Nutcracker Collection Christmas Centerpiece & Table

Nutcracker Collection Christmas Centerpiece & Table

I’ve just finished setting the table for Christmas Day; trying to get a little ahead of the curve. Thought you might enjoy seeing it, along with my nutcracker collection centerpiece. 

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Two years ago, I was in Florida helping mom to downsize. At the time, my parents were living in a sprawling, four-bedroom home; planning a move into an apartment. Sistah B had already helped go through much of the clothing, artwork, sculptures, and decor items. Mom and I worked on the kitchen, bathrooms, smaller artwork, dining room, and her extensive holiday collection of decorations, ornaments and collectibles.

Most of the items had a great deal of sentimental value, and a number were handmade treasures. We spent several days going through the emotional, difficult process. As we accessed each item, we determined what was going in the upcoming house contents sale, to donate, or give to family members and friends.

Unfortunately, my two sisters and I simply could not absorb everything my parents wouldn’t be taking with them. After all, we are our mother’s daughters — having collected holiday decoration ourselves for decades! Plus, mom and dad had given us Christmas ornaments and decor every year since we were kids. None of the grandchildren were married or had homes yet, so they had no place to keep or display anything. That meant my sisters and I would have to store our children’s keepsakes too.

I selected the Christmas decorations and ornaments that had the most sentimental or nostalgic value to me, primarily items from my childhood. Some I had given to my parents, others I knew the boys were particularly partial to — like nutcrackers.

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Holiday Peacock Wreath Compliments Decor

Holiday Peacock Wreath Compliments Decor

For the holidays, and to compliment my home decor, I created a peacock wreath. Actually, I made two — one for myself, and another for a friend who also has peacock theme decorations. 

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Like so many other crafting projects, the inspiration for this Christmas decoration came from images I saw on Pinterest. Lots and lots of gorgeous peacock wreaths out there! Over the past few years, I’ve probably collected 20 pictures on a board.

Today, I’m sharing the peacock wreath I created for December’s Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop.

Hosted by Erlene of My Pinterventures, the hop’s intent is to motivate all to not just pin, but act on an idea. You’ll find links to other projects, recipes and ideas by fellow bloggers at the bottom of this post.

If you are a regular follower of Debbee’s Buzz, you know I have a passion for peacocks. If you are new to the blog or just visiting, welcome! Come along and see the holiday wreath that joins other peacock theme holiday decorations in my living room, front hall and dining room.

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A Tour of the Magical North Pole

A Tour of the Magical North Pole

Today I’m taking you on a tour of the North Pole where Santa and his elves are very busy preparing for Christmas Eve. A place of holiday magic, imagination and joy for the young and young of heart. tour-north-pole-dpt-56-gate

OK, it’s not the real North Pole, but Department 56’s Heritage Village Collection of porcelain lighted buildings, figures and accessories.

Department 56 began to depict the legend of Santa Claus in 1990, when it introduced it’s North Pole Series. The original lighted buildings consisted of Santa’s Workshop, the Reindeer Barn, and an Elf Bunkhouse. A year later, Department 56 introduced seven more buildings. Today, there are over 165 lighted buildings and a ton of accessories.

My North Pole collection began somewhere around 1992. We were in Florida for the holidays; where my parents, grandparents and youngest sister lived. Sister A had recently built a new home. She had created a white Christmas — thanks to a live 20 foot, flocked tree and wreaths. Animated Disney characters surrounded the fireplace area, where they appeared as a holiday version of It’s a Small World.

On Christmas Eve, as is my parents’ annual tradition, we all receive a gift. That year, each family was surprised with a Department 56 North Pole Post Office and matching set of elves. And that’s how it all began…

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Casual Christmas Table & Bar Set for Holiday Season

Casual Christmas Table & Bar Set for Holiday Season

During the holiday season, I like to create different tablescapes in the living room and kitchen; rotating between seven different holiday patterns. But, for an everyday, casual Christmas table and meal, I set out my go-to seasonal dishes. 

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Pfaltzgraff’s Nordic Christmas pattern graces the kitchen table and island bar for most of December and January.

Snowflake, reindeer, and evergreen tree motifs decorate the dishes; perfect for the winter holiday season. Muted shades of blue, brown, burgundy and green are overlaid on the ivory matte plates.

Today’s post is part of the Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop, hosted by Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate. All this week, 21 stylists share their holiday table creations for your viewing pleasure.

We’re midway through the blog hop, so be sure to return tomorrow and Friday to see all the festively decorated tables.

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12 Ways to Make Merry During the Holiday Season

12 Ways to Make Merry During the Holiday Season

Today’s post features 12 of my favorite ways to make merry during the holiday season. 

I’ve included a range of Christmas activities; including holiday shopping, gift giving, crafting, decorating, table setting, outings and party ideas.

This year, I’m hopelessly behind! After returning from a wonderful Thanksgiving in Charleston, I discovered my website had come under attack. Eek! That necessitated taking the blog down for 12 hours, hundreds of dollars in restoration services, and the better part of the week on the phone with tech support. I’m still ironing out annoying issues here and there. Bah humbug!

After returning from my nephew’s upcoming destination wedding, I’ll be decorating four Christmas trees, setting holiday tables, putting up the Department 56 North Pole Village, sending out cards, finishing my shopping, wrapping gifts, and baking cookies. It’ll be a full court press to the sound of Christmas music.

I’m also determined to get back on track with new holiday posts. For today, I hope you’ll enjoy a look back at some of my favorites from last season.

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Making Merry in Magical Quebec City & Charleston

Making Merry in Magical Quebec City & Charleston

Last year, my husband and I decided to give each other the gift of making merry in special holiday places, instead of things. 

About mid-December, we headed north to magical Quebec City for four fabulous days. Have you ever been? It’s très French, one of North America’s oldest European cities, and is packed with incredible restaurants and little shops.

It’s also the most beautiful holiday setting at Christmastime. I even got to visit with the jolly ‘ol elf himself — Pere Noel (he’s bilingual by the way)! Magical Quebec City is the perfect destination for a massive dose of holiday spirit during the Christmas season.

Since my blog was brand new a year ago, very few followers were on board and saw this three-part travel log. So, today I’m taking you back with me to visit Canada.Then we head south for a quick stop in Charleston for Thanksgiving; another enchanting old city to celebrate the holidays and make merry.

Let’s begin with a Christmas Card from Old Quebec City. Bundle up, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and curl up by the fire — or under a cozy throw.

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