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And Now, the Pièce de Résistance…My Dining Room

By now, you’ve seen most of my house, all decorated for Christmas…

The bedrooms, dressing room, and bathrooms only get a few touches of Christmas, so they really don’t need their own post.

But the dining room…now the dining room is another story.

For a couple of years now, I’ve wanted to put a (faux) Christmas tree in there.

I’ve had the perfect plan.

I’d collected ornaments from Goodwill and garage sales.

I’d picked up a Christmas tree from a friend who had decided to give it away.

But last year, sadly, I was just too sick to get all my decorations up, and that tree stayed in the basement.

But this year…

This year is different.

Without further ado, take a look at my dining room Christmas.  A moment of silence to appreciate the beauty…

I could stand here and look at it all day.  Especially from this view…




It’s absolutely gorgeous.

It’s silver and gold and green.

It’s lights…and bows.

It’s magical.


I covered the tree in Silver and Gold and Cream…

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With sparkly deer heads and glass angels and family ornaments….and our First Christmas ornament that I received at a gift exchange.

I LOVE THIS ROOM…big sigh.

I love the nativity set.  It was a gift from my ex-mother-in-law.  I think her Aunt made it.  I offered to give it back when the divorce happened, but she said no, so I told her I’d give it to Alex or Sam someday.

I love all my candlesticks.  Even if the candles are crooked.  I love turning the dining room lights out and plugging the lights under the nativity set in and turning the lights in the wall on.  Yes, there are lights in my wall.

We interrupt this adoration of my dining room for the story of the light wall.

Tim and his Dad were taking down the hallway wall between the dining room and the stairs…and half the wall going up the stairs…and the inside of the wall where you now see my light box.  I asked Tim if he’d let me put Christmas lights in the wall and cover it with handmade paper.  It didn’t take too much convincing once I explained that all I needed was for him to drill big holes in the studs…ok, and put in a light switch so I can turn them on and off.  I don’t ask much, right? 🙂

The idea came to me because I had a really cool tree lamp that had the same paper covering it with Christmas lights hanging inside.

I love how it turned out.  I think it gives the room a special ambiance.

My friend Sheila was over today and insisted I tell you the story.  She thought it was pretty cool too.

OK, back to my dining room…


I love my gold pears.  I love my Santas.  And my sparkly trees and wreaths.





As you can tell, I also love old phonographs and radios.





DRTable2015See the decorations on the table?  Each one of the trees and candle holders were from our wedding!


Yes, I love this room.




This room holds all of our family when holidays come around.  Tim’s siblings and their spouses.  Tim’s parents.  And now, all the older kids.

The kids table is still put up in the living room which the kids are more than happy with as they can watch TV while they eat.

There are prayers said around this table.

DRRadioSanta22015There are family stories told.

There is laughter.

There are tears.

There is love.

And with that, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, then I wish you a Happy Day…or Kwanza, or Hanukkah…or…

Whatever it is you celebrate, may you find peace, happiness, and good health this Holiday Season.

With lots of love and appreciation for your friendship,

Patty O

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