Merry Christmas from Indiana! (a holiday tour of my home)


Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Merry Christmas from Indiana!   While I’m not a designer and housekeeping certainly isn’t my strong suit (all of you who know me in person stop giggling right now, okay?) I thought it might be fun to invite Simple Kids readers into my home today to wish you all a Happy Holidays!

Some of the other Simple Living Media editors are also joining in, and if you’re really into the holiday home tour thing, I’d encourage you to stop by and visit The Nester where she’s got a massive link-up of epic holiday proportions going on!  Something lovely to sit back in your pajamas and sip your cocoa as you scroll through, for sure.

Welcome to my home

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home. And, there’s no place that I’d rather be at Christmas than right here, with my loved ones surrounding me.

Our postman has taken to shaking our jingle bell wreath, in addition to ringing the door bell, when he drops off a package.  I love it!

If you were to visit, you’d probably be greeted by some piano music.  Jillian has been learning Christmas carols, using the same music books I learned on as a kid and playing at the piano that belonged to her many-greats-back Aunt Ida Bell. My Dad and uncles learned to play on this piano, my siblings and I learned to play on this piano, and now my children.  (Once upon a time this piano was painted pink, what do you think of that?)

We’re excitedly counting the days until Santa’s arrival …

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!  ~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836

Settling in to watch It’s a Wonderful Life.

O Christmas Tree

We have two Christmas trees in our home (some years even more):  one downstairs that is decorated a bit more traditionally (as per my husband’s taste) in red and white.  We put our favorite ornaments on, a mix of sentimental ones from Christmases past and handmade ornaments.  We’ve got a blanket around the base for a tree skirt.  I love that the kids enjoy playing by the tree.  Sweet memories!

(Okay, decorated somewhat more traditionally)

We put candy canes all over this tree for our visitors to help themselves to. I’ll admit they find there way into quite a few hands and cocoa mugs around here as well.

There are other little touches here and there in the living room.  I didn’t go too wild with decorating this year, just a few bits here and there.  (The Joy to the World printable I found, thanks to Tsh, over here at this site).  We’ve been doing Christmas crafts and baking, but mostly keeping things simple and sweet this year.

Which feels exactly perfect.

Upstairs in our loft playroom we have another Christmas tree.  This tree is my favorite – white, decorated with lights and simple, bright and happy ornaments.

This tree gets decorated and re-decorated by the kids. So much fun!

Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree.  In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.  ~Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas

Reading stories beside the Christmas tree, cozy in our bean bag chair, has been another one of the highlights of our holiday.

Our playroom bookshelf is loaded up with holiday favorites, many of them from my own childhood.

The weather outside is … delightful!

We have finally had a bit of snow here in central Indiana.  The baby isn’t quite sure exactly what to make of the world suddenly covered in white, but I for one appreciate the hush and the beauty.  We’ve been needing a little of that this week.

Have a lovely holiday, friends!  Thanks for stopping by and letting me share a peek into our home this holiday season.

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. Just beautiful, Kara!! I wish I could drop by for cookies and a piano lesson from J. And hey, did you guys get a dog?

  2. Lovely! I adore how cozy and filled with family all of it is. Have a wonderful holiday and a happy New Year!
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  3. So fun, Kara! Makes me want to come over and hang out. Love seeing your place!

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