Christmas Joy In Our Texas Home

December 12, 2016
Hello friends!
Well, I am just beside myself with Christmas joy and anticipation of my first Hometalk live DIY tutorial.
You know me and my Christmas happiness, the music, lights and magic.
Simple abundance and gratitude are my guides for maneuvering through life and Christmas is such a perfect time to practice both of those mindsets.
So, today I am saying thank you to you!
You have made this past year fantastic!
You have loved me, accepted me and have given me such joy and encouragement that here I am just about to make my first live video with Hometalk.
Did I just say a live video...
The house is decorated, a few of the presents wrapped.
I have made brownies, cooked pasta, laughed like a child and loved on those that have taken the time to surround me.
I have done my share of reminiscing of those that have gone on before me and held them close to my heart.
I am thankful.

A few packages wrapped just waiting to be loaded into Santa's sleigh.


Candles that burn with the glow of hope and salvation.


A white and feathery winged Angel adorns the top of the traditional red Christmas Tree.

The home fires burn with a gentle glow as our Texas temperature dip below freezing.
Oh yes, we have been waiting for those cooler temps.
The clouds have hovered all day long, but just prior to sunset the sun suddenly comes alive and casts a beautiful afternoon glow in our family room.
I always have a Christmas village set up somewhere, I love them.
Do you??
Sometimes it is snow-babies and sometimes it is this sweet Christmas village that I purchased ions ago from the Dollar General in Tueplo Mississippi.
I remember buying an entire village for each one of my oldest kids too. 
These are timeless keepsakes...

I will always enjoy a Traditional Red Christmas.

It would do my heart good to know that you are out there somewhere!
So if you could please join Hometalk and I for my live DIY and the chance to win a Hometalk Tote on Monday December 12th I'd be ever so thrilled.
You can even comment to let me know that you are there...smiles...I would love that you know.

Thank you again for dropping by!

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  1. Your home is looking so beautiful and cozy. Can't wait to see your Home Talk video.

  2. Love all the traditional red and green so pretty and the pine cones on the dining table is so lovely. I can sense the joy through your words and it's fantastic. I use to have a Christmas Village, you guessed it, I passed that on too, actually I boxed it up for my kids. Love how you enjoy each day, it's very inspiring. I logged off Facebook for the year however for you I'll do my best to be there. I set the alarm on my phone as a reminder. How exciting!! Keep Enjoying Life and let's plan to get together in January. :)


  3. Hi Jemma you will be fabulous! I have family arriving today but hope to view the video at a later time. Let me know if this will be available. Break a candy cane!

  4. Congratulations, Jemma, on doing HomeTalk live! Your home and Christmas decor is so beautiful and I was blessed by your words. We have so much to be thankful for as we celebrate Jesus with our family and friends.
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  5. Such beautiful touches Jenma! Congratulations on your video, no wonder you just have that sweet way of making things cozy and lovely! Have a festive week ahead!

  6. Can't wait to watch, you'll do great! Your home looks just wonderful Jemma, just beautiful.

  7. You know I love your beautiful home. You've made it look so warm and inviting with your lovely red and green Christmas. I got rid of my village a couple of years ago...it was a gingerbread theme...I wish I would have kept a few pieces. Oh well. I really didn't have a good spot to set it up. I hope I'm home in time to tune into your HomeTalk live. I'm going to try! Exciting!

  8. Hi Jemma, Oh I adore your lovely Christmas home. It is stunning and so inviting and cozy. Love all your special touches and thoughts to go with your decor. Yes, I love a village too and put either a large or smaller one up each year. I too have reminisced of family passed on and special memories of Christmas past. I look forward to your HomeTalk feature.Congrats!! you will be fabulous!! I was thinking it was Tuesday when I have an appt. but if it is today, I will be here to view it.
    Have a great Monday and YOU GO GIRL!!! xo

  9. Such gorgeous eye candy at your home Jemma! Congrats on the video. I'm snowed in today so will definitely have the time to watch, but what time is it?

  10. Your home looks gorgeous, Jemma...and I can't believe that you really just moved in! Looks like you've been there for years and years! I am setting an alarm to watch you today. I know you are going to be great! :)

  11. Hi Jemma! Your home looks amazing!!!! Cant wait watch you live on home talk!!! Good luck! I'm sure it will be amazing!

  12. Jemma, your home looks beautiful and yes, I'm a traditional red & green for Christmas girl too! Best of luck (and congrats!) on your HT video live program!

  13. Oh Jemma, you must be smack in the middle of it right now. Maybe still going on. I do love your beautiful Christmas home! So warm and welcoming!

  14. I'm so excited for you, can't wait to see it. Your house looks so pretty. I'm trying to get in the Christmas mood and looking at all your beautiful decorations has helped a lot. Gotta go my Christmas Decorations are calling 🎄 Merry Christmas!

  15. Jemma, congrats on your live HT! Your home is dressed beautifully for the Christmas season in wonderful traditional colors! Wishing you a joy-filled Monday!

  16. Hi Jemma, It was a pleasure to see your home beautifully decorated for the holidays. I could bake lots of cookies in your gorgeous kitchen! Have a wonderful holiday season. Joan-My Cookie Clinic

  17. Amazing

    Have a wonderful Christmas Holiday Season

    All the best Jan

  18. Jemma.. your home is positively stunning. I love every special Christmas touch. Thank you for the tour and I hope you enjoy every moment of the the season.

  19. Congrats Jemma. Your home looks beautiful all decked out for Christmas. Love your lovely kitchen. Enjoy your sweet family and cherish the moments. xo

  20. Hi Jemma,

    What a treat to get to see your new home all decked out for Christmas; it's simply divine! Congrats on your video! I was at the hairdresser's at 1pm, today - have I missed it? Are we in the same time zone? Let me know; I'd love to watch it!

    Merry Christmas to you, sweetie!


  21. Good morning Jemma! I am a day behind on blogging, but I am so happy to see parts of your home that I've never seen! Lovely! And like you, I am enjoying the simplicity of sitting quietly just watching the twinkle of the lights. The best part is sharing the light with people you love, and you have an abundance of family! I love your great room, the beams, the hearth; you have decorated so beautifully and I wish you continuous joy! Much love dear heart.

  22. I enjoy seeing your beautiful home. Your kitchen is wonderful. Loved seeing the family room and how you've decorated it for the holiday. The stonework on the fireplace is fantastic! Is the live Hometalk video you did available to see again?

  23. Jemma, your home is so beautifully decorated, and I'm lovin' all the RED you have in your décor. You know how much I love red and white and silver at Christmas. Your fireplace looks so cozy, and it's nice that you have the cold temperatures now that winter is approaching. I know how long you waited for it, as you had many long hot Texas days. Oh, how I love your Christmas village. I've always wanted one, and now I'm enjoying yours so much. That plaid throw is gorgeous, love that. And your kitchen is very charming. It must be a nice space for you to make all those holiday goodies. Wishing you all the love and beauty of this special season, dearest Jemma.

    love, ~Sheri

  24. Oh, Jemma...I am just now reading this on the 13th! So unfortunately, I missed your video. :-( I hope it went well. I loved seeing more photos of your gorgeous home! Your Christmas decorating touches make it all even more beautiful.

  25. Very pretty, cozy Christmas house! I've been so busy that I missed seeing the video on Monday....going over to see if I can find it!

  26. How fun. What a sweet post. I'm sad I missed the video. I had to work. Can we find it somewhere? Congratulations.

  27. I love your home, it is so beautiful! I know you are so happy to be in and settled and celebrating this wonderful season! Love and hugs!

  28. Jemma, your home is absolutely gorgeous! It looks like it belongs in a magazine. I adore your beautiful kitchen along with the wonderful beams on the ceiling of the living room. I saw your Hometalk video yesterday, and you did a wonderful job. Congratulations, and Merry Christmas!!!

  29. Your home is looking wonderful, sweet friend - so festive and cozy! You just reminded me of my Thomas Kinkade Christmas Village that my ex husband still has in my old home....sad, I collected those houses for years. Hopefully he'll give them to my daughters some day. Merry Christmas!!

  30. Exciting times! I'm sure you will be wonderful. And your home looks so pretty and welcoming.

  31. Oh, I'm sorry I missed your live HomeTalk presentation, but I truly enjoyed your lovely home all decked out for Christmas. You always have the most heart-warming and thought-provoking posts, and I am so grateful to know you. Keep on with that love of Christmas and family in your heart.

    Warm hugs,

  32. What a charm in your home, darling Jemma !

    May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill,
    and may the year ahead be full of contentment and joy.

    Have a Merry Christmas, adorable friend of mine

    Xx Dany
    my dear

  33. Merry Christmas, my dear Jemma. I hope the new year is a bright one for you and me. :)

    love, ~Sheri


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