Tuesday, December 15, 2009


The halls are decked the tree is up, Huhoney went way out of his way this year to bring back the sparkle that has been missing in the Higgins (Griswald's) house for the past 2 years. I use to call him “my Sparky” when we lived in the country. You could see our house from miles away because the sky would be lit up hehehe. He told me the other day that we actually had 7 THOUSAND lights on our house at one time folks. There may not be 7 thousand lights on this house, but there is always next year! YEP, “Sparky” knows how to light up my life! I have a feeling he misses it too, so Huhoney brought back the lights.dec 09 087 dec 09 028

I love my tree this year! We gave away our little 6 foot tree and replaced it with a 9 foot tree, then I HAD to go out and get MORE ornaments and filler and “stuff”! The tree was soooo….empty!

But it looks beautiful now, thanks to good ole “Michaels” and “Ti-Pan Trading”.

Huhoney went a hunting one day and found some OLD barn wood and built me a wonderful OLD looking manger to set my nativity in. I put little tiny lights in it and tiny bales of hay and now it looks, more like a nativity….dec 09 060 I just wish my camera could capture how pretty it really is, but each shot came out blurry. (sigh) I love the nativity I got several years ago from a book store, I have never had a nativity before, only as a child and it was a cut out paper nativity….

dec 09 066 See the wooden shepherd carrying the lamb, Camille brought me this back from Jerusalem when she studied there. I can’t wait to share my poem that I wrote. There is a great story behind the writing of it too.dec 09 067

I count my blessing EVERY DAY. I just LOVE this time of year.

The snow globes are on display, many Santa’s that I have collected over the years as well as my mother-in-laws Christmas village.

Snow men are my favorite! Well actually everything Christmas is my favorite! Nutcrackers, moose, and….

This silly ole gal who brings a smile on my face each year when I bring her out….dec 09 041

I have replaced the southwestern plates on the wall with Christmas plates and even set the table with the Christmas dishes that Camille (my daughter-in-law) gave me several years ago. Yes, my home is back to the home that brings smiles on visitors faces when they come a calling.

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see how blurry my camera is at night, no matter what setting I put it on it will not take clear pics. Ya think it is the photographer? NAH! Even the cactus got a few lights. It will be interesting to see Huhoney take those lights off the cactus LOL.

dec 09 070 I found these beautiful crystal candle holders at Michael’s for 50% off. I think next week they will be putting up Valentines stuff, they are moving around all the Christmas things now…sad huh….but I will be there the day after to pick up pretty sparkly things for next year! To me it is better than BLACK FRIDAY!

Yes, I very much am into the true meaning of Christmas. It is just that I LOVE how the lights the music and pretty sparkly things make me feel. Isn’t that what it is about too? How we feel?



Barb said...

Hi Linda,
All I can say is. "WOW!" I had no idea...what a fabulous display of Christmas sparkly cheer. It makes me smile. Your tree is fabulous! I've got to tell you - the lady on your Header is still my favorite - reminds me of my Mother.

Teacher's Pet said...

Oh my goodness!! I can see your lights from here, Linda.
I stepped outside here in South Georgia. Stopped. Looked. Raaaan back in to get Jack. "Look, Jack! See that glow in the distance..That's Linda's house!"
Those are spectacular photos.
I love the nativity that is made from wood...and the hay added. And you did just GREAT with the photos...they aren't blurry to me!
Your header makes me smile...I'm glad you bring 'her' out every Christmas. She's delightful. If she can't make you smile, your 'smiler' is broken.
Your blog is great. I'm going back and read it again later tonight. I love reading them twice!
Smiles and hugs from Jackie

Wanda said...

Your tree is beautiful Linda, all 9ft. of it from top to bottom...The header lady does make one smile...we all need some of those reindeer slippers she's wearing. Hubhoney did a good job, I bet your home does light up the sky and neighborhood a good deal, just like it lights up your day and makes you feel good Linda! I love that feeling too!

Eileen said...

WOW! Everything is so beautiful, inside and out! I love the tree, it's decorated so prettily, and I LOVE the Nativity scene, how special that your husband made something so beautiful out of something as special as old barn wood. I love hearing things like this!

You both did such a super job!
Your crystal candle holders were a great bargain and I like the vase filled with the decorations and the pine cones, and I love the cloth they are sitting on, it looks vintage.

Enjoy your beautiful handiwork!
Love to you,

emily said...

I also LOVE Christmas. I love Nativities, too. I have 4 of them. I'll have to post pics. All of your decorations are simply bee-yoo-tiful. Love the pics.

Granny on the Web said...

Congratulations to Huhoney for being such a good chap. I love all the display you have around your house, a wonderful collection to bring out each year to welcome one and all. You make a great team!
Christmas Blessings

Love Granny

Scriptor Senex said...

It was lovely to visit your home - certainly left me smiling.

Terrie said...

so next year, when I have furniture, you can come decorate my house! I just don't have the knack for it.

Blessings each day said...

How wonderful that your hubby built that stable...I would love for Michael to do that but I don't dare let him read this post as he also has 'light fever' and would want even more lights...so far we are only bright enough for low flying aircraft to be guided!

Love your nativities too!

blessings and warm hugs,


Diana said...

Very Beautiful Linda. I have to say that I especially loved the Ole Gal figurine too. She looks great in your header. Love Di

Sniffles and Smiles said...

"I JUST LOVE CHRISTMAS"--and it SHOWS!!! What beautiful photos!!! You have decorated your home so beautifully!!! I have seen you around, and am so glad to finally stop by to introduce myself!! We share many mutual friends! And I'm thrilled to "meet" you! I hope you won't mind if I follow you...You seem like such a fun person, and you have such a lovely blog! ~Janine OX

Judy Nebeker said...

Beautiful! You sure have the talent for decorating. Everything looks great from the inside to the outside. I love Christmas too and love to decorate my house but mine has never looked half as festive and pretty as yours. You make everything so fun! :)

Jientje said...

WOW. I almost missed this, I'm very behind on my reading. In fact, I'm very behind with everything, I only started decorating today. But your post sure is very inspiring! Your decorations are breathtaking and I can imagine any guest in your house would be looking around for an hour before they finally sit down?

PS: I want to read about the cactus? LOL! *giggles*

Have a great Christmas Linda!

Teacher's Pet said...

Hello Linda Lu... I have been the worst pen pal to you this past month...and I owe you a gazillion letters and cards. Will you forgive me, puhleeeeeze.
I'll be better, I promise...don't give up on me...
I send you an extra smile and hug today...and wanted to stop back in and say 'hello' to you.
Smiles a bunch,