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Our 2016 Christmas Tour, Part One ...

Welcome to our holiday home here in Virginia ... come on in!

When you step into our foyer, our tree is waiting to greet you.  This year, I decorated it in shades of red, white and green, with a bit of whimsy!

Beside it on our buffet, I brought back our "BELIEVE" blocks that have made the rounds over the years from mantels ... to windows ... to shelves ... to right here!  A pair of lanterns from Kirkland's got fancied up a bit with greenery, ribbon and fairy lights ... hope they approve of their holiday attire!

If you look past our tree, you'll see our *friend* bundled up in a festive red scarf.

He joins us singing "We Say Merry Christmas!"

To the left of our foyer is the sitting room ... 

where I continued the same red, white and green color scheme.  While I toned down a lot of the holiday red in the other rooms, my hubby almost insisted we keep lots of the festive color in here.  Of course, I was happy to oblige.

This year, instead of having a full-sized tree, we opted for this cute 4 ft. tree (Wal-Mart).  While I miss having a larger tree in here, I won't miss taking it down after the holidays!

Here on our mantel, Santa is keeping watch over everything, and everyone, especially our 10 year old! ;)

Speaking of the jolly man himself ... he just pulled up in his cute, little red truck to step outside onto the fresh *snow* and check his list ... again!

I recently removed the glass panes from our antique secretary and then filled it with little metal houses and cute nutcrackers, who now have an easy escape!  

Annnnd, just in case we do have a "white christmas," I'm ready to toss the greenery and skates off of our vintage sled and go for a cruise in the snow!

Let's take a stroll to our sunroom, but please shut your eyes as we pass through the dining room, great room and kitchen (I'll share those next time)!  ;)

Here in our back hallway, you'll pass by this cute accent table I recently found at Kirkland's.  I moved this pretty mirror (also from Kirkland's) from the great room mantel right here, and think I really like them together.  I'll probably make their pairing *official* and hang the mirror here after the holidays.

Our sweet caroling family will serenade you with "Silent Night" as you walk by.

Here in our sunroom, this is the first Christmas with the "somewhat" newly shiplapped walls ... I can't say it enough how much we love them!  They're the perfect backdrop for a bit o' holiday cheer (or "peace")!

While I had first brought in grey holiday accents, I ended up replacing them with red instead ... there's just something about crisp red and white this time of year!

Admittedly, I'm going to hate taking down these fun stars from IKEA ... sooooo, maybe I'll just keep them up a bit longer after Christmas!  I love how they softly illuminate the window at night ... they help make this little room pretty cozy! 

The sunroom really earns its name in the morning ...

love when the morning light streams in and "highlights" our holiday pieces.

Well, I won't keep you any longer, but truly hope you'll stop back by to see more of our holiday home!

Thanks so much for visiting!

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