Debbie Macomber’s widely beloved Christmas novels are an endearing expression of her love for the season. Likewise, her message of family, friendship, and joy shines through in the way she prepares her holiday home. In this video, Debbie shows us how her own family decorates for and celebrates the most wonderful time of the year.
Here are three things we learned from Debbie about Christmas decorating:
1. It’s Merrier with More Christmas Trees
Debbie enjoys brightening up her home with a decorated Christmas tree in the living room, foyer, family room, and in each of her children’s rooms. If you’ve thought of having a second tree or more, now is a great time to try it out. Whatever size or shape, multiple trees let you create different looks with the entire family.
2. It’s Time to Display Your Christmas Collection
Seeing her collection of Nativity scenes reminds Debbie of the stories and people who gave them to her as gifts. Decorate with items that hold special meaning for you, such as heirloom ornaments, travel souvenirs, or keepsakes from major milestones. They’re a great way to start conversations and celebrate the perfect Christmas for your family.
3. It’s All About the People in Your Life
Debbie loves hosting, so she makes sure her home is festive yet comfortable for her guests. Christmas is for spending time with those we care about, so we want to make our home as inviting as we can. A few throws for keeping warm, handmade place cards, or simply providing for special dietary needs—personal touches such as these make your celebrations as entertaining and heartwarming as Debbie’s stories.
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Debbie Macomber: Hello, Merry Christmas! Welcome to our home on Hood Canal. Wayne and I sold our home in Florida because we wanted to spend more time with family and to have a bigger Christmas right here on our waterfront home. I’m excited to show it to you, so come on in.
Instead of a wreath and ferns and all the things we usually decorate with, I decided to do a rope [for the staircase]. I just thought it was clever. And we kept it up all year. We did this last year and now we’re keeping it up.
And this is our family tree, this is where Wayne and I put our presents for ourselves.
In our Port Orchard home, every single one of our children has a tree. So there are six trees. I even have one in my yarn room. This will be the tree where Wayne and I will put our own presents.
Now when it comes to Christmas, the very most important thing to me is the reason for the season. So the first things that I unpack are my Nativity scenes. As you walk in here, the first thing you’ll see is a little stand with a Nativity scene, I have probably over 50 now. Our other home has got every conceivable place with a Nativity scene.
The next place I’d like to show you is our dining room. Of course the Nativity scene, which is here. This is a special one to me because it came from my uncle who was in World War II. He’s in his 90s now. And he knows how much I love Nativity scenes so he purchased me this special one.
The table is decorated with candles and ferns. And hidden cleverly behind there is Wayne’s jigsaw puzzle because Wayne loves to do jigsaw puzzles.
I’ll take you now into the family area, and our eating area too—of course, Wayne and I have the hot sauce out! And over here is where we spend a good portion of our time in our family room. This is a table that we brought with us from Florida that we had specially made. And if you look carefully, you’ll see that the fish have the names of our grandchildren on them.
And of course, there’s another Nativity scene. This is a special one that I got from a friend, and I treasure it. When people know you collect things, that’s the first thing they think of when they come to give you a gift. So I have been blessed many times by beautiful Nativity scenes.
Now I would like to show you our formal living room. We have an extra tree here— can’t seem to keep just one tree. I have to have multiple trees. I chose this to decorate with Balsam Hill. So everything in this room has been decorated with Balsam Hill products.
And look! Oh, how clever! Somebody put a copy of Alaskan Holiday, my Christmas book. Although my children are adults now, when they were kids, Christmas morning was amazing. I still remember, one of the very first things that would happen was Wayne would wake up first—not the kids. And he would put on Christmas music. And as soon as Christmas music resonated through the house, the kids would leap out of bed and run into the living room.
And then one of them would play Santa. It was usually Jody who’s our oldest and Adelle would then help her deliver the gifts. And everybody would get their own little pile of gifts and we would take turns, each of us opening a gift at a time. I could remember, Ted was about 4 or 5 years old and when it came to his turn he would run around the gift four, five times before he would open it because he was so excited. One year when my parents were there, my dad got impatient and he started opening his gift when it wasn’t his turn. And the kids said, “Grandpa! You can’t do that! You gotta wait your turn!”
So the memories just keep flooding back. The years that we had the children at home and how precious they were. A lot of times we didn’t have a big Christmas, we didn’t have a lot of gifts. But we had a lot of love.
One of the special Christmas traditions I have is holding Christmas teas. I love tea, I love Christmas, it’s a natural [pairing]. Our home is beautifully decorated. I invite the people that I swim with in the morning, and I have a separate tea for local authors. It’s such fun to sit and talk about business, and encourage and inspire one another with what’s going on in our careers. I have one for friends and I have it for family, too. It’s just a fun time to get together and enjoy the season and the holidays.
Before I go, I would like to say Merry Christmas again. I hope your season is filled with love, joy, and peace. And thank you for love and support of me and my books.