Merry Christmas Eve from the Belsnickels (and Me!)

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! As usual, the holiday season has flown by and I didn’t get around to sharing everything I had hoped. Yesterday the sun popped out for a bit and I quickly snapped a few pictures of my Belnickel (sometimes spelled Belsnickle) collection. Most of them are displayed on my piano this year.


I concentrated on more of a traditional and Victorian look this year, with a little more focus on sacred themes. In previous years I would have kitschy-vintage Santas in every nook and cranny, but I decided to only bring out a few favorites and  my collection of vintage-style German Belsnickel Santas. They fit in perfectly with the Vintage-Traditional Christmas theme around our home this year.



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I never did get around to doing a proper music room “tour,” but I have shared a few shots in various posts this season. Since the last pictures I shared of this space in early December, I moved the little cedar wreath that was previously on the tall mirror to the left of the tree to a mirror at the top of the stairs. I replaced it with a gold hunting horn adorned with an evergreen swag and red velvet ribbon. Many more presents in festive paper have been tucked under the tree since this photo was taken too. It’s almost the big day!



One of my favorite Christmas Eve traditions is to sit in the music room by the tree and take one last look through all of my Christmas decorating magazines while sipping tea or coffee. I am looking forward to doing that this evening!



This beautiful embroidered/stitched Santa stocking is a fabulous thrifted find from just before Christmas.  I absolutely love it! It won’t be filled with candy canes or treats but it sure looks beautiful here on the piano with the Belsnickels. We will hang our family stockings by the chimney with care later this evening. 


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My two Belsnickels with ivory cloaks are part of a wintry vignette in the living room. When I took this picture earlier today it was dark and rainy (the bows on the mantel are the same color, the gloomy lighting makes them look different). hours 



Oh my! We are  well on our way to the first white Christmas in many, many years! It started snowing about an hour ago, and as of 5:30 p.m. it is starting to look like a winter wonderland! This was an exciting surprise, as last week the forecast was calling for an overcast Christmas day with temperatures around 45 degrees! think I am more excited about waking up in the morning to see the snow than I am about presents and Christmas dinner!


It’s now dark outside, all the Christmas trees and flickering lights are on, the candles are lit and we are all in our cozy pajamas ready for some treats and Christmas movies! But first I need to wrap some last minute presents!




I hope you enjoyed this quick “Merry Christmas Eve” post! I pray you have a safe, blessed and very Merry Christmas!


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  • Reply Marty

    Merry Christmas to you and all your family.

    December 25, 2020 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Amber, it is such a treat to see this post! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.
    Your thrifted stocking is a fabulous find. It looks like needlepoint! What a treasure, and I love all your Belsnickels.

    December 28, 2020 at 10:38 pm
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