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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas from our house to yours! The photo above was taken in 2004 when we had a White Day-after-Christmas. Here's hoping this will be a White Christmas - the weatherman says it's a possibility! Our house was built in 1883 and we are restoring it back to the 1883 look. The exterior is painted in the original colors.

All of the wallpaper in our house is from Bradford & Co. which produces authentic reproduction Victorian patterns.

Step into the foyer
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The marble-topped turtle table was my great-grandmother's which I inherited from my grandmother. We fill the epergne with fruit and greenery for Christmas. The staircase  has a garland of faux holly adorning it.

Here is a dresser which we use as a hall tree all decked out.

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Farther back in the foyer, the top of a cabinet has a winter village on it.

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Stepping into the parlor, watch out...

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You are under the mistletoe!

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On the tea table in front of the sofa is one of my favorite Christmas tea sets.

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Santas and Sleighs decorate the parlor mantle

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And in the bay window is our Christmas tree. It is always a production putting up the tree. This year it fell after it was decorated, but luckily no ornaments were damaged.

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Next is the Billiards Room which we use as a Family Room

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Here is a close-up of the mantle.

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The small room off the Billiards Room

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Then the Dining Room

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The tea cart in the Dining Room is full of snowmen.

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The smaller buffet has some Christmas tea sets.

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The sunroom in the back of the house has the Village of Bethlehem. Lots of people have a creche, but we have the whole village, complete with a desert!

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Next is my husband's favorite room. Since he is a military history buff, we decorate the library with nutcrackers.

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Merry Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!
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