December Decorating Challenge - All About the Trees!

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December Decorating Challenge - All About the Trees!

I am a big lover of the celebration of Christmas. As the song proclaims, it's the most wonderful time of the year! We love hosting holiday gatherings and for those, the house has to be decorated to the 9's!

I love having a tree in every room where guests will be. Have you ever noticed that people either stand around the food or the trees when you have a holiday party? Well, sure, they may go elsewhere but, the trees seem to be the 'draw' during celebrations. SO, the trees get my attention when it comes to decorating...well, the entryway and the trees!! 

Our entryway always has a tree of some kind - this is what we had to greet guests (mostly delivery people!!) this year.

Welcome to the Maxwell House


The foyer welcomes guests all year long so, I decorate a large foyer chest for the season - every season! Christmas is my favorite time to decorate the foyer chest. 

Welcome to the Maxwell home

Through the foyer to the family room, of course, the stockings are always hung by the chimney with care! Mr. & Mrs. Santa always enjoy a delicious glass of eggnog while filling the stockings for the humans and the fur babies! Gracie is the first in line!

Stockings by the fire


The family room tree is usually the tree that is the backdrop for many photos when we have our holiday gatherings. This year, not so much! This tree has a lot of history - from White House ornaments to travel and sports ornaments and the angel (near the top!) is a gift that a patient gave me 30 years ago! 

Family Room Tree


Here are a few of my favorite ornaments (separate post to come with more of my faves)...

Travel Ornament Special Ornaments
State bird White House Ornament

Top left: One of my favorite travel ornaments (Savannah, GA) - probably because it contains houses!

Bottom left: We have several different cardinals on our trees - they are our state bird - and I think this is my favorite one. 

Top & bottom right: White House ornamets. The bottom right was a gift this year from a client who knew I collected them and was missing my anniversary year! 



Here is this year's friend group shot (minus one who could not attend that night)...the only pre-Christmas festivities we had this year. As you can see, I made face sheilds for everyone so we didn't have to wear masks!




The play/game room tree was in our foyer/dining area at our previous home and we are really loving seeing this one more in our day-to-day lives. In the foyer at the old house, we saw it each day but, not as much as now. We had to change out every strand of lights this year, which was a BIG deal! I'm happy that it will be a few years before we have to do that again! 


This tree is more playful - orginally was only for teal and chartreuse ornaments and decorations but, this year with the blue light addition, we sprinkled a few cardinals throughout the tree. The red really pops against the white tree. 

Play room tree

*We think Gracie may be a bit of a camera ham! ❤️ that sweet girl!



We used to have Panther tailgating events (for out-of-town games) at the house and one of the TVs that had the game playing was the sunroom. We bought a Carolina Panther color (as close as we could find!!) tree and decorated it only in red and brown ornaments.


This year, the tree is on our screened porch. We're looking forward to seeing our decorations from a boat next year - this tree is sure to shine on the lake! This year, we added some gold to it but, we're thinking of making it a lake/water theme next year. In 2021, I will be on a mission for nautical ornaments for next year's tree! 

Patio Tree

Well, that was a fun photo shoot and I thank Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker and Carol Williams for your wonderful December challenge. We still have one day to get our posts in! WooHoo!

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | | December Decorating Challenge - All About the Trees!

Comments (19)

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Debe Maxwell, CRS Thanks for sharing your beautiful Christmas decor, done with taste and elegance. When, my dear, do you find the time?

Dec 30, 2020 09:22 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400! Thank you! I have to start early - this year, it was before Thanksgiving. Ray was not ready for me to start that early either! LOL

Dec 30, 2020 10:12 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Debe.

We are letting our Christmas tree that we've had for several years go to the happy hunting grounds. It's time for a new one.

Dec 31, 2020 12:46 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Debe Maxwell, CRS I love the way you decorate and provide "eye candy" for those who know you, including delivery people!!  but what brought a smile to my face was the photo with your team and face shields.... you're always thinking about the best way to market you and your team.... 

great job, as usual....

Dec 31, 2020 03:19 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So many great looking decorations!  It is the star on top of the tree that catches my eye the most.

Dec 31, 2020 06:00 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Debe Maxwell, CRS ,

What a wonderful entry into the December challenge. I love you sharing your special Christmas decorating..all lovely and so you!

Dec 31, 2020 06:08 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I thought I might have to do that with my white one this year - it got dirty in the move, all of the lights stopped working and I could have actually used a larger one for the space I was putting it in. Instead, I disassembled it, washed it, added new lights and it's almost new again! LOL 


James Dray 

Dec 31, 2020 07:05 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Debe Maxwell, CRS what beautiful decorations! You certyainly have the spirit of Christmas all through your home.

Dec 31, 2020 07:08 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Barbara Todaro! I have a group of 5 girlfriends (including myself) that have been BFFs for about 30 years now. This is 4 of us - I don't work with any of these girls - nor the one that wasn't pictured.

I also delivered 20 face shields to a potential client last night so they could enjoy their family tonight for New Year's Eve! It was a request I couldn't turn down, made by one of my favorite celebrities on the planet!! More to come on that story!

Dec 31, 2020 07:09 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Brian England! I also love stars atop the trees! There is so much to love about the holiday season and so many 'things' that we decorate with have a lot of significance in our lives. 

Dec 31, 2020 07:13 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Well, what a lovely comment, Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - thank you so much! 

Dec 31, 2020 07:13 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, it really is my favorite time of the year - everything gets a decoration! LOL

Happy New Year, Rocky Dickerson!

Dec 31, 2020 07:15 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debe, I think everyday is a special day to you and how wonderful your house is decorated.


Dec 31, 2020 07:37 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Well, thank you, Will Hamm! BTW, didn't get the email but, did see on my messages here, your comment about the newbies to the ZOOM calls. I love that idea - invite away!

Dec 31, 2020 09:05 AM
Will Hamm

Realtna, inc. is going to try to make it next week and with time could be a speaker.


Dec 31, 2020 09:09 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debe you go all out with the decorations.  We decorate, but no where close to what you do.  We would probably get into it a more if we had grandchildren celebrating Christmas with us.

Dec 31, 2020 09:47 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS well I can see you get into decorating LOL like I love to do!  So many fun things to look at....makes me smile!  My Mom's house was like a Magical Christmas House.....and your home is as well!  Thank you so much for sharing your holiday cheer - all year round!

Dec 31, 2020 12:53 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Debe,
Wowzer... your home is so fun and festive.  I love it and I can see why you're not looking forward to taking it all down.  You put me to shame with my little nutcracker collection and baby tree.  LOL   Thank you for giving us a tour of your lovely home!

Dec 31, 2020 05:26 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Beautiful decorations in a beautiful home! Loved seeing all your photos!

Jan 01, 2021 09:30 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Debe- wow!!!!!  I am in awe of all of your trees and decorations!!!  You remind me of my friend, Joanne, who is a Nurse Anesthetist and has trees and Dickens' villages everywhere. Love it!!!

Jan 02, 2021 02:19 PM