My post is http://homeismysanctuary.blogspot.com/2009/12/welcome-to-my-home-for-christmas.html

    Thanks for hosting. I can't wait to view all!

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  44. Love everything! I'd love to participate! http://niagaranovice.blogspot.com/2009/11/december-to-remember-day-1-exterior-of.html

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  45. Your decorations are just lovely and I see why your foyer is your favorite! Beautifully done!

    I heard about you from Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen :)

    Here is my first Christmas Deck the Halls post:

    http://savoringtimeinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2009/11/christmas-decoration-time-again.html

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  46. Hi Susan...

    My friend, thank you so much for hosting "Deck the Halls Tuesday" for us! I participated today and look forward to the next few upcoming Tuesday parties!!!

    Ohhhh...your Christmas decor is simply breathtaking, my friend!!! I love, love, LOVE your Christmas decor on your front door...how festive and sooo very welcoming!!! Love all of your beautiful vignettes...especially love the vignette with the Bible!!! Ohhh...and your tree is gorgeous! I also really enjoyed your beautiful gold garland and ribbon that you did on your stairway...it's all fabulous, my friend!!! What a sweet treat to see your beautiful home all decked out in its Christmas finery...thank you for sharing it with us!!!

    I am including my link for today's "Deck the Halls Tuesday" party...

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

    http://happytodesign.blogspot.com/2009/12/deck-halls-tuesday.html

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  47. I too have a Fontanini and didn't even realize I had it. I inherited it from my lady friend who died, along with her vintage bulbs. I'll be sure to show it off.

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  48. Susan, your decorations are very beautiful! I especially love how you have displayed the Bible next to your nativity-I might just have to copy that idea :)

    Here is my first Deck the Halls post - What a fantastic idea and thank you for being the hostess!

    http://marsha-garden.blogspot.com/2009/12/deck-halls-tuesday.html

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  49. Susan, I'm sorry, I just read your email. I sent you one back telling you how to do it. I hope this helps. After you have copied the code for Mr. Linky exactly then go to dashboard and click on edit posts. Click to edit this post and then go down to the bottom of this post under your signature and right click and past the code for Mr. Linky. Hit save. Then hit publish and it should be there. Hugs, Marty

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  50. Beautiful. Especially the night shot of the front door. I love the crystal ornaments, too. It must look wonderful when the room's dark and the tree lights are on and shining through the crystal. xx

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  51. Stunning! Hope they get Mr. Linky working soon! I'm hosting the 2nd annual Christmas Cookie Recipe Party for the next 3 fridays in December. Hope you will participate & please spread the word by picking up the button on my blog.

    Oh and here is my contribution for Deck The Halls:
    http://ourcreativelife.blogspot.com/2009/12/white-christmas-bedroom.html

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  52. I like the Gold! But change is nice too! Lovely!
    Hugs, Lisa

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  53. Your home is just so warm and inviting anytime of year, but especially at Christmas! Thanks so much for organizing this fun event for us all!

    Here is my link:

    http://angelicaccents.blogspot.com/2009/12/deck-halls-tuesday.html

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  54. Beautiful!
    Love the bowl of golden ornaments. I may have to steal that idea!
    My URL is:
    http://cass-thatoldhouse.blogspot.com/2009/12/fa-la-la-la-gobble.html

    Happy Decorating!
    Cass

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  55. Thanks for stopping by and your wonderful comments. Once agian thanks for hosting this event, I have enjoyed seeing all the creativity that is out in blogland. Using the real greenery here is not to much of a problem since it does get a little colder here. I tried to use it once in SC, and oh what a mess I had in less than a week! They will never be able to say, I was afraid to try new things, decorating for Christmas with live greenery, I have to laugh at myself on that one, and I'm sure my neighbors were rolling in the floor.
    Sandy

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  56. Your home looks so festive and pretty! :)

    Roeshel

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  57. Hello~
    I've been out party {blog} hopping tonite and have come across your 'open house' ... your home is lovely and the Christmas decor is divine! Great job! Mine is very traditional as well, stop by and take a peek when you have a chance!

    http://gypsyfleamarket.blogspot.com/2009/11/welcome-to-our-home.html#comments

    xo
    Jill

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  58. Oh Susan! So elegant! I love your nativity set..I'm afraid my decorations are not up to all the beautiful blogs..just mostly old family things, but they do make me happy! Merry Christmas!

    http://www.thehazardsofcurlyhair.com

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  59. I'm LATE...but here, finally! Thank you so much for hosting this event. I have been looking foward to it for months, but unfortunately, my life took an unexpected turn with the purchase of the house in "Hooterville" so I won't have much to share this holiday season. My link is:

    http://mycottageofbliss.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-already.html

    Your house looks absolutely beautiful...so festive! I especially love the crystal trifle bowl filled with ornaments. :)

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  60. Hi Susan, I love your green and gold theme but what I really love is your exquisite nativity scene. It's absolutely beautiful.

    Have a lovely week, Bonnie

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  61. Susan! I love your tree! I've got a Fontanini manger scene too! Maybe I'll get it out tommorrow! I'm still working on my tree and just got the rest of the fall decor put up! Everything looks so beautiful! God Bless! Lauralu :)

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  62. I came back over to see if Mr Linky was working yet..Maybe try MCLinky, that's what I had to do when Mr Linky took a powder for my Let there be White party..he works!

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  63. No mr. linky still not working, I love seeing everyones decorations, how fun...love all the gold and white with the green, very pretty and the tree is lovely...I will leave my link here http://aroundrhouse.blogspot.com/2009/12/a tree for the kitchen.html

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  64. Susan, your decor is just beautiful. I like to change things up every once in a while. This year I'm bringing back the traditional red. My children would love for me to have colored lights on the tree, but I bought a new pre-lit tree a couple of years ago, so that won't be happening.

    Sorry I'm running so late, but here's my link:

    http://kbeau.blogspot.com/2009/12/running-late.html

    Hopefully Mr. Linky and I both will be up to speed next week.

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  65. Very pretty. I love how you have the scriptures marked and open next to your beautiful nativity!~♥

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  66. Thanks so much for sharing and hosting this wonderful event.

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