I Decked the Halls and now I'm pooped!

Hi All!
No matter how early I start preparing for Christmas, it still feels like I am always behind.
I could keep pulling out decorations but I need to be done.
Taking it down is never as fun as putting it out.


I still have lot's of cooking, baking and house cleaning to do.
If it wasn't for us women no one would probably even have a Christmas.

We celebrated Christmas with my hubby's family yesterday.  It was his sister Ruth's year to hostess and boy was she wiped out.   It's a lot of work for one gal especially when the family keeps growing.

These pics were taken pre-humongous snowfall. 
Can you believe we have 3-6 more inches forecast for tomorrow!
Enough already!

It's a typical Sunday night.  My hubby is currently irritated with the Green Bay Packers which is a common occurrence around here! lol!

My MIL made these darling knitted ornaments! 

I am using them in my birch basket for a coffee table centerpiece.

Here's wishing you all a wonderful Christmas!
I am joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Met. Monday and
Marty @ A Stroll thru life for Tabletop Tuesday.
Check out their wonderful parties!


  1. May you have a very Merry Christmas and great New Year!
    Your place looks festive and great.
    Love gum drops and think I will go get some this week for Christmas.

    God bless,
    d from homehaven

  2. I say BRING ON THE SNOW!!!

    I need more practice shoveling, I want to wear my new big-butt-kickin' boots, AND the old snow is starting to look dingy, time for some FRESH white!

    Love that little hot chocolate stand!

  3. Telly Hubby not to be TOOO upset, NO ONE thought the Packer's would nearly beat the Pats IN THE PAT'S OWN YARD!!!

    I wish they would have won, but I thought they looked amazing all things considered.

  4. Cindy, everything looks so pretty. I love that giant jar of giant candy canes. That wire tree looks so pretty under that wire cloche. Your little Christmas school, church, & house are so cute, and I love that little girl in her red coat. I hope that you and your family have a very merry Christmas. I know that new granddaughter will make it merrier than ever. Hugs, laurie

  5. Your tree is beautiful and all the decorations on it and all through the house, everything is so nice! And I saw that pic of the baby..so cute too. I think you are so right...if it weren't for women, we most likely wouldn't have Christmas! ;D

  6. HI!!!
    Isn't everything you said the truth!!But it is so worth all the work to keep family traditions alive!!!I love the ribbon on your big tree, love how it wraps around it, love those ornaments on that tree as well!!!Love the babies pic and the jars of candy!!I LOVE seeing all that snow!!!It makes me envy the season you have!!!I would not want to live with it, but sure would love SNOW for the month of December!!Just 1 month!!
    Greenbay, how about our cardinals???And the Season I believe is over for us, good no more complaining!!!!
    I hope you are off this week to finish up for the BIG day!!!
    We will go to church Christmas eve, going out to dinner this year with friends and then We do a Big Christmas breakfast, open gifts, nap, ---Hopefully then we are going to my daughter's in laws for dinner, well the BOYS are going to the Cardinals --Cowboys football game Christmas Night!!!!Yippee, they both thought their seasons would be much different!!!
    have a great week
    Merry Christmas
    hugs 2 U,

  7. Hi Cindy, you did a great decking job! I always love the candy stuff - so appealing! (Oh, pretty white post before, too) A very Merry Christmas to you! I know it will be special with the new baby - who's growing so fast! Linda

  8. Cindy everthing looks so beautiful! I love all the little bottle brush trees and the village pieces. The little porcelain doll on the tree with the white apron is adorable. I gave one to my mom many years ago but the head is a kitty head! I'll send you a picture! I love how you displayed the candy canes and gum drops. So whimsical and heart warming! Decorating is a lot of hard work and you did a beautiful job! Merry Christmas to you my friend. Enjoy your first one with Addison!♥

  9. You have some pretty ornaments! I love the LB pitcher with greens and red/white berries. Great village. Have a Merry Christmas!

  10. I hear you about being behind. I have everything done but my dining room is a wreck. I will have it cleaned up in time to put it away!

    Love the knitted balls! so cute

  11. Oh my girl, your place looks great! I adore your tree. Now what time did ya want me to come over for hot chocolate??? I've got homemade truffles!!!

    God bless ya and have a wonderful Christmas time!!!

  12. Hee hee! I think you have the best post title I have read in a long time. :)

    Gor rest ye merry gentlewoman. :)

  13. Hi Cindy, I know what you mean. I went over the top last year,working 2 jobs then while putting it up I about blew out a knee. This year I kept things scaled way back. I love the gumdrops in the jar. They are on my list to pick up today. Happy Holidays! hugs ~lynne~

  14. Everything look great--hope you get some rest! Merry Christmas!

  15. Everything looks so pretty and festive.
    We had a dusting of snow Sat. morning, and I would be happy if that is all we get all Winter.
    Have a great week.

  16. I know how much work you have done but it really paid off because your home looks so warm and festive! I like the way you display all your pretty candies =D
    I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party
    Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

  17. Your home looks so festive and cozy. I love the candy in canning jars. It's perfect for your look!

  18. Hi Girlfriend...

    Ohhh boy...I hear ya, my friend! I'm pooped too and finally decided that it was time to move on from all the Christmas decorating! I just love doing it and could drive myself nuts tweaking everything! Hehe! But I finally had to stop so that I could get other things done! I need to start my baking but feel like I'm coming down with a cold...sheeesh...I don't want to be sick at Christmas!!! Anyway, enough of my whining...so sorry!

    Darlin', your home looks absolutely gorgeous all dressed up for Christmas! I loved getting a peek at all of your pretty Christmas vignettes! Hey, I see that you found and used some of that mesh ribbon this year...it's the coolest stuff...I love it! Ohhh...your trees are fabulous, Cindy! I love the red mesh garland that you used on your big tree...it really is beautiful!!! I haven't used that kind yet but I really do think it is my favorite garland...I just love the way it looks on the tree! Ohhh...and your little angel tree with all the pretty angels and skates...is just breathtaking! I love, love, LOVE IT!!! I am going to keep my eyes out for a small tree like that (after Christmas sales). I would love to do one for the Tea Rose bedroom. Girlfriend, I love your birch basket! Is that new? I don't recall seeing it before and I LOVE IT!!! It makes for a fabulous coffee table vignette! That's one of my favorites!!! Ohhh...and the pretty knitted ornaments...they're awesome!!! Your MIL is such a talented lady! I knew that she did quilting and sewing but didn't know that she knits as well! Anyway, those ornaments are awesome...so unique!!! I bet she could sell those!!! Well sweet friend, it sounds like ya'll have already started your Christmas celebrating! When is your son coming? You did say that he and his wife were getting to come home for Christmas this year...right?

    Well sweet friend, I will talk to you later! Just wanted to say hello! I really enjoyed all of your Christmas pretties!!! Your home is beautiful, Cindy!!! I think that Christmas shows very well at Applestone Cottage!!!

    Love ya, honey!

  19. OF COURSE YOU'RE POOPED. Just look at all you've created.

    Love it and had to laugh.

    I also like taking things down and simplifying.

    Love, love,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  20. Ya, decking halls takes a ton 'o energy.


  21. Oh Cindy, everything is just so pretty. I love your tree and the window vignette is fabulous. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for linking to TTT and I hope you have a very Blessed Christmas. Hugs, Marty

  22. Cindy, your home is so cheery all decked out. I hear ya about women doing it all. I will be pooped by the time this is over. I have the same list of to dos that you do and family will be here Thursday thru Monday. Then I will need a vacation. It will all be worth it though when I see those little faces light up on Christmas morn. Have a very merry Christmas!

  23. Oh Cindy, I am so excited. That's only about 3 weeks away. I can't wait until you get here. Great fun. I hope Karen is here at the same time, then we can really get into some BIG trouble. Hugs, Marty

  24. In one day we're going to spend our holiday with my parents so I wish to you all to feel so happy as I am!!! Merry and blessed Christas...hugs Flavia. BUON NATALE

  25. wow Cindy can see why your so tired...lovely photos....hope you have the best Christmas ever..

  26. Cindy, Your home looks lovely, festive, and oh so cozy. It is true that women bear the brunt of everything in getting things organized and ready for the holidays. I think a lot of us all took a little step backwards this year and didn't do quite as much as we usually do. I'm happy with what got done this year, though. Now I can relax and enjoy the rest of the season! I hope you can do the same and then have a glorious and Merry Christmas, Cindy!
    big hugs, Sue

  27. Everything looks great Cindy! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas-enjoy:@)

  28. Everything looks wonderful and so festive. Try to enjoy it now that it's all done.
    Merry Christmas!

  29. Christmas decorating may be pooping but it sure looks so pretty to look at. All your ornaments and Christmas accessories are so lovely. Thanks for the comforting words about Calvin, Cindy. Merry Christmas to you and your family!..Christine

  30. Everything just looks so festive, you are truly ready for Christmas!

  31. Hello Cindy!

    As promised in my break post, I am having my coffee and visiting this morning. I am enjoying my break and a tad surprised I have not had time for coffee and bloggy visits until this morning. It is a fabulous almost do nothing week, that I needed so badly.

    Your decking of halls is wonderful. Everything is so pretty!

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  32. It all looks wonderful, and so Cindy! I did less this year, miss it, but feel less stressed. And in Jan I will be doing the happy dance that I don't have so much to carry down to the basement. Did just enough to make us happy!
    Enjoy your lovely decor!

  33. I love what you have done with the candy and the .

  34. Your halls look all decked and delightful! Have a most Merry Christmas with your family.

  35. Hey. Cin.... love all the decorating.. love the candy canes in the jar and the gum drops..when we were little we had a little bare branch that we would decorate with gum drops, forgot about it till I saw your jar full. I would eat a few everyday and of course by Christmas, it was almost naked of gum drop decorations. Would love to find a pair of skates like yours to re-do, but not much chance of finding them here lol. maybe you can find a pair for me.. I can trade you some redneck tree decorations lol.. where do you store everything, or do you just re-design it for year round use??? There is one decoration of yours that is absolutely the BEST....Addison!!!!!! SHe is definitely one of a kind!!!!

    Love and Kisses,


  36. "If it wasn't for us women no one would probably even have a Christmas"...yup!

    I love those knit ornaments...they are so cute, like they are wearing little sweaters!


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