I love seeing the insides of other people’s houses!!
Do you ever ride through those fancy neighborhoods and try to see inside those that don’t have curtains or blinds when you’re out looking at Christmas lights???? Me toooo!! Hahah
I’ve seen a few home bloggers over the years that periodically give tours on their blogs. I love that idea!!
For today’s #makeovermonday sit back in your comfy chair, grab a cup of hot chocolate and welcome to our first ever Haigler family Christmas tour!
We even put lights outside this year for maybe the FIRST TIME EVER SINCE HAVING KIDS!!!
And Frosty. He’s from our wedding reception 12 years ago. One year, he stayed on our porch THE ENTIRE YEAR. He had a beach towel and beach bag in the summer, a witch’s hat at Halloween, you get the point. It was hilarious. His arm is broken, he’s a bit rusty, but he’s still happy.
Just inside the front door you’ll find our 2015 Christmas cards on the wall. This makes me smile every single day looking at the faces of friends and family 🙂
In this room, we added our “skinny” tree from the farm! Ha! It’s cedar and I found out I’m still allergic to those trees. My hands show it today (we just added these lights and ornaments yesterday about an hour before friends arrived for dinner!!). Also, we ran out of lights. So, the top of the tree is kinda skimpy. It certainly doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful #idhtbptbb!
My favorite thing about this tree is that our decorations have meaning. All of the homemade ornaments, passed down ornaments – they live on this tree.
From when we got married:
And little fingerprints painted on balls:
And reindeer faces:
And ceramic ornaments that were made for me as a little girl:
And my own handmade ornament from 1st grade – LOL rockin’ that side ponytail!!
We even have an ornament passed down from Brian’s grandmother.
Below the tree sit 3 green Christmas trees. We used these in our wedding reception.
To the right of my desk I have my grandmother’s cedar chest. It is still full of dishes and glass that we brought home from cleaning out her house 2 summers ago. One of these days I’ll find a place for all that stuff!
This candle is special. Right after my grandpa passed away, I took this candle down to my grandma’s house on a Thanksgiving or Christmas when we were eating without him for the first time. I told my grandma we would light it to remember him. That candle never left her table. She always used it to remember him. And now I remember both of them.
Next, this is my only nativity scene. Funny story, I won parts of this in a family white elephant game many years ago. My aunt just kept getting me the rest of the pieces to complete the set over the years. I’ve decided that this doesn’t belong in our house just at Christmas. It stayed out all year this year.
Behind baby Jesus is one of our favorite things in the Haigler house. It’s called a WoodWick candle. Not only does it smell heavenly, it crackles like a fire. My aunt got me this one at Cracker Barrel. We LOVE LOVE LOVE these candles!!!
Our dining room is not necessarily decorated for Christmas at the moment. Yesterday was Kylie’s birthday and I have a tradition of decking out the dining room for their birthday dinners at home. We usually leave up the decor for a few days (or weeks, or months, or whatever man) to enjoy dinner at the table and keep the celebration going! We had a Minnie explosion yesterday – as you can tell.
All of the decor came from Hobby Lobby. They have these balloons and paper decorations in almost any color you can imagine. I love that they are all reusable. I just start taping these to the ceilings and lights!! This was only 3 packs of decorations (about $5.99 each), 2 packs of balloons ($3 each) and 1 pack of balloon sticks ($5). If you catch the party section 50% off at Hobby Lobby, you can get a GREAT deal!
Next, we have our living room with the big fat tree of 2015.
To give you a little bit more of a perspective, here’s another shot with the tree next to our couch.
Um, yeah. The tree IS THE LIVING ROOM at the moment!
Our fireplace is one of my favorite things. This year, I decided to keep it SUPER simple. The wreath is real, from the tree farm. It is dried out and almost dead (we got it the day before Thanksgiving). The red berries are from the flowers and decor we used in our wedding 12 years ago.
Right beside the fireplace is our chalkboard. I use this thing ALL THE TIME. Parades for work, events for work, birthday parties, dinners, church events. It is from IKEA and is around $10. One side is chalk, one side is dry erase. We LOVE this thing.
The red chair is from a local auction house. We got it for $4 🙂 Actually, I bid on it while Brian was in the bathroom. And we had a itty bitty car. REAL funny looking driving home with the chair in the back seat and our front seats pushed alllll the way up. Funny.
Under the TV we have these cute little mason jars that I found at the Dollar Tree! Have you seen these? They are EVERYWHERE. Put a tea light candle in and watch them sparkle.
And we added the gingerbread house from #funfriday to the book shelf.
Still, my absolute favorite thing to do is to sit down at night and watch the lights shimmer.
There’s just something about a Christmas tree. Maybe that’s why I leave them up so long.
I’m sitting here now at my little keyboard watching the tree, smelling the cedar and listening to the crackling candle.
This is me in my happy, peaceful place.
Good night, friends.
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