Monday, December 12, 2016

Creating Christmas

Welcome to Day 1 of the Creating Christmas Link Party hosted by Jann of Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson.

I have been busy for several weeks Creating Christmas at our house -

from the entry

to the kitchen 

and the dining room.

Changes were made in the guest room,

 the living room

and our bedroom.

 Christmas is everywhere.

Yet, it is so much more than just decorations.

I've been "creating Christmas" for my family for 45 years and the stockings I made in 1971

now have companions to accommodate our larger family.

This ugly Santa, all tattered and torn

 has been a part of my Christmas since I was a child.

A vintage copy of A Christmas Carol just looks like at old book,

but it belonged to my 92 year old aunt who passed it on to me.

Maileg pixies look cute in a little rocking chair

that belonged to my grandfather

while my grandmother's school slate is tucked into a vignette in the kitchen.

This little book sitting on the tray

was purchased by Steve for his mother, Virginia, as one of her last Christmas gifts.

Although I have quite a collection of Maileg pixies,

these two are dear to my heart because they were purchased on a special vacation.

I know you too have been busy creating Christmas around your house, 

so please join the party - there is a different theme each day.

Head on over to Let's Add Sprinkles to see Katie's beautiful Christmas trees.

Cecelia of My Thrift Store Addiction for Keep Calm and Collect Jadeite

Today our wonderful host, Jann, of Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson is sharing Christmas Crafting and Cooking.

For our final day of Creating Christmas, visit Camp and Cottage Living for Creative Christmas Porches.

 The parties will stay open until December 24 and you're welcome to come back and link up again and again.


  1. I love all of your vignettes and how they each include a special piece for you and Steve. I think I'll link up my Santa post from last year.

  2. Carol, Your home is full of all sorts of Christmas charm!
    I love your special crocheted stockings and all of your special gifts from Christmas past and present.

  3. Carol, you create Christmas so wonderfully! I love the items that have special meaning tucked in here or there. Your home is just delightful! I have a post already, but something is not good between linky and me. It takes my photo and then when it normally lets me crop it just sits there and goes no further. I even tried auto crop. :) I am going to contact Brent and see if I can find out what's going on. It happened at another link party as well.
    Thanks for sharing your delightful Christmas!!

  4. You really do the best vignettes Carol! Oh I love my Maileg pixies and they will be moving into the living room this week as I continue to decorate! Hugs!

  5. Beautiful tour . . . the best part is seeing all the cherished memories, like your old dearly loved Santa :)

  6. Beautiful and festive vignettes! Thanks so much for hosting!

  7. Love your special Christmas Stockings. They are just so precious to have with wonderful memories attached.
    Everything looks wonderful and festive and colorful for Christmas.

  8. What a delight to see your sweet home all decked out for Christmas! I love your style.

    Happy Christmas holidays ~ FlowerLady

  9. You home is magical! I could spend hours within these cottage walls. Love all the red and white and those Maileg pixies have stolen my heart. I have a mini one that hangs on our tree, gifted me from a friend last Christmas. I think some more may need to take up residence here. '-)

  10. Kim sent me over...what a charming Christmas home you have! Everything looks wonderful and I really liked the note to Santa.

  11. Your home is so festive! I love how you use old and new and tie everything together so beautifully! You have that special touch. All the piies are so cute and look so at home in your home! Enjoy the evening.

    Hugs, Vicky

  12. I truly enjoyed your holiday home tour. What a happy and charming home. You did an amazing job decorating your home. I do love the red touches in your decor. The first photo with the vintage typewriter is my favorite. So so pretty.

    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.


  13. Oh my! That vintage book from your aunt. Gorgeous. This is just too darling. So many fun vignettes. I have my grandmother's or grandfather's slate too. So fun. Thanks for kicking off the week. Thanks for hosting.

  14. I so love the red and white throughout! Your sweet pixies just add so much.

  15. How pretty your cottage is with all the red and white and your Christmas decor. I love that so many pieces are filled with meaning and memories - it all adds layers to the decor.

  16. I always love to see how others decorate for christmas. Your home is so bright and cheerful! thanks for sharing!

  17. Your home is exquisite and completely charming. I don't have any vignettes yet, but maybe I'll have some by Christmas.

  18. The white canvas of your walls has added such a sublime edge to your d├ęcor of color dearest Carol! I am enjoying every corner, room and angle! Ahhhh, the fresh, white image of snow, in your California cottage! Counting down the days my friend?

  19. I have to say I am in love with those Christmas stockings.. and everything else!

  20. Loved seeing your home all decked out for Christmas. I do like your stars on the mantle so much.
    You have such a wonderful "flare" for decorating! And you reuse things in new places and make them seem new!

  21. Carol,
    Like you meaningful memories of Christmas past with items and passed down decorations warm my heart and grace my home.
    Enjoy your wonderfully decorated home sweet home.

  22. All of these things you've pulled out and described their memories of, Carol, are what Christmas is truly all about. Oh my gosh, shush, your Santa is not ugly! He's adorable, and so were you in the 70s, crafting away. Every turn has a memento...the chair, the books, the pixies....of those who form who we are...such a sweet Christmas story with each. Thank you for co-hosting this party with Jann and the others. I love it. Merry Christmas to you & Steve & Miss Lulu!

  23. What a completely enchanting tour Carol! I adore all of your sweet touches. I have the same "Yes Virginia" book and just love it.

  24. Carol,
    Love all your Christmas decorations and beautiful vignettes!! Thanks so much for hosting!!

  25. Your cottage truly looks magical all dressed for Christmas. It's been fun getting a sneak peek on IG of all your decorating and creating for Christmas.
    Mary Alice

  26. How pretty and festive it all looks, Carol. The photo with the typewriter is too funny.

  27. Every single nook and cranny in your house looks wonderful!! You are lucky to have some family possessions too. I don't have one thing from either of my grandparents. You're right, our kitchen shelves do look very similar! Oh and I LOVE all your Maileg pixies! Basically I love it all!

  28. Hi Carol, Christmas in your cottage is beautiful, inspiring and just filled with cozy charm. I love all your vignettes and really need to go back and view it all again. I just love your decorating. Have a great rest of the week and last weekend before Christmas. xo

  29. Your cottage is stunning - everything is beautiful. All I can say it WOW.. You really did an outstanding job on your decorations.

    Merry Christmas

  30. Your lovely home is full of treasures and memories and love. Such a pleasure to visit. Hugs.

  31. Carol, your cottage looks so pretty and festive! I LOVE the rocking horse! Magical touches throughout. Thank you for giving a peek at your Christmas creations. Merry Christmas!


  32. What a fun tour of your festive Christmas decor! I love the pixies in your grandfather's rocker. They're my favorite!

  33. Everything is so pretty. Great decorating.

  34. Such a pretty cottage you live in...and so festive, and after my Scandinavian heart. Red and white, is simply the best. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful Christmas posts, Sandi

  35. I just love the way you decorate! You make me want to paint!

  36. Your cottage looks wonderful for Christmas. I love the little garland above the window shelf in the dining room. I know it's a simple thing compared to all your beautiful decor, but somehow it caught my eye.

  37. Your blog is always so fun and festive! MERRY CHRISTMAS oxox