Hello Christmas decorating friend.

It’s finally here.

Today I’m taking you on a tour of the house with all the twinkling Christmas lights.


There’s nothing my house loves better than Christmas.

You know.

The twinkles.

The sparkles.

The glow of Christmas lights that fill the room and spread a little joy and make you want to go all Christmas caroler with Joy to the World.

But why just tour, when you can tour to a poem I wrote?

Are you ready?

Oh, good.

The twinkles are too.

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house

All the trees were bright and merry without any sign of a mouse

The kitchen was messy covered in ribbons and trim

I’d just finished wrapping—the countertops full of scraps to the brim

“I’ll put the mess away later,” I said to myself

And snuggled on the couch to watch the best movie, Elf.

My golden, Buddy, and I pulled a throw over our lap

And settled our brains for a long winter’s nap

When out on the front porch there arose such a clatter

I sprang from my cozy couch to see what was the matter

Away to the window, I flew like a flash

Raised up the shades and threw up the sash

When what to my wondering eyes should appear

But my friends I’d been missing with their smiles and good cheer

More rapid than eagles those friends of mine came

As they stood on the porch, rang the bell and called me by name

“Now KariAnne—are you home friend? We’re here to say hi.”

“We’ve got goodies to share and we want to stop by.”


As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly

My feet quickly dashed across the floor—oh my

What? They were outside and my hair was a mess?

How could I get myself cute in two minutes or less?

As I drew in my head and was turning around

My friends starting laughing and giggling—making many a sound

They were jolly and merry—each one a Christmas elf

And I laughed when I saw them in spite of myself

I straightened my messy bun and grinned from ear to ear

This was going to be fun—-I had nothing to fear

You see friends, they loved me—with my yoga pants, bare feet, and messy bun

We laughed, talked, and shared stories until the night was done

Then they packed up their cars and as quick as a whistle

Away they all flew like the down of a thistle

But I heard them exclaim, ere they drove out of sight

“Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night”

I hoped you enjoyed the Christmas lights tour and the poem.

It was my gift to you from me.

You are more special to me than all the presents under the tree.

Okay—so sorry. Once I start rhyming I can’t stop.

Merry Christmas, friend. 🙂

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  1. Image for Amy Cohen Amy Cohen

    Your house is adorable, KariAnne! May I ask where you got the wooden houses with the cutout windows? I have been looking for something just like this. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    1. Image for Zen Zen

      Where did u get the wooden houses? Love your Christmas decorations. the pink roses blanket is unique.. love to buy if it possible… thanks… Always enjoying your decorating ideas…

      1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

        Of course! I got them at Balsam Hill. They are definitely a splurge! I got them on sale for Black Friday. Here's the link: https://www.balsamhill.com/p/lit-wooden-christmas-old-town-decoration Happy day! KariAnne

    2. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Amy, Of course! I got them at Balsam Hill. They are definitely a splurge! I got them on sale for Black Friday. Here's the link: https://www.balsamhill.com/p/lit-wooden-christmas-old-town-decoration Happy day! KariAnne

  2. Image for Louann Louann

    Beautiful! K, you write the best blogs of the ones available to readers! Merry Christmas to all you Texans from Okieland. Wishing you blessings in 2023!

  3. Image for Katy Katy

    It looks so amazing KariAnne! Every nook and cranny carefully curated for sure, yet looks effortless somehow! Just amazing…warm and inviting. And your version of Clement Moose’s classic! Wow! Very creative. Well done indeed. Thanks for sharing your myriad of talents. You are delightful! Hugs and wishes for the best Christmas ever!

  4. Image for Fran Fran

    It was a very pleasant surprise this morning to read your family version of “ The Night Before Christmas “. You blog is always fun to read and informative! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

  5. Image for JC JC

    Magical in every room! Thank you for inviting us into your heart and home! The poem is over the top! Merry, Sweet, Blessed Christmas, friend! PS: Do you have a source for your all white nativity? It's beautiful.

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      JC, You are so sweet! I got it years ago from a yard sale! I found this one that's super similar on Amazon: https://bit.ly/3W0v57C happy day! KariAnne

  6. Image for Debbie Debbie

    So cute KariAnn, your house looks soo good. Merry Christmas to you and your family and Buddy!!! Love Goldens, they are the best.

  7. Image for Karen B. Karen B.

    Kerry Ann, Your home looks amazing. It's so welcoming and warm. I enjoyed the poem and the tour. Thank you and have a very Merry Christmas. Karen B.

  8. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Beautiful tour- so Christmasy as it should be!!! Love all the details! Your poem was so cute- I once made over that poem for my work family party:) MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!

  9. Image for Mary Anne Russo Mary Anne Russo

    I'm sorry I was not able to finish my remarks. Your home looks very beautiful! I love all the trees little and big! Merry Christmas!

  10. Image for Judy Feyen Judy Feyen

    BEAUTIFU! Your Blue and white decorations look so peaceful and welcoming for the holidays and thoughout the year. I love to see Buddy is doing well!

  11. Image for Jolyn Jolyn

    The house is spectacular and live-able at the same time. Buddy looks cozy, too. Will you leave me the balloon-mold in your will? Merriest of Christmases to you and your family!

  12. Image for Linda Linda

    I don’t usually leave comments but your home and decorations left me breathless. Absolutely stunning. What a gift you have for decorating my dear!! Love it ♥️ Linda BC Canada

  13. Image for Cindy@CountyRoad407 Cindy@CountyRoad407

    Truly magical and so darling! Every nook and cranny has something to pin. Even the rug in your family room looks like it's straight out of a gingerbread house. Love it all. Merry Christmas KariAnne.

  14. Image for Marlene Marlene

    There's beautiful Christmas in this home, thank you and I enjoyed the rhyming, so cute. Merry Merry Christmas!!

  15. Image for Diana Diana

    Everything is so pretty, but the little white twinkle tree is adorable. Thanks for always sharing and pulling us in.

  16. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Just beautiful as always. I hope you have the merriest Christmas ever. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous home and you rhyming abilities.

  17. Image for Marian Marian

    Hi KariAnne, Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with all of us. I loved your poem. I can imagine all of your family gathered around laughing and talking and enjoying the fruit of your labor. Merry Christmas to you and everyone you love.

  18. Image for Revonda Stordahl Revonda Stordahl

    Everything is beautiful! The poem was a great addition to the post. You bring joy and inspiration in so many ways. Merry Christmas from cold, snowy Montana.

  19. Image for Linda Scott Linda Scott

    As always just beautiful, I'm sure your family is thrilled you took the house back so they could all enjoy it again too!! Great story by the way (buying the house you grew up in)!! I love it all from the inside to the outside and that mantel, so beautiful!! Have a wonderful Christmas and great poem, it was fun to read!

  20. Image for Rachel Harper Rachel Harper

    KariAnne, There is not one thing I didn't love about your home tour. All those bottle brush trees really stole my vintage-loving heart. But every detail is amazing. This has been such an exciting year and I know next year is going to be awesome because of everything you have taught me. God Bless you and Merry Christmas. oh, BTW, I'll share this link on Sunday for sure.

  21. Image for Julie Choquette Julie Choquette

    Lovely! I definitely will ‘bottle brush tree’ my antique doorknob collection next year - thanks for the idea! Also, do you have a source for the Days til Christmas little sign - so cute! Enjoy your kids this Christmas break!

  22. Image for Angie Angie

    That was the best little “JINGLE” of a poem ever. I love writing and that was so creative!!!! Your home is very very beautiful!! Thank you for sharing such a amazing Christmas gift!! Angie faye

  23. Image for Heather Heather

    I love you and your blog! Your home looks gorgeous! I love the esthetic you did this year. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  24. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    As always, BEAU-TI-FUL! The living room and dining room are my favorites! May you all have a blessed Christmas! 😍

  25. Image for carol cupp carol cupp

    KariAnne Another lovely, inspiring tour; it's obvious you love your family (the Twins are darling), home and of course Buddy. I always seem to find something to smile at in your posts. Blessed Christmas to All

  26. Image for Marilyn Marilyn

    The house is beautiful. Thank You for sharing. May 2023 bring you and yours blessings and happiness. Joan,Marion and Marilyn

  27. Image for LORRI LORRI

    Your home is simply beautiful..all the different vignettes...lovely🥰What I loved most of all was your rendition of The night before Christmas.. way too cute . Wishing you and your Family a happy and healthy New Year😁

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