The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
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All in the Family - Christmas at the Bunkers
Andy Griffith Christmas episode
Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode
Mary Tyler Moore 1st Christmas episode...
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Describe your home to be like at Christmas. What's it like to walk through your door
For me nothing beats a cozy warm home at Christmas time. I can't fathom why anyone would opt for carrying on as if it were just any other time of year when they could be merry and festive.
When you walk through my front door I like all 5 senses to be delighted by holiday joy!!! So here is my description:
Before the door is even opened, you can see the rainbow glow of the tree from inside through the crystalled glass of the front door. Hopefully it is cold and snowy outside because as you come in you are greeted by an 10 foot tall tree with twinkling lights of every color shimmering with tinsel. You are encapsulated by warm air and your ears pick up the sounds of Christmas music which I have playing during all my waking hours. The only lights on at night are the tree and the red-bulbed candles in the window...and a tv showing one Chrisstmas special or another as that is all I watch the entire season. My wife watches Dancing with the Stars and some other reality shows but I put that stuff aside for 5 weeks.
Your nose picks up the scent of some fragrance or other that I have burning. We have three levels to our house each with a different candle melter going with a different scent or fragrance (usually Yankee Candles).
Straight ahead is the kitchen where I always have a multitude of holiday flavored/themed beer and red wines chilled and available. Also in the kitchen I have a freezer filled with a variety of Christmas cookies while the fridge is packed with port wine cheese balls and other cheeses and meats. I also have Chex mix, roasted nuts, chestnuts, etc. I have a whole huge menu of Christmas foods but that a different thread althogether.
So that's how it is to walk into my home. My basic theme is to envelope you in the warm festive glow, smell and feel of Christmas, so you feel in the event of a blizzard you'd actually love to be stranded there.
How about you.
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On the front porch are two pre-lit planters & a winter rug at the door. There is a Christmas flag in the front yard. You can see the battery powered candles flickering in every window.
Once inside, you look straight ahead to the dinng room. A nativity is on the pie safe, our stockings are hung, clear ornaments are in a two-tiered bowl on the table. We have Christmas cards around all door frames. A wreath made Of DD's handprints hangs on a doorknob.
To the left is the living room. The tree is in front of a window, surrounded by gifts. The Santa collection is on the sofa table. our family Christmas memories book is on an end table. DD's Package from Santa & Elf on the Shelf book are in this room too.
In the basement is DD's room. She has a large tree filled with ornaments she's made & ones from both grandmothers. In the den we have a small "mish-mosh" tree. We usually have a "harvest" candle burning & either music playing or watching a Christmas movie.
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When you enter my house, in the front entry, you'll see a wooden old fashioned Santa, on the door that opens to enter our home, there's a "Let it Snow" welcome sign decorated with three bears. Once in the livingroom, there's a Christmas village on the entertainment center. In the front bow window, stands Mr & Mrs Santa Claus, in the right corner of the livingroom, stands our Christmas tree, decorated with lights and ornaments we've collected over the years. The mantle is decorated with Christmas decorations. In another corner is our nativity. Christmas cards decorate our mantle, and doorway leading to the kitchen. In our kitchen, our table is festively decorated with a tablecloth. On the wall is a plate hanger decorated with two Christmas plates. I have a few sets of plates, and change them each year. WE have decorations on the window sill over the sink. Down the hall in our den, we have decorations on the tables, including a Rudolph Village. Our kitchen always has a holiday candle burning. I love the holiday scents. I even have some decorations on our bathroom shelf, and burn a holiday candle in our bathroom too.
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Even before you step into my yard, my fence line has green garland and red bows on every fence post. Rope lights are woven through the fence panels. My flag pole has red and white rope lights making it look like a giant candy cane. When you reach my door, there is a wreath on my front door. This year I will have a Christmas tree outside on our patio with icicle lights hanging from the eaves.
As you enter my home, my 71/2 foot tree will be center of my living room windows. All decked out with the Santa head ornaments, with white lights, a garland of grapevine and red berries. On my fireplace will be some more Santas of every shape and size. Cinnamon or French Vanilla fills the air with a hint of orange. Gaily wrapped presents under the tree (well empty boxes for the first month (November)). As you walk down the hallway to our game room you are transported to the Reindeer Room. Every where you look, I have reindeer stationed all over the room. With some 3 foot Santa's peeking out from the corners. And I can't forget all of my Christmas Hippos lurking about singing and scootin over the floors.
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And I can't forget all of my Christmas Hippos lurking about singing and scootin over the floors.
I am intrigued by this "Christmas Hippo" which, by your description sounds to be a live animal you somehow keep in your home for the holidays. Please explain. Are these miniature hippos and if so where may I purchase one?"
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