Crazy for candy


So if you did or didn’t know, I absolutely LOVE Halloween and it’s my favorite holiday. Christmas follows closely in 2nd place. I love Christmas…the lights, the colors, the baked goods, and the music. Here’s the thing, though: Halloween is supposed to be campy/scary/anything goes. Christmas on the other hand is interpreted in so many ways. I love the traditional and religious side and the elegance that goes with it. One of the trees I decorate is in reds and golds and it is quite lovely. While, there is no set rule on how to decorate or what style to make your home or rooms (I personally would like to have a house someday to be decorated in different styles with trees in every room), my heart naturally sways to wild and colorful, an outlandish/almost gaudy feast for the eyes! I love rainbows of color and if I do plan on buying Christmas decorations in the near future, I really want them to be sugary sweet and candylicious!

I have an affinity in particular for starlight mint swirls, gumdrops, and gingerbread men! I don’t know what it is, I just love red and white swirled together…actually, a lollipop I saw at Target last year prompted this picture:

festive me

OK, keep with me in my randomness here…I used to make gingerbread houses with my mom and sister as a child and every year I intend on making another one (a homeade one, not the Wilton/storebought kind), and I never get the chance. Maybe that’s why I’m fond of gingerbread men! I think I like gingerbread men, too, because they have so much personality and they are just plain sweet! I remember printing out a card in middle school that I attached to a homeaade gingerbread man for my friends that read:

I hope you like this little man,
I made it just for you.
And if you don’t that’s too sad,
it’s off his head I’ll chew!

I remember it having a candyland look to the card, now that I think about it! Ha. I totally forgot about that little saying just until now!

Actually, I never really played Candyland as a kid. I always wanted it, Chutes and Ladders, and Hi Ho Cherry Oh, but I never got them. Oh well! I think I only liked them cause of their visual appeal. I mean, how could I have not?

Oh, and I love this glittery/sweet necklace that Stoopidgerl made. It makes me happy!

I really love what my friend Carey did with this chair for the DecoArt home page too!
Naughty or Nice chair
Click here for instructions!

I also really love these adorable lollipops and cupcakes my friend Donna crafted for the site! Photographing them was a lot of fun!
Terra cotta lollipops and candy

Cupcake ornaments

So now that I’ve shared my holiday style love, what’s yours? Is there any certain style that you just drool over? I’d love to hear about it!

Oh, by the way, I’m going to be on Trivial Thursday on WRFL on Thursday. I’ll be hanging out with host Mick Jeffries! You can even listen live online, so be sure to check in!

Until next time Swellions!



  1. says

    For the most part, I don’t like the holidays. People make a hubbabaloo about a time frame for no real intrinsic reason. For the most part, it’s a frenzied, superficial mess.

    However, sometimes there are moments where things slow down and people seem to realize why this time has been set aside and kind of appreciate the company they’re with.

    I’ve not seen this very often, though.

  2. says

    Up until this year, I LOVED the very traditional green, red, holly, berries, bowls, bells, etc look of Christmas. I had candles everywhere with little wreathes around them, garland on the stairs, garland out on the posts on the porch, the mantle was covered in decor and so was the piano and the shelves.
    However, this year I was disgusted with that stuff as I was pulling it out of my boxes. I’ve moved since last year and my house is cozier, warmer, and smaller and I think these things look silly in it.

    I put up some handmade snowfolk from, a beaded tree my Grandma made back in the 40s and some other goodies. It’s nice, it’s low key, and it makes the tree the center of things instead of just part of the mess.

    I suppose styles and preferences change.

  3. says

    Chris: I hear ya. It is overcommercialized. I went into Hobby Lobby last night and their Christmas stuff was already clearanced. There’s so much excess and frivolous stuff that it takes the excitement of it away.

    Idyll: I know what you are saying. I just think my style has evolved. It just is crappy to give away expensive ornaments I purchased, but if someone finds happiness with it, I guess I should feel positive about that. The hard part is that I keep seeing stuff I like and want to buy or make and it adds up. I just want to buy pieces that I will want to keep, not just buy stuff for the sake of buying it.

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