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I’ve basically neglected the bridge in my home. You know, the space at the top of the stairs that overlooks the foyer and family room. A fainting couch with a picture hanging over it, and a telescope in the corner, has been the extent of the furnishings in that area. However, it is a room. It has one solid wall and the rest is open, but the banisters should be considered walls as well. I usually put the children’s Christmas tree up there, and they don’t enjoy it because they want to be where the action is. So this year, it’s more appealing to adults. They will enjoy the new space to relax with a hot chocolate or coffee, without missing out on anything. 

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Umm…It’s entirely up to you how long you want to leave Santa’s hat hanging on the bedpost. Who says we can’t have Christmas all year?

Not quite ready to let go of Christmas?  Nor am I. I love the season. Then before you know it, Christmas is over. After spending hours getting things just the way I want them, it is time to pack it all up again. It is a sad time for me. However, there are some decorations that can stay up through the month of January. When deciding what to leave out, I ask myself if it looks wintery. If it fits the mood for the cold winter days, I leave it. I like the pops of red through out the house in January without appearing too lazy to put the Christmas decorations away.

 I Like having the massive nine-foot tree up in time for our Thanksgiving dinner. I enjoy looking at it in the adjoining foyer and basking in the soft glow of it while dining. That starts the Christmas season at our house and I hang on to it white-knuckled through January.

The snowman is nestled into a fall mantle garland with white crystal lights entertwined. He can stay up until January. After all it is winter.

This is probably the only thing “country” in my home. My grandchildren love the ultra soft cuddly. He too is a snowman so he gets to stay through out January.

The mantle garland has no jewel tones and can easily be left up through January

The garland on top of the china cabinet stays up all year in my house. I know the berries and pine cones make it look Christmasy. But I took the picture from a step stool. From the floor it doesn’t look this way. The garland fills in the gap between the cabinet and tray ceiling and the lights give the room an ambience that I enjoy. Others may have a problem with this tip but hey, I like it. Remember, when you are decorating, do what YOU like.  

During Christmas, the lighted garland on top of the kitchen cabinets is pulled to the front exposing the assorted fruit. Now that Christmas is over, I just push the garland to the back and continue to use it year round. I turn it on in the evenings and at night, giving the kitchen soft, warm lighting.

Cabinets on the opposite side of kitchen. Yep. Stays up all year.


This garland has a lot of fruit, plaid ribbon and pine cones. I may leave it up for a couple of weeks but will probably take it down mid-January.

The wooden beads are a way to decorate a handrail without sacrificing safety. There is room to hold on to the rail between the wraps. The wooden beads wrapped around the handrail will stay up but the stockings will be removed.

These are electric candles. They look beautiful from inside and outside the window. I will remove the pine cone garland after January but these are here to stay all year. I will just put seasonal garland around them and turn them on in the evenings. These are in my formal living room and are perfect for the huge window ledge I was having trouble knowing exactly what to do with.

This is a wreath placed on a gold charger with a candle holder placed in the center. You don’t always have to hang wreaths. They make wonderful bases for candles or any table center piece. I had a mis-shapened candle that I couldn’t put in a clear candle holder. Never seeing a candle I didn’t love, I couldn’t throw it out. What a great surprise. The red glow of the candle holder highlighted the shape of the candle, yet contained it.  Think I may put some more candles in my car this year and let them melt a little. I removed the white table cloth. I will remove the wreath base mid-January and keep the candle holder out until the end of January.

This is another wreath on a charger used as a center piece in the breakfast area with low candles inside.

I will remove the Christmas towel but will leave the snowman on the sink in the guest bath.

This small basket can be left on the sink through January because of it’s winter foilage.

The wintery train can stay. It makes a nice night light. While it is definitely a Christmas decoration, it belongs to my 33 year-old son. He has had it since he was a little boy. It used to illuminate his room at night during Christmas. I hang onto it as long as I can.

Last but not least, I will leave the table on the front porch set with a bright weather proof cloth and holly plate.  By the end of January, I will be ready to put away the last piece of Christmas decorations but not yet.

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