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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sunday Favorites-Christamas decor 2008

It's time for Sunday Favorites. I'd like to thank Chari at Happy to Design for hosting this weekly event. It's always fun to look back so we know how far we've come.

This week I am going to repeat a post that originally posted last December on my family blog Manning Family Tree for our weekly show and tell. Since it involves decorating, I'm reposting it on this blog for Sunday Favorites.

Before we start I want to give you a little background first. I got the flu last year on Thanksgiving & was sick for the entire month of December and ended up with walking pneumonia. So it took everything I had to get any Christmas decorating done. But with the help of my family & my niece, we got it done.

And just ignore the part about muting the Christmas music on my blog as this year I don't have any.


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

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.

I hope that you liked looking back at my Christmas decor from last year. So far this year, I only have my family room decorated. And I don't have any excuse this year.

And one last thing before you go. Did you hear that I'm having a giveaway? Time is running out quickly. You can read all about my giveaway by clicking on the photo below.
Kim aka: Sugar Plum (My new Christmas name that hubby gave me)


  1. Kim I loved seeing your 08 Christmas was all just the old coffee grinder I spoted with my hawk eye ha ha!! And PLEASE why would someone steal Santa....Shoot him now I know why I had a lousy gift last year Santa was kidknapped ha ha!! Thanks for sharing this fun post girl...Hope you have a great day on your side of the mountain my friend....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  2. Your slideshow is just wonderful and all of your decorations inside and out are just stunning. I loved seeing them all. Hugs, Marty

  3. Hi Girlfriend...

    Ahhh...I feel like this should be an "anniversary for us"! Hehe! I remember that this was the first time that I met you...watched your beautiful Christmas slide presentation!!! I remember because I just loved the "Smilebox" that you I downloaded it at that time. Sheeeshh...but I've never used it and I think it's so cute!

    Girl, I think you did a fabulous job of getting your beautiful home decorated since you had pneumonia! It was so sweet of all your family to pull together to help you out! And...I'm so sorry about someone stealing your Santa...that's just sick!!!

    Well my friend, I really enjoyed your slide...loved seeing all of those beautiful Christmas plates! I especially liked the pretty Christmas tree plates that you had on that pretty white 2-tiered shelf! I'd love to have a set like that!!! Loved all of your pretty vignettes too! My favorites were the one done in "all silver"...of course you know that I love the mercury glass! Loved your Christmas mantel...sorry about the little fire...eeeks! And...last but not least...I really loved seeing your beautiful hutch all decked out in all of its Christmas finery! It's so neat because I really do look forward to seeing that pretty hutch decorated with the seasons!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing all of your Christmas pretties with us today...and for joining in with Sunday Favorites!!!

    Warmest wishes and Christmas Blessings to you and your family, my friend...

    Chari @Happy To Design

  4. Ohhh...and by the way...I love your new Christmas blog dress!!! So pretty!!! Your header is beautiful!!!


  5. Cool slideshow, Sugar Plum! What a sweet name! For a sweet blogger! Love the snowflake background.