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My Home For The Holidays + Giveaway

I’ve got some fun things to share in this post, so let’s get to it, shall we?  🙂 First, before I forget… I want to keep you all in the loop. You know I love color and Pantone just announced their 2018 color of the year!!

Image via Pantone

I love it! This makes me want to finish my bedroom and show you how I used plums and violets.

Ok, on to Christmas talk.

Due to my hand surgery. I took it easy this year on the decorations. My focus this season was simple: Christ.  Don’t get me wrong.  We always center our Christmas on Christ, but even more so this year.  I framed this charcoal illustration that I drew about a year ago and hung it near my front door as a reminder to have faith in Christ and look to Him instead of being distracted by the things I can’t control.

If you’ve seen my porch in the past, you know that I really like to go all out with the seasonal decorations!  This year my hubby helped me out by doing all the arrangements while I stood behind him, sweetly directing his every move.  😉  I can assure you that he was grateful that I kept things simple this year.  No lights.  No glitter.  No extra fluff.  Christmas came early for him this year.

He did a really great job.  I think that I might hire him again next year.  😉

FYI – We just went to our local yard waste disposal site and collected some evergreen brush.  We made it on a good day so there was a lot to pick from.  You can get a ton this time of year and it costs NOTHING.

We’ve never done the “elf on the shelf” but we do have two little gnomes that I boys love to move around the house this time of year.  Gabe, our youngest, likes to cuddle with his at bedtime.  So cute!

My husband and my boys were a huge help in decorating the tree this year.  I’ve always loved the thought of decorating a Christmas tree with the names of Christ.  I was excited to finally put my own spin on that idea.

I kept my tree simple this year, so the Names of Messiah really stand out.  What I appreciate most about this idea is that it has helped my boys learn different names for Christ that they weren’t aware of before.

Out of all the names to describe Christ, Alpha and Omega is my favorite; the first and the last.  The beginning and the end.  He is the beginning of love, strength and hope.  He is the end of pain, fear and sorrow.

Didn’t my guys do a great job?!?

P.S. I hung up the felt balls before my surgery… so that was about all that I did this year.

So that’s it for Christmas decorations at our place this year!  Easy set up means we’ll have an easy take down.  It’s simple, but it hits on what’s really important.

Ok, just kidding.  I did manage to pull together a little craft with one hand… and a lot of help from my little helper.  I wanted to squeeze in another way to use the Names of Messiah.  There is nothing more beautiful that having a fresh arrangement on your kitchen or dining room table; especially when it smells of evergreen.  I couldn’t tie a bow or a knot to save my life right now, so I grabbed Gabe right as he was headed out the door to go sledding, and asked him to do me a huge favor.

I asked him to help me tie bows on the end of my Names of Messiah tags so that I could place them in the arrangement on our kitchen table and enjoy looking at them during family mealtime.  I could tell by his facial expression that he wasn’t thrilled to delay his trip to the sledding hill, but because Mama bird had a broken wing, baby bird took one for the team and helped out.

Note the terrifying black claw, above.  Hot cast!  Am I right?!?  I get to wear that for another 4 weeks.  Yippee skippy!

There you have it.  A fresh arrangement with a simple holiday twist.  Some of the greens for the arrangement were from my local yard waste site and I picked up the others at Trader Joe’s.  It smells AMAZING.

If you missed my house last year here’s a link MY HOUSE 2016


Oh and last, but certainly not least… The GIVEAWAY WINNER is…  (drum roll, please)

Lori Colgrove!

Lori – You get to pick out one product from my shop as my special gift to you.  Plus, I’ll be throwing in some baking gadgets that I designed.  Merry Christmas!



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  • Amy
    December 8, 2017 at 8:52 am

    what a beautiful home, and what a beautiful way to focus on the most important thing this season (and all seasons). I love it! And what a clever trick to use the yard waste site to stuff your planters, I’ve seen bunches of those evergreen boughs for a bunch of money at the stores, now I know I don’t need to buy them! You always have such great ideas.

    • Melessa
      December 8, 2017 at 9:02 am

      Thanks Amy! You can’t beat simple and free! I’m glad you liked my simple layout and message this year.

  • Lillian
    December 8, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Beautiful decorations!!!!

    • Melessa
      December 8, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Thank you Lillian! I appreciate your comments!

  • Beth
    December 8, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I loved last years and I love this years too! Great job!

    • Melessa
      December 8, 2017 at 9:17 am

      Thank you! I’ll let my boys know they are hired for next year! 😉

  • Liz
    December 8, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I love the colors in your home! It looks so happy. I also appreciate how you brought Christ into your home and made it so beautiful and whimsical. It’s really pretty. Your family did a great job helping. 👍

    • Melessa
      December 8, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Thank you so much! They did do a great job. There is something to be said for keeping things simple, with a simple message.

  • Jo
    December 8, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Seriously! Your home is gorgeous! I want to visit!

    • Melessa
      December 8, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks Jo! You’re welcome anytime!

  • Nate
    December 8, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Great photos! Beautiful!

    • Melessa
      December 8, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks Lover!

  • Allison T
    December 8, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Wish so much that we could come and celebrate the holidays in your spectacular home! We miss you and love you and your family so much! I absolutely love your picture of the savior!

    • Melessa
      December 10, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      I wish family could be closer too! Thank you for your kind compliments and support. Miss you and love you!

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