Traditional Christmas Home Tour

December 09, 2013
Welcome friends, so great to have you join me. I have a cozy 

fire burning, Christmas music playing, cookies are baking and the 

Tea is almost ready, so come on in!  I am delighted to be able to 

share my Tis The Season Christmas Home with you.

This is the first day of our Tis The Season Blog Tour, Chris from 

The Cafe Sucre Farine and I will be your hosts.  There is more   

inspiration waiting for you throughout the week, links are included 

at the end of this post.

I have enjoyed working with the theme of Tis The Season.  In our 

home Tis The Season represents embracing traditions and using 

treasured collections from the past.  When you enter our home you

will see this sweet little antique secretary desk.  

I found this little secretary in a whimsical shop eons ago and just 

recently gave her a fresh coat of french grey paint which 

has made this little desk shine.    

I have displayed my Hummel collection in this desk for our 

traditional Christmas theme this year.  This dear little collection has

been handed down throughout the generations and added to by 

family members.  

My Husband and I have  reached a place in our lives where we 

feel blessed to have the opportunity to help create joyful memories 

for the young and tender hearts in our family while guarding the 

hearts and souls of a gentle and older generation.

In our home red and gold are traditional colors for Christmas, it 

seems to me this combination of colors creates such warmth and 

comfort.   I love to sit in our cozy living room and read, especially 

in the evenings.  

Decorating the formal mantel is both challenging and enjoyable.  It 

is a large and slender mantle so many decorations are either too 

small or too big.  However, this year I found some darling red and 

gold ornaments at the Dollar Tree, they are just nearly perfect for 

tucking in among the flocked garland.

It has been many, many years since we have had a live Christmas

Tree and we are so enjoying the fragrance.  Standing next to our

tree is Ross, our faithful tin nutcracker.  He is about two feet tall

and is becoming a fun friend to our grandchildren.  

I enjoy sharing the timeless stories of days gone by with our family. 

I have bundled a few of them up and tied them with red satin 


I just know you will be so familiar with them.  Hans Brinker or The

Silver Skates, Little Women and Jane Eyre are the selections which

I chose from our bookshelves.  This magnifying glass is the real

deal-officially a treasure from the past, even the grandchildren use it.

I have been anxiously waiting to incorporate this primitive bread 

bowl into my Christmas decor. This is the one which I found in 

Oklahoma City about a month ago.

These little glittery gold buckets, poinsettias, garland and candles are

creating just the right amount of warmth and welcoming glow.

I always enjoy decorating my Grandmother's antique hutch, it dates 

back to the late 1800's.  Whenever I decorate it I am always amazed 

at the workmanship and it's durability.  It has withstood several 

cross country moves.  I have painted the inside pale cream as an 

accent for my china and collectibles.

Inside my antique hutch you will see a combination of China and 

crystal from three generations, along with Christmas Fitz and Floyd 

collectibles.  This year I will be using this decorative Twas The 

Night Before Christmas pot to serve the grandchildren hot cocoa. I

think this will be much fun for them and me.

The dining room table is set with traditional red brocade place mats, 

cherished Christmas plates and candles.

Christmas treasures of the past on my dining room table, always 

make me smile.

Our family room is a combination of Traditional and playful.  I am

sharing just a few photos today, more will follow later in the week.

Rather than use a wreath for these antlers I used garland and added 

some berries and clip on poinsettias.

One of my favorite things to bring out of the Christmas boxes are 

the snowmen.  Some of them are thirty years old and others more 

youthful, I love them all the same. And please Be Good For 

Goodness Sake!

Thank you for joining me, I hope you enjoyed our time together as

much as I enjoyed sharing some of our Traditional Christmas with 

you.  Wishing each one of you a joyous heart and the Merriest of


For more of Tis The Season please follow these links, all of these

Ladies have been working very hard to bring you joy and inspiration!

Monday December 9th

At Home With Jemma
The Cafe Sucre Farine

Tuesday December 10th
Poppy View

Wednesday December 11th
Home and Lifestyle Design
Red Rose Alley

Thursday December 12th
Comfy House
Cozy Little House

Friday December 13th
The Refeathered Roost

Saturday December 14th
The Dedicated House
Across the Way

Please Join Me~

The Charm of Home

No Minimalist Here

Ivy and Elephants

Savvy Southern Style

Jennifer Rizzo

A Stroll Thru Life

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  1. I want to come and live at your house! It looks like a magical wonderland Jemma, you've done an amazing job, wow!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous, Jemma ! I always prefer the traditional Christmas colors and your use of them is just it! :)

  3. You're house looks beautiful, Jemma. Love what you've done with the gorgeous secretary and desk, and the mantel looks like a shot from a magazine! Can't wait to see more photos of your family room. Thanks for inviting us into your home! Have a wonderful week.

  4. It's all so beautiful, Jemma! I love that your Christmas decor is purposely wrapped around honoring the traditions and memories of your parents and grandparents and building new memories and traditions for your grandchildren, Ross looking on and encouraging you in his stiff upper lip way!

    Your secretary in its light gray paint is a dainty piece for your delightful Hummel collection and your grandmother's hutch must hold many good memories as well as your pretty china and cheerful Christmas pieces.

    Thank you so much for organizing this tour, and inviting me to join you! It has been wonderful getting to know you as we prepared for it. I'll be dropping in to see this again and to see what else you've done in December.

    And for goodness sake I will be good if you will!

  5. Beautiful home tour! and so fun seeing your decorations reflecting traditions, which are so important in family history and growth in the children of your lives! beautiful

  6. Jemma, thank you so much for showing us your Christmas decorations in your lovely home. Everything looks wonderful. Your mantel is gorgeous - just the right amount of decorations and I love the little tree on the hearth. Looking forward to seeing even more of your Christmas decorations over the next few weeks. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  7. Jemma,

    Beautifully decorated, beautifully photographed for us to enjoy, your traditional Christmas home tour is a happy place to be today, in blogland! From the fun and festive mantel to the gloriously stunning tree, to my favourite feature, your elegantly styled grandmother's hutch, the family traditions that you have set over Christmases past, still delight today, joyfully brightening your hearts and your home.

    Thanks for organizing this wonderfully festive Christmas tour and for inviting me to be a part of it!

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!


  8. Just beautiful, Jemma! Much love has been shown in all your Christmas decor. Things from now and from past generations. Blended to make it a special Christmas season at your place!

  9. I loved your tour, Jemma - your home is just beautiful! The fireplace with the huge mirror above it and the soaring windows look like the perfect place to spend a warm evening with a book. And with the beautiful vintage pieces of furniture you have lovingly decorated, you have made your home a comforting and beautiful place for yourself and your family. Thanks for kicking off the blog tour!

  10. Your home looks warm and cozy and inviting, Jemma. Thanks for taking me along for your inspirational tour. xo

  11. Everything looks beautiful. My favorite is the old copy of Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates because I had that book as a child. I wonder if my sister has it?

    Thanks for the virtual tour. I am enjoying looking at all the lovely homes.

  12. I love the traditional colors, too...and mixing old with new! Your home is gorgeous! Holiday hugs!

  13. I loved the tour of your home dressed up in Christmas decorations. Everything is so pretty and I love the red and gold theme. I used those colors mostly in my house, too. Hugs, Latane

  14. Thank you for showing us your beautifully decorated home - it looks so welcoming and festive. I particularly loved the books - Jane Eyre and Little Women are family favourites, but I have not come across The Silver Skates - I will have to try and find a copy.


  15. Everything is so gorgeous, I especially love your fireplace. It s stunning. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  16. Great tour-- your home is beautiful every year. This year might be the best yet! xoxo-Sam

  17. well jemma . . . it's all been said!
    this is simply delightful. i could sit and read by your fire just any time! some of your pictures remind me of a favorite of mine . . . charles faudree. his (and your own) vignettes speak volumes! just beautiful.
    thank you for the tour of your Christmas home.

  18. Jemma,
    Your Tis The Season Blog Post was wonderful, and I'm so glad to be a part of it this year. Where do I start, my friend? I love all the RED that surrounds your home, and your Grandmother's Hutch is gorgeous! Your living room is so cozy, and your mantel is filled with lovely d├ęcor, especially the gold stars.

    I'm off to check out the other blog whose scheduled today, and I'll be back to browse through your lovely pictures again.


  19. Jemma - are you running this tour - wow - awesome.

    And let me say your home - all of it - is beautiful. It is so nice for the eyes to enjoy! Eye candy. I love Christmas. I love Christmas in your home.

    Your fireplace - I have never ever seen one like that - so very pretty.

    Love your desk too.


  20. Jemma! You are amazing! Thank you for asking me to be apart of the tour. I'm so honored! You've done an amazing job on your decor! I bet that tree smells divine! And, I love your mantel! You've decorated it perfectly. Have a lovely week, my friend! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  21. It's all really beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Beautiful! Your home is so gorgeous. :) Thank you for sharing.
    Merry Christmas!

  23. Every single detail is simply beautiful, Jemma, and your kindness shines through even more so.
    I love the way you display your collections in the secretary desk and your grandmother's hutch.
    I am enjoying this tour and look forward to visiting with the other ladies too.

  24. I enjoyed seeing your Christmas decorations! Your grandmother's hutch is a real treasure- and I like how you decorated it. I've been trying to think of the name of a movie I saw as a child and you finally helped me with the picture of the Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates book! I'm so glad I saw this post!! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  25. Your home is just stunning for Christmas Jemma! You have a beautiful style. I love all your little stories about your treasured handed-down decorations. They're the best! Wendy x

  26. Just wanted another peek at your Grandmother's hutch. I love the design on it. My husband gave me a hutch many years ago and it was made in Italy, and it's one thing I'll never part with. I love your 'BE GOOD FOR GOODNESS SAKE' sign.


  27. Everything in your home is stunning, well-thought of and very homey!!! Love it! Linking back from Savvy Southern Style!

  28. I"m with you, Jemma, red and gold are the colors I use for Christmas too. I think they always looks festive but elegant too. I love everything you have done, it all looks beautiful! Love your fireplace. Hope you'll stop by sometime, I am posting alot of my Christmas decor too. XO, Pinky

  29. So beautiful!! I love your Christmas tree so much and and only imagine how lovely it must smell.

  30. I came over from Sheri's blog and I am so glad that I did. I am a new follower and I have to say that your home is fabulous. I love all your decorations - so beautiful. The live Christmas tree is stunning.
    Have a great week.
    Great Christmas Tour.

  31. Dear Friend, how lovely to visit your beautiful home. It is just perfect and it fits my image of you. I am such a fan of old oak furniture, so I am in love with your hutch. You have blended everything so nicely. Your home is very open, yet inviting. Much love. Thanks for the visit...I know it was a great deal of work.

  32. Jemma, your home is just fabulous! I love that there is Christmas at every turn, and so warm and welcoming.
    So much to enjoy, it is truly beautiful!

  33. Your holiday home is just filled with old world charm. I love that your decorations are thoughtful treasured collections from over the years. Your newly acquired vintage breadboard makes a stunning tablescape. Everything is really gorgeous, Jemma. Happy Holidays!

  34. Las fotografias trasmiten, son geniales. Ha estado un regalo el visitar tu bloc, es genial, te invito visitar el mio y si te gusta espero que te hagas seguidora.

  35. Jemma, I so enjoyed the tour! Your home is beautiful! I love the makeover on the little piece in your entry. Grandmothers hutch is a real treasure! Your mantel may be hard to decorate, but you would never know. Just beautiful! A very Merry Christmas to you!

  36. You have gorgeous Christmas decor. Your home looks beautiful and festive! Happy holidays!


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