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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday Favorites-Christmas Decor 2008

It's Sunday & time for Sunday Favorites hosted by Chari at Happy to Design. I'm being greedy today as this is my 2nd entry this week. You can see the other post at my other blog Manning Family Tree.

I've been noticing a lot of Christmas in July posts around blogland so I thought I would join in. So I am reposting my Christmas decor from last year. This originally posted on my family blog on 12/22/08. I had a theme of Monday Show & Tell for my family. For the month of December we were suppose to post anything Christmas. This particular day I posted about 3 different Christmas things. This third installment was my Christmas decor. Since it involved decorating I'm reposting it on this blog as this is now my decorating blog.

You can disregard my advice about turning off the music on my blog as I no longer have music. I might again at Christmas, but for now, no music to interfere with the music in my slide show.

Ta da!!!! Here it is, I know the suspense has been killing you all day, waiting for this third & final part of my Monday Show and Tell.

I want to share with you my Christmas decor. I have to thank all the little people who helped me in the preparation of this production. Namely, Danica (my niece & surrogate daughter) who helped with the decorating part. Brandon & Jesse who helped me bring boxes down & up from attic. And to Mike who helped put up the outside Christmas lights even though he didn't get the last strand up as it got too dark & he didn't want to fall from the ladder and 2 of Santa's deer didn't get set up. At least we got some Christmas cheer!!!! Can I get an AMEN!!!

Before you click on the play button, you might want to scroll down & push the pause button on the Christmas music play list on the right hand side so that my Christmas music doesn't interfere with the music that accompanies my photos. It you don't, you may get conflicting Christmas songs & it won't be nice. You have been warned! In fact, if you don't like the Christmas music anytime you come to our blog, you can pause it so it doesn't play. But if you don't like Christmas music you must be SCROOGE and we don't like Scrooge. You have been warned!!!!

Now for the photos:

Click to play 2008 Christmas decor

Make a Smilebox slideshow

Make a Smilebox slideshow

Did you enjoy the photos? I learned a very important lesson this Christmas. Don't leave candles unattended and real candles can burn a wood picture frame. Luckily I saw the error of my ways before I burnt the house down. LED candles work best in this situation.

Also, someone stole Santa from my front yard. I didn't even notice it last night when I was taking the photos. I figured it out this morning while driving to work. We passed one of our neighbors who has lots of Christmas decor in their front yard. Their giant Snoopy blow up snow globe was missing & they had posted a sign that it was stolen. It got me to thinking about dear old Santa at my own house. It kind of jogged my memory that I didn't remember seeing him in his sleigh last night when taking the photos. So when I got to work & looked at my photos, sure enough. Santa was gone, missing, no where to be seen. Someone stole Santa. I bet I know what list they are on & it's not the nice list. So if you stole my Santa & are reading my blog, bring him back & maybe Santa and I will forgive you and you might get something for Christmas besides coal. You have been warned!!!

Next Monday you can post about your Christmas or post about your New Year's plans or resolutions. Or you can reminisce about 2008 and your plans for 2009.

Update: Santa was found thrown behind the bushes on our side yard. He was a little dirty & bruised but was able to deliver presents on Christmas Eve. (I knew you were all worried). This is how I found out that Santa was safe & sound. I came home from work to find Santa in my bed.


  1. What a great post. I love the slide show. YOur decorations inside and out are just toooooo gorgeous. I really have to do a little more this year, we've kind of slacked off. Great job. Hugs, Marty, oh and so glad you found Santa.

  2. I think you did a beautiful job on your Christmas home. It was fun to view it in July. I am with you about candles. I did the same thing.

  3. Hi Kim, I really enjoyed watching your Christmas slide show. Your Christmas decorations were so pretty both inside and outside the home. That entry was so inviting. Thanks for coming by and I would love for you to join me for Sightseeing Saturday!...Christine

  4. Merry Christmas Kim!!!! I just loved your Christmas in July post. I think you did a great job on the decorating and the slide show. You are so talented. Thanks for the peak from the past.

  5. Love your slide show! Your Christmas decorations are beautiful! Glad that Santa was found safe and sound - are you sure someone didn't mug him for the cookies? And that picture frame shot is scary, although my DH would just see an opportunity for a sale (he's a picture framer lol). Thanks for this post, made me feel a bit cooler today! Kathy

  6. so glad Santa was found and that he is recovering!

    My computer is not wanting to inst
    all adobe whatever for some reason so I cannot view the slideshow :(


  7. Hello Girlfriend...

    How sweet...two Sunday Favorite's posts...I love it!!!

    Love seeing your beautiful home decorated in all of its Christmas finery! It's gorgeous my friend!!! Ohhhh noooo...can't believe that your lit candle started that picture frame on fire...eeeks! But I love how you did your mantle! I also love, love, love your Grandma Manning's Nativity's soooo beautiful!!! I'm so glad that Santa was found...although he was a bit battered...what happened with that? And how did he end up in your bed??? Too cute!!!

    I just love your "Smilebox" slideshows! I remember the very first one that I seen of yours...I downloaded the smilebox software after seeing it and then I've never played with it! Looks like it would be fun to make slideshows with!!!

    Well Darlin' happy that you joined Sunday Favorites with your decorating blog...loved seeing all of your fabulous Christmas decor!!! I love Christmas in July is soooo much fun!!!

    Have a marvelous Monday!
    Love ya,

  8. the way...I love your new summery header on this blog!!! It's really pretty!!!


  9. Hi Kim!

    Your Christmas in July slide show was so cool! I really loved your style of decorating on all your X-mas displays!! You did such a great job!!

    Hey btw, I was browsing at a "Touch of Class" online and saw this adorable shell candleholder
    that so reminded me of you and your adorable beachy display!! Here's the link to it, so you can see it!!

    Take care! and Merry July Christmas!! I think you should buy yourself a prez!! hee hee!


  10. Congrats Kim! You won the garden angel in my giveaway! Please send me your address and I'll ship it off to you.