‘Tis the Season and Decking the Halls

Decking the Halls, Recipes & Christmas Inspiration

Now that we’re stuffed with turkey, I’m ready to Deck the Halls and Trim the Tree!

Click on the links to revisit the posts if you’d like some Christmas inspiration or need a break from your shopping or decorating :)


Decking The Halls in The Potting Shed

A ladder tree trimmed in the Potting Shed and some chalkboard door fun!


‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

A Christmas table with Old St. Nick, plaid, and lanterns filled with ornaments, pine cones, nuts and greenery, and for additional merry measure, some candy canes.



Trimming the Tree

Trimming the table with a little nostalgia, vintage ornaments and the Christmas legend of Rosemary



O Fishing Tree

Our lakeside Christmas tree on the dock decorated with fishing lures



At the Table~ Mikasa Holiday Traditions

Boughs of holly and berries deck dinnerware, for a timeless and elegant pattern for the Christmas and holiday season while seasonal eatings,  cranberries, apples, pears, clementines, and nuts are gathered from the produce department for a festive and easy centerpiece.

Merry Cranberry Salsa

Merry Cranberry Salsa

A light, flavorful, and healthy appetizer for the holidays that comes together in 10 minutes!


Making Lists and Make-Ahead Holiday Appetizers

Make-ahead recipes and inspiration for your holiday entertaining or Christmas party


Including Cha-Cha Chicken Salad, a molded chicken salad, made 8 – 24 hours in advance.


Gingerbread Cranberry & Lemon Curd Trifle

Gingerbread, Cranberry & Lemon Curd Trifle

Gingerbread, Cranberry, and Lemon Curd Trifle, a festive and easy dessert using a few short cuts including a box mix for the cake layers that can be made in advance.


It’s a Wrap

Recycled shopping bag gift wrap and birds of a feather in the Potting Shed.


Candy Cane-infused Vodka

Candy Cane-infused Vodka

 Ready to gift or sip in 3 hours and shake up a White Chocolate Peppermint Martini!


Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Quick and easy cupcakes for the busy holiday season, served with candy cane handles!

Hot Chocolate Stirring Spoons

Hot Chocolate Stirring Spoons

Easy and fun for kids to make with candy melts or almond bark and decorative holiday sprinkles

Candy Cane Cocoa

Candy Cane Cocoa Mix

A mix for easy seasonal sipping and ideal for gift giving!

 Turkey, Cranberry, Wild Rice and Pecan Salad

Wild Rice, Turkey, Cranberry and Pecan Salad

An easy make ahead recipe that dresses up leftover turkey! Also good with rotisserie chicken for a busy week night.

Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

 A Merry Nigella Christmas recipe, enjoy with or without additional white chocolate drizzle.

Potting Shed Christmas Nesting & Feathering

Potting Shed Christmas Nesting & Feathering

Are you just starting to feather your Christmas nest or are you an early bird and finished with your Christmas decorating?

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  21 comments for “‘Tis the Season and Decking the Halls

  1. November 29, 2014 at 7:39 am

    What a post, full of loverly decor and foodstuffs! I’ve started decorating, early by standards of waiting until Thanksgiving, but it felt late since TGV was nearer to the end of the month. Yours is outstanding!

  2. Pat
    November 29, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Enjoying your Wonderful Holiday decorating and recipes … keeps me positive with all the hustle and bustle… :).

  3. November 29, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Well if your post doesn’t get us all inspired for Christmas ideas, I don’t know what will, Mary!! Thanks for all your wonderful creativity and photography to help us. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  4. Amy
    November 29, 2014 at 9:13 am

    So much inspiration! Thank you for the lovely post!

  5. Linda
    November 29, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Love the whole post, but that fishing tree is the star!

  6. November 29, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Wow, that’s the best decorated home I think I have ever seen. Love all the pine branches and the ladder tree. I used to have a fishing tree at our cottage. We no longer have the cottage. It was so fun to decorate for the holidays.

  7. November 29, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Beautiful holiday touches! Love the dressed up ladder. =)


  8. November 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Like seeing old friends, let the merriment begin!

  9. November 29, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Loved the déjà vu all over again glimpses of Christmases past… If I had the room, I would put up a ladder tree in a NY minute! Love it!

  10. November 29, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    As soon as I read the title of your post that song started playing in my head, what a lovely day you made for me :)

  11. November 29, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    TONS of inspiration here, mary! I remember every one of these posts! You are truly amazing. Hope you had the BEST Thanksgiving. Thankful for the gift of YOU!!!

  12. November 29, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Just got home from traveling! Great post! Looking forward to some more inspiration!

  13. November 29, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Mary, Everything is beautiful and I loved seeing your past Christmas decorating! I especially love the ladder and bird nest.

  14. November 30, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I do need a little boost to start my holiday engine, and looking through your past posts is sure to help~After a weekend of family, turkey, and football I am dragging! The calendar pages are flipping too fast! I must get home to deck my halls and feather my nest, and whip up some candy cane vodka!

  15. November 30, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Beautiful and delicious! I love it all!

  16. November 30, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    As usual your attention to detail is flawless, your taste impeccable, and the photos are a feast for the senses. You are incredibly talented and inspiring!

  17. December 1, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    How did I miss seeing so many of these? I must go back & revisit them all.
    Such an abundance of ideas & info, esp. the recipes…YUM. Thanks so much for all you share, Mary!

  18. December 3, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    A wealth of inspiration, Mary. Everything you do is very special. Can’t wait to see what your creative mind has for us this season. Happy decorating!

  19. Bev
    December 5, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Love all of these…your creativity continues to amaze me. Gorgeous!

  20. December 9, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Oh Mary! You need to put a book out like Carolyn of Aiken Home & Gardens. She has a beautiful tea book and Christmas book. I know you have enough material. It would be a great thing to own! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

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