Loving The Holiday Season

I love everything about the holiday season. From cooking and decorating to spending time with family and friends.

On Thanksgiving morning my husband Bill and I went to the Care Center where my mother lives to wish her a Happy Thanksgiving.


Then we made our way to Phoenix to pick up our daughter, Shantel, and drove up north of the valley to New River to spend Thanksgiving day with our dear friends in their beautiful home that sits on top of a mountain. In fact, part of the home is built right into the mountain.


The views from inside this home are just beautiful.


We met new people and made some new friends and enjoyed a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner complete with all the trimmings. Good food shared with good friends made for a picture perfect day!

The next day it was time to turn my thoughts to Christmas and making our home ready to welcome family and friends for our Christmas celebrations. While Bill assembled the tree for me to decorate, I made sure to put touches of Christmas in every room of our home. I started with our Indian Nativity set and countdown to Christmas, Christmas tree. When Shantel was little, starting on December 1st, she would have so much fun getting a new ornament out of the little drawers and hanging it on the tree each day until Christmas.


I set out my kneeling Santa that I love so much.


And our dancing Santa that my mother bought when Shantel was a child. There is a little button on the back of Santa’s boot and when you push it Santa moves and dances, and Christmas music plays. Shantel would sit and listen to that music for hours while she kept her hand on Santa so she could feel him dancing… Such sweet memories.


There are snowmen, bears, and Santa’s tucked in all around the house. All childhood treasures of Shantel’s.


I couldn’t forget to decorate the kitchen with more snowmen and candy canes and the smell of oranges and cloves. Shantel loves the smell of oranges and cloves…and she can’t wait to get started on the candy canes…


Even the bathrooms are decorated with little touches of Christmas cheer.


Of course nothing will do but the cowgirl touch in the master bathroom…Shantel doesn’t like cowgirl stuff but she doesn’t go in there… 🙂



With all the rooms completed, it was time to decorate the tree… lots of cowgirl decorations for sure… but I also sprinkled in a few of Shantel’s favorite childhood decorations too… trust me… she will ask! 🙂


When all the decorations were on the tree just right, it was time to flip the switch and see the lights…


Then, all that was left to do was find my “Santa Baby’ and see if he is going to slip a little something under the tree, for me…cause I’ve been a REAL good girl this year… Stop laughing Santa… I have…, it’s Bella that gets into trouble… 🙂


Wishing all of you the Merriest Christmas Season ever!

Stay tuned!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Nov 29, 2014 @ 20:32:58

    Love this! I know this is your favorite time of the year and it’s so YOU! So happy to see a couple of pics of my Bro! Sending love and hugs your way…to all of you…and I’m counting the days until I see you!!! xoxoxo more! (H’s home is amazing!)


    • beyondcinderella
      Nov 29, 2014 @ 21:59:42

      Thank you Frissy. Yes, Christmas has always been my favorite time of year for many reasons. I just love the whole season… And, Bro and I both love cooking and welcoming our family and friends into our home to celebrate. XoXo, and safe travels until we are together again, soon.


  2. Ellen Kaufman
    Nov 29, 2014 @ 23:28:39

    Everything perfect! Like it is time for Christmas cheer! You did good, look very pretty. Have yourselves a very Merry Christmas Season….. Couple weeks it will be time for baking all those goodies so get yourself rested with a glass of wine and enjoy your tree now!🎄🎅🎁


    • beyondcinderella
      Nov 29, 2014 @ 23:37:59

      Thank you Aunt Ellen. Yes, we are all decorated up for Christmas but fortunately, for me, Bill always helps Shantel bake the Christmas cookies…. I leave the house and go visit my mother etc…and come home and all the baking is done.. and everything is all cleaned up… Love It!!! XoXo Virginia


  3. katsbynp
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 03:05:51

    What a wonderful post! Sans looking at washer/dryers I have been decorating too. Little different this year in my decorations but your decorations are wonderful.
    My granddaughter came over yesterday and decorated her tree and supervised on the parts she couldn’t reach
    Thank you for sharing


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