Friday Fun…Decorations Anyone?

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Friday Fun…Decorations Anyone?


Christmas is just over two weeks away, and the decorations are up for many. Some go the minimalist route, others the not-at-all path, and then there are some who take the All-In approach to holiday decorating. 



What about you? Are your decorations, if you decorate, already up? I have always loved holiday decorations...big trees, little trees, twinkly lights, and any kind of whimsy.


Over the years, during the first week of January when I am removing and packing all of my holiday decorations, I tell myself that I am not going to put up as much the next Christmas. 



Me? I love Nutcrackers and certain Santas!!!  I have a 4-foot tree and I love the little battery-operated twinkly lights!


So what about you…do you go all out? 

What are your favorite decorations that you have?


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Comments (23)

Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

We have returned to simple decorations with no lights and just one tree. The tree has three themes, Swedish, German (nutcrackers) and Western. I also have table cloths for the Christmas Season and New Years.

Dec 09, 2022 04:58 AM
Kathy Streib

Leanne Smith i am in the middle. No outdoor lights but love twinkling lights and battery operated candles indoors

Dec 09, 2022 09:28 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

HI Kathy... do I go all out? Is the Pope Catholic? Two-6 foot trees are in my home. Windows decorated with sparkling lights. Two little trees with lights outside my front door. Christmas wreaths inside and outside, angels, and more all around my home. Everything was put up right after Thanksgiving and will stay up until Epiphany.

Dec 09, 2022 05:00 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker i knew that would be you and I bet it’s gorgeous!!!! I have to get a wreath this weekend

Dec 09, 2022 09:29 AM
Carol Williams

Your decorations sound lovely, Nina Hollander, Broker 

Dec 09, 2022 07:19 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathy Streib maybe I'll get around to posting some pictures this weekend.

Dec 09, 2022 10:57 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Hi Carol... if I get around to it, I suppose I could post pictures. But don't hold your breath! :)

Dec 09, 2022 07:23 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Kathy I love your Christmas decor, so tasteful.  Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful Friday. Bill 

Dec 09, 2022 05:22 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley  thank you! We are having everyone over for Christmas so it makes it fun to decorate

Dec 09, 2022 09:30 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - while I have never gone "all out" Christmas decorating-wise, I enjoy seeing the creativity of others.  I remain just as glad that I haven't trimmed a tree for years (or packed it away afterwards either) although I have some memories that haven't been chopped down yet.  

Dec 09, 2022 05:45 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs it's a lot of work especially when you're ready to begin the new year and still have to  put your decorations away. 

Dec 09, 2022 02:39 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I definitely go the minimal route and it has been minimized over the years to nothing at all, haha.  I hear that I have a tree that came in the mail that I might have to setup when I get back home though.

Dec 09, 2022 05:52 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England I'm sure it is in keeping with your minimalist approach!!!

Dec 09, 2022 02:46 PM
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

Great Blog on Friday. Nice to see your blog each day. You can comment on mine also.

Dec 09, 2022 06:00 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Eric Bouler I will try to stop by. 

Dec 09, 2022 04:37 PM
Sam Shueh

Where is this at?  Cathoic church with an Asian theme.

All the best,

Sam Shueh

Dec 09, 2022 05:30 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

I love to decorate for Christmas and have a 7.5' tree with 1,800 sparkling white lights that make all my crystal ornaments shimmer! Each ornament has a special significance and I enjoy putting up each many fond memories! I do have lights up outside but not near the amount we use to put up. I have special Santa's and a small table top tree in my office. I get everything up the day after thanksgiving and don't like to take down until after New Years day. 

Dec 09, 2022 06:02 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX  I love that your ornaments have a special meaning for you. I have various treasures under my tree. A few are quirky ones I got at one of our ornament exchanges. 

Dec 09, 2022 04:40 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, definitely have minimal decor, the cats have already done some damage.

Dec 09, 2022 06:57 AM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox we used to have a really tall tree but when our dog became blind, we went to a table model. 

Dec 09, 2022 04:41 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

We are way behind having just got back from honeymoon. On top of that I got covid this week, so it looks like this weekend we are not going anywhere so we will have time to decorate the house. We bought some gnomes in Iceland this year, so they will definitely be out along with the tree. Being in a new home we have to decide where everything is going to go. A fun time.

Dec 09, 2022 06:59 AM
Michael Jacobs

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - sorry to learn of your Covid diagnosis.  I wish you a speedy and full recovery.  It sounds like good times are ahead post-honeymoon.   

Dec 09, 2022 04:05 PM
Kathy Streib

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I am very sorry to hear about your Dovid diagnosis as well. I hope that your recovery is swift and easy.   I bet that you both are going to have so much fun decorating your home and spending your first Christmas there as Mr. & Mrs.!!!

Dec 09, 2022 05:04 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 Kathy,
I am more of a minimalist. My primary decoration is my many nutcracker collection. I do love visiting people who go all out. There are many people in the park in Yuma where I am now that have decorated the outside of their homes. That's fun.

Dec 09, 2022 07:21 AM
Kathy Streib

Carol Williams our friends have the best Dicken's Village collection I've ever seen...and it grew each year. I did not envy him setting it up each season. (or taking it down.)

Dec 09, 2022 05:30 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy - this might be one of those years where I don't put up as many decorations.  My daughter, selling her house, has minimal.

Dec 09, 2022 07:30 AM
Kathy Streib

Grant Schneider When we used to commute between houses in Orlando and Delray, I was minimalist because I didn't want to have two sets of decorations to have to deal with. 

Dec 09, 2022 05:32 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Christmas decorations are beautiful and I love seeing the lights driving around neighborhoods at night! However I agree-- have seen fewer and fewer outside lights recently it seems

Dec 09, 2022 08:38 AM
Kathy Streib

Lise Howe Our neighbor has a large wooden "Believe" sign out front and it's lit at night. I love it. 

Dec 09, 2022 05:34 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Good Morning Kathy on this beautiful Friday! I am all into decorating for the Christmas Season and have been my whole life.  My Mom got me hooked at a young age and it kind of became 'my thing' from then on (with her help)! I took a few photos last night and will share them later today. That is if they turned out ok!

Dec 09, 2022 08:53 AM
Kathy Streib

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker I love decorating but the funny thing is, Larry always did the tree (I handed him the ornaments and he placed them on the tree) and I loved decorating the rest of the house. He lets me handle it all now. 

Dec 09, 2022 05:37 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We have had the Christmas tree up since just after Thanksgiving, and my outside decorations were up early as well.

Dec 09, 2022 09:37 AM
Kathy Streib

Ed Silva I put ours up for Thanksgiving since my whole family was coming over!  I actually miss the decorations when we take them down. 

Dec 09, 2022 05:39 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Kathy.  All in here.  I tend to be partial to 'Frosty'.  This is but a little of the park and these are up the day after Thanksgiving.  Enjoy the weekend.  

Sandpoint Realty Christmas Lights Naples Idaho

Dec 09, 2022 10:14 AM
Michael Jacobs

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho - it looks as if you have well- prepared Santa a massive present drop.  😃

Dec 09, 2022 04:10 PM
Kathy Streib

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho I like Frosty as well- how could you not! My neighbor down the street has a huge Frosty on his balcony that appears to be waving at everyone. 

Michael Jacobs do you think Mark would let us in on the Massive present drop??


Dec 09, 2022 05:42 PM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - why not?   Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho seems to have that HoHoHo spirit in the best sort of way.  

Dec 09, 2022 06:01 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

I have many decorations we have purchased on vacations or mountain town visits over the years. At Tlaquepaque in Sedona,  there is a permanent Xmas store.  I love to go in there and purchase ornaments.  Also, I love unique Hallmark ornaments. 

This year we decided to buy a Balsam Hill tree.  It is 4.5 feet high and sits on a coffee table.  It comes in 2 sections and goes up in about 5 minutes!  (That is the part I  love!)

My ornaments go way back to the 1960s. You can see in the picture below, some of the other decorations. They are everywhere, but my tree has always been my favorite showcase.  I decorate it with Tristan and Rick helps too!  2022 Sedona Xmas Tree

Dec 09, 2022 11:09 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I love your ornaments. I've been staring at them. I have Mark Roberts Fairies around the house!!!

Dec 09, 2022 05:48 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy with no little ones around any more we have cut back on the decorations, but my wife still loves to decorate for Christmas so our house will still have some Christmas cheer.

Dec 09, 2022 01:56 PM
Kathy Streib

George Souto keep doing brings out the kid in you. 

Dec 09, 2022 05:49 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy, life, real estate, and the weather has prevented me from doing anything outside the house... all goes well tomorrow evening I will be finished with the inside decorations... and hopefully start the outside.... all the neighbors are anxiously waiting for me to do the outside decorations:)Endre


Dec 09, 2022 09:33 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I'm so far behind on Christmas decorating, that I fear I'll never catch up.  But, I got a lot of gift shopping done today however.  And, I never got out of my pajamas to do it!  Thank you Amazon!🙃

Dec 10, 2022 06:45 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I don't decorate as much as I used to in my larger homes...a few holiday art pieces on the walls and the tree of course. I decorate the bookcases with some holiday pieces and have some Christmas pillows on the loveseat. 

A wreath on the door is all I did outside this year.

Dec 11, 2022 12:55 PM