I am grateful for the Christmas Season!

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Real Estate AZ Broker BR030809000


Today is the day we started putting 'Fall' away and bringing out the Holiday Spirit!  We honestly tend to go over the top in decorating both inside and out - and we and all our family and friends love it just as much as we do!




Over the years we've  had various different themes and color schemes.  Last year I shifted things up from a sparkling gold and silver look to a totally 'Woodlands Cabin Look' including lots of black and red plaid.  Way fun!  We like it so much we're going with the same theme again this year!  We only got  a few things in place today (well ok..... to the average Woodlands Bear that would be true) but for us Desert Bears! To us it means running around fast to Christmas Music of course! I expect we have another couple of days or so of finding and getting everything else out - but that doesn't include the BIG TREE! The photo below features just the little trees in a side alcove which is used for champagne tastings and taking photos with Santa!



Gary is still busy putting up the entry way garlands - and it's going to look so festive!!   I should really get back out there and help him!  I sure don't want Santa to think I'm slaking off, now do I!!  No!!   Shhhh don't tell Santa!!


Happy Decorating!


I am grateful for the Christmas Season!

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Comments (23)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I cannot believe it’s the middle of November already! Unbelievable but I’m excited for another holiday or two. :

Nov 19, 2022 11:45 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Time flies by so fast every year and it's fun to stop and enjoy all those little moments of joy along the journey.  Christmas is the time for JOY to the max Laura Cerrano!!


Nov 20, 2022 08:16 AM
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Anna I am so glad that you have so much fun with holiday decorating! I know some who like to keep it the same, year after year, which is good if they like that. I tend to change about every 5 years. After the big D I purged most everything, to break the emotional strings.  Lately I've been on a Mexican tradtion thing with Day of the Dead instead of Halloween and a fun street sign I nailed to my back fence (rear entry garage).  I am considering running to the San Antonio Fiesta store (its a HUGE warehouse style store with oodles of things you'd typically see in El Mercado historic downtown stores but discounted). I am saw a really fun, festive GERMAN market event booth in full Mexican decor.  Paper flowers, munecas... I may even make some tamale ornaments. I'll post when I do.  Happy Sunday!! 

Nov 20, 2022 04:11 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Cathy Criado I'm with you on the Mexican Style of decorating as I lived in Mexico at a younger age and my best friends were Mexican. I say do whatever makes one feel happy and uplifted.  Change is good!  It's fun to bring in  'new energy' and make things come alive!!

Nov 20, 2022 08:18 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker - wow you really go all out.  I am thinking about having less this year only because we seem to be going to others rather than others coming to us.

Nov 20, 2022 04:32 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Whatever works best for you guys Grant Schneider . Sometimes we've cut back, especially if we were traveling over the holidays.  We love to enjoy the evenings in front of the fireplace, candles and Christmas lights twinkling inside and out....and of course of glass of vino!  Cheers!

Nov 20, 2022 08:20 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love your decorating excitement! Thanks for sharing!

Nov 20, 2022 04:55 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Thanks Kat Palmiotti it's fun!  And brings in such fun energy!!

Nov 20, 2022 08:21 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I need a few more days to appreciate Christmas,  All things in their proper timeframe and first that Bog Thursday fest

Nov 20, 2022 05:18 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Whatever works for you Ed Silva !  Santa knows where you live!!🎅

Nov 20, 2022 08:22 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Anna... so you and Gary are those people who put up their decorations for Thanksgiving! My neighbor across the street has her house lit up like an airport runway since Monday... my Bingo goes out on the porch each evening and just sits and stares at it!  I could never bring myself to take down my Thanksgiving decorations down before the holiday ends. Interesting that you change your themes... compared to you, I'm very boring... my decor and my trees are the same every year. For some reason, I find a level of comfort in seeing my "old" friends each year.

Nov 20, 2022 05:39 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker it's all good!  We have friends that love  taking their precious bulbs out year after year and talking about all the memories.  That is special for them!  As for fall, since we don't really have 'fall' per se I start that in August because it's so hot outside sometimes and it's fun to have that 'fall' feeling inside!!  The fall look was so pretty - and perfect for the Ocktober Chili Fest we hosted!!

Nov 20, 2022 08:24 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have been seeing the Christmas decorations starting to come out and even though I think it is too early I don't mind it at all since Christmas is my favorite holiday!

Nov 20, 2022 05:47 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

To each their own Brian England . We enjoy it and with all the entertaining we do over the holidays we like to get started early as there is so much to be accomplished!!  And it's fun for both of us!

Nov 20, 2022 08:26 AM
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 Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker 
I wish I could get there before you take down your decorations but it won't be until late January. Can you leave them up that long????  I remember the first time we met was at one of your Christmas parties.

Nov 20, 2022 09:47 AM
Carol Williams

I might just do that, Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker . 😊

Nov 20, 2022 11:13 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Let the festivities begin Carol Williams !!


Nov 20, 2022 01:23 PM
Carol Williams

Fun, Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker !!!

Nov 20, 2022 01:35 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Carol Williams come on over and stay a night or two during the season - you'll be close enough to do so!!  We'll create a festival just for you - and our favorite elves!


I remember that party!  And many more to come with you here!!

Nov 20, 2022 10:45 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Miss Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker I used to love decorating and listening to holiday music.  I can feel your joy reading this post. 


Nov 20, 2022 10:01 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Yes there is a lot of fun and joy being spread again today Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist !    I need to buzz out and try to find a few items....always something needed!!  Cheers to YOU!

Nov 20, 2022 10:46 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

Hi, Anna. Your early Christmas decoration is like me having our early Thanksgiving with Ducks! Quack!

We're celebrating our Thanksgiving feast tonight with family so we can volunteer to deliver food to seniors (friends) at home alone on Thanksgiving day! 

Speaking of "buzz out" I'm going to do that too. Have fun with your early Christmas spirits and enjoy the (Holi)days to come! 

Nov 20, 2022 11:31 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

You Quacked me up once again Aura Alex !!  Enjoy your dinner tonight!  And I love that your delivering dinner to seniors on Thanksgiving.  Wonderful!

Nov 20, 2022 01:26 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Anna you are still a kid at heart.  I enjoy reading how you really get into the Christmas Spirit.  ☺️

Nov 20, 2022 02:50 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Yes I am George Souto and I thank my Mom for her amazing spirit!

Nov 20, 2022 03:28 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


What a fun time for you and Gary. I hope we get to see some photos of the beautification!


Nov 20, 2022 04:01 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Jeff Dowler, CRS will share photos of this years fun Christmas Spirit!  Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Nov 20, 2022 05:21 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I'm grateful for the Christmas season too.  Mainly, because it brings family together.

Nov 20, 2022 07:00 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

The best spirit of Christmas Myrl Jeffcoat bringing family and friends together to celebrate!!

Nov 20, 2022 07:58 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Anna.

Have an outstanding Thanksgiving week.

Nov 21, 2022 08:11 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Thank you Roy Kelley !  You & Chef Delores enjoy your Thanksgiving as well!!!  Gobble Gobble!

Nov 21, 2022 08:26 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’m just seeing all the feedback now. There’s a bit of a new format on mobile

Nov 21, 2022 11:25 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Laura Cerrano!

Nov 23, 2022 10:34 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Just stopping by to wish you a very happy holiday season.

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Nov 23, 2022 09:55 AM
Roy Kelley

You are correct. Dolores is in the kitchen as I post this comment. 

Nov 23, 2022 10:52 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Thank you so much Roy Kelley !  I am sure Chef Delores is cooking up a storm for your Thanksgiving Holiday!

Nov 23, 2022 10:35 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Anna and may your table tomorrow be full with lots of friends and food for all.  Make it a good one!

Nov 23, 2022 10:21 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Thank you Will Hamm !  You have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday as well!

Nov 23, 2022 10:35 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Anna usually I do not even comment to anyone who post something about Christmas before Thanksgiving... now with that said Happy Thanksgiving to you Endre

Nov 23, 2022 11:35 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I am definitely ready to decorate for Christmas!  Can't wait for my children to arrive! 

Nov 30, 2022 03:12 PM