Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Tour of Homes


Merry Christmas friends! Today the fabulous BooMama is hosting her annual tour of homes and I quickly snapped some pics to upload to the blog. This sounds simple and fun, but that would only be if you are not technologically challenged. Of course, I have nearly lost all Christmas cheer just snapping these photos because my husband loves to change the settings on the camera and I prefer to point and shoot. I did manage to get a few decent photos...so for your holiday perusing, welcome to our home.



My sweet and simple nativity scene on the coffee table in my front room. I try to keep the main thing the main thing.



The stocking were hung by the chimney with care. Next year, I plan to do up my mantle with a lovely garland, a la The Nester. I found LOADS of pine garland at the Salvation Army thrift store this weekend for 25 cents a bunch. I bought it all!! Two garbage bags full.



I love this little piece of decor. I was in a knock down, drag out Dirty Santa ornament exchange a few years ago and I emerged victorious. It was worth fighting over because I think it is just precious. =)




Because Christmas Classics are a favorite of mine, Rudolph and Clarice score a special spot of the mantle. I wanted to start a whole collection of this village, but you know, I decided to use that money to feed the kids instead.




This is our little chalkboard countdown calendar. My kids love keeping up and counting down. Except the three year old, she just asks everyday if Santa brought her a dollhouse yet. I hope he comes through or she is going to be very disillusioned. My resident artist drew some additional pictures on the chalkboard, because it wasn't festive enough for his taste.




Here is the tree in all its festive glory. Some folks like a themed tree, I prefer a more simple tree with lots of memories and special ornaments on it.



Like these special personalized ones purchased from Bronners Christmas Wonderland by my sister-in-law for the kids one year. Good thing that they are hand-painted (which means you can retro-date them), because we have needed to replace one almost every year since she first bought them. Their lovely, handblown very fragile nature lends themselves to very careful handling. Clearly a conspiracy for repeat business.




I hope you have enjoyed a little peek into my home. I wish you all a very blessed and Merry Christmas.

11 comments:

PEA said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful tour of your home, it's so beautifully decorated and I just love your red fireplace!! Like you, I prefer a tree filled with treasured ornaments from days gone by:-) Merry Christmas! xo

leslie ruth said...

I'm with you on the tree. Every single ornament on our tree has a story and I love that! Your sassy red fireplace is too fabulous...

JenIG said...

ooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh, aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
LOVELY!

I wish I was there to see it in person.
: )

Carol said...

That red fireplace rocks! Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us.

Merry, merry!

Celesta said...

I diggety dig the red fireplace. Who did that? And I equally dig your writing and humor. It's been 16 years, but you are still the same.
Merry kisses,
C

Musings of a Housewife said...

Everything is lovely! Thanks for sharing. :-)

Carrie said...

The JOY sign was so worth the fight ... I love it and the red fireplace. Thank you for sharing your home with us and have a very Merry Christmas!

Michie said...

Thank you for the tour. It all looks great - but what the heck is a dirty Santa? Sounds like a cocktail!

Phyllis@Aimless Conversation said...

Well...It sounds like the red fireplace is a big hit. We just did that a week or so before the tour. I love how it pops now and is a great focal point in the room.

As to the Dirty Santa...LOL, it is a Christmas party game that is probably known by several different names. It's the gift exchange where everyone brings a gift but during the exchange it can be stolen from you. Wikipedia explains more here...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_elephant_gift_exchange

Kate said...

Thanks for sharing and I love your fireplace. Merry Christmas!

becky said...

I have that nativity scene too and I love it!

Happy Holidays!!!