Victorian Home Lit Up for Christmas

Happy Weekend…the last weekend before Christmas!

I’ve received a few comments here and on Facebook asking if I’d be sharing my friend, Marie’s home decorated for Christmas again this year. We’ve both been so busy we hadn’t had time to get together but we finally had a chance to go play yesterday. We spent the day touring a beautiful historic home in a nearby town, having lunch and doing a little shopping. I snapped some pics inside the home and I’ll be sharing those sometime soon.

When we returned back to Marie’s home, it was already dark but I was able to capture a few photos of the outside before it was too dark to take pics. Do you remember when we last saw Marie’s home decorated for Halloween? The trees were adorned with beautiful lit orbs in colors of orange and purple.

Halloween Exterior Decorations


This time the lit orbs were glowing in red and white for Christmas!

Christmas Decorations for a Victorian Home 2


By the time we got back and I started taking these pics, we were already deep into the blue hour. If you’re not familiar with the blue hour, you can read more about it here: The Secret of the Blue Hour

Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas


You’ll find additional posts about this special time of day for photography here: Blue Hour Photography

Victorian Home Decorated at Christmastime


Photos don’t do it justice…it truly is magical seeing the lights overhead in the trees. Aren’t trees gorgeous in the winter, I love seeing their beautiful branches against a winter or blue hour sky.

Lit Spheres in Trees for Christmas


Marie’s home was all aglow for the Christmas season.

Christmas Decorations for the Outside


Decorate Outside for Christmas


As you approach Marie’s home, there are so many beautiful vignettes, including a nativity.



Victorian Home Decorated with Lights at Christmastime


Lots of pretty trees glowing from inside…

Decorate Walkway for Christmas

The walkway was lined with snowmen…

Christmas Walkway


Of course, Santa was there with his reindeer.

Santa on the Lawn


Walkway Decorated for Christmas


I remember the ornaments from last year. I think Santa’s elves may be a new addition. If I get this excited over all the beautiful decorations, can you just imagine being a child and visiting Marie’s home? I know her grandchildren must love visiting and seeing everything!

Lit Presents and Ornaments for Exterior Decorations


The front porch was lit beautifully, too.

Christmas Porch with Lights


Porch Decorated with Lights for Christmas


Hope you enjoyed coming along for the tour. I think I’m going to have to make this an annual tradition!

Victorian Home Decorated at Christmastime


Tour the inside of Marie’s beautiful Victorian home here: Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas

Stairway Decorated with Lit Garland and Ribbon for Christmas


Merry Christmas!

Lit Spheres in Trees for Christmas


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  1. I enjoy seeing homes decorated for Christmas. It’s a lot of work, but they are so beautiful. We are supposed to get 5-8″ of snow tonight. So far it has missed us.
    I want to thank you for telling about the remotes last year. I just love being able to control my lights without timers and plug in’s. I have solar lights on my garden house–200 of them– and we stand at the kitchen window and enjoy them. Sorta Thomas Kincaid like. I also found out that if you have to replace the battery’s for the solar lights Home Depot has them
    Have a wonderful Christmas and may the New Year bring you joy and happiness. I’m wishing for a grandson in law. He’s really a special guy, so we’ll just pray he’s the right guy.

  2. I just LOVE all the porch decorations! I can’t even imagine how much time it took to put everything together.

  3. BRAVO!!!! franki

  4. Nancy B of Lake Stevens says

    Susan, how fortunate you are to have such a creative and generous friend who shares her house with all blogland. There is so much there to inspire us. Now I would love to know how Marie keeps all of this organized. It must be a monumental task.

  5. Just love this house – my “dream house”! I want to live there – but I’m sure she doesn’t need any “relatives” not related to her living in her house!! Thanks for always sharing the lovely Christmas decorations and ideas with us every year! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you & yours!

  6. Her home is an absolute joy to behold. What amount of work for that, cannot even fathom it. WOW!

    Thanks for sharing. Hugs.

  7. Once again, so gorgeous! I love the orbs in the trees–I wonder if they were purchased or if they are plans for making them? The porch and yard are, as you say, absolutely magical–so much fun for Christmas!

  8. Is it for sale because I pretty much want to live there forever. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful building. I wish they still built them like this. Merry Christmas

  9. Juanita in OH says

    Your photo’s are excellent. My favorite thing is the “larger than life” Santa shadow! I will be reading about the blue hour. This home is a treat to see without any decorations and done like this for Christmas is simply sensational! TFS.

  10. Yippee! I am so happy you and Marie had a mental health day and went shopping. It is always such a joy to see all her pretties, and how generous she is to share with everyone. Being in the public, wife of the governor, prepared her for this sort of thing and she does it elegantly. Thank you, Marie, and than you, Susan, for both sharing with us. We wish you both a blessed Christmas and Happy 2014. Vicki in Louisville, KY.

  11. I, too, wonder what it would be like to see a child’s reaction to that front yard and all those lights! WOW!! Merry Christmas! πŸ˜‰

  12. When I first drove by their house this year and saw the decorations it was during the day. I thought it seemed sort of odd to have big brown balls hanging from the trees. It was just a quick thought, not a thinking it through thought. Then of course when I saw it at night all lit up I realized why there were big brown balls hanging there during the day. They do an absolutely amazing job decorating that gorgeous house!!

  13. Thank you to you bOTH for sharing this amazingly beautiful home!!! I will never tire of seeing it all. I sure wish I could see it in person. Wishing you both a VERY merry Christmas and a new year FILLED with blessings. XO, Pinky

  14. I remember you sharing Marie’s beautiful home from last year and I must say, I love today’s post on her home also. Her home is truly spectacular! Your picture of Marie’s home against the trees and blue sky is stunning!! I enjoy all of Marie’s decorations from all the holidays, so yes, please make this an annual visit! Marie’s home is magnificent! Thanks for the new pictures, Susan, and have a very Merry Christmas!! πŸ™‚

    Pat F.
    Las V egas


  16. Esther George says

    Thank you for sharing your lovely photographs, looks quite magical… Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Regards Esther from Sydney.

  17. Just beautiful! I can’t even think what to say, it is so gorgeous, magical, and amazing. I hope you do a post on how Marie stores all of her beautiful Christmas decor. I have a feeling that is the real magical part! πŸ˜‰ Seriously, I would love to know!

    • pam ~ crumpety cottage says

      Magic indeed. I always have imagined she has a huge attic. How cozy it would be, filled with all her goodies. πŸ™‚


  19. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Susan, perhaps we could persuade Marie to host an annual, “BetweenNapsonthePorch” party on HER porch each year. You would co-host, of course. The two of you would be the consummate, genteel Southern hostesses, bringing us Mint Juleps and lemonade and offering instruction on such things as, how to decorate for every season and how and WHERE to store all your stuff. There would be classes on color co-ordination, tree dressing, table top adornment, glittering — (is there such a thing as too much?) Walls, baths, stairwell and hutch displays, lawn ornamentation, bow making, accent lighting, fun ideas to involve kids and simple sewing projects. And after we had glued, sewn, pasted, arranged, rearranged, shopped, rearranged some more, climbed, hammered, hung, swagged and gilted our way through the weekend, we would close our time together by calling in a team of Swedish masseurs for back rubs and foot massages.

    Who’s with me? πŸ˜€

  20. So precious. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  21. My favorite is the colorful orbs hanging from the trees.

  22. This house is just gorgeous! Everything about the decorations are so beautiful! I love the orbs. Merry Christmas!

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