Thursday, December 24, 2009

our home all decorated for Christmas.

One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is how warm and cozy the house looks and feels. Here's a little glimpse into what the Zajas home looks like right now...

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Growing up, my family always had the tradition of getting one new ornament each Christmas that represented something from that year. Now, at my parents' house the tree tells our family's life story. Jonathan and I started doing this tradition for our own little family, and we love it.

This ornament is from our first Christmas together as a married couple.

This is last year's ornament--celebrating when Max joined our family.

It took us forever to find an ornament for this year, because apparently no one sells Nashville ornaments (at least none that we liked and that didn't have the Predators on it.) So we found this magnet at a gift store and turned it into an ornament. :) Hot glue gun to the rescue!

Our Christmas tree.
You can see that we wrapped the frames on the wall behind the tree. This was something my mom did at Christmastime when I was a kid, and we've found it to be an inexpensive way to make the room more festive!

I tried to be a little creative with my wrapping this year, and I had SO much fun with it! I used Kraft paper, red ribbon, and an old atlas to spruce up husband's packages this year. (He wrapped mine in Kraft paper and twine, which I think is simple and beautiful as well.)

Being a Maine native myself, I can't help but love Moose. They are such beautiful and majestic creatures. One year, as my family was sitting down for dessert, a Moose came and looked into our dining room window. haha, such a fun childhood memory! We always joke that it would've been even funnier if the dessert we were having was chocolate mousse. :)

Santa Spud is sporting a slightly different look this year.
(I think we have my brother and sisters to thank for this.) :)

I made this Merry Christmas garland out of normal white printer paper and some white string. I attached the letters to the string by folding a piece of scotch tape over the top of the letters with the string in between. Very very simple and cheap!

Even Max is all dressed up and ready to celebrate!

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! I hope you're all relaxing and enjoying this time with your families.


  1. Your home looks so lovely! I just found your blog! I love dachshunds, yours is so cute! I have a little girl named Chloe! Merry Christmas! :)

  2. Did you know I borrowed the T family tradition several years back and started buying an ornament each Christmas to represent each year? This year was a bust though - what's up with no graduation ornaments? No tassel? No gown? No degree rolled up with a bow? Nothing. (sigh)

  3. Merry Christmas! Your house is wonderful, especially at Christmastime! :D God bless you guys!

  4. ha ha. Love the presents on the wall, Mr. Potato Head and your dog!!!! Soooo cute!!!! - JG

  5. Your house is so cute! love the wrapping!

  6. Just stumbled on your blog, and wanted to say that I love how you wrapped the presents with maps. What a great idea!