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December 03, 2009


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Wonderful post. I love the idea of decorating with antique books. While I don't have books quite old enough to be considered antique, I do have a nice collection of Christmas books from the past thirty years (that's how long hubby and I've been married). I think I may toss them into the decorating mix this year! Thanks, Adriana, and Merry Christmas.

Julie P.

What a fantastic idea -- an open house! And I love that you started it with a post from one of my favorite authors!

Kathy R (Bermudaonion)

I love this post and I'm thrilled that Adriana's tree sounds a lot like ours - the more lights and ornaments the better. None of our ornaments match and most of them mean something. It takes us days to decorate our tree because we have to take each ornament out and admire it and remember the story behind it before we hang it.


I've been waiting for the Christmas "bug" to really hit me (my decorations are out of storage but yet to be put up.) Thanks, Adriana, for being the spark to put me in the mood!


I will never forget my road trip from NYC to Big Stone Gap almost 30 years ago with Adri -- and seeing how her family prepares for Christmas. The kitchen looked like Grand Central Station at rush hour. Every morsel made from scratch. A sharp contrast to my family in Greenville SC -- who also made a lot of food, but most of it started in a Pepperidge Farm box, Cracker Barrel cheese wrapper or Hickory Farms beef stick.


I love this post. I may do some book decorating. I can't wait for Brava, Valentine.


Adriana's holiday decor sounds beautiful and reminds me so much of how my mother decorated my home growing up. It was fresh greens everywhere with red & white touches. Old fasioned, meaningful ornaments on the tree & spilling over onto the mantel. Even the bookshelves and the books on them were decorated! And bells, lots of bells. (No sneaking out over the holidays!) If I hadn't chosen to care for cats I would decorate the same way. I t's wonderful how much she enjoys Christmas time & what a family time it is for her.
Thank you for such a wonderful, Christmas-y post. It makes me nostalgic for my childhood as well as happy & festive!

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