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HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN #9: Deck the house

By Ann Tatko-Peterson
Saturday, December 20th, 2008 at 8:05 am in Christmas.

Staff PhotojournalistFor three years, I’ve had the opportunity to “peek” inside the decorated homes of three readers. I love our annual Holiday Homes Tour in the Home & Garden section because I always walk away wondering, “Could I do that, too?” (No worries, Husband, I won’t go too far overboard.) Last year, I admired how one Moraga resident draped lit garland with cooking-themed ornaments over her kitchen window. At an after-Christmas sale, I found this cute candy-themed string of garland, and this season, I started decking out my own kitchen window.

What’s fun about this year’s trio of homes in the Holiday Home Tour is how some of the decorating ideas are simple enough to be done with the kids (see all the pictures and the article in our Home & Garden section). One of my personal favorites is the reindeer tree (pictured). All it took Marilou Belo of Danville was an antler headband, round red ornament for a nose and a bow for the neck. Simple yet fun. Read on to see some of the other great ideas.

Staff PhotojournalistSofia Striffler of Dublin keeps this chalk board up year round. During the holidays, she just embellishes it with a swag and dresses up the kitchen corner nook below with holiday decorations. This would be a great “kids” corner. Let them write a holiday message on the board and pick their favorite decorating items to create a holiday scene that is all their own.

Staff PhotojournalistNutcrackers are a holiday favorite, but Marilou Belo gives her collection a personal touch. Her nutcrackers represent the interests of her family members: golf for her son, dance for her daughter. To really make the kids a part of this one, let them pick out their own nutcracker. Then each year, have them add another, until you have enough to fill a shelf or the top of a hutch.

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