Be Jolly By Golly Blogfest



Today we take time-out via Melissa and Jen's awesome idea, the Be Jolly By Golly blogfest.  Here's the gist of it. 
 
1. Post pictures of your decorations, holiday lights and Christmas tree.

2. Share your favorite holiday treat (Feel free to share the recipe so we can all share in the yummy).

3. Share your favorite holiday drink (Either alcoholic or non, share your recipe if you please).

4. Don't forget to visit everyone else (the list is here), share in the holiday spirit and spread the cheer.

Why don't we get started...welcome to my home everybody.  First off, here's a picture of our outside decorations.
 
We selected a picture from last year when there was snow on the ground.  Just seems to add a little something to the to the festivity of the season, don't you think?


Here is the archway just inside our front door.  While your taking the tour, how about a glass of SLUSH? It happens to be my favorite holiday treat and drink.  I'll tell you how to make it after the tour.

From here on out I'll let the pictures do the talking.


















































Want to know how to make some SLUSH?  Well you take 5 cups of water, bring it to boil, then mix in 2 cups of sugar and allow to cool.  The steam heat 2 cups of water and 4 tea bags.  Allow that to cool.  Mix all of the above with 12 oz of frozen orange juice, 12 oz of frozen lemonaide, and 2 1/2 cups of Brandy.  Freeze and serve with 7 up or Sprite.  YUM YUM!!!

I hope everyone enjoyed the tour...and the drink. :)  And don't forget about the SIGNIFICANT OTHER BLOGFEST on January 21st.






Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

74 comments

  1. I love the Charlie Brown w/ his Christmas tree! And that's quite the Precious Moments collection.

    Also, can I come watch TV on that huge thing? :)

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  2. Thanks for the tour! Don't know that I'll get pics up in time to join the blogfest but it'll be fun seeing everyone else's.

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  3. Wow. It looks like Santa's house! :)

    I didn't know it snowed in Arkansas.

    Happy Christmas!
    Love,
    Love

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  4. Wow! Your family goes all out! Your decorations look beautiful. Our house is up for sale so we have only the tree up this year and just a few others.
    I'll be in for the festivities tomorrow!
    Merry Christmas!

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  5. I love your decorations - your home is absolutely lovely!! :)

    The slush sounds delicious - hope I can find some time to give it a try!

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  6. Slush sounds good!
    And you can come decorate my house next year.

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  7. Your house is so festive! slush sounds very strange, I won't lie, but I'll see if anyone's up for trying it with me on New Years =P

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  8. wowza! your house and decorations are gorgeous!

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  9. That's so beautiful and festive! How much you charge to come do my house, =P

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  10. I will have to see if I can con my wife into making some slush.

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  11. Great decorations! And I don't drink, but I might have to try that slush minus the alcohol!

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  12. Your home is a regular Christmas Village. What great fun!
    Mary

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  13. Merry Christmas! I love your decorations!

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  14. I love it!!! SO very festive! How could the holidays not be fun in your house!!! Add a little slush and your in the best place possible!!!

    Thanks for the photos! Oh I love blogfests with photos, lol.

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  15. Awww, your place looks amazing! So festive! =)

    Happy holidays!!!

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  16. What wonderful decorations. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

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  17. YOu have a lovely house--so festive! Hope you have a wonderful Xmas! :)

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  18. You have such a pretty house! And I absolutely love the table decorations. It's just so... pretty! Merry Christmas!! :)

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  19. Yum, Slush! Wonderful decorations but where do you store all that stuff? My attic would not handle all of that :)

    Happy Holidays!
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  20. Great decorations. Gorgeous tree. I love, love, love all your pictures!

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  21. Your town scene with the Precious Moments is very precious. And the picture of your house is very pretty. And the matching stockings on the fireplace. Nice!!

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  22. I just watched Christmas In Connecticut and your home reminded me of that movie - it looks like the perfect place to be during the holidays. Love your home! The slush sounds great! Have a Merry Christmas! :D

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  23. You weren't kidding when you said you went all out :) Looks great!

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  24. Alcoholic tea? Now you're talking ;)
    You have some very beautiful decorations. Merry Christmas to you all.

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  25. Your decorations are so beautiful! I love festive houses! My favorite is Charlie Brown with his special little tree! Too cute. :)

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  26. Oohh, slush sounds like it would be good even without the brandy!

    You must live in the North Pole with all those festive areas! Love the table.

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  27. My mother in law has the same precious moments collection. Very cute.

    I'm going to have to try some SLUSH this year!

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  28. ooo! I love your Christmas decorations indoor and out! I esp. love the little winter scene! So warm and bright~

    Merry Christmas, DL! :o) <3

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  29. Wow. Beautiful trees and decorations. You know how to celebrate at your house. Merry Christmas!

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  30. I want to come to your house for Christmas! Your decorations are beautiful.

    Happy Christmas to you and your family!

    Be Jolly By Golly

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  31. Oh wow, your decorations are so colorful sweet and pretty! I love them.

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  32. Your table is so festive! Looks like you're all ready for Christmas dinner! Hope you have a great holiday!

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  33. Oh yes, snow always makes a house look more Christmas! Gorgeous trees and decorations, very nice. Merry Christmas!

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  34. Oh... I'm so jealous. I love Precious Moments!!! Merry Christmas!

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  35. awwww i love all the decorations!!

    and to answer your question about the book? it's called THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson.

    So happy you want to buy it!! I hope your daughter loves it :D

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  36. Love your decorations. It really is a winter wonderland. :)

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  37. I loved seeing all your gorgeous decorations! You guys do an amazing job making your home warm and festive. I'm inspired! For now, we only decorate in the great room. Looks like I'll be cruising the 'day after Christmas bins' this year!

    Happy holidays!

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  38. What a fun tree. Love your hearth. And, that's quite a table spread. Very festive! Merry Christmas. =D

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  39. Wow! Your home is so festive and beautiful, D.L. I loved the tour and the Slush was delish!! :-)

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  40. That precious moments village is amazing! Your house is so festive! Have a Merry Christmas :)

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  41. Wowzer wowzer! Look at all your pretty, pretty shineys!! Merry Christmas!

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  42. What a beautifully decorated home you have. Love the train around the tree! Have a wonderful Christmas.

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  43. Your tree and decorations are awesome!!!

    Wishing you a very merry Christmas,
    Lyn
    W.I.P. It: A Writer's Journey

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  44. Great decorations!! And I totally agree - there is something special and Chrismassy about snow! ;) Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  45. That slush sounds really good! I love all of your decorations, so gorgeous. And you were right about the snow...it really does add a little something.

    Have a fabulous Christmas!

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  46. I don't think I've ever seen a house so magical! Wow!

    Merry Christmas, DL :)

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  47. The precious moments stuff is so cute! All your decorations are lovely! Happy Holidays!
    ~Kelley

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  48. Wow, what a tour! Everything is so festive and beautiful!

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  49. Your house is AMAZING! I love that you included a picture of the front from last year. Love the snow! Have a Merry Christmas!

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  50. Your home is beautiful and your drink is just what I need right now. We don't have snow on the ground either. But the mountains have tons of it.
    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

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  51. I've slipped from tree envy right on into depression. I don't have much more than a tree up. What happened to my Christmas spirit? Anyone seen it? I feel an insane need to stop at the store and stock up on lights and holiday cuteness...

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  52. GREAT pics! Your Slush sounds very similar to a summer drink we make called Sneaky Pete!

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  53. Beautiful and inviting! Merry Christmas to you and yours, along with wishes for a bright and productive New Year.

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  54. I love your house, DL! Your decorations are beautiful, too.

    Thanks for the Slush recipe. Sounds delicious!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  55. LOVE the Precious Moments scenes. The whole house looks really beautiful and the slush is definitely on my must-try list. Happy Holidays!

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  56. Everybody ~ Thanks for stopping by and sharing a cup of SLUSH with us. It was really fun getting to share a little of our Christmas spirit with everyone. Please have a safe and Merry Christmas!!

    DL

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  57. Wow - those are some serious decorations? I absolutely love it! What a gorgeous dining room table!

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  58. Wow, thanks for inviting us to your lovely home DL. Looks wondrous. Some serious snow you've got there!

    Merry Christmas!

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  59. I LOOOVED your decorations! Very traditional, very inspiring! The white angels are so cute!
    Thanks for the tour!

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  60. It looks like you're ready for the big celebration. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  61. What a wonderful home you have and what lovely decorations! You've made me long for North America... they don't decorate much on this side of the ocean. :(

    Merry Christmas!

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  62. WOW,

    You really know how to DO Christmas! You home look amazing!

    Of all the homes I visited, you definitely have the most decorations... I always say Christmas should either be done subtly or ALL OUT!

    Happy Christmas to you and your family.

    Michael

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  63. Your home is so wonderfully festive!! I love the precious moments Christmas village - so great. :) Happy Holidays to your and yours!

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  64. Wonderful pictures, I love the Precious Moments figurines (that's what they look like-forgive me if they aren't).

    Merry Christmas!

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  65. That's quite a list of bloggers. I've visited quite a few of the so far. And have a safe and awesome holiday season to you and yours!

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  66. I love how your wife decorated your house. Now is she available to come to mine? :D

    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

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  67. The precious moments collection is fabulous! You have some awesome decorations. This is probably one of my favorite houses so far!

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  68. What a beautifully decorated home! I'm impressed.

    My great aunt Elsie (in heaven now) first introduced us to Slush. So yummy. I might have to make a batch!

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  69. I have an award for you at my blog....

    Congrats on your amazing decorations.

    Michael

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  70. Those stockings are great! The bigger the better I always say! And your house is very festive. It's lovely. Thanks for dropping by today.

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  71. I love your stockings on the fireplace! Hope they get stuffed with some good things.
    :)
    Have a great holiday!

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  72. it looks like your home was visited by Elves :))
    Merry Christmas DL to you and your family!

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  73. Awesome pictures! What beautiful decorations and thanks for the slush recipe. I should make a big vat of it and hop in. It'd probably feel better than being in the agent slush...

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