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Christmas Home Tour

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Christmas 2017 Entry The Prudent Homemaker

In the urns by the front door, I added some free Christmas tree trimmings and free pinecones. Many places that sell Christmas trees will give free Christmas tree trimmings if you ask.

I hung some wreaths I bought several years ago.

This year, I added the two lanterns by the door. The black one I bought used for $5 earlier this year (it turned out to have a broken hinge, but it still works fine). The red lantern has faux candles inside that don't light up and a crack in the bottom; my mom found it for free at someone's trash last year after Christmas and picked it up for me.


Christmas Entry Table and Living Room The Prudent Homemaker

We were gifted this poinsettia a couple of nights ago by some friends who came caroling at our door. I took out the roses and basil from this arrangement (which were done) and put the poinsettia in the middle instead with the dusty miller from our garden and the free Christmas tree trimmings.

Christmas Entry Table and Mirror The Prudent Homemaker

The wreath was a $2 garage sale find in October. I used a ribbon that used to be the drawstring to a pair of flannel pajama pants. The pajamas wore out years ago but I kept the ribbon. The urn was an $8 garage sale find in October.

Christmas 2017 Piano The Prudent Homemaker

 I bought our Nativity set 16 years ago with my husband at Walmart for our second Christmas together.

I hung the star music garland that I made for another Christmas. I used a vintage fur collar from my grandmother on the bust, and I added pinecones to the urns.

The Christmas book is one from which my daughters are currently playing. We sing Christmas carols every night as a family starting the first of December, and sometimes one of my daughters will play for us when we sing. I have been enjoying hearing them practice their Christmas music all month.

Christmas 2017 Living Room The Prudent Homemaker

A woman who works with my husband gifted him the beautiful live wreath that is hanging in the large window. I have two small wreaths in the end windows,  but I wanted another in the middle window. One day I hope to purchase a large faux wreath for this space.

Our tree is a beautiful faux one that we bought 11 years ago from Lowe's. It was the display model and they couldn't find the box. They charged us only $80! (This style of tree retails for $300 to $400).  We have it in a tree stand that is bolted to a little table (the table was free and my husband cut the legs down to make it a bit shorter). Having the tree on the table gives the illusion of a taller tree, and it keeps our toddler from reaching too much of the tree. He can reach the bottom two branches, so we don't have any ornaments on those branches this year. We have eight children, so this arrangement has worked well for us for years to keep the tree and ornaments save from toddlers.

The ribbon and ornaments on the tree are ones we have had for many years.

I made the tree skirt this year from some drop cloth that I had on hand. 

Christmas Gifts Under the Tree The Prudent Homemaker

 I have been wanting reusable boxes for years. I had a few velvet covered ones that were gifted to us years ago. I added the brown ones and the two white and gold ones that are on the table last year (I found them at Target in the gift wrapping section). This year I was very excited to see that Target was offering more reusable boxes in the Christmas section, and they were very similar to the boxes I bought last year. I bought several. I can use these every year for Christmas, as well as for birthdays, without needing to use wrapping paper. Since I hand make gifts and purchase many gifts at garage sales, I don't usually have boxes for my gifts. This will make wrapping so much easier for me every year. 

Christmas Gifts The Prudent Homemaker

I purchased a few spools of ribbon to tie the boxes closed. I also have lots of ribbon that I've saved from gifts we've received in years past that I use to close boxes.

I bought the gold and burgundy faux berries this year from a local Facebook garage sale page for $3 for 12 of them.

I bought some large and regular sized jingle bells this year as well to add to the top of the boxes. They still don't disguise the sound of Legos in the boxes, but they are a fun addition that I can reuse every year.

Christmas 2017 Table Runner 2 The Prudent Homemaker

The small wreaths I have in the windows at the end of the room are faux ones I bought for $2.99 each (on sale at Michael's) several years ago.

The pinecones were gathered from the side of the road.

The faux greens on the table are ones I bought years ago. This is my first year using them on the table; I usually place them on the piano.

The lanterns are ones I bought early in our marriage. The candles I've had for years, as I like the look of them during the day, but we don't use them at night.

The silver-plated bowls and urns are ones I've picked up for $5 and under each at garage sales over the last couple of years.

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 I purchased the clementines on sale for $1 a pound, which is a good price here.

Christmas 2017 Table Runner 3 The Prudent Homemakerjpg

The Meyer lemons are from my garden. The beautiful silver reindeer were a surprise gift from a reader who inherited them and didn't have a place for them. She didn't know it, but I had been looking at faux mercury glass deer very similar to these last Christmas. I was so excited to find these in a box from her as they are even better than what I had looked at!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday.


Merry Christmas!

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  • Allison Taggart December 24, 2017

    So beautiful! Thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas home.

  • Lorna December 24, 2017

    Hello Brandy and everyone from Australia :) .

    Your home is so beautiful and festive using the most frugal of finds in both garage and nature :) . I think that over the years with so much consumerism around us it is nice to see people going back to basics to decorate with an equally wonderful result.

    At a time of year when most are getting into so much debt with credit cards etc it is refreshing to see you and your family Brandy working within your budget with such wonderful results.

    I also had an aha moment with the use of your gift boxes and how much waste and expense that will save each year because they are reusable. Another thing I had thought of is to spray or hand paint shoe boxes or cover them in fabric scraps for reusable gift boxes each year which would cost minimal money. When I was a child my parents had fabric pillowcases with Christmas themes printed on them that had all our gifts in them each year and none of them were wrapped.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Brandy and all who frequent this wonderful community :) .

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker December 24, 2017

    Since the original boxes that we were gifted were covered with a thin velvet-like fabric and lined with satin, I was hoping to cover boxes with fabric before. But once I looked into the cost (the spray glue, the fabric, the boxes) it was just too expensive. I hink if you aregoing to cover boxes yourself, it would be best to do them with scrapbook paper and I think you would still want the spray glue).

    In the end, I just waited for many, many years, until last year when I bought a few boxes and then this year when I found a bunch I loved and decided that this was the year. It worked out to be less expensive to buy these boxes than the other options I looked at before, and I didn't have to worry about covering them myself. If I decide in years future that I want a different color theme I can buy new ribbons in that color (or use different color ribbons for a birthday).

  • Lorna December 24, 2017

    Good point Brandy and yes scrapbook paper is another good cost effective covering option too and less expensive again which I would probably attach with stick craft and fabric glue. Also I will keep an eye on getting some Christmas boxes after Christmas too and see if I can get them for a reasonable price as you have which would save me the bother of covering them myself.

    I love the nice neutral colours you have picked too for the gift boxes and you are right you can change the look of the gift boxes each year by simply changing the colour of the ribbon.

  • Angela In Kentucky December 24, 2017

    Thank you for showing us your home. It is truly lovely and elegant. Christmas and the Holiday season is a poignant time for me. I have no family left and often feel depressed. I try to do volunteer work and to remember what the Season is really about but sometimes it gets the best of me. I have a small circle of friends but they all have families and their own festivities. Like Ellie in Canada I spend every Christmas Eve alone. I do look forward each year to watching the Mass from Rome with the Pope at Midnight. I am not Catholic but I find it beautiful and touching. Let us rejoice in His birthday and give thanks to all that we have. I can say I am very thankful for your blog and the wisdom I have gleaned from the other ladies on here. Merry Christmas!!

  • Mary December 24, 2017

    Wishing you a beautiful Christmas, Angela, and everyone else. Remembering and celebrating the real meaning of Christmas brings my heart joy, even when the rest of life may be difficult at times.

  • Ellie's friend from Canada December 24, 2017

    Dear Angela,

    I am so sorry you have no family left. I have a bit of family but they are far away, both geographically and in spirit. Today, I was so surprised as my friends kept bringing gifts over. I had homemade chilli, allergen free chocolate bars, body cream, honey apple "jam", a curry sauce, pink himalayan sea salt, mixed peppercorns, a box of mandarin oranges. I could not believe it! I have some new friends this year and all of a sudden, they realize they need to become my family. Most of my old friends are preoccupied with their families. I received incredible Christmas cards. I have to tell you it is nice to be alone on Christmas Eve as long as we are not overcome by melancholy for those no longer with us. And watching the Christmas mass is a good thing to do. I am going to watch it but I am also going to watch Sound of Music.⛄️

    Perhaps it will give you some comfort to hear about the most miserable Christmas Eve I ever spent.

    The most miserable (and only miserable) Christmas Eve was one when I went for a short visit ––at their invitation –– to a sibling and his kids and second wife. I felt awful about leaving my mother. Our neighbours used to have my mother and me and another sibling over for an incredible Christmas Eve with a wealth of goodies. Since then, that neighbour passed away; her husband moved to a seniors' complex. When I arrived by bus at my destination at about 7, my sibling picked me up with his family. My sister-in law slathered cheap perfume on her daughters in the van. I immediately started sneezing and wheezing. My brother said to her "I told you she was allergic to perfume and not to do it.". Not long after that, he said "Oh by the way, we are going to our friends' house as they are having a party. You were invited too but we knew you couldn't go because they have a dog and you are allergic. So we'll only go for an hour or so and then we'll be back." Everyone went. That was at 7 p.m. At 1 a.m., when they still were not home, I phoned my mother to chat with her. I have to admit I was rather teary. She could not believe they had abandoned me. Had there been a plane or bus back home that night believe me I would have taken it. But it was too late, and I couldn't get back home. It was about a 300 mile walk so I was trapped. And I couldn't disappoint my little nephews, either. The next day, while my sister-in law opened her gifts of pearl necklace and Gucci watch, my little nephew said "Auntie we don't have much for you" and gave me a free Kmart calendar of kitten photos

  • Ellie's friend from Canada December 24, 2017

    and I said to my nephew "It is the thought that counts and the little kittens are beautiful and I love the calendar". I know his heart was pure; I 'm not so sure about the others. So Angela, it is sometimes better to be alone and to take comfort in the warm memories of those who are no longer with us and memories of happy Christmases past than to be alone waiting for others and feeling abandoned... Tomorrow I go to the church to help with the turkey dinner for those of us who don't have family to go to or who don't want to cook or are not up to it.
    Angela, I wish you the best Christmas. May you find new friends who will embrace you in their lives. may you treasure the memories of lovely times past. (sorry this message got scrambled and then cut off).

  • Angela In Kentucky December 25, 2017

    Thank you so much for your kind and heart felt words. You really have no idea how much they meant to me and how uplifting. It is amazing how a community of people can be such friends and yet never meet in person. I don't post much but read every comment and can't wait for each post from Brandy. She is such a true Christian woman in every sense of the word it is obvious. Thank you again and hope that your Christmas Day is a blessed and joyous one.

  • Lorna December 25, 2017

    Merry Christmas to you Angela and know that you are thought about and loved by our family :) .

    For reasons I won't go into my husband and I are also alienated from our families through necessity and not through nothing we have done. I know how you feel and I too felt this for a few years as well along with Mother's Day which I also found difficult.

    I found by making our own special traditions and ways of celebrating made the time easier for us and a far happier time. The major focus for us is the birth of Christ and we also find it beautiful to listen to Christmas carol nights on television too. We also focus on being thankful for all we have and the blessings we receive all year round.

  • Angela In Kentucky December 25, 2017

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Lorna. Thank you for including me in your family. Your words ring true. I do try to focus on the meaning of the Season. I delivered a package of food, toiletries and cleaning supplies to a single young mother on Christmas Eve. She is struggling with a toddler and her only family has limited means to help her. I try to do what He commanded of us in His name.

  • Ellie's friend from Canada December 25, 2017

    Hi Angela,

    What a lovely thing to do on Christmas Eve! It is surely a wonderful thing for the young single mother!
    I came home early from our Christmas lunch as someone had brought shrimp and I am deathly allergic to that.
    I felt like collapsing so left quickly. We talked with our friends about how bleak the economy is. It is good for them to have someone to commiserate with. Notwithstanding the shrimp, and the fact many of them were cross-contaminating the food, it was really a lovely meal. As soon as I got away from the shrimp, I started to feel better. It was really nice that my friend who has MS could go for the lunch. I felt badly leaving her there but she had pretty much finished.

  • Gaila December 26, 2017

    Hi Angela. Just a thought on being alone at Christmas. ..maybe if you volunteer at a community supper serving others may be rewarding for you. Another possibility is visiting the elderly ...check with churches and assisted living homes for this. Many elderly folks have no family left as well . Making new friends and sharing your time with others is a blessing on both sides! Blessings to you ....Gaila in WA state

  • Luba @ Healthy with Luba December 24, 2017

    You have such elegant taste, Brandy. Your family is blessed with your decorating skills.

    Happy New Year!

  • Nina December 24, 2017

    Merry Christmas! Your home is just so lovely! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • chantal December 24, 2017

    Thank you for sharing. Your home is wonderfully decorated. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

  • Ellie's friend from Canada December 24, 2017

    Somehow the words of my note to Angela got scrambled. It should have read, "There is 'alone' like that miserable Christmas eve so long ago and then there is "alone" when one can indulge in memories of beautiful Christmases past and the relatives that made such Christmases special. I hope, Angela, that you are embraced by good memories of loved ones.
    may you be surrounded in your heart by the true spirit of Christmas.

  • Ruth December 24, 2017

    Merry Christmas!

  • Sandy December 24, 2017

    Merry Christmas Brandy. Your house looks so beautiful. Love he idea of the reusable boxes.
    Hugs, Sandy

  • Jenn December 25, 2017

    Merry Christmas!

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