We love decorating the inside of our home as much as the outside. We’ve gone from 1 tree to four, each with different decorations.
Our stocking holders are all Disney/Winnie the Pooh. Each of the girls got a Pooh holder when they were born and it was a great tradition we’ve held onto. Our tree topper is Tinkerbell and we have had her for almost 20 years. We bought her back when we had no business doing so because we were young and poor! 🙂
We have two Christmas villages, one with traditional pieces and one that Rachel’s mom and dad bought Ryan for Christmas 10 years ago. That particular one is a Thomas Kinkade edition that they knew Ryan would love. Marian passed away in 2023 and the Kinkade village takes on an even more special meaning.
There’s A LOT of holiday merriment around the Johnson house! Below are some of the pieces displays. Those carolers belonged to Ryan’s parents and are over 30 years old! Our kitchen has a unique look with some contemporary and some farm house style mixing together. It gets covered in holiday decor like everything else.
Finally there are a few pieces that have special meaning to us. First is our wreath over our fireplace. This is adorned with small elves that are older than 40 years. These were a decoration Ryan hung every year in his home growing up and when we moved in together they became a part of our holiday traditions. After more than 15 years we made a new wreath with pinpoint LEDs that makes it look great!
This Santa is something special for us. Years ago Ryan’s Aunt Cathy sent us this. It was one of those surprise, just out of the blue and every year it makes us smile and laugh. He’s 3 feet tall and moves around and is something people always notice. Jaxon talks to him all the time; just stands and talks to him. He takes on special meaning in 2019 because Aunt Cathy passed away after a long battle with cancer. She had the biggest heart, the smile that was always a little bit like she was plotting something, and the best aunt anyone could have asked for. We love you Aunt Cathy.
The latchwork Santa piece is right at the front door so anyone who comes in sees it. This was made by Ryan’s cousin Jenna, who was a crazy Christmas fanatic and loved craft projects! She passed away in February 2015 after a short illness. Jenna was very special to Ryan and there are tears every year he hangs it up. He says that someday he won’t cry when he puts it up.