Christmas is my favorite holiday and Dickens is my favorite author, so I figured why not combine the two for a picture perfect Yuletide? Welcome to my Christmas Carol home! While I would have loved to put a Jacob Marley face in my Christmas wreath to greet guests, I decided to save that stunt for Halloween. I settled for a Victorian Santa Claus and a Christmas Carol greeting instead.
I trimmed our living room Christmas tree with the most Dickensian things I could imagine: silhouettes of my children (thank you to Miriam and her Photoshop wit), flickering candles (electric), and cloved oranges and lemons.
The red, orange, and gold of the tree set the tone for the rest of the details, including the mantel . . .
and the banisters in the foyer.
And a Dickens Christmas simply wouldn't be a Dickens Christmas without carolers. I decided to put mine in the kitchen to greet family and friends.
And for those who need to spend a cozy Christmas evening at our home, I decided to deck the halls of the guest room, too. With a few stockings, some boughs of greenery, and a Victorian Christmas book paired with a cup of cocoa, this room suddenly feels like a holiday haven to me. I hope our guests feel the same way.
And my favorite touch of all . . . wall quotes from the Christmas Carol. I have a quote about Mrs. Cratchit's pudding in the kitchen, a line from Tiny Tim in the playroom, and this quintessential Christmas declaration in the foyer: "I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year."
May all your Christmastide's be book-inspired! And may "God bless us, everyone!"