let the holiday season begin…


hey everyone – i hope you’re enjoying your holiday weekend.  it’s been a fun, relaxing time spent at home enjoying some beautiful arizona sunshine (i know, lucky right?).  we all have traditions we like to embrace, especially around the holidays.  like many, one of mine is to start decorating the house for christmas the day after thanksgiving.  this is a perfect day to be home with holiday tunes playing, and enjoy the day transforming the everyday, into a winter wonderland.  i really love this time of year and being immersed in the festivities as long as possible.  that being said, my other tradition is to take it all down the day after christmas (it’s a give and take right?).


i don’t know about you, but i seem to forget each year how much stuff i’ve acquired, and find myself wondering “where am i going to put all this stuff?”.  nevertheless i start unpacking everything, organizing it into piles of garlands, lights, vintage items, beads, etc. and just get to work.

the lighted garlands go up first, and finger’s crossed that all of the lights still work – let’s just say this year was a good year.  i’m sure many of you know about my love for all things vintage, and holiday decor is no exception.  the base of the fireplace is where most of my vintage christmas boxes are displayed.  each year it seems a few new pieces make there way up there – gotta love that.


another thing i’ve been collecting for years are vintage mica snow boxes and mercury glass ornaments.  i love the nostalgic graphics and typography of these boxes and the best part, they are all still filled with original vintage mica!

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as the holiday decorating continues, i just make my way around the house creating small festive vignettes adorned with icy pine branches (thank you hobby lobby), more christmas elements, and a scattering of vintage glass ornaments.  i like the idea of adding a festive touch to what’s already there and not having to change everything out to 100% christmas.

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finally we add a touch of winter to the outside with acrylic snowflakes and icicle branches above the windows,  pine garlands and antique sleigh bells on a vintage sled, and my favorite – this old shopping cart filled with ornaments.

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so there you have it, a little tour to put you in the holiday spirit!  i hope you take time to enjoy the holiday season and remember to surround yourself with things that remind you of this magical christmastime – let the holiday season begin…t!m


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181 Comments to “let the holiday season begin…”

  1. Terri Howe says:

    What a BEAUTIFUL home!! I think I could live there forever and be in awe~~

  2. Lagene says:

    Beautifully decorated!

  3. Elaine Seip says:

    ‘definitely getting to look like Christmas! Also, my favorite time of the year. Enjoy!

  4. Paulette says:

    It’s all so beautiful, Tim! You have such a knack for decorating. I cant even imagine what would happen if you walked into any Hobby Lobby, I fear you would be swarmed by anxious crafters. I’m having a hard time crafting and getting things done this year, although my tree is up. I stayed up late TG eve to get it done for the holiday with family. May we all be blessed with efficient time to do what we need to. LOL ((((Crafty Hugs))))

  5. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely decor. I used to dislike those Mercury glass ornaments when I was younger. Now I think I may still have some of the ones that were on the Christmas tree way back when and have an idea how to feature them as a decoration on their own. Thanks!

  6. Jaimie Sander says:

    Just lovely!! Love the vintage stuff!

  7. rhoni t says:

    Decorating usually gets done the day after Thanksgiving at my house, this year with the house still in mid remodel, I am just putting up the tree. Tree got put up last night (12/1), realized all the lights were tossed out after a small tornado took the roof off our garage/shop this spring. Dreading the trip to buy more,

  8. Louise Murr says:

    Gorgeous!!! That is all…..

  9. I love how you decorate! love your fireplace and mantle decorations! I. wish I could see your house in person. it looks very cozy.

  10. Rose Isch says:

    Thank you for sharing your home decor, I like not changing 100% to Christmas.

  11. Vicki Stangle says:

    I love the vintage you do. Your home is so warm and comforting.. I think if I walked in, i wouldn’t want to leave.

  12. Kathleen Lundman says:

    Great pic of Mario at the end! Enjoyed all of your decorating! You have such a keen sense of design and come up with things that I never would even begin to think about! You guys must not have any cats in the house! My cat would have had great fun shredding all of your designs that you so nicely arranged!!!!! I just had to say that because that was the first thing that I thought of when I started looking at your pics! LOL. I really loved it all though. Now you have inspired me a bit to do just a little more this year. Thanks guys!

  13. Karen Denson says:

    You are 100% right! What a wonderful time of year! Your home looks so amazing, and I had to chuckle when I saw the shopping cart outside filled with the ornaments. What a unique idea, but of course it is, look who I’m talking about….I just want to say Thank you for all the work you do on your blog keeping us informed of new products and then showing us how to use them. You make the most beautiful things. I think if only….. But you do give me inspiration. So I appreciate it very much. Its been awhile since I been on your blog because I have been ill so I have a lot of catching up to do, so I guess I’ll get busy and see what you’ve been up to. Thank you for everything you do!

  14. Darlyne Wagner says:

    Your home looks so merry already! Have a fantastic holiday, Tim and Mario!

  15. Lois Skiathitis says:

    It just amazes me your house must look amazing at this time of year. Enjoy. TFS 😀

  16. Shirley in Queen Creek says:

    And here I thought I was the only one that started decorating the day after Thanksgiving and taking down the day after Christmas! LOL! You have such beautiful displays Tim. I know you and Mario will have a most Beautiful Christmas. Blessings and a sleigh full of love.
    Shirley in Queen Creek

  17. Cassaundra Lala says:

    Looks beautiful!! But you obviously don’t have kids!!! LOL If a decoration makes it thru two Christmases then I consider it vintage!

  18. Lois K. says:

    SO beautiful and VERY inspiring – really feels like Christmas even just looking at these pictures!

  19. Jennifer S. says:

    Wow! Everything looks so festive! Great job both of you!

  20. LOVE the Decorations and I too spent the Weekend Decorating!! SO EXCITED for the Holiday Season!! =) THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  21. Johanne Lacombe says:

    Love how you decorated. Now, I need to do mine. Have a nice day.

  22. Looks wonderful, someone that has more bins then I do I think 🙂

  23. I still have a tiny German glass ornament that was my Grandmother’s. It is my most treasured Christmas decoration and always has a special spot on the tree, right below the lighted star on top.
    Of all the Christmas traditions that have been part of our celebrations, I think the one that is most treasured by the family is lighting the real bayberry candles on Christmas eve. They are harder and harder to get , now but I hope they will still be available as long as I need them.
    Thanks for sharing your decorating tradition, and a happy Christmas season to you and your loved ones

  24. Roxanne says:

    Ahhh…so wonderful! You would feel right at home here…8 steamer trunks,santos dolls, Olde world santa’s,old signs, vintage garland….yup, we think alike! Thanks for sharing your winter wonderland of Christmas! 🙂

  25. Sherry J says:

    Absolutely stunning! Love your style

  26. Mariana says:

    Simply stunning , I love the vintage style ! Thank you for sharing x

  27. stephV says:

    a shopping cart full of ornaments!! waaaay cool!!
    happy christmas 🙂

  28. Genevieve Payne says:

    Wow! A winter wonderland it is! What an amazing job you and Mario do. LOVE LOVE LOVE more so because in my part of the world it is summer and HOT HOT HOT…. Merry Christmas Tim and Mario.

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