deck the halls~

I finally got my Christmas tree up! I searched hi and low ... through a ton of snow... and finally opted for the artificial tree.  I know... I know... I'm already hearing the complaints from the kids about a fake tree.... but by golly... once it's decorated it's still a beautiful Christmas tree!  Spritz a little pine scented Glade in the air ... and all is forgiven.

Here it is in the daylight:

and at night with it's pretty blue lights:

I wish I could figure out how to take a good night time picture with Christmas lights shining.  These photos just don't do it justice.

day time: 

night time:

day time:

night time:

Ash, Brooke, Sam and Sara all helped yesterday with decorating inside the house and out.   Yes! Even Sam.  He did some high work for me....

All in all ... especially at night ... my house is aglow with the feeling of Christmas.  The kids strung lights on both decks, around the door, over the kitchen cabinets and around the windows.  It's so cozy feeling. Thanks kiddos!!!

Until next time...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.


  1. Wow Mel, things look just too pretty. How sweet of the kids to help you decorate. This just has to put you in the mood for a very Merry Christmas.:)

  2. Looks so inviting - love the blue lights.
    I know what you mean about pics when
    the lights are on... just doesn't do it justice.
    Love ya,

  3. Lovin' it! The blue is too cool ~ I'll bet it is gorgeous at night.
    I tried every setting on my digital camera for a good night picture and they all resulted in a blur.. a pretty blur but a blur just he same!

  4. So Pretty in Blue, I l just love it and if you're gonna be home tonight, I think I will come for a put the hot apple cider on, but a hot anything, will do.
    Don't have the inside done yet...hmmmm gotta get back in that Merry Mood...
    Blessings Be Yours

  5. Aw, I love your tree. I think it's quaint and lovely. I think your decor and pictures are charmingly awesome. I like the night pictures too, they have an air of whimsy about them.
    Your home looks so welcoming and festive. I know it was fun and extra special having the kids help. I love times like that! Sweet!

    Wishing you a fun filled week of Holiday Happiness!

  6. Absolutely positively gorgeous!

    ~ May you ALWAYS be Blessed & may you ALWAYS Bless others ~

  7. Mel, try setting your camera on the counter and using the timer. If you have the option to adjust your settings, try Fll for a 1 sec exposure. Looks Beautiful all the same. :) I'll have to stop and see it next week. ;)
    Love ya,