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Christmas Home Tour 2016



Welcome to the first annual Shifting Roots Christmas home tour!  Does it count as a home tour if only two of your rooms are featured. . . just barely. . .?  I say yes.  Last year when we packed away the Christmas decorations we pared down considerably.  I also wasn’t thinking about blogging last year after Christmas when I was checking out all the sales.  So here we are.  It’s pretty minimal, but I just didn’t want to spend a ton of money on Christmas decorations this year.


When you enter the living room you are greeted by this lovely ornament wreath.  (Thanks Christine for the Pier One gift card last year!!!)  I’ve seen almost the same thing at Superstore this year for around $30 if you’d like something similar at your home.


This year I splurged and bought a fake flocked tree.  I LOVE it.  It displays my collection of glass ornaments really nicely.


When it comes to Christmas cards, I like to keep things simple.  This setup is a piece of ribbon attached to paper clips and sticky tack.  Classy, I know.


Our kitchen even got in the Christmas spirit just a little this year.  Our dining room did too, but the yellow and badly matched grey do not go well with red and green, so we’ve just skipped that room in this years tour. Dominic also has a small Christmas tree in his room, but its not very exciting and I STILL have not finished painting his room.


Let’s end with one last look at that Christmas tree.  There are no presents under our tree because I have a feeling a certain four year old would open them up when I wasn’t looking.  He found it hard enough when I was wrapping up gifts for my student’s voice and piano recital tomorrow.

What do you do in your home for Christmas?  Do you go all out?  Or do you keep it minimal?  Let me know in the comments!

Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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