Santa Claus Collection is Coming to Town

Santa Claus Collection is Coming to Town

To spread a little holiday cheer, I’m sharing my Santa Claus collection of figures, decor and tableware. Many were gifts, several are vintage, and others I made.

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Dear hubby decorated the exterior of the house for Christmas, and has been helping me with the interior. Honestly, with my foot still in a walking boot, mostly I just point and say “please” and “thank you” a lot!

He’s been very patient, as I explain where my most treasured holiday decorations and dishes are stored. They’re spread across the basement, two floors and the attic; in cabinets, closets and boxes — even under beds!

Due to my limited mobility — and not being able to carry anything while I use a walker — I’ve had to scale back on decking the halls. Still, the house has a festive atmosphere, with a decorated mantle and live tree in the family room, and my Santa Claus collection prominently displayed throughout.

The best thing about my holiday decorations and tableware, aren’t the objects themselves, but the cherished memories and nostalgia they evoke.

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Enchanting Winter Woodland Tablescape for Christmas

Enchanting Winter Woodland Tablescape for Christmas

For this year’s holiday season, I’m sharing a winter woodland tablescape featuring a rustic deer centerpiece.

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Three years ago, the first Christmas table I ever styled and shared on Debbee’s Buzz had a similar theme. But, I was brand new to blogging, and a novice at using the software and photo editing tools.

As part of this month’s Christmas Tablescape Hop, I’ve updated and restyled the rustic look. A standing deer on a toboggan centerpiece sets the scene for the winter woodland tablescape.

To create the casual holiday table, I’ve mixed everyday dishes with seasonal plates, flatware and linens. By swapping and rotating tableware in and out of the dishwasher, I’m able to reuse the same basic table setting for multiple meals.

It’s an easy, practical way to continually set a festive table throughout the month of December.

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Downhill Dinner at Ski Cabin Winter Table

Downhill Dinner at Ski Cabin Winter Table

It’s ski season for the Buzz family! And, in honor of the family-loved activity, I’ve set a winter table in our lodge-theme game room.

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A belated, but very happy New Year to you all! This is my first post of 2020. After the sudden and heartbreaking loss of my Sweet Scottie Dog (shared in DIY Christmas Cocktail Ornament Balls), I needed to take a break from blogging.

But, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things; taking part in Amber’s Cozy Winter Home Tours. There’s so much to see and bee inspired by when you get this group of 24 talented stylists together! If you’ve come by from Lora’s simple winter mantel decor ideas, welcome!

Now that the holidays are in the rearview mirror, that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to make merry with family and friends. Besides, spring is a long way off here in Pittsburgh! During the month of January, I transition Christmas decor and tableware to enjoy for the rest of the winter season.

So, let’s hit the slopes — I promise it’s a no-fall zone!

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Easily Refresh & Update Christmas Wreaths

Easily Refresh & Update Christmas Wreaths

Do you ever pull out your holiday decorations to discover some looking worn, broken or needing repairs? And, I’m not just talking about lights not working, LOL! Before packing them away last year, I finally got around to updating and refreshing my Christmas wreaths.

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That amounted to 12 faux evergreen wreaths in need of some degree of holiday love. Ten hang from ribbon on windows in the front of our Georgian Colonial style home. One larger Christmas wreath adorns the front door.

Most are exposed to harsh winter elements — wind, snow, rain, ice and strong sun exposure. Dry rot is another problem; from storage in the attic. Over time, ribbon and bows fade, become stiff, crack and tear. Florist wire rusts. And, faux evergreen wreaths begin to drop needles like live greens.

Tastes change too. Or, the color paint on the front door, shutters or house.

But, who has the time or inclination in late November and early December to redo Christmas wreaths and other decorations? Bah humbug! The “secret” to finding the time, is to work on the Christmas wreaths — post-holiday — to ready for the following year. It’s also when you can take advantage of great sales on materials.

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DIY Christmas Cocktail Ornament Balls

DIY Christmas Cocktail Ornament Balls

As part of last week’s holiday tablescape hop, I shared a peek of the Christmas cocktail ornament balls that accompanied the Twas the Night Before Christmas Eve Table.

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Today, I’ll show you two fast and easy methods to make your own festive drink ware for holiday merry making.

One is really just a shopping list. Minor crafting and assembly is all the other approach takes. Both are easy peasy, inexpensive to make, and require little time and effort.

I promise they’ll be a big hit with family and friends during the holiday season. Last year, my adult sons were so impressed with the Christmas cocktail ornament balls, they snapped pictures to text to their friends.

But you can use them for kids of all ages, even serving non-alcoholic beverages if you’d like. Perhaps a cranberry sparkler for the children, and something with a bit more punch for the grownups?

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Twas the Night Before Christmas Eve Table

Twas the Night Before Christmas Eve Table

It’s the final day of this year’s weeklong, Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop. I’m sharing my Christmas Eve table, featuring Johnson Brothers, Twas the Night Before Christmas dishes.

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We had a fan-tab-u-lous Thanksgiving! I hope you did too? But, boy was I exhausted after housing, entertaining and feeding 16 guests over eight days! The weekend before the holiday was a wonderful wedding, which brought family in town early. But, that also meant I had a lot of help in the kitchen to prepare for the feast — thanks mom and Sistah B!

Everyone got a big kick out of their Thanksgiving Table Family Photo Place Cards. And, all the ladies were pleased to take home an Easy to Make Sweater Pumpkin favor.

Instead of Black Friday shopping, we hosted a family luncheon where I used leftovers to make “Thanksgiving on a Panini” sandwiches. Eldest son brought home some unique games that three generations enjoyed playing together. That was followed by a Turkey Bowl party at the local bowling alley. Afterwards, we all went out for a dinner and awards banquet; returning back to our house for more pie.

Since I had overnight guests through Sunday, I am still regrouping! There was no time to set a new holiday tablescape — not when Thanksgiving was still being put away. So, I thought you might enjoy seeing last year’s Christmas Eve table.

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