12.30.2013

A Charlie Brown Christmas

I was hoping to get this post written soon (at least BEFORE Christmas), but life got in the way and I was taking advantage of my December blogging break. But now I'm BACK (2 days early, I just couldn't stay away) and as promised, I wanted to share photos of our house decorated for the holidays. I didn't get as much up as I'd planned, but I think we did pretty good. And there's always next year, right? :)

At the beginning of December, we got the lights up (with Zoe's watchful eye)


She's watching Chris on the ladder...



She was very interested in the whole process.

A couple days later I tossed Zoe in the Ergo and carried her around while I decorated the yard. I put ornaments on some of the trees and plants, put up 3 wreaths and hung ornaments and the lighted star in our windows. I was planning on going with a more cohesive color scheme, but that didn't happen either... Oh well! :)







And of course it always helps when the city comes to light the tree in front of your house


And we got a tree for the first time in the 8 1/2 years Chris and I have been together. What those kids do to you... :)



And with that, we were done! I didn't get to putting the candy cane wrapping paper on our front door (though I did put a bow) and I never got to framing our larger windows with lights like I would have liked (and you all suggested). But I think we did alright.

Here's our house is during the day





I love our tree and all the ornaments we've gotten through the years on road trips






And the "baby's first Christmas" ornament that has no photo in it yet (there are several photo frame ornaments with no photos in them I'm ashamed to admit)


And then our house at night


I think the lights framing our larger windows would make a big difference, but I do love the star in the large picture window, and the nook really glows and the candy cane windows shine bright. It's not stupendous, but it's an improvement for sure. Our street gets lots of foot traffic too, so although the decorated plants don't photograph well, the twinkly lights really flicker off of them nicely for pedestrians



And, as always, our street looks beautiful


Our street is always magical at during the holidays. I hope you all had a great Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus or whatever else you do or don't celebrate! :)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well you get 10 points for having a little baby and working and putting decorations up! But I know you are competitive and if you want some inspiration I suggest you google or visit Deacon Dave's house in Livermore. It's a walk through display. Lights on until January 1st. PG&E installed an industrial rated transformer to handle all the power needed. FYI it's not like the automated changing music and lights that you see on TV. If you want to look like Deacon Daves however you start in August!!! Happy Blogging and Happy New Year.

Deb said...

Looks great! It's a lot of work getting a bunch of lights up, but next year will be easier! Zoe can help :)

rosedel said...

The outside looks great. I like the star in the window and the candy cane paper on the windows. Isn't fun to decorate with ornaments that have stories behind them? It always takes us a long time to trim the tree because we stop to remember where they came from and tell the story. It is nice to have those oral histories to pass on.

meryl rose said...

10 points!? I'll take 'em! :)

And Deb, Zoe better be helping next year, she's gotta earn her keep :)

Rosedel - I LOVE having ornaments from places we've visited for that very reason. I only wish we would have started the tradition sooner because it's so much fun recalling all the adventures. I can't wait to share them with Zoe and have her excited to get ornaments at cool places we visit :)

Alicia said...

I vote for this photo to go in the "baby's 1st christmas ornament": https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10101982512391103&set=pb.3203304.-2207520000.1388471452.&type=3&theater

meryl rose said...

LOL! That picture is so hilarious. She still has only worn a dress that one time.