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1.  Sophie the Giraffe Teether – The Land of Nod  2.  Zoo Touch & Feel Puzzle – Tadpole  3.  Personalized Story Book – LL Bean  4.  Beginner Skis & Poles – Lucky Bums  5.  Personalized Merry Xmas Plate – Pink Taffy Designs  6.  Wood Easel / Art Desk – One Step Ahead 7.  Make an Impression Holiday Ornament – The Land of Nod  8.  Mix It Up Mixer – The Land of Nod  9.  Silver Piggy Bank – Reed & Barton  10.  Sleep Sheep – Pottery Barn Kids  11.  Radio Flyer Tricycle – The Land of Nod  12.  Nursery Horse Rocker – Pottery Barn Kids  13.  KinderSleigh Vintage Snow Sled – One Step Ahead  14.  Flared Baby Cup – Tiffany  15.  Jacquard Stroller Blanket – Pottery Barn Kids

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1.  Porcelain cups – Burke Decor (1&2) 2.  Antler Candlesticks – Williams Sonoma 3.  Bread plank – JK Adams  4.  Body Souffle – Molton Brown 5.  Personalized playing cards – Horchow; 6.  A Year of Celebrations & My Father’s Daughter 7.  Ikat Throw – Furbish Studio  8.  Elephant Ornament – Furbish Studio 9.  Cocktail napkins – Dransfield & Ross 10.  Cookie Tin – Etsy  11.  Wine cork cheese spreaders – Z Gallerie 12.  Personalized wine label – Etsy  13.  Personalized Embosser  – Williams Sonoma

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gift guide: him

1.  Backgammon & Chess Board – Restoration Hardware  2.  Water Resistant MP3 Player and Headphones – Sony  3.  Wood Frame Phone Charger – Orvis  4.  The Man Can (Men’s Skin Care Products) – Orvis  5.  Cavalier Collection (Cooked Country Ham, Bacon, Hickory Smoked Sausage) – Edwards  6.  Pearl Jam 20 DVD  7.  New Balance for J. Crew 1400 Sneakers – J. Crew  8.  Stretch Webbing Belt – Barbour  9.  Nikwax Waterproof Wax – EMS  10.  Alliance Chronograph Watch – Swiss Arm  11.  Durham Stripe Sock – Barbour  12.  Binoculars – Orvis  13.  Heated Gear and Boot Bag with Build in Drying – Cozy Winters 14.  The Oxford Companion To Beer – Amazon 15.  Onne Van der Wal Sailing Photo Print  16.  Oxford Shirt in Keelan Check – J. Crew  17.  Lambswool Sweater – J. Crew

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There are wreaths going up all around town and I love it.  By Christmas, almost our entire street will be lined with wreath-clad doors.  The trees in the common are all lit up.   The neighborhood Civic Association will be putting up garlands on the lamp posts this weekend in Beacon Hill, and then it will officially be Christmas time (and therefore appropriate to listen to Frank Sinatra’s version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas on a loop in the office).  This weekend I’m looking forward to some quality Christmas tree shopping and spending time with my family.  My grandmother (formerly a Radio City Rockette – how rad is that????  She taught me, my sisters and our cousin how to do those signature high kicks when we were young, though I’ve never quite perfected the technique) is flying in tomorrow and we’re all very excited to see her.

And now for some peeping . . . Who else would have so many spectacular wreath specimens for you to feast your eyes on besides Martha (arbiter or all things tastefully done)?

Last but not least – I couldn’t resist this Alphabet Wreath from Ballard Designs.  Wreath worship.  Want it ASAP!

For more information on all of Martha’s wreaths (including some DIY projects) visit marthastewart.com.

Have a great weekend, lovelies!  See you Monday xx

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Since the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the Boston Common is this week, it feels entirely appropriate to sneak in a holiday post before December 1st.  So, instead of (a) getting organized (b) getting a head start on Christmas presents (c) making my bed, I chose to scour Etsy for some Christmas goodies. I love the idea of giving personalized wine bottles as hostess gifts!  If I could just give Etsy Christmas treats as holiday gifts for everyone, I’d be all set.

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It seems incredibly fitting that we’re getting our first snow of the season as I type this . . .

Some more ideas for holiday decorating:

This gorgeous tree skirt is only $55 and is custom made.  How pretty is the pattern?

Pottery Barn does a new twist on a tree skirt with this faux sheepskin lined skirt.

Sherry and John over at Young House Love have been using their faux sheepskin throws as a tree skirt, an idea that I loved and adopted over here at House on the Hill.

In our family we have a tradition of decorating the Christmas tree with (among other things) sterling silver bells engraved with meaningful dates or names.  Reed and Barton has some gorgeous silver bells.  I love the simplicity of this bell – and even bought for my nephew a few years ago.

I also adore these glass bells from Pottery Barn.

I love the idea of lining a flight of stairs or a front walk with lanterns or candles.  Ikea has inexpensive lanterns that would look beautiful and definitely amp up the Christmas spirit.

Crate and Barrel also has a really pretty option.

I also love the idea of different shapes and sizes of glass candle holders grouped together on a table for a holiday centerpiece.

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’tis the season!  Here at House on the Hill we are literally counting down the days till Santa arrives.  It’s hard to believe that another year has passed . . . but passed it has, and as the thermometer outside indicates, we’re getting deeper into winter by the minute.

I love Christmas time.  From the tree lighting in the Common to hauling our Christmas tree up four (yes, four) flights of stairs – I get totally geeked out by all of it.  There are some pretty swell decorations around the neighborhood and downtown this year.


I am super into wreaths – they’re an inexpensive and easy way to get into the holiday spirit.  This one was a couple of blocks down from us.  I love the inner ring of berries.

I’m dying over these!  They’re gorgeous and were also a few blocks down from us.  These make a huge statement on double doors and look like they’d be easy to make.  Next year!  In the meantime, Plow and Hearth has a pretty good looking alternative:

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I spotted this decorated entryway downtown the other day.  So simple, but so pretty.

I was dying to get candles this year for our windows.  There are a couple of houses on the street that look so lovely all lit up.  Time got away from me though and so it will have to wait until next Christmas.  I love these candles from Brookstone.  They’re cordless and fit underneath your window to stay in place, if you don’t have big windowsills.

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Christmas Loft has a slightly cheaper version with a cord if Brookstone’s “light sensors” sound a little questionable to you.

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Now, to get back to my Christmas shopping . . .

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