Merry Christmas! Welcome to my Classic Christmas home in Northern Virginia where I try to capture the magic of Christmas for my family each year. My name is Amy and I recently started a lifestyle blog, Blonde Charm. I was fortunate enough to come across the Diamonds or Pearls blog earlier this year and am so thankful to be a part of Michelle’s 12 Days of Christmas Home Tour!
I especially love our home this time of year! I look forward to decorating for Christmas every year and love to add new fun touches too. I hope you find my home to be warm and inviting for the holidays. Enjoy the tour!
Twelve Days of Christmas Tour
Our home has a very open floor plan. I like to add a bit of Christmas everywhere you might look when you come into my home. The house is sprinkled with the colors of Christmas. Pops of red and green are everywhere. I also love to incorporate gold which I think adds warmth. I love to add Christmas lights everywhere I can. There is just something about the sparkles in each room that add to the magic of the season.
A few years ago, I really wanted the garland from Pottery Barn loaded with the gold and silver ornaments. When I went online to order they were already sold out. Heartbroken! I decided this was something I could do on my own. I ordered pre-lit plain garland and window swags. I bought tubes and tubes of ornaments and wired each and every one by hand. There were moments I did not think I could finish. But I did, and I am so happy each and every year when we pull them out to decorate.
Our home’s foyer has a small space that fits a table and mirror. I do love this spot as it sets the tone for our home. It really is our happy place!
We call our formal living room the music room. This is where my son plays the piano and my daughter the clarinet. Our house is filled with music most always, but this year has been extra special with the songs of Christmas they have learned!
The Christmas tree in the music room is my tree of ‘Joy’.
My collection of White House Ornaments adorns this tree. I started collecting these ornaments when I first moved to NoVA in 2000. It is hard to believe I have lived here for 18 years! I look forward to seeing the release of the new ornament each year.
I also have a recent collection of light up ornaments that I just love! They add an extra magical touch. The kids just love them and they are easy enough that they can help turn them on and off.
There is something so special about this room each December. I will find the kids sitting in the chairs reading their Christmas stories and staring at the tree. I love to do this too at the end of our hectic days!
We host Christmas Eve dinner in our dining room. We don’t have many meals in this room, so it’s a very special occasion when we do! Following Christmas Eve mass, we have Giada’s penne with shrimp and herbed cream sauce, salad and garlic bread for dinner. Afterward, the kids watch a message from the North Pole and we then check the front stoop to see if the PJ Elves made any special deliveries to help the children fall asleep before Santa arrives! It is such a special evening we share around the table together with our family.
Dining room chair adornments:
Years ago, I found these ornaments I just loved but did not feel like they ‘matched’ my tree. I decided to tie them onto the back of the dining room chairs. Over the years I have updated the ribbon but have always loved the special touch this adds.
LINK for Christmas Eve Pasta Dinner: HERE
A new fun addition for this holiday is our Hot Chocolate Bar! I always see these when perusing Pinterest and think how fun! My kids (including my husband and I) love hot chocolate! So, here is our version of a hot chocolate bar! It’s a big hit already, even with our Elf on the Shelf who we found upside down in the jar of marshmallows this week! I love how this space, which can sometimes be a catch-all for things, has a purpose now and is so festive! I have a feeling it might stick around past Christmas and we might have to replace Christmas décor with snowmen!
This is the heart of our home. We all snuggle up here to watch Christmas movies in front of the fireplace. We each have our favorite holiday movie, but Elf has to be the most watched together! I love the bright pillows and Christmas blankets that are so cozy!
This Christmas tree if given a name would be ‘Thru the Years’. Its ornaments represent so many stages of our lives! I have a collection of angels that my Godmother gifted to me each year since I was born! My husband and I have ornaments from our wedding, honeymoon, special vacations, our children’s favorite activities as the years have gone by!
We all have so much fun each year unwrapping these ornaments and hanging them on the tree! It is a special evening of remembering when. This is the tree that Santa delivers his packages under each Christmas eve! Christmas morning in this room is so special.
Our breakfast room is where we eat most every meal. While there is not a lot of room here to decorate, I have added a tiered tray and more Christmas ornaments from the shutters. Small touches.
The kitchen, the other heart of our home, also has small touches. This year I made my first live wreath which I hung over the cabinets. It has filled the kitchen with the smell of Christmas! Christmas Eve and Christmas Day my Dad and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing our traditional meals. Some years my kids and Dad bake special Christmas cookies too.
Our advent calendar and Christmas countdown are also here for the kids to easily access each day!
Christmas is such a special time of year for our family. We often do something festive each weekend in the month of December. We look forward to all the month has to offer. One favorite family tradition we have is heading to New York City each year. We see a show, the tree in Rockefeller Center, the windows at Saks Fifth Avenue, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, eat amazing food and just have the best family time together. Being in New York City at Christmas is so special. There is an energy about it…you really feel the Christmas Spirit in the air!
I hope you felt the Christmas Spirit I try to create in our home on your tour! I am so touched to be a part of the home tour this season. Thank you for taking the time to visit! I wish you and your family the Merriest of Merry Christmases and a Happy New Year too!
Tomorrow on the “Twelve Days of Christmas” tour, Jessica McLain will be inviting us into her MO home. Jessica says her style is simple while trying to keep it cozy…on a budget! She has made her home adorable for the holidays and shows us some of her creative projects and family heirlooms.
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Twelve Days of Christmas Tour