Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Holiday Home "Tour": Christmas Tree Drama, Home Projects & Questionable "Pinterest" Decor

Hello my friends! While I hoped to be sharing photos of a festively decorated home, it would seem that this post is going to take a different turn. From mini-Christmas tree disasters, missing decorations that most assuredly are at Goodwills across Georgia, to unexpected adventures in finishing off house projects this December, we are off to a memorable start! Read on to join me and my contribution to this year's Holiday Home Tour, hosted by Ada at Elegance and Mommyhood. 

The Christmas Tree Adventure
As is our tradition, we loaded up the 6 of us and drove to the Christmas Wonderland - Home Depot - for our Christmas tree. Side note: My hubby had been sick for several days and still wasn't feeling well, but like the champion he is, he put on the Christmas spirit, so to speak. 

Now, thankfully, this is one of our traditions that we ALL get excited about, and since our eldest still enjoys it, we let him pick our tree. He did a fabulous job. In fact, we soon learned how fabulous, for it was $20 more than we would normally pay for a tree. Turns out it was in the wrong section, but rather than pick another we decided to go with it and eat the $20. And so the adventure began. 

Remember, hubby is not feeling well. 

Once home, The two biggest unload the tree, and then Glen must drill a hole in the bottom in order for it to work with our custom tree stand, purchased from a tree farm years ago. Though skilled with a drill, he accidentally drills the hole crooked. No matter, we will make it work. 

He and my eldest begin to drag our larger than normal tree, into the home, grunting and shuffling along the way. With great effort, they line up the crooked hole with the awaiting peg, just like that vacuum cord you yanked out of the wall one times too many. The tree stands, only it's too tall for our low ceilings, so hubby must saw off the top branches. There will be no room for a topper...a ribbon perhaps?

Teenagers disappear.
Cheerful Christmas music plays softly in the background.
Lights are strung.
Sickly hubby lays on the couch to rest and observe, while the eager young ones cheerful sift through ornaments ornaments.
Soon the tree is properly trimmed. 
An hour passes...

I was so happy to be snuggled into my bed, but before I close my eyes I hear the dreadful and distinct sound of a Christmas tree careening to the floor. It's a loud sound mixed with several pieces of glass breaking. Who is glad they don't have a tree full of delicate ornaments? Me!! I am! 

I rush out to the living room and it's as I expected. Water is pooling up around the tree and heading in all directions. We quickly begin the not-cheerful task of cleaning up the mess and I remain wordless so as not to poke the bear, the bear that does not feel good. 

Thankfully, it didn't take too long and we were able to get to bed with a tree standing, well leaning, against the wall. 

Bring on the next day...

A neighbor drops by with cookies. She notices our sad looking tree and we explain that our tree stand broke the night before and it's barely holding up the tree.

"Oh, I have a sturdy tree stand that we are not using. Of course you're welcome to borrow it."

Talk about perfect timing and divine provision!

Before we knew it the tree was standing. It's missing ornaments, the lights are slightly off and the garland is, well sad, but the tree was standing. I'll share a picture below!

Finishing Off Those Projects

Glen's aunt and uncle contact us...

"Hey, you want to finish up those projects?" 

Like angels of renovation and motivation they swoop in ,and we set a quick date to tile the kitchen back splash, as well as add trim where needed from the family room redo. See that HERE

Counters In, Tile Begins 
Tile Done, Grout No Fun
Glen and I grouted on our own a couple days later. We purchased the quick drying grout and it was a pain for the inexperienced. The mixture kept drying on us, so we had to toss out a batch and mix it up in small batches. Lesson learned!

Needless to say, I'm overjoyed with the outcome and am extremely grateful to Glen's aunt and uncle for all their help. They saved us a lot of money and gave me more confidence for future house projects. There's painting to be done, as you can see in the pictures, but we are SO close!!

In Progress Christmas Decor

Ok! Now you know why we've had little progress on the Christmas decor, not to mention that missing tub of ornaments and knick knacks! However, I will share the little we do have in progress...

Entry - Yes! I'm thrilled to have you by! 
Come on in and see the poor Christmas tree that I didn't the heart to completely redo!  Nine year olds took over for me and our tree topper sits on the floor beside the tree...
 Our newest ornament for this year!
The Revised Family Room Built In - Also, not quite complete!
The Not Yet Done Dining Area
There you have it my friends. Thank you for coming by and sharing in, my perfectly, imperfect life. We love this time of year and my heart is for remembering what the Christmas season is about (Luke 2). Also, with our recent move, I'm re-focused and challenged to love my family well, so starting tomorrow I'm adding a new tradition, inspired by blogging friends and my latest adventures with the Cultivate PowerSheets and Celebrations Binder.

The Twelve Days of Christmas! I know, traditionally, this doesn't start until December 25th, but I want to build up the anticipation for the boys, especially the older ones. I've already printed out labels for each day, picked up several treats and trinkets and I'm bursting with excitement. WHO AM I??? A work in progress! (Philippians 1:6) I plan on sharing more about this soon!

Now see what these sweet women have to share of their homes...Sending you the warmest of Florida hugs - Chrissy!
Amber's Home
Avec Amber "We have a small space, but we like to dedicate one corner of our living room to a Christmas tree and festive decor! My husband picked the theme, it is so much fun to set up, and it really makes our home feel like the holidays have arrived."

I Do deClaire "It’s our first Christmas in our new home and we’ve been having lots of fun for putting up decorations and buying new ones! I seem to add a few more decorations each year and already have plans for things I want to decorate next year. Happy holidays from our family to yours!"

Ada's Home
Elegance and Mommyhood: "I love decorating for Christmas but I have been so busy this year, even the decor I did was done in the course of three days. The last 3 years I have been putting up 2 trees downstairs (living room and dining room) as well as a tiny tree for Vivian in her room. This year we stuck to our evergreen 7 feet faux tree and I did it all in red and white with rustic touches like the burlap "Happy Holidays" ribbon and all the burlap and felt ornaments. I added lots of sprigs, picks and decorative branches to the tree this year and I love the 3D effect they created. There are a variety of ornaments but many red+white poinsettia flowers throughout. I love how it looks!"

Roxanne's Home
Glass of Glam: "I decorate for Hanukkah with blue and white decorations and love to display my menorahs!"

Chrissy's Home
Granola and Grace: "If you told me last Christmas that the next Christmas our family would be living near the Gulf of Mexico, I’d have laughed and said, “you’re crazy.”  Well, as of July we are now residents of Florida and I am excited to decorate our new home. However, this will not be the home tour I originally planned for.  Come on over to see our typical Family Adventures!"

Linda's Home 
A Labour of Life"I am a Christmas Crazy Lady.  Decorating happens all through the house leaving not a room untouched. It is not a quick process but it is a fun one.  I usually start on November 12th.  Mt Pink living room tree is always first.  This year we have four tress throughout the house.  Two theme tress and two fun traditional trees.  Come take a look and see how we do Christmas in Canada."



  1. Oh that is lovely, to see all the decorations of everyone! Luckely you are a optimistis person!😂😂😂 Hope your husband is feeling better.

  2. Progress is always good because there's no such thing as perfection. At least in my book!!

  3. Chrissy, as I was reading your post, all I could think about was how a year from now you would be able to think back to this Christmas with a smile on your face. I mean, not that you're not ALREADY smiling, but you will have 365 days of living closer to the Gulf, as you say, under your belt and all these first "firsts in Florida" will be over. I know how hard it's been for you, but you have such a fabulous job of adjusting for your family and what a definite God wink that a neighbor was able to come to your tree rescue! Your house and door look fabulous and so do you! I miss you so much!!

  4. I love the imperfect yet beautiful job you have done so far. I love the shelves. They are pretty and festive and look finished to me. The tree may need a topper and some more ornaments but the challenges that came with it are priceless memories that will make you smile, one day. Also your kitchen turned out so good. I just love the backsplash so much!! Overall a fun, funny and positive post that made me smile. Your home still has that Christmas spirit, for sure!!

    My Home Tour is finally live, below!! Hope you enjoy it, though I didn't do as much this year. Love you dear Chrissy.


  5. Oh my goodness. Bless your heart with the tree falling. That would have scared me to death to hear that in the middle of the night!
    I love all the decor so far!! You have done a great job.

  6. Oh my darling Chrissy! What a tale you tell. Yes, such divine intervention with the neighbor stopping by with the perfect solution (and cookies as well). Your house is really coming along - LOVE the tile backsplash. I am so glad you shared all of this and that it all worked out!
    Love ya!

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