From my Hart: Sandy Clause- 2017 Edition

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is visiting my boyfriends Grandmother, or as a few magazines have referred to her… Sandy Clause. Each year, Sandy Clause transforms the three floors of her gorgeous home into a Christmas wonderland. Every year the rooms are decorated differently, and each year I find myself wandering around from room to room in amazement.

I’ve compiled my favorite pictures from her home this year. I’ll stop blabbing so you can soak up each room (even though she didn’t go “all out”) and enjoy Sandy Clause’s gift for decorating.

Main Level Living Room:

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Main Level Sun Room:

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The Kitchen/Dining Room:

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IMG_6039IMG_6059The Second Landing:

 

Sandy Clause’s Bedroom:

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Sandy Clause’s Bathroom:

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Sandy Clause’s Sun Room:

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One Guest Room:

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Another Guest Room:

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Other Magical Details:

 

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Our Mini Photo Shoot:

Nothing makes a Grandmother more happy than having picture of her Grandchildren… Mammaw, er Sandy Clause, LOVES it!

 

I hope you all enjoyed visiting Sandy Clause’s home with me. I wish you each could see it in person, but I vow to you, as long as Mammaw keeps decorating, I’ll keep blogging. I also hope, that this brings you some warmth, joy and cheer on these cold winter days.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

From my Hart: Christmas Traditions

Sitting around with my family each Thanksgiving morning, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of my favorite things. When Santa & Mrs. Claus make their way in front of Macy’s & officially bring in the Christmas Season, I cannot help but well up inside with joy.

As a matter of fact, watching tentatively for Mr. & Mrs. Clause to close out the parade is the first Christmas tradition I’ve mentioned in this post! In my post on Monday, I made a nod to some of our traditional decorations, & you can read about them here. Aside from decorations, I wanted to share with y’all, some of my most treasured, & albeit quirky, family Christmas traditions!

Puffs:

puffsIt’s fried dough with raisin when you get down to the bare bones of them. But to any “Palm” family member, “puffs” are an old Irish tradition that has been passed down for at least five generations! These delicious breakfast treats are made the night before, and are laid out to rise. On every major holiday, you can guarantee that my Grandmother will be making puffs. Once fried, they are served up hot; my Christmas (& other holiday) morning memories, are made up of this smell! To eat, you cut them in half, add some butter, jam or syrup & enjoy!

Cookie Day:

Screen Shot 2017-11-25 at 1.41.12 PMI would assume it fair to say that most people dedicate a day in December to baking cookies. Each year, we try our best to gather together and bake my Grandmom’s famous sugar cookies, & any other delectable treats we decide. It’s so nice to just set aside time to bake and be with family. I love simple, delicious memories that last a lifetime.

Sandy Claus’ House

My boyfriend and I always joke that he underestimated the size of my family & I underestimated how much his Grandmother decorates for Christmas. These pictures, will not do it justice, but I hope they help convey her Christmas dedication.15726440_10208829022702675_8970409879492576412_n

Mammaw, as she is lovingly referred to, is the sweetest woman with the best decorating skills I’ve ever seen. Her home has been featured in a magazine, & rightfully so. The first time I ever walked into her home at Christmas, I fully lost my mind.

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Everyone has an almost life-sized nativity set in their sun room… right?

Taking a tour of her her home (three floors & the out doors), is one my favorite things to do during the Christmas season. Each room is decorated by her & done differently each year. It is magical and full of Christmas joy!

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This isn’t the only full-sized sleigh Mammaw has in her home. An ice dream y’all- a winter wonderland!

Christmas Eve Eve:

No I did not mistype, I meant Eve Eve. Every Christmas Eve Eve, so December 23rd, my cousins and I dress up in outlandish Christmas pajamas and hats, and go to Walmart at midnight. So, technically, that would be Christmas Eve, but the festivities start on Christmas Eve Eve!

This started many years ago, when my cousin needed to get more tape and other goodies to finish up her Christmas gift wrapping. Now, all who are able, pile into cars, and go shopping at midnight. We used to stop on the way back and act as Santa’s Elves, and decorate some of out unsuspecting family homes. But today it’s really just an excuse to hang out & enjoy Christmas together. What could be better?

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2016 Clan: Jake, myself, Stephanie (Piper just began growing in her tummy), Awesome Walmart Associate who outdid us in outfit & Sharon

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This is the most wonderful time of the year because I am able to spend so much time with the ones I love, making memories. These traditions are my favorites all year long, and I look forward to creating new traditions as the years go on.

Please share your Christmas traditions with me- I would love to learn what you do during this time of year that brings you joy.

Merry Christmas Y’all!

(the feature image for this post is from Hampden Hon- Baltimore’s Miracle on 34th Street)

My friend Hillary took us on a tour last year, my first time to see the lights in person, which is when I took this picture, it was wonderful – a must do!