Boyish Charm

Home Tour: Getting Ready for Christmas

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I was asked to participate in the #DiscoverCrocs campaign sponsored by Crocs, Inc. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.

I know it’s kinda cliché to talk about the weather—but do you believe the weather?!  The thermometer has been all over the place. Summer temperatures last week and now I hear predictions for several inches of snow over the weekend. We’ve decided to get our Christmas decorating done fast. I’ve been wanting to do a home tour of our house during the holidays for several years now, so I thought I would give a sneak peek of the preparations.


It’s a bit early for us, but this week Mike and I thought we would take advantage of the unseasonable warmth and get started on our Christmas decorations, both inside and outside. I decided I could muster up some Christmas spirit without the freezing cold. 


Sam is so excited to see Christmas decorations! Too excited. In the past 24 hours he has asked me 18 times how many sleeps there are until Christmas. This might have been a mistake. LOL We’ll see how Cassie does with all of the decorations. We’ve never spent Christmas with her, as we just got her in June. We’ve had to decorate around previous pets (our previous dog had a bit of a chewing issue) but Cassie seems to be adapting nicely. The only mishap we had is when she walked too close to the tree and accidentally caught a bulb on her tail — and then ran around decorated for Christmas herself.

Mike’s been tasked with getting the lights on the house. We have these really cool, retro globe lights that we’re going to try out this year. I am super excited to see how they look since they’re so different from anything anyone else in the neighborhood has on their house. Mike’s been running inside and outside constantly to get things ready. I’m pretty sure he’s now living in his treasured Baya Heathered Clogs. They are lightweight like all of the Clog footwear but the awesome fuzzy lining makes them super cozy for this time of year. He loves them more than any man should love a shoe.


Since we’re all battling crazy chest colds that work outside isn’t quite finished. Thankfully we have lots of time to get it done and get photos. But I really hope we have it finished before the snow comes. Despite having grown up in Newfoundland, I am not one for cold weather and snow (although Mike and Sam love it).


While Mike has been doing the outside work, my chest cold, puffers and I have been working away indoors with Sam. For the past 13 years, we have had an artificial tree, for a number of reasons. Last year, our tree died. So this year I purchased an artificial white tree. I love it. But I am pretty sure everyone in my family is going to HATE it. Perhaps that makes me love it more, LOL. The tree is now up and has the bulbs on it. I just need to purchase a new star and tree skirt — as the old ones we had with our green tree don’t work with this one. I am also going to get some pretty gold leaf-shaped garland I saw recently to finish the tree decorations. I never used garland on our old tree but I find that with the huge color difference in our ornaments and the white tree branches, this tree needs it in order to look more grounded. 

Speaking of things my family is going to HATE: check out my new horse painting.  When I saw it for half price, I fell in love. Mike has come to tolerate it. My love for it grows more and more every day. It’s resting right now on our antique ironing board that I use as a side table in our dining room but it will soon be hung on the wall in all its glory.



Another thing I am also loving is my new Mammoth Bow Flats. While we were scurrying between the outdoors and indoors with armloads of decorations, I especially appreciated they are super-comfortable and so easy to slip on and off at the door. I love the classic styling and the glossy little bow. Best of all, they’re like walking on little pillows — so much cushion! The light fleece lining feels wonderful on bare toes—no need to wear socks. And if you breeze through a puddle or mud on the lawn, your feet stay dry.

Can you tell we’ve become a comfy Crocs kind of family? I live in their sandals in the summer, too.

Sam has been wearing the most adorable Bump-It Shoe. They remind me of a vintage sneaker with the rubber bumper toes over the flexible Croslite™. Sam loves that there are no laces to slow him down. I appreciate that even without laces they actually stay on his feet. They are so cute, they’re the shoes we’re taking for him when we go to our friend’s Florida condo in January.


On the first day of Christmas decorating, we always share some kind of treat. It’s become a tradition. But since I’ve been under the weather, I didn’t really feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen. This year I came up with a simple crescent roll, apple pie pull-apart. It’s really easy but the Christmas tree shape takes it to a whole new level. Sam was thrilled. Mike was happy. I was glad!


Start with a container of your favorite brand of crescent rolls. Gently remove them from tube but do not unroll. Using a bread knife, cut them into 11 equal pieces. (Tip: wet your knife to make cutting easier.)


Place a piece of parchment paper over a cookie sheet and arrange the crescent pieces into a tree shape. Make sure they are touching. Bake according to package directions.


As soon as they come out of the oven, use the back of a round spoon to make indentations in each part of the tree except for the trunk. 



Mound canned apple pie filling in the tree branches. Drizzle your favorite frosting over the branches. Mine is a simple milk and powdered sugar combo.


Mmm good! I’m thinking this recipe would be great for a holiday breakfast brunch too. It is certainly satisfying to kick back, put your Croc-wearing feet up and gaze at your beautiful Christmas tree while you nosh on apple pie bites. It’s a whole lotta merry!


Stay tuned for more photos of our house as it’s decorated for the holidays!

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.