My Neighbors Are Pressuring Me To Decorate for the Holidays!

Dear Mouthy Housewives,We live in a neighborhood where everyone decorates the outside of their house for Christmas. We never do because we go out of town and aren't that into spending money on something that doesn't matter to us. However, recently a couple of neighbors have passive-aggressively made comments about how bad it looks to have our house dark on a festive street. Should I cave in and hang up some lights (which I can't afford to give either time or money to) or just ignore them? I don't want to cause trouble.Signed,Am I Gretchen the Grinch?...more
They try, but I'm the boss of me! I'm not decorated yet.more

Chic and Simple Holiday Home Decor

I was excited when I was asked to be a part of BlogHer's Getting Noticed This Holiday editorial series. I wasn't sure what I wanted to write about. Then, I realized that what gets me noticed are my outside-the-box Christmas touches, ideas that require very little money, but make me smile, and inspire others. ...more
so sparkly and fancy without ruining your wallet :)more

Your 2011 Christmas Tree Guide

With Thanksgiving behind us, it's time to scout for the giant cat toy…er, Christmas tree that, for many of us, will take over the living room for several weeks. Yes, it's messy and a bit of a hassle but I look forward to that wonderful pine smell and rediscovering all the gorgeous ornaments that have been patiently waiting in the basement all year long....more
We'd make room for you in the car, Heather, and I'd pack an extra sandwich for you, too! :) ...more

Organizing Christmas Decorations Now Means Less Chaos Next Year

Now that Christmas is finished, we are faced with the daunting task of putting away all the decorations. Usually, it's just a stash and dash type of method (do you remember the chaos it was when you unpacked everything this year?) but, there are some things that can make next year's decorating less stressful. Before you start putting decorations away, really look at the decorations you didn't use this year....more

I appreciate your post as I was just thinking of how to do this best in my own home this week. I ...more

My Christmas Ornaments

This is one of the Christmas ornaments I made to sell on Etsy. She is handmade by me! Come visit my small shop~Filo Dea.  ...more

Christmas Memories

by Dr. Patricia Yarberry AllenI loved making Christmas special when I was a young wife and mother. The trees could never be tall enough, the lifetime collection of ornaments, each with a story, could never be enough to decorate each year’s tree in order to fill my sons’ memory banks with joy. There was the Christmas when we lived in a townhouse on Madison Avenue. The parlor had heavy double wooden doors … just like in the Nutcracker....more

Storing Holiday Decorations Inexpensively and With Ease

By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore There is nothing like the Holiday Season. But great as it may be, don’t you find that you are already dreading having to put it all the stuff away and clean it all up? Well fret not, here are a few tips to make the holiday decoration clean up easy (and inexpensive). ...more

Christmas Tree Decorating: A Man's Job?

Here's a post from my personal blog la Matriarch about my sister's husband who won't allow anybody in the family to participate in the decorating of the Christmas tree.  Do you have any weirdness about decorating your tree, or is everybody encouraged to participate? ...more

Advent Calendar Angst

Cross posted at Flamingo House Happenings and brought here because this is one of the things I thought of when I read Mir's post about blending holiday family traditions. I said this morning on Twitter that we had successfully decorated the house and tree last night - with all six children (and two extra significant others) and no fights or meltdowns. This was true. But the Advent Calendar Angst has begun - quietly, so far. ...more

I love them, but man they drive me nuts.

The older girls and I came home from IKEA and the ...more