Deck the Halls: Karen Witemeyer

I’m not a big interior decorator, unless you count “lived-in” a design style. Between the day job, writing, and keeping up with three kids, it’s about all I can manage to get the beds made and the dishes done. Decorating is far down on the priority list. Until Christmas. That’s when boxes get brought down from the attic and taken out of storage closets.

My husband is in charge of the lights and other outdoor decorations, while the indoors is my domain. One of my favorite hobbies is cross-stitching, and Christmas is the time of year where my love of stitchery becomes readily apparentโ€”from ornaments on the tree, to the Christmas tree skirt, to art on the walls, to the stockings on the mantel. You’ll find it everywhere you look. Perhaps I’ve gone a bit overboard, but each piece brings back memories of years gone byโ€”from the stockings that were stitched during the first year of each of my children’s lives to the most recent addition of a Celtic maiden decked out in Christmas finery from last year. These pieces chronicle my family’s Christmases past.

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When it comes to the outside domain, my favorite part is the Christmas tree my husband fashions on the roof. It came about when we were going through old strings of lights several years ago, and he decided to get creative with a bunch of leftover green lights that didn’t match the multicolored strands we were using for the rest of the house.

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Other houses in the neighborhood might have fancier ornamentation, but no one else has a tree on the roof. It always makes me smile.

May the Lord bless you this holiday and throughout the New Year!

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulders:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor,
the mighty God, the everlasting Father,
the Prince of Peace.
~ Isaiah 9:6 ~

What unique decorating traditions does your family engage in at Christmas?

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Most Recent Release: Stealing the Preacher

Stealing the Preacher

Forced off a train and delivered to an outlawโ€™s daughter for her birthday, is it possible this stolen preacher ended up right where he belongs?

11 thoughts on “Deck the Halls: Karen Witemeyer

  1. Hi Karen! Love the tree on the roof! We live near an airport and have a neighbor who does the same thing. I like to think about passengers looking down and seeing those lovely green lights. My husband does all of our decorating, inside and out. He’s the king of lights, so we have them everywhere–the living room, man cave/ den, and the kitchen. Love it!

  2. I also love to cross-stitch. Your Celtic maiden is beautiful! We collect ornaments (mostly Santas) when we travel, so our tree is adorned with ornaments from all over the world. It’s fun to relive the memories of our trips and to share those memories with our children. It’s also fun for them to tell the stories from the ornaments they remember picking out on family trips. It’s one of my favorite traditions at Christmas.

  3. Hi, Vicki! How fun to be able see the roof lights from the air. That would be cool. Our tiny airport is nowhere near our house, but maybe the random air force pilot will appreciate it. Ha!

    Anne – Having hand-made things do add that extra layer of sentimentality to Christmas decorating, don’t they?

    Gabrielle – A fellow stitcher! Hooray! I don’t have as much time to do it as I would like, but when I get time off during Christmas, I always break out the needles and floss. I love that you have ornaments with special memories. That’s my favorite thing about decorating the tree. So many ornaments are ones the kids made or photo ornaments from when they were young. They get as big a kick out of them as I do every year.

  4. Your cross stitched stockings and maiden are beautiful, Karen! How fun to learn that you have that skill. And what a perfect time of year to display the things you’ve made. Love it!

  5. Thanks for sharing your home with us! I love your cross-stitching. I have some cross-stitch projects that I just never got framed for display, but the stocking idea is great! I’m inspired. Merry Christmas!

    • They make great keepsakes, Regina. I made each of the kids’ stockings the year they were born. Of course, if you notice . . . the first three go one way and the next two face the other. Oops! I made the fourth one without getting out the others to compare. Who knew they make stocking with the toe facing different directions? Crazy. Thankfully, we had a third child so it eventually evened out.

  6. Oooh, I LOVE “Lavender and Lace” patterns. They’re so pretty. Their angels and mermaids are especially gorgeous. There’s nothing more “heirloom” than handwork. Lovely!

    • Hi, Deanna. I LOVE Lavender and Lace patterns, too. I have several of their patterns. I made a guardian angel holding an infant when my daughter was born. It hung in the nursery until the last of my kids outgrew the crib. It was too pretty to put up, though, so now it hangs in my bedroom.

  7. I love cross-stitch too! My favorite projects are bookmarks because they don’t take so long. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a set that is perfect for authors: “Once Upon a Time”, “And They Lived Happily Ever After”, and “The End”.
    I bought Stealing the Preacher as Christmas gift to myself. I can’t wait to read it!

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