I've participated for a couple of years and LOVE this. I love receiving lovely ornaments from all over the country and it is fun to pull them out and remember the giver year after year.
I decided I'd take some pictures of my mother-in-law's decorations. She has three trees. I photographed two of them. This is the one in the living room.
It is decorated with Victorian dolls, old world Santas, roses, and other lovely Victorian ornaments.
Her kitchen is done all in gingerbread. There is a whole separate tree in the kitchen with ornaments that look good enough to eat! And the gingerbread theme doesn't stop with the tree - it goes all over the kitchen!
This is a very old buffet that my mother-in-law stripped and painted some years ago. It's a beautiful piece. It's right by the door that comes into the kitchen.
Here are the shelves across from the buffet. See all the gingerbread people and houses here? There are also strands of faux popcorn and cranberries spilling out of a tin.
My mother-in-law even made Christmassy valences a few years ago for the two large windows in the kitchen. They are adorable! She puts large mason jars along the window ledge and fills them with white lights and between each one is a gingerbread person.
Gingerbread is everywhere! I love that she has carried her theme to all the corners of her kitchen. It is so cute!
So these aren't MY decorations, but I get to enjoy them every time I walk next door! And my MIL has done such a better job than I'll ever do. :^)