California Christmas with a Southern Girl’s Heart – Christmas Home Tour 2016
Welcome to the Christmas Tour Kick-Off here a Mommacan.com Christmas is my favorite time of year. I enjoy decorating and having company when time allows. I love the sparkle of lights, the low glimmer of candles, the shimmer of mercury glass and the crisp reds and greens of a traditional Christmas. Reds and Greens seem always to spark a bit of joy in my heart because it reminds me of my momma’s house in Tennesse. These days she decorates with lots of silver and whites, but I am still a traditionalist and LOVE Pine Green and Christmas Red. Let’s begin!
I found this sign and knew it belonged right here by the doorbell. I had orignally placed it in an old pine chair and had it dressed up with flowers and such, but it just seemed to fit better here as a welcome.
Our living room is super cozy, the Christmas tree sits in the front window and offers tons of cheerful lights, which are quite lovely at night when you drive by; we are adding outdoor lights this week! I simply love white lights at Christmas; it just brings the night sky to our home and what is not to like about that?
Here you can see the fireplace dressed up with lots of garlands and red stockings. I have enjoy sipping a hot cup of coffee and enjoying the morning sunshine in this room.
Here is a close up of a simple winter vignette, a cream toned globe and bronze pinecones help give it a timeless feel, while the red mercury candle reminds us of the upcoming festivities.
Here is the dining room! We use this table for foodservice and set up tables in the living room for Christmas. I decided to use my table decor in a sparkly vignette display until it is time to get the guest tables ready. I love the bowl of ornaments and that silly cow creamer.
Here is a close up of the cow. The whole world had these for ages, and I just got mine because my youngest son insisted we needed one.
Okay, so I have a confession. I also am just in love with the mercury Christmas trees and just kept taking photo after photo. But look at the contrast of the sparkly glass and the natural pinecone, so pretty.
The last one, I promise, but the cow is looking over and saying HELLO!
This precious tree is in memory of my brother Michael. There is an old saying that when you see a cardinal, it is a passed loved one come visiting or something like that. Seeing all of these birds each morning is a beautiful reminder of all the good times I had with my brother. I hope he is looking down on me and enjoying the crazy things that happen when a blogger does one of these tours!
*note* Behind the camera is chaos I will share it with you all some time.
I went with super simple on this side cabinet in the dining room. There is nothing more comforting than a bowl of crisp apples. There is a line in the book Little Women by Louisa Alcott where Jo is sitting up in the room reading and eating a bowl of russets. Evey time I see a bowl of apples it reminds me of my favorite childhood series. I read them all, and really should read them again, maybe they will make me feel more youthful!
Here is the line.
Here! answered a husky voice from above, and, running up, Meg found her sister eating apples and crying over the HEIR OFREDCLYFFE, wrapped up in a comforter on an old three-legged sofa by the sunny window. This was Jo’s favorite refuge, and here she loved to retire with half a dozen russets and a nice book, to enjoy the quiet and the society of a pet rat who lived near by and didn’tmind her a particle. As Meg appeared, Scrabble whisked into his hole. Jo shook the tears off her cheeks and waited to hear the news.
Little Women ~ Louisia May Alcot
My kitchen is a baking haven during the first part of December. But these adorable little Christmas Fairy men look quite charming as they guard the cookies from sneaky tweens who are up past their bed time! These are Mark Roberts Christmas Fairies.
One of the best parts of Christmas decorating is the lights. Each night we turn on the rooms that are decorated with strings of garland and lit Christams trees and enjoy the magic. It is like walking in our own winterwonderland. As a matter of fact, I usually get a second wind of decorating about the 19th or so of December and end up with either another tree or and ther 50 yards of lit garland. It probably drives my husband nuts, but that is what make me so endearing, right? 🙂
Here is the Living Room Christmas tree in the evening. I love the sparkly reflecion in the window.
The Dogwood is a tree of my youth.
There was nothing more beautful than the white blooms in the cool, crisp early spring mornings.
Dogwood ornament, the red cardinals are my theme and the dogwood represent the home of my youth. I spend most of my childhood moving from base to base, but we settled in Memphis, Tennessee in 1977. I remember this because the year before I was a Girl Scout and wore the Bicentennial Costume for an entire year.( I really wish my parents would have taken photos of that outfit!)
It was also the year Elvis Presley died. We had only been living in Memphis for a few months when it happened. I remember when the ladies in the neighborhood gathered around discussing the sad news, it was as if we had lost a President. Elvis was a huge contributor to the community and of course the King of Rock and Roll. Each Christmas he decorated Graceland with the largest manger scene I have ever scene.
He loved music, his family, and he really loved his “King”.
You can see a photo of Christmas at Graceland here.
Elvis Aaron Presley – Black Velvet Ornament ( I mean how can you not love this?)
Another evening photo.
I had other plans for the mantle this year (really wanted to go with a grand New Orleans theme), but for some reason I ran with this bird theme and then I thought, lanterns really are a representation of lighting the way. So I hope when folks see the lights in the window, they have just a little whisper of hope bending their ear, and of the beautiful spirit of Christmas.
I hope you enjoyed peeking in our California home for a brief Christmas Tour. Christmas is wonderful to me, it is an excuse to add several bits of my Southern heritage throughout the home. I hope to share some of my kitchen and bedroom later this month, but time will tell. Like all of you, I am super busy, so don’t wont to pinky promise.
I hope you have a beautful Christmas! And remember your best Sparkle is the sparkle in your eye when you laugh with family and friends.
From the Our Family To Yours