I am not really sure if “Christmas – ize” is even a word, but we have been using this for years referring to decorating our home for Christmas.
As a relatively new blogger, I am noticing that most of the bloggers are already featuring their Christmas decor and have already Christmas – ized. I guess it makes sense to do this to provide inspiration to their followers.
However, I must ask, what happened to fall? We love the idea of falling leaves, gourds, pumpkins, mums and all things fall.
We just cannot bring ourselves to decorate for Christmas until the weekend after Thanksgiving. We are also the people that complain that there are holiday decorations everywhere as early as September.
Again this year, we will opt to wait it out until after Thanksgiving to transform our home into a Christmas wonderland.
Last year, our family room was totally redecorated into a blue and white color scheme, so this year we will need to change things up a bit. In the past, the red and white toile and red and white buffalo plaid rug were perfect for all of our Christmas decor and ornaments.
I think that we will use most of the items we had in the past in the living room and dining room. We will probably still use our Spode Christmas dishes, Ralph Lauren glassware and some of the more traditional items again this year. We just need to add some other accent colors to accentuate the blue and white scheme.
Over the years, we have been able to collect the Spode and Ralph Lauren items at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Steinmart. Of course, Macy’s has a great selection too.
Many of the Pinterest features are incorporating a variety of colors on their trees and in their decor. So far, I have only purchased a few new items that will make the blue and white decor “pop”.
It will be a bit challenging to accentuate the blue and white decor, and to give a festive “feel” to the room we spend the most time in — our family room. And, since the kitchen, breakfast room and family room are all connected we will need to keep the theme consistent in these areas.
Living in South Florida also allows us to decorate our front porch and patio outside. It is so nice to look outside and see some Christmas accents.
We might even have Christmas Eve dinner on the patio. Typically, we serve grilled lobster tails, stone crab claws or a seafood fettucini. The seafood fettucini was inspired by one of my all-time favorite movies The Holiday,
In the movie, one of the main characters, played by Kate Winslet, makes Christmas fettuccini for her new friend. If you have not seen this movie — you must! Two women with guy issues swap homes in different countries and both meet a local guy and fall in love. The movie is produced and directed by Nancy Meyers, and is so much fun!
I actually add shrimp or lobster to my already delicious Lemon Artichoke Linguini recipe and substitute the linguini with fettuccini. This is the perfect Christmas Eve dinner paired with a nice green salad and a glass of bubbles. Cheers!
Stay tuned for a new look here at “Chez DeBastos”, and take a look in this post to see what our house looked like last year.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy time with family and friends. We have so much to be thankful for!