Random thoughts on an almost Christmas morning:

1. Only six sleeps until Christmas. Are you ready?

2. I’m hosting our annual caroling party tomorrow night and it’s going to be so much fun. My mother has hosted it for over 30 years and now it’s my turn. My husband is going around from house to house to let our neighbors know that carolers are on their way.

3. I posted our Christmas Home Tour on my YouTube Channel. My brother made it and filmed it and I love how it turned out.

You can see it here.

4. What is your favorite Christmas movie? The twins and I have an entire week ahead of us with nothing but baking and giggling and wrapping presents and watching Christmas movies.

5. It was an amazing week on the blog. It was all Christmas all the time and we discussed Christmas on the upstairs landing and how to decorate a staircase and 21 easy last-minute gift wrap ideas and the cutest five-minute Christmas project.

6. I bought a pair of bell-bottoms. What is this world coming to?

And now?

Here are some of my favorite finds from this week.


I just asked for movies and then I was researching Christmas movies and found this.

The ultimate list of Christmas movies.

See the entire list here.

I just loved everything about this space.

From the pom pom garland to the knit stockings to the mitten garland at the end of the bed.

Take the entire tour here.

And I think these will be perfect to go with my movies.

The best classic Christmas sugar cookie recipe.

You can see it here.

And look at this amazing idea for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s day.

It has such a “timely twist”.

See the entire place setting here.


And in random news:

This beautiful Christmas tour

These Christmas vignettes

This Christmas Day recipe round up

This beautiful DIY magnolia garland

This yummy amaretto bundt cake

This think-outside-the-box Christmas tree

This no-bake peppermint bark

These top 10 Christmas worship songs

This beautiful snowy barn

Tips for keeping the holidays stress free

Gift wrapping using cloth from Scandanavia

I used to bake these with my mom

Fun way to display Christmas cards (or family photos)

And this

Looking forward to 2022 and these design trends

And one more for the road

I’ll leave you with this.

Last year I asked everyone for words of wisdom for 2021.

Truer words were never spoken.

You can read them all here.

Merry Christmas to you and yours

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  1. Image for Diana Diana

    Your plans sound wonderful. Wish I could just embrace the week, but I'll get there. So, where is the post and pic for these bellbottoms :)

  2. Image for Betsy Betsy

    Thank you for all these wonderful links. Those cookies are works fo art! You have me thinking about next Christmas already.

  3. Image for JC JC

    Have a wonderful party!! I am staying home, baking, wrapping, and cleaning, this week, getting ready for my kids coming home!!!!!!!!!! I'm just a little excited!!!! Have a wonderful week ahead and blessed Christmas, friend!!

  4. Image for Kris Kris

    I bought bell bottoms this fall and I love them. I think they balance out most women's figures and they look up-to-date without being over the top. I'm sure you have some cute heeled boots to pair with them! Thanks for a fun Christmas lineup this week.

  5. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    Thanks and have a Merry Christmas! Bellbottoms, again want to see a picture of you in them, please!!!

  6. Image for Nicole Nicole

    Oh my gosh, your week ahead with the twins sounds perfect! I wish I could join you! Our school district doesn't start Christmas break until Christmas Eve, so as both a mother of school aged children and a teacher, we are all still in school this week and I'm jealous! Enjoy your time with the kids at home from college!

  7. Image for Jayne @ Chalking Up Success Jayne @ Chalking Up Success

    Thank you for sharing my Amaretto Bundt cake KariAnne, it's a scrumptious recipe! I've been looking at a pair of bellbottoms and wondering if I should, haha! I watched your home tour video, it's beautiful as always, your brother is very talented! Now I'm off to look at all your gift wrapping tips, I still have a lot to do! Merry Christmas!

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