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It’s Christmastime in Morgantown, as evidenced by the boxes being left by the mailman everyday, the white stuff falling from the sky, and of course, the decorations. All. The. Decorations.

One of the things we were most excited about when we bought our house is how amazing it was going to look decorated for Christmas. We felt that the charm of the house would be enhanced with the warm glow of white lights. You can judge for yourselves, but being in our new home puts me in the Christmas spirit.

The foyer needed a dramatic entrance so we got 36 feet of lighted  garland for the doorway arch to the living room. We wrapped the banister in 12 feet of lighted garland and added little red bows along the way up.

The green marble washstand was the perfect setting for my Christmas village. As I add to the village each year, I’m thinking of building platforms that go up the staircase so it is like the village is on the side of a mountain (kind of like Morgantown).

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Across from the village is one of our nativity scenes (this one is from my childhood) and our new Advent wreath that we picked up on our road trip this summer. We added some holly garland and a small stack of boxes on the floor to finish the vignette.

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In the living room, the centerpiece is our beautiful 9 foot Christmas tree (given to us by Ryan’s generous parents). We didn’t have enough ornaments so we had to pick up some and really focused  on the parts of the tree that is seen. I love how the Christmas tree has started to reflect our lives. We’ve got a couple of “First Christmas” ornaments, ornaments from our wedding, ornaments from our travels together, and ornaments honoring our grandmothers. We’ve got a lot of room left to add more memories to the tree!

We don’t have a fireplace, so we used the top of the tv armoire as our mantle to hang our stockings. We then put some Christmas cheer in every corner of the room. Even switching out art on our gallery wall.

In the dining room, no space was safe from holiday cheer-making. The buffet got some retro yuletide greetings with the vintage plastic Santa and candle. On the cherry cabinet is our other nativity scene and some candle lanterns. The wine cabinet has a small forest of trees and other small decorations. The only thing missing is some Christmas cookies on the cake plate!

The dining table is set for a holiday feast! I used the same centerpiece from last year and set the table with my Lenox holiday china and the flatware we received as wedding gifts. I top off each place setting with a plaid cloth napkin and cardinal napkin ring. We started making holiday memories last weekend with my parents eating brunch at this table!

I didn’t forget about the kitchen. I found some battery snowflake bell lights and placed them on the window sill. I also added some small poinsettias (originally on the porch but it was too cold for them).

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We also have a small collection of holiday themed kitchen towels. Right now, we are dreaming of a white Christmas, next week it will be snowflakes and holly bunches. Finally, we added a little sparkle to our hardworking thermostat.

I’m still working on the front porch decorations, the planters and cold are giving me some trouble, but I should have those for you next week. How are your halls getting decked?

~Emily