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How to Decorate for a Whimsical Christmas Gathering

Welcome to my home! Here is how I have decorated for Christmas gatherings this year.

Above is our family room where we spend the most time.  I love the tranquil feeling the cream colored walls provide us.  We had the color custom-made at Dunn Edwards Paints.  It is called "Chez Bolduc".  It means "House of Bolduc" in French.

Each year I change up the mantle a bit.  This is a picture before I received the wonderful Luminara candles I did for my birthday from five of my best friends.  I'll show you those later.

This whimsical snowman always reminds me of my sister, Ann, who passed away in 2008.  She had a massive Snowperson collection.   She was so cheerful like they all are.  In fact, many people likened her and her best friend to the two Foster Farms chickens.  Just makes me laugh thinking about them!

I found the adorable gift-wrap pillow at Michael's this year and got two of them 50% off. :-)  The burgundy velveteen pillows were a purchase from World Market for 25% off. :-)
 I love the look for Christmas.

Another angle. The beautiful flowers that Chad and family gave me for my birthday made it to the coffee table.  They are pretty, aren't they? ;-)  Many people don't like matchy-matchy, but I LOVE it.  I like balance in my life and view.

Many people comment on our octagonal windows in the family room.  They really like them...and so do we!  I found a picture of a window like these in a Sears 30 years ago and had our contractor design these for us.  I love their uniqueness.

Here is a small buffet table readied to serve sweets, treats and beverages.

I am going to have a Hot Chocolate Station this year.  I found these fun chocolate and marshmallow, and peppermint candy stir sticks at World Market.  Tucked inside the box are also grated chocolate and cinnamon for the top of the whipped cream.  I'm getting thirsty!  Do any of you want to stop by and join me?

These tin men snowman grace a long sofa table and will soon be joined with cookies. You can see here the LUMINARA candles.  They are so life-like!  They have a little flame that flickers back and forth with the help of two "D" batteries.  The best price I've found for them is on Amazon.  You can purchase cream and white ones at Pottery Barn, but they cost a lot more there.

I love Mr. and Mrs. Snowpeople, found at Pier 1 a couple of years ago. 


This beautiful arrangement adorns my entry way table that is usually nestled into the rounded part of the stairs bottom.  We moved it right into the entry to host the Christmas tree.

I have decorated my tree this way for a few years now.  I LOVE it!  The small oval frames that have red jewels and gold filigree framing host all the different names of the Lord that I could think of.  I also have a variety of nativity ornaments, crowns and musical instruments that celebrate the birth of my Savior.  


My very large Nativity set rests in the living room.  I have two sets, this one, and one my precious daughter-in-law and family gave me.  I alternate them every other year.

This is one of two wreaths that decorate my husband's office doors.

Of course, you have to embellish the shower too!

I hope you have enjoyed browsing and this post has inspired you in some way to make your home delightfully Christmassy for not only you and your family, but for any guests you may have over to visit.  The best part of Christmas is the people you share it with and celebrating the incredible gift we have of Jesus Christ.  

Come on back tomorrow for some more ways to make your Christmas DELIGHTFUL.  :-)


  1. Absolutely Beautiful Debbie! I love the two little snow people with their arms raised, as if they're praising the Lord for the snow!