Home For Christmas

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”
Isaiah 9:6

Our family room best represents Butch and my taste in combination!  He loves a rustic and cozy ambiance, I lean to a little more elegance!  If you notice our Everyday Living header you will see a chandelier and antlers. I guess you would say it is a compromise!  The room has the warmth of a cabin with cedar walls and ceiling, brick fireplace, and oak floors!  The French and English antiques along with the chandelier and accessories add a little glam!  I am always trying new ways to decorate this room at Christmas!

This year we went with a smaller tree which meant we didn’t have to move out large pieces of furniture.  I have chosen cherished Christmas pieces that my Mother made and many mementos that Butch and I have collected over our forty-two year marriage to complete the festive spirit in the room!

We have a lifetime of memories in our home that we built thirty-seven years ago in the Appalachian foothills, that was to be our starter house!  By today’s standards it would not be a large house.  But we have never found it in us to sell and build again.  It is our solace from all the noise…a respite from busy schedules…a refuge from the challenges of everyday living!  Hope you enjoy our mini tour of the family room! I love this very large and colorful nativity! One of my favorites…a ceramic church made by my Mother!The coffee table in years past always held collections.  This year I decided to use elements that could change every few days!
 Fresh greens and berries fill my creamware pitcher! This year our family room has a smaller tree! The tree is decorated with hand-blown glass ornaments – a large collection of Radkos!
 Love the color of fresh oranges mixed with reds and greens!
 Hot spiced apple cider for a cold afternoon!  Five gold angels and a pair of large angels sit on the rustic mantle overlooking the manger scene!

A favorite Santa that my Mother made!
I bought this little book at the Biltmore and I keep a journal of our Christmas memories each year! “Unless the Lord builds the house,
    those who build it labor in vain

Psalm 127:1
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  1. Donna says:

    Pam, I have a ceramic church like that, made by my Mom. Your room is lovely and it makes me want to decorate my home for Christmas! Happy Holidays.

  2. Kim says:

    Pam, this room is the perfect mix of rustic and elegance. What a cozy spot. We were in our starter home twenty years which was way longer than expected and now we have been in this one twenty years. I really would love to downsize, but hubby is not on board quite yet.

  3. I love all your special treasures, especially the church and Santa that your mother made. I have some treasures, too, that bring back so many memories. My husband and I downsized to a condo just over 2 years ago and we live it.

  4. Kim says:

    Wow! Your nativity is wonderful! I love how it fills the hearth and commands attention. It IS all about Jesus, so it’s nice to give the nativity so much attention. I always enjoy seeing your beautifully decorated rooms!

  5. Nooce Miller says:

    Your home looks beautiful. I simply love the ceramic church and Santa from your mother! I have several needlepoint decorations made by my mother, and they give me such a warm feeling to know they came from her hands, especially since she’s older now and isn’t able to make such things anymore. Your Christopher Radko ornaments look stunning. I have that same 2001 Brave Heart ornament and featured it in my post The Christmas Tree Follies!

    • It is so special for me to have so much that was made by my precious Mother. She passed away eight years ago, and the tears and memories flood my heart as I unpack her beautiful church and Santa Clauses each year! I know you cherish what your Mother has made you! Love Radko ornaments! Blessings!

  6. querida Pam, me ha interesado mucho la simbología de la cabecera de tu página. Siempre me ha parecido muy bonita y ahora entiendo mejor su construcción. Perfecta armonía entre tú y tu esposo…me agrada mucho porque a mí me encanta las cosas rusticas así como las elegantes…Aunque tengo que hacer una aclaración, las cosas sencillas y rústicas tienen una elegancia natural muy apreciable, y eso ocurre en todos los ámbitos, por eso la música de los pueblos es una de mis preferidas.
    Toda la decoración que nos presentas es bellísima. Los adornos del árbol tienen originalidad y gran belleza.
    Felicitaciones, un fuerte abrazo

    Dear Pam, I was very interested symbolism of the head of your page. It has always seemed very nice and now better understand their construction. Perfect harmony between you and your husband … I like it because I love the rustic and elegant things … Although I have to make something clear, simple and rustic things are naturally very considerable elegance, and that happens in all areas, so the music of the people is one of my favorites.
    All the decoration that you present us is beautiful. The Christmas tree has great beauty and originality.
    Congratulations, a hug

  7. Your home looks magical, enchanting and so shiny! You’ve done a beautiful job. I really like all your Christmas books, I think I might start looking out for some for our home too. Have a great weekend!

  8. Jann Olson says:

    It’s a beautiful combination of both rustic and elegance! Love the church that your mother made and the gorgeous nativities! Thanks for sharing with Creating Christmas!

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