For 30 years my mother hosted a totally old school Christmas party.

You know.

The kind of party where generations come together and the house is bursting at the seams and the table is overflowing with the kind of food people bring in zipped up casserole containers.

The kind of party where people play games and there are singing competitions and drink hot chocolate with mini marshmallows and there are sprinkles all over the floor.

The kind of party where guests bundle up in coats and hats and mittens and stroll the streets of town and sing to neighbors and twinkling Christmas trees everywhere.

And everyone leaves the party with a full tummy and a smile and a wave–humming a Christmas carol as they go.

30 years of old school.

And then?

One day my father passed away and she sold the house and the Christmas carols went silent.

Until last night.

I wish you could see how full my heart is right now.

I wish you see the happy tears filling my eyes.

I wish you could have been here to see the house ring with joy.

Here’s to another 30 years.

And now?

Let’s see what the internet has been up to this week:

I’m posting my Christmas lights tour on Christmas Eve.

But in the meantime?

Here’s one of my favorite twinkling house tours.

Click here to see the tour.

Hello Christmas Eve.

Don’t these cookies look like they need to welcome Santa?

Recipe found here.

Isn’t this the cutest hot chocolate bar?

I love the idea of tucking napkins and spoons and candy canes into individual mugs.

See the rest of the ideas here.

And pin this post for after Christmas.

It’s full of ideas on how to start getting ready for next year.

Read the rest of the post here.


And in random news this week:

This Christmas table

This simple wall art DIY

These simple gift wrap ideas

This fun idea for Christmas day with the family

This barn

These FREE printable cards

This IKEA hack

These style predictions for 2019

For the gift that’s hard to wrap

And these.


These kitchen pictures.

You will need coffee.

One more for the road.

Here’s another post to pin for after Christmas.

It’s all about getting yourself and your house organized after the holidays.

Read the rest of the post here.

The merriest of Christmases to you and yours.

Want to know how to decorate your home for free?
Click here to get my FIVE BEST secrets.


  1. Image for Stephanie Mudd Carrico Stephanie Mudd Carrico

    Your party sounds wonderful and reminds me of my Grandmothers Christmas celebrations. What wonderful memories❤️

  2. Image for Theresa Ball Theresa Ball

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. Thanks for sharing your family. They are growing and it is wonderful to follow their achievements. HAppy New Year too from your reader, in next door Prosper. PS. Have been on your street in that cute shop chock full of Christmas goodies.

  3. Image for Janette Deans Janette Deans

    So happy for you and your family..have a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year....UK wishes to all..xxxx

  4. Image for Shelley Shelley

    Did you make your precious hooks with the pretty attached plates where you hung your aprons? Can you direct me to that post if you did? Tons of great ideas here— thankyou!

  5. Image for Carol Carol

    As always, superb! Though I can't do much more this holiday, I'm so grateful for an ongoing file of possibilities. Merry Christmas, and continue those traditions that fill your soul! Carol

  6. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Oh, tears flowing! Sweetie, that is so wonderful. I'm sure your mom was blessed. Nostalgic, but blessed. So glad your home is singing again. May you and your precious family have the merriest of Christmases filled with joy and blessings! ❤

  7. Image for Janice Paschal Janice Paschal

    Always enjoyed your Mom and Dad’s Christmas party! Glad you were able to start the tradition again. Merry Christmas 🎄!!!

  8. Image for Sara Sara

    Very Merry Christmas to you and yours, KariAnne. Thank you for filling our home with your joyful and creative spirit. May your new year be your most blessed and prosperous one.

  9. Image for PJ PJ

    KariAnne, I can only imagine how thrilled your mom was to have the "old" house be home to your wonderful party. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  10. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Merry Christmas, KariAnne! How wonderful to continue the traditions and continue to make sweet memories. Enjoy!

  11. Image for Carolyn Brown Carolyn Brown

    Reading your story about your family traditions made me think of my family's tradition. We used to make cookies and deliver then the day before Christmas Eve to seniors in nursing homes. Mother would make us new Christmas outfits to wear the next day for our house party. Family, neighbors and friends stopped by. We sang carols and had a good old time Mother is 88 and father has passed away. My neice now takes up the baton. It's great knowing the tradition will live on long after we are gone. Best wishes to you and your family

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