Friday, December 14, 2018

A Christmas Carol

Welcome to A Merry Musical Christmas Blog Hop

 hosted by Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home.

If you're following along in order, then you're coming to me from the home of my dear friend Jann of Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson - she has the cutest style.

I must begin by telling you that I am not musically inclined - I joined the after school band in the 5th grade, chose the clarinet, and was quickly told by the music teacher that it was in everyone's best interests that I quit the program.

But, my name is a noun associated with Christmas and that name was chosen because I was expected in December - I came 4 weeks early. 

Maybe that's why Christmas carols have always been favorites.

Despite a lack of musical skill, as I looked around the house,

I noticed that there are carol lyrics

in every nook and cranny.

The halls are decked

and each vignette makes a carol pop into my head.

I will admit that this reindeer did not have a red nose, but I think my embellishment adds to his charm.

Jingle bells make for a fun garland in the guest room.

Santa Claus is coming to town,

but my Frosty has a carrot instead of a button nose.

Even though these aren't silver bells, in the air there's a feeling of Christmas.

I got to thinking about my favorite carols

and used snippets of lyrics to decorate one of my little trees.

There is JOY in our home

because it truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

 I hope you have yourself a Holly Jolly Christmas.

And now I'll send you off to Belle Bleu Interiors - you will love Shannon's beautiful home.

Thank you for hopping along with this wonderful group of bloggers.


  1. How cute is this? I love your vignettes, Carol. I cannot believe a teacher told you that. I had one tell me I should quit drama. A mistake because I am an awesome story teller. I love how you've incorporated the classic carols. Merry Christmas!

  2. Carol I LOVE your collection of vintage sheet music! What a pretty tree. Your home has truly put a song in my heart.

  3. A wonderful Christmas post. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  4. Your home is so fun and whimsical, Carol! I love it all!! So fun to join you on this hop. Have a Merry Christmas!

  5. I love your tree in the old shopping cart, Carol! And I'm drooling over your vintage typewriter; that's on my Santa list;) My Grandma's name was Carol and she was born the day after Christmas! This was surely the perfect blog hop for you! Merry Christmas!

  6. I love your decor, just makes me smile! I am in love with that Christmas Carol book and I love Maileg pixies, too...mine are on our bed!

  7. So many charming vignettes, Carol! Excited to be joining this holiday hop with you. Merry Christmas! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  8. Carol, I always enjoy a visit to your beautiful cottage. You have created some of the prettiest Merry Musical displays throughout your lovely home. It is always so much fun being on these tours with you! Merry Christmas!!!

  9. Your decor makes my day, Carol, I love it so much. You always put together a fabulous mix of finds that I would never even think to put together. Your home feels festive and cheery, warm and inviting no matter what the season but especially for Christmas. I hope you and your family have a happy holiday season and prosperous New Year. Big hugs, CoCo

  10. This is so awesome. I loved this post and this why you can't just look at Instagram. The story is missed. You did a great job and I love Carol's too. I sing all the time. My poor hubby has been listening to me sing for 30 years and never complains. I am gone deaf. If I hear my voice over the music I cringe.

    Merry Christmas and healthy happy New Year


  11. Carol,
    Your house always makes my heart sing. I love visiting you and seeing all your adorable vignettes filled with color and love.

    Merry Christmas,

  12. Carol as always everything is beautiful. I love the tree in the cart and that sweet little old wagon with the santas. Your vignettes are so great. Have a great weekend.

  13. You have such a beautiful style, my friend!!! I seriously love every detail of this! And you know that I adore the maileg dolls!! So cute!!!
    ~Emily @

  14. Oh Carol, that was a very, very clever blog post! I can't believe your teacher told you in such a blunt manner about quitting the program! Well, some teachers are like that...I had a ballet teacher that was so rude to me that she literally made me even STRONGER to move on to another studio where I succeeded and traveled to dance.

    Your Christmas is reminding me of my own childhood California Christmas.....thank you my dear friend.

  15. Carol, your vignettes are always perfect. I enjoyed visiting in your home all dressed for Christmas!

  16. Simply a delightful musical Christmas and a wonderful post! Merriest!

  17. Sweet decor and backstory to your namesake!

  18. How sweet and fun! Oh I can't sing or play an instrument either! I can surround myself with lovely Christmas Carols sung by others! We share a love of Malieg dolls.

  19. You should have an open house with your gorgeous home decorated like this!

  20. You do have a festive home and carol-studded decor! (I guess that could be a pun!) Your list of blogs to visit looks enticing and I will enjoy.

  21. Your jolly way of decorating is so awesome and CUTE....I love it all.

  22. Carol, I so admire your way of pulling a theme together! You are one talented lady, and the beautiful seasonal touches around your home are full of charm! I would love to wander each room and take it all in.
    I can't believe a teacher would tell a 5th grader to leave the after school band program. That is awful!
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  23. Carol...first of all as a music teacher I am appalled at your music teacher! Shame shame! You just needed a different instrument and more time. GRR.

    Well, I am glad to see he/she did nothing to deter your love of music at least, as you have references festively displayed all through your home. Your home is so merry and bright, and I love all of your charming vignettes. The little carrot-nosed snowman is darling!

    Thank you so much for joining this hop. Have yourself a "merry musical" Christmas!

  24. Carol, your little cottage was made for Christmas. All the vignettes are just beautiful and placed with love, I can tell..Have a very Merry Christmas, my friend..Judy

  25. Carol, your cottage is always one of my favorites. I love how you have added lyrics from Carols throughout your home! The simplest touches that you add always add big contact! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  26. Carol, your home is outstanding and that photo of the little tree in the metal cart made my heart skip a beat:) Beautiful.
    Everything is beautiful :)
    Merry Christmas!
    Connie :)

  27. I sang along as I watched and enjoyed your beautiful and quirky decorations! Love how you have so many song lyrics here and there.. and knowing the history of your name. Very sweet. I love all the little pops of Christmas and RED here and there... such a sweet little cottage. Marilyn Have a wonderful Christmas.

  28. Your house looks so lovely. I love all the decorations. That tree is so pretty.

  29. Wonderful post Carol! I love it when you decorate to a are so good at that! All these pictures are beautiful...Merry Christmas! XXX

  30. I love your stocking that says "Have yourself a merry little Christmas!". It looks so festive and Swedish this year! I really love it! Merry Christmas! xo Su

  31. A truly jolly post, Carol! I've got a few carols stuck in my head now, which is a good thing! Happy Holidays!

  32. A perfect post for a favorite season of yours and mine! Merry Christmas to you and yours, Carol!!

  33. I do see many Carol and carol notes in your home, all very lovely. Merry Christmas.

  34. Have a beautiful CHRISTMAS...
    Love from Titti

  35. Belated Christmas wishes, hope you had a good one. Sarah x

  36. You're my favorite Carol! Merry Christmas, Sweetie! Such an adorable post featuring your cottage Christmas decor!!!

  37. So beautiful Christmas decorations!
    And I love tha atmosphere in your home..
    Hope you want to visit my blog,
    Happy 2019✨

    Hugs, Ida