Snippets Issue 9 : The Christmas Issue

Merry Christmas America

Win a copy of the new book by Bruce Littlefield by showing off your Christmas decorations, trees and displays.

Merry Christmas America

By Snippets

Merry Christmas America book

We've got 3 copies of the new book by Bruce Littlefield, Merry Christmas America (the follow up to Garage Sale America) to give away. The book showcases how people decorate their homes for Christmas across the US, so we're giving you the chance to win a copy of the book by showing us your display.

How to enter:

Post a comment below with a photo of your Christmas display (decorations, Christmas tree, fairy lights etc).

Congratulations to our winners: Emelia L, Leigh-Anne D & Roma.

You can find out more about Bruce and his books on his blog or pick up a copy of Merry Christmas America from Harper Collins.


This photo includes one of my seven Christmas trees - the largest one. They ranged from this 7-1/2 foot beauty to a 12" tabletop. This was the first Christmas in our new (first) house, and I wanted to deck the halls right.
My husband and I worked together to make this gingerbread house. I donated it to an auction to raise money for the drama club at the school where I work (They were putting on the play Hansel and Gretel).

We had never made a gingerbread house before, it was so much fun! We were kinda sad that it wouldn't be around for the holiday, but I was able to get plenty of pictures of the house and made it into our Christmas card. The back side of the card read:

Yukon Cornelius: Fog's as thick as peanut butter.
Hermey: You mean pea soup.
Yukon Cornelius: You eat what you like and I'll eat what I'll like.

Hope the season brings all the things you like.

The quote was from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I typed it up on my typewriter and scanned it! Then off to the printer it went! We had a great Christmas, and I think we are going to leave our tree and lights up for at least 2 more weeks!

We only had really old ornaments this year and they were only two colors. hopefully next year we'll be able to really over do it. I love going over the top when it comes to christmas decorations. This year we were pretty low on funds so yeah, it's all about Christmas '08!
This may not look like a lot, but my husband did all of our decorating this year, by himself. Long story short, I'm finishing school while he works (he's active duty Army) and he did this, and the rest of the decorations inside, just for me. So I'm really proud of him and it made our Christmas that much better.
and this is my new way of making the fireplace look snazzy!
Take some garland and wrap lights around them and drape them across your fireplace, so your fireplace looks like it's glowing without a fire. Happy

Note: Magic, and Mia are my pets... I couldn't find the other family stockings, so I had to buy extra ones for this year.
Ok well this is my tree and my dog Mia.
This christmas, our display was a bit delayed. My mum got run over by a car a few days before it was time to go and get a tree so there was a bit of a drama for christmas to contend with. My dad, being uninterested in christmas decorations wasn't enthusiastic about putting the decorations up, and since my mum was on crutches she couldn't really help out either. By some miracle of god I managed to get the real and very prickly christmas tree into the stand, standing up straight and on the ledge, and then I had to put up the decorations following all traditions whilst my mother barked orders at me from the sofa. Thankfully the house feels all christmassy now, with traditional poorly made pre-school decorations hanging from the tree and the smell of pine filling everywhere.

I really do love christmas!

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