All is Calm, All is Bright | Christmas Home Tour at Night

LAST UPDATED: Jan 05, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Dec 21, 2020 | By:

Step inside the lake cottage – at night, for a tour of our Scandinavian inspired Christmas decorations. The lights are glowing and the fire is roaring!

There’s something about the magic and glow of Christmas lights that bring the joy of the season to life.

A dutch door on a white cottage decorated with candles and a mini cedar tree for Christmas.

One of the best parts of Christmas for our family is the lights. We can’t get enough! We love the magical glow of Christmas both indoors and out.

I’m so grateful for the cozy, warm feeling of our home all aglow and I’m excited to share it with you today! 

 All Aglow

Nat King Cole captured the magic of Christmas when he sang those “tiny tots all aglow” lyrics, didn’t he? The excitement and warmth of this season truly lights up our home and the eyes of our little girls!

I don’t often take photos of either of our homes at night. As much as I enjoy taking and sharing photos with you, I find night time lighting situations to be difficult to capture. On a whim, I took a few with my phone and captured this tour on video – with many areas of our home that aren’t seen in these photos – so don’t forget to watch! 

With that said, I’m learning every day and I love sharing the small, special moments in our Christmas home with you.

Today I’m taking you on a tour of our home on a glowing, snowy evening.

Grab a cup of homemade hot chocolate and come on in!

A sparsely decorated Scandinavian inspired Christmas tree reflecting in a window.
A white living room with a sparsely decorated Scandinavian Christmas tree.

Candlelit Elegance

Beyond the twinkling Christmas lights that we include throughout our home, I love candles (both real and faux) for an added layer of warm glowing light.

This pretty gold candle centerpiece and glass hurricanes on both the outdoor dining table and at the front door of the cottage add charm and reflect the lights.

A dutch door on a white cottage decorated with candles and a mini cedar tree for Christmas.

Warm and Cozy

As I have discussed in previous posts, I am a bit of a minimalist. However, that doesn’t mean that my home is stark or cold! Get my best tips for creating cozy minimalism right here. 

Looking past a kitchen dining room with a sparsely decorated Scandinavian Christmas tree.

Because I am not one for storing and keeping crates and bins full of decor from year to year, I love to decorate fresh. I love the warmth and fragrance of fresh greenery, and that’s what we incorporate each year! 

I added fresh and simple olive branches to the lighting throughout the house. It was a warm and simple touch that really brought everything to life!

A gold sconce decorated with holiday greens and a blue velvet bow.

This year we kept the tree very simple and minimal with a Scandinavian feel. The girls added a variety of ornaments and together with the lights it’s a quiet, glowing look that we love.

A wooden bunk bedroom with a small Christmas tree in the corner.

Bedrooms Can Glow, Too

Often, bedrooms don’t get much decorations for Christmas because they are not the public rooms that everyone sees when they come to your house. However, our entire family loves falling asleep and waking to a little twinkling magic! 

An up close look at a farmhouse dollhouse decorated with indoor Christmas lights ideas.

We added a small tree and this darling dollhouse in the bunk room for a little magic for the girls to wake up to. The tiny fairy lights strung on the farmhouse was the perfect touch!

An up close look at a farmhouse dollhouse decorated with indoor Christmas lights ideas.

Candlelit Dining

Another area of our home that I love to add a little glowing magic is the dining space. Because we spend so much time outdoors at the lake cottage, we tend to gather here for all our meals.

It’s easy to make this space feel special with fresh greenery and candles throughout the season. The view from here is beautiful, and we love to look out at the snow and the Christmas lights in the chilly evenings.

Blessed is the season that engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. – Hamilton Wright Mabie

An outdoor dining table with a glowing candle centerpiece for Christmas.

Simple yet Magical

We have also been enjoying our Solostove and these incredible twinkling cascade lights throughout this season. We treasure the nights when we are cozied up around the fire and enjoying the holiday!

A roaring fire in a solo stove with twinkling outdoor Christmas lights for the holidays.
A forest of trees decorated with Christmas lights.

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. -Norman Vincent Peale

Looking for more ways to bring the Christmas spirit into your home this year? Get started with 30 easy Christmas decoration ideas to bring your decorating to a whole new level!

I can also help you get organized after the holidays are over – check out my best tips for organizing the after Christmas chaos.

Don’t miss Danielle’s tour from Finding Silver Pennies!

Christmas at night tours from last year

 

White walls, wooden staircase decorated with candles and garland at Christmas.
White walls, wooden staircase decorated with candles and garland at Christmas.
Entryway at night, candles and evergreen on a console table, wreath above.
Exterior of a home, snow on the ground and greenery garland on posts for Christmas.
Exterior of a home, snow on the ground and greenery garland on posts for Christmas.
Exterior of a home, snow on the ground and greenery garland on posts for Christmas.
Darkly lit entryway at night, candles and evergreens decorating for Christmas.
Looking from outside into a living room Christmas tree scene, at night.
The view of a Christmas Tree from a window.
Little girls decorating a Christmas tree
A dark candlelit room, set for Christmas dinner.
A dark candlelit room, set for Christmas dinner.
Stairs lines with candles and festive greenery.
Stairs lined with candles and festive greenery.
Stairs lined with candles and festive greenery.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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