Happy almost-Christmas week.

Today I’m taking you on a tour of the house at night with the lights turned low and the twinkling Christmas lights turned up.


There’s nothing better than Christmas when the lights go down.

You know.

The twinkles.

The sparkles.

The glow of Christmas lights that fill the room and warm the darkness and make you want to go all Christmas caroler with O Holy Night.

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 started 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.

May your week be merry.

May your week be full of joy.

May your week be less about the hustle and bustle and more about taking time to enjoy every minute.

You got this. 🙂

PS Look at this picture I found of when we used to cut down Christmas trees at our neighbor’s farm.

The best kind of Christmas.

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  1. Image for Carol Carol

    Your home is absolutely beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and your family and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!!!

  2. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Oh Dear Friend, your home (tour of lights) and story is so magical. What a sweet post! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family❣️🎄 You bring such joy to all of us. 🎄❤️🎄

  3. Image for Bootsie Bootsie

    KariAnne I loved this post your poem was adorable..loved seeing your home and the party table was so pretty and festive !!! MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!

  4. Image for Diana Diana

    Everything is beautiful Karianne and the story made me smile. Thank you for all your ideas and helpful lists. I hope you and your family have a fabulous and blessed Christmas.

  5. Image for Rizae Rizae

    And tidings of comfort and joy to you and your family. Thank You for a wonderful year of giving us the gift of yourself, your stories and your home. Merry Christmas. Big Hugs,

  6. Image for va in NC va in NC

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful home tour.. Blessings to you and yours for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

  7. Image for Susan J Susan J

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Your Christmas 🎄 poem is a gift to us all❤️. Love your sparkles and twinkles and sharing self🎄❤️. Merriest Christmas to you all 🎄❤️

  8. Image for Jem Jem

    Oh how I adored your tour and poem, KariAnne. I spied the crown ornament and love it too!!! Merry Christmas 🎄🎁

  9. Image for Peg Peg

    The light reflecting in the mirrors in the entry is magical! And then, the mini Thistles...love!! Merry Christmas, KariAnne!! xoxo

  10. Image for Diana Clark Diana Clark

    KariAnne you are a joy. I can picture your friends showing up and you wanting to be cute in 2 minutes. Honey child you are cute all the time! You are so blessed with a beautiful home and family and a multitude of friends. Merry Christmas.

  11. Image for alda ellis alda ellis

    What a joy to have the full tour...all your details are such a joy to ALL of us! Loving that you never forget the true meaning of Christmas with all the going, doing and making merry! Blessings to you and yours for a joyous new year.

  12. Image for BE BE

    As always, you brighten my corner where you are!!!!!!!!!!! As I sit at home, because of covid, and missing some of the wonderful tours and lights of Christmas, along came KariAnne and there it was. The light to brighten my day. I loved it all, even how the shadows reflect on the walls. Sooooooooooooooo beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing and never stop.

  13. Image for Marlene Marlene

    That was a beautiful tour. Those girls were so little in that picture, memories of long ago Christmas are the best.

  14. Image for June June

    You are the best Miss Karianne! Loved the story and your home is absolutely beautiful! Ordered Elf bingo from Amazon. We love that movie. Should be a fun time. Have a Merry Merry Christmas! Hug your young family tightly as you know they grow up quickly😊. My sons will both be home this year Christmas weekend and I cannot wait. Better than waiting for Santa as a child.

  15. Image for Judy Judy

    I have been reading your posts for a couple of years and really enjoy them. You have such a way with words - you make me smile and giggle! Loved the light show and your poem. You never disappoint. Thank you

  16. Image for Kathy A Kathy A

    Merry Christmas! Your home is absolutely beautiful! Our power just came back on after going out with Mon.'s wind, rain, and flooding in Maine. House was down to 50 degrees--so we went shopping, out to lunch, and got a supper to go! Hearing the furnace run now is a beautiful sound! Tomorrow I'll face a sink FULL of dishes!

  17. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    Your house is gorgeous, your poetry superb! What a wonderful Christmas you will be having! Happy holidays!

  18. Image for Patricia Patricia

    My Sweet Friend, you are the most amazing storyteller. I was right there with you sitting with a glass of wine in front of the fireplace. Just hanging on your every word. Thank you for sharing as always. May you and your family have the merriest of Christmases…… BLESSINGS to you ALL and to All a Goodnight . 🎄💕

  19. Image for Vicki Vicki

    Thank you for sharing your gorgeous home with its twinkle lights. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

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