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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Here We Come A-Wassailing...

I am so glad you're here! If you don't care for wassail, there is also a hot chocolate bar. (I like to place a few red hots in my cocoa.) The whipped cream is in the refrigerator, please help yourself. I am even willing to share some of my tea. The nativity in the background is from the Black Forest of Germany. It is called a Schwibbogen.

Perhaps a coconut cupcake to go along with your drink?

We can watch "Elf" if you need a laugh. I like to embarrass my kids by riding the escalator like this. Just ask them.

Here's an up close view of some of the figurines nestled in the greenery.

The carolers have a sticker on the bottom that says "occupied Japan".

At Christmas time I like to fill the shelves with photos of past visits to Santa.

Next to the entertainment center is a old wagon filled with holiday books.

The table is set for Christmas Eve dinner. The Santa and Snowman belonged to my great grandmother, The pine cone gnomes were my Grandma's.

Another angle of the tablescape includes a shot of our main tree.

I selected this sweet image to create the place cards since it is food related.

On a little side table is a reindeer I have had since I was a very little girl. My cousin (in the photo with me) received the same reindeer and still has his too. My sweet little velveteen guy is well loved.

Here's a close up of the main tree. The gold netting is so much prettier in person. I wish the photo was better.

I collect bird ornaments, I think they're so pretty. You can also see our Bavarian Santa. It seems he'd rather have a stein of beer instead of a glass of milk. :)

I have the entire set of "Little House" ornaments. This is "On the Banks of Plum Creek".

I love this snowman ornament. He is huge at over 8 inches long. The crown I bought when I went to Hampton Court Palace, the home of Henry VIII.

Thank you for visiting! Make sure to take a Victorian Glass Cloche as a gift. It is made from a simple glass vase, topped by a votive holder and lamp finial.

Be merry and bright!


DEB said...

I just love how festive everything looks. I like the way you have displayed the visits to Santa pictures from the past. The family must love to comment on those memories. Thanks for sharing.

Jess said...

Laura Your home is just gorgeous!!
I enjoyed seeing everything!!
Merry Christmas!!

Mildred said...

Good Morning Laura, I so thoroughly enjoyed the tour this a.m. of your lovely home. You are so creative and everything looks perfect. The image for your placecards is so adorable. Merry Christmas to you and your family. What a blessing to count you as one of my new friends this year!

jewelstreet said...

I love all the decorations! So beautiful. The hot chocolate sounds delicious.

I'm doing my decorating post tomorrow so make sure you stop by because the gifts I got from your Friday Freebie will be stars. :)

Natasha Burns said...

Oooh it's all so wonderful! I had to laugh imagining you doing the escalator like they do in Elf. What a funny film, I'll have to get that out again tomorrow and watch it!
have a lovely Christmas,
Natasha ; )

Missie said...

Thank you for visiting my blog during Kimba's open house. Your decorations are beautiful. I love the idea of displaying all the past Santa visits. I need to get those out of the photo album and on the shelf!

Jorgelina said...

Everything very pretty, each perfect detail.
That the Jesus boy blesses your home.
Merry Christmas!

Tea Time With Melody said...

Very Christmasy your home is. I love the tree ribbon. I did that for the first time this year myself. I like the effect.

LiLi M. said...

Wassail..? I had to google that but it seems tasty, so I'll have a glass please. Your house is so cosy. I think I rest here for a while before I return home!

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Shimmy Mom said...

It all looks so beautiful! I hope you have a very merry Christmas!

LiLi M. said...

Delft is about 25 miles up north. Like Delft Dordrecht is a medieval town. I know Delft well, as I used to live in the Hague, a town close to Delft and visited Delft a lot. It is a beautiful town too, and far more known for its beauty than Dordrecht. So I promote the town where I live since 14 years a little. Thanks for your interest, have a great day!

Sandra Evertson said...

Oh So Wonderful! I especially love the long ribbon tendrils on your tree! Just Beautiful! Sending you Season's Greetings!
Sandra Evertson

Marina Capano said...

Hi Laura!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Juxtaposition Design said...

Everything looks so merry! And those treats look DELICIOUS! I cannot believe tomorrow is already Christmas Eve, time sure is flying. I might have to attempt some sugar cookies tonight!

carolinagirl said...

I love the movie "ELF"! What a great idea for Santa photos...I need to remember that one! Thanks for sharing these wonderful decorations!

Bella Casa said...

Hi Laura,

Everything looks so festive and fun, you have so many memories, I love that:)

I am glad you fixed your site, I was unable to visit you every time I tried!

Merry Christmas


Liz said...

Hi Laura! Thanks for the Hot Coco! Just marshmallows please. : )

Looks like Christmas eve is going to be another great memory! Everything is beautiful!


Elizabeth said...

I have the EXACT SAME reindeer as you and your cousin! Mine is in good shape, too. He always sat under the Christmas tree in my bedroom.
Love your cloche, it's very elegant. I think even I could do that!

Carrie said...

What a beautiful tree! Everything looks so perfect. The tea set is so cute!

Thanks for stopping by my Christmas Home tour!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Miss Sandy said...


Everything looks so pretty! I love those little pine cone elves. The display idea for the Santa photos is a really great one. I have never thought to put the ones of my children out as holiday decor. I hope you have a wonderful dinner!

Maison Douce said...

My, everything looks so adorable!! Your tree is spectacular! Have a very Merry Christmas!

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Well..thanks for the tea and a cupcake.:0) I enjoyed my visit..will be back for hot cocoa later! Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Queen of Dreamsz

Mimi Sue said...

Your home is looking so beautiful. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family. Mimi

parisapartment said...

Looks like it's all set for the perfect day! Have a wonderful time, I'm sure your guests will be enchanted by every corner!



~♥~ Monica S said...

What a treat to stop by here today!

Merry Christmas Laura!!!


Kass said...

I LOVE your book wagon- Im doing that next year. And your table- I love those placecards!!And your grammys treasures- and of course your reindeer. I have some little figures similar to your Carolers.

Thanks for the tour!

creative gal said...

I love your house and the decorations. BTW: I am a huge Little House Fan!!

Blondie's Journal said...

All the treats started me on my cravings for sugar that I try so hard to avoid! Thankfully I became lost in the pictures of your beautiful home, especially your set table and tree. I once poo-pood placecards in a blog but I am now reformed after looking at your vintage cards. Thanks so much for a time well spent!

Neabear said...

How cool that you have "The Little House" ornaments. My daughter would love those too. Well, so would I as well. I remember reading "The Little House" books when I was in 4th grade. My teacher would read those books after lunch. Then on library day we would race to see which books are on the shelves to check them out. I was curious about your name and looked back through your blog to see if you said anything about it. I did find in your comments that you said you are a cousin of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I think that is so cool. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!

queenoftheclick said...


I love the coziness and all the pretty personal touches.

Hope you had a great Christmas!

Miss Linda said...

How very, very lovely everything is! You are so gifted! Your tree is simply breathtaking.