HOLIDAYography: My Holiday Kitchen

I don't generally do a ton of Christmas decorating in the kitchen.  We have enough going on in there without a lot of added complications but I do like to have a few little things.  The little bits of red really pop against our white cabinets and black granite countertops. 

This year I brought back my favorite hurricane candle with peppermints on my center island.  Total cost $1.50 for peppermints.  I decided not to unwrap them because I think they would get pretty gross and sticky after a while. I like how the green candle contrasts with the candies but I am on the lookout for a red flame-less candle on the post-holiday sale racks.

The chandelier in our kitchen eating area got a neat little trimming with some fake green garland wrapped with some sparkly red apple garland that I have had for years.  I also added these fun reindeer from the Dollar Tree (two for $1 actually!). 

The centerpiece is a glass vase with five or six Dollar Tree red and green picks.  I didn't know what I would do with them when I bought them but knew there would be plenty of opportunities.  I love them with the vase.

Over the sliding doors in the eating ware, I propped up this "Believe" sign.  It's made of mental and really neat.  Next year I may use it outside over the front door but I need to seal it well first.  
This adorable snow family hangs out near the sink.  I bought them one of the first years that we lived in Washington but at a flower shop in my hometown, Hudson Falls, New York.  I still love them.
Over the sink I put a sweet little plaque.  It is just balancing up there - good thing we don't have earthquakes very often.

A couple of other kitchen touches -

How do you decorate your kitchen for the holidays, or do you totally ignore it?