Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Decorations - Part 3

Our final installment of the "Christmas Decorations" trilogy will focus on...whatever we did not cover so far. We love so many things that we find when saling but Christmas decorations may very well be our favorite. Our decorating covers years and years (and years) of collecting and saving Christmas items. Many of these items were in our homes (or grandparent's homes) when we were kids and we still have them. Others, we have found whilst saling. It is the memories of these items that bring smiles to our faces but, even more than that, we know that no matter where these originally came from, they are now OURS share together for all of our lives...and that makes Christmas so very special when you can share the season with the one you love.

On to the remainder of our home at Christmas...

This is our other upstairs Christmas tree. Again, it is not a vintage tree, but all of the decorations upon it are. And, of course, it has tinsel. The stockings were hung by the fake chimney with care...

...and here

...and here

...and here. We like old stockings

We picked up this room divider lamp table during the year. It came in very handy for Christmas decorations

We were able to fit a few decorations on the top shelf

...and on the middle shelf

...and on the front where the flower pot is.

We like to fill bowls with Christmas decorations. A green Pyrex bowl...

...a green candy dish

...a red Pyrex bowl

...another red Pyrex bowl

...another green Pyrex bowl

...another red Pyrex bowl

...another green Pyrex bowl

...and another green Pyrex bowl

We use this old planter for tree toppers

We like to decorate the kitchen too. This is the entrance to our kitchen.

There's some sort of message on the kitchen wall. 

Holiday mail holders grace a section of the kitchen

We decorate the kitchen hutch with Christmas decorations too

We keep a lot of the Christmas salt and pepper shakers on this kitchen shelf unit

A few more Christmas salt and pepper shakers

We have a few spots where the mistletoe is hung. This one is our favorite.

Two Pyrex bowls are reserved for the New Year's Eve noisemakers. The new year will soon be here!

This will be our last blog post of 2013. This blog is something we talked about doing for a long time and, back in January, we finally started it. Counting this entry, we created 83 posts, a chronicle of our year in 2013. We hope that at some point during the year, Our Adventures Amongst The Ducks made you smile or laugh once or twice. 

We will see you all next year. From our house to yours...

Happy New Year!!!!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas Decorations - Part 2

The largest room we have to decorate is our living room. We try to make use of all of our every day furnishings. Putting away the year round "decorations" is the first step. Filling all available space is step two.

We have two smaller Christmas trees in the living room. Neither are vintage but we do decorate both trees with old glass ornaments and other vintage tree trimmings...and tinsel, of course!

This tree sits atop a bar/entertainment unit we have in our living room. 

A couple of honeycomb Santas stand on the right side of the tree...

...a honeycomb snowman, a few smaller honeycomb Santas and some cardboard bank giveaways sit to the tree's left.

Only Christmas books, magazines, etc on this magazine rack during the holidays

We squeeze in what we can, even adorning the ashtray/drink holder.

The wall hangings are not immune from the Christmas touch

Shadow boxes and lamps are for Christmas decorations now

Cardboard decorations fill the gaps...

...and the wall clocks get a taste of Christmas too!

This shadow box is pretty big so we can fit a lot on here. We went with a "Noel" theme 

Even "Santa on a spring" has a place in our home

The top of the television is adorned with holiday cheer...

...and small gaps in front of the television are filled while the Yule Log burns brightly on T.V. 

The television stand has shelves on its left...

...and shelves on its right...

...and there is always room on the end tables

Some of our favorite ornament boxes sit on top of the bookcase...

...while some of our favorite Christmas bulb boxes sit behind the marlin ash tray

A spot for Santas on the left and another tension pole record holder on the right

We have a lamp shelf unit in the living room and it offers a lot of space. On its face...

...on its first shelf...

...and its second shelf. We keep the Christmas ash trays here.

There is even room beneath for some more Christmas! 

We have a place for the plastic snowmen...

...and a place for plastic Santas. We gave the speaker a Santa hat so it would not feel left out

There is a spot for some of the larger Christmas angels in front of the DVD's and tapes

The smaller blow molds have a spot to themselves on the wall.

It is hard work but great fun to decorate our house and we try to come up with different ideas every year. We will share some more of our house with you soon!