12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge – Days 8 & 9 – House Decorations & Favorite Christmas Craft

I came across this wonderful 12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge over at Abbey’s blog threecatsandagirl.  It was originally introduced by abbeycoseattle when she presented it earlier this month. As soon as I saw this, I knew that it would be so much fun. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for to share some Christmas cheer on my blog. I’d like to say thanks to both of these wonderful ladies!



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12 Days of Christmas

I’m catching up, so today I’ll do days 8 & 9. I decided to go with #6 House Decorations & #9 Favorite Christmas Craft.

As far as house decorations, I LOVE to decorate. Growing up, my grandmother would deck out the entire house and I always looked forward to all the beautiful decorations. I believe she is the reason for my love of decorating and I hope that by decorating at Christmas, my kids will want to do the same for their families when they get older.

The Tree:


Christmas Snow Globes: These are very special to me. I went to this sale in my home town and there was this elderly lady who was selling all of her stuff because she had to move somewhere else. She had the most beautiful Christmas decorations and I found these two snow globes. These are huge snow globes and from the pictures, you can’t really see the size, but I happen to know how expensive these can be because I used to work for The San Francisco Music Box Company in a mall near my old home town. She was asking $5 a piece for them and when I took them up to the counter, she proceeded to tell me how she obtained them. Her father had purchased them for her before he passed away. She turned on the music and began humming the songs. I promised her they were going to a good home and I think about her often. This first one lights up and plays music.


This one lights up and has a button to automatically blow the snow. I think that’s such a cool feature!


Poinsettia for the table


Christmas records of course! Here’s one of my favorites of all time. Christmas just isn’t Christmas without Perry Como.


I found this person on YouTube that plays the entire album for you. Here’s a video of side two. I love this first song–just wait for him to start singing.

I truly appreciate that people take the time to make YouTube videos like this. You can watch and listen below if you’d like.

Vintage Ceramic Christmas Tree – This is a favorite.


This is a bell spray that my grandmother would bring out every year. The bells twinkle on and off. 


Vintage Bubble light lantern. I’m missing the glass lids/domes to both of these because they broke in storage. These aren’t LED, but I still like to use them though. 

I just love Santa’s! Do you?


Our advent calendar. This was an estate sale find.


This is our nutcracker collection. The majority of these were given to me after my stepfather passed away. He loved displaying these every Christmas and now we enjoy bringing them out as well. The two at the top are really huge! I found those at a garage sale for $2 each. I couldn’t believe it!



The gumdrop tree. Another adaptation from my grandmother. I loved decorating these as a child. This is a more modern version


I tried to decorate my bookshelf, but I can’t get used to these LED lights. I’d really like to try some of those fairy lights many people use on their bookshelves. You know, the ones that offer a faint glow and make everything look so beautiful?


And lastly, the mantels. This has to be one of my favorite places to decorate for the Elf on the Shelf.



Favorite Christmas Craft:

We love crafting and sewing around the holidays. For my personal favorite craft, I have to choose this pine cone wreath I made with pine cones from outside our house. You wouldn’t believe how simple it is to make! It does take time, but it’s cheap and people really love them. They make great gifts. Google it and try making one!


We also like to make Christmas ornaments. Here are some of my faves. 

~Pine cone reindeer~



~Felt Wreath~


~Photo ornaments. This one is me with my son.~



~Here’s a Christmas snowflake I crocheted last year. These are super easy and cheap to make. They also make great gifts. ~


~A candy cane bead ornament my kids made. ~


And that’s about it for this year. Do you enjoy decorating or doing crafts over the holidays? I’d love to hear about it! ❤ 😀

Merry Christmas!

17 thoughts on “12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge – Days 8 & 9 – House Decorations & Favorite Christmas Craft

  1. starjustin

    I must say Jen, Christmas is definitely joyous and fun-filled at your house. As I’ve said before, home is where the heart is. I love everything in this post but, I have to say, I love the nutcrackers the best and enjoy seeing them every Xmas holiday. 🎄 💓

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  2. I am slightly jealous of the lovely record stack you’ve got there. I just bought a player this year and my two Christmas albums are for Andy Williams and Bing Crosby! Which I greatly enjoy!
    I love the tall and thin Santa!🎅🏽
    Your collection of nutcrackers is incredible! We saw The Nutcracker this year for the first time, and while I wasn’t impressed with the “version” I saw, I very much love The Nutcracker and had a little thought that it might be neat to collect nutcrackers!
    The gumdrop tree is unique and I so love it!
    The pine cone wreath is so cool!! I’ve never seen one before!
    Awesome post!☺️❤️

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    1. Aww, thanks Abbey! The majority of these records aren’t Christmas and I really need to go through them. I’m wondering what Bing you have? I actually have an extra Merry Christmas Bing. If you’d like it, let me know and I’ll ship it to you if you’re in the US. 💖

      Thanks so much for all your kind comments, Abbey. It’s been so fun doing this Christmas challenge with you! 😊🎄🎅🎁

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  3. Nel

    I’m so in love with this post!! All your directions and the homemade ornaments and gumdrop trees! This is everything about Christmas and then some! Thank you for sharing parts of your home with us. I really like the shelf idea where you have your woodstove and it’s giving me ideas for mine! Merry Christmas to you and your family Jenn! ♥️🎄🎅

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    1. Aww, thanks so much, Nel! I can’t believe it’s Christmas on Monday. It’s coming up fast for sure!

      The mantels are made out of really old barn wood. I’ll send you a message about how we built them. I appreciate all your warm comments. I can’t tell you how thankful I am that we are friends. 💖🎅🎁 Have a wonderful Christmas too. Will be thinking about you guys. 😁🎄


  4. I am so in love with this post. I love the Christmas spirit oozing out of these decorations. The story and attachment to each item is delightful. I wish I had a crafty bone in my body… absolutely jealous of your crotcheted snowflake and felt wreath!

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    1. Thank you! The crochet snowflake is so easy. There are tons of them on YouTube. The felt wreath is just squares of felt strung on a ribbon. So simple! 💖🎅 Thanks for your kind words and Merry Christmas! ❤💚❤🎄

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  5. Noriko

    What gorgeous Christmas Decorations!! I love all of them and I am a real sucker for such beautiful decorations! Merry Christmas, Mischenko! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your beloved family ❤

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      1. Noriko

        Awww, Mischenko, you are the kind and sweet one ❤ I thank my lucky starts to have met you 😉 Hope you have a wonderful christmas with your loved ones!! Much love!


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