Casual Christmas Touches

Casual Christmas Touches


Merry Christmas

Welcome to my home, I’m so glad you are here.  My name is Julie and this is my kitchen.  If you are like me then you spend more time in your kitchen than anywhere else in your house.  There is nothing wrong with that, but, during the holidays while the rest of the house is all decked out and festive, we are stuck in the kitchen and away from all that excitement.  So I decided to take a page from Nigella Lawson and I started decking out my kitchen with ‘Casual Christmas Touches’ here and there.  Seeing all this puts me in a festive mood instantly and makes whatever I am doing in the kitchen, that much more enjoyable. 


Julie at the Breakfast Bar

I am not here to tell you what a great decorator that I am, because I’m not.  My style is a mix of most everything because I have many interests.  What I am here to do is to just point out that it is nice to add a bit of Christmas in every room in your house.  I mean, most of us don’t have time to sit in the living room staring at a Christmas tree.  Although it would be nice if we did.

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So here is what I have done to add some Christmas in my kitchen.

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Lychee Cocktail, Anyone?

(As with all of my posts on my website I do update them through the years.  This is a living website after all.)


Christmas in my Kitchen

Lots of Casual Christmas Bowls with Fruits Line my Breakfast Bar

Gordon may be the chef of the family but this kitchen is MINE!  Gordon is the one that makes all those messes that I have to clean up.  I’m also not a bad cook myself and I do plenty of cooking for this family.  It is because I am in this kitchen so much that I wanted to make it as festive as possible.  Anything to make washing dishes more exciting.

Actually I happen to like washing dishes. 

I find it very therapeutic to put your hands into warm soapy water and hand wash lovely things.

I love getting out any Christmas plate, platter, cup, mug, bowl, etc. that I can find in my house.  Eating something as simple as a peanut butter sandwich on a Christmas plate to me, just makes it taste just a little bit better.


My sea coral candelabra that I get to stare at while washing dishes.

Same Tree, Different Angles

A little bit of beach.  Dried star fish with shell leis from Hawaii draped as garland.

My Sugar Free Candy Canes in my Santa Mug

My feather tree in the background.

I’ve got 4 trees in my kitchen.  Each one different.

Pretty Christmas bowls of Fruit

All of this just says Christmas to me.  Since I spend more time here than anywhere else why shouldn’t I make it as nice as possible?

Christmas in the Kitchen,



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My Kitchen Nook

My kitchen nook is also very important to me.  Just putting up small trees with lights and ornaments makes me happy.


Our Brussel Sprouts Christmas Tree


You mean, you DON’T have a brussel sprouts tree in your kitchen?  Or as I fondly refer to it as my “BS tree”.



I couldn’t decide which vase to put it in but settled with the one on the right.  The one on the left looked kind of Dr. Seussish. 

Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Guess what we are having for dinner tonight?  Roasted veggies featuring Brussel sprouts!

p.s.  Hey, if this thing weren’t in water I would be stringing lights all over it right now.


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Merry Christmas!