Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas Tour of Homes at Our Home

When I first heard about the Christmas Tour of Homes that BooMama hosts every year, I was very excited to join in the fun.

Then, we put up all of our decorations and I hesitated a little bit. You see, our house is in transition this year since it is on the market. We began the process of painting, removing pictures, taking down drapes and curtains, etc. over the summer. So I felt the house didn't look as nice as I wanted it to because it was a little too sterile.

However, as I sat by the tree last night, I realized that our decorations were simple this year and a perfect reflection of our current stage of life. I want to share how our house looks right now, white walls and all, because it's ours. And if you were to ask our kids, there is no better decorated house anywhere! That's what's most important.

So...Welcome to our home!

Most of our decorations are concentrated in front of this window this year. It's grown on me over the past day.
The top of the cabinet holds many of our special decorations. See that empty space on the middle shelf there? That is where our Christmas cards are supposed to be displayed. But I guess the running and playing of 4 busy children means that they won't be standing up this year! The bottom shelf holds 2 of our 3 nativity scenes. I like the differences of each one, and displaying them together is a nice juxtaposition.I am very sentimental about this Santa. My grandfather hand-selected him for me while he was in the hospital shortly before he passed away.Every year my mom has a fantastic display of Dicken's houses that she sets up. One year, I decided I wanted to do the same thing. I've long since given up that idea and decided instead to let her keep the title of best display in the family. But, I still have my 3 houses that we put out every year.This ornament was given to me by the kids last year. It is my new favorite, of course.Isabelle chose these decorations from our stash to display in the kids' room this year. She painted that snowman 3 years ago.Because I spend so much time in the kitchen, especially this time of year, I always try to make it as festive as possible. These same decorations have gone above the stove for the past 4 years or so.A few of the Christmas cookbooks in my collection get displayed on the counter. They definitely count as art in my book!This is a plate of salt dough ornaments the kids and I made this weekend. We are going to paint them Monday or Tuesday this week. A few will go on our tree and a few may end up as Christmas gifts from the kids.Eric and I both love the simplicity of this picture. At the moment, it is on a bookshelf in our bedroom where it may or may not stay for the rest of this season.This quilt wall hanging is another favorite of ours. We are not sure where we are going to hang it this year. In previous years it has gone above our bed, but we are considering putting it on the wall in the family room this year. There is a lot of empty wall space and it would be nice to have some kind of decoration there. You may have noticed a snowman theme throughout our decorations. I have to give my mom all the credit for that. Every year she and my dad send us a package for St. Nicholas day. Along with a few toys and treats for the kids, she always includes a decoration of some kind for the house. Our family gets snowman decorations and my sister's family gets Santa Clause decorations. I think it is a great tradition, and I hope to do something like that when our kids are grown.

For now, I am busy getting ready for my turn hosting the Bloggy Progressive Dinner tomorrow night when I will be serving up lots of tasty appetizers. Stop by for drinks at Joy's today.

Thanks for visiting! Make sure you stop by BooMama's place to visit lots more homes on the Christmas Tour of Homes. Also visit Southern Hospitality for even more homes. Personally, I just can't get enough of seeing all the beautifully-decorated houses!


Catherine 12:06 AM  

Your decorations are lovely - and your house is sooo clean! (Maybe I'm just feeling a little jealous at the moment. I'll get over it.) Merry Christmas!

Christina 12:20 AM  

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your life--just like it is--with us.

Jamie Lea 1:35 AM  

Beautiful, I love it all. Thanks for havin us. :-)

Ashley 1:43 AM  

Simplicity is a great thing! Everything is so pretty. Come visit me at my house (blog)!

Cyndi 2:22 AM  

Love all the snowmen! What a neat tradition. Thanks for letting me stop by. :) Merry Christmas!

Totallyscrappy 2:36 AM  

Thank you for a delightful visit. I love that you display all those special Christmas cookbooks. Great idea.

Homesteader in Training 6:19 AM  

Oh how fun and festive. It was nice walking through with you.
I may have to do this later!

Dena @ Green Acres 6:33 AM  

I think your home is beautiful, and I like the snowman/santa claus tradition. So fun!

Judy 7:44 AM  

Loved it! Your decorations looked beautiful.

KarenW 8:27 AM  

I love all your snowmen. Especially the wall hanging.

Blessed Mommy 8:33 AM  

Thank you for sharing your home with all of us. I love the salt dough ornaments. Could you share your recipe? I would love to make some with our children.

Kristi 8:50 AM  

Very fun tour. I LOVE my Gooseberry Patch Christmas Cookbook too.

Anne 9:40 AM  

Your Christmas cookbooks add to the atmosphere:). Merry Christmas!

Erika 10:10 AM  

Cute! Cute! Cute! Love the cookbooks, and the salt dough ornament idea! I need that recipe!!

One More Equals Four 10:29 AM  

Very nice, especially with a house on the market--I can't even imagine! Thanks for sharing!

Lora 11:16 AM  

I participated in BooMama's fun today, too! Your home looks lovely! I especially like your nativities and your village pieces. And your cookbooks, too!:)

Carrie 11:29 AM  

You've done a fabulous job! I love your Christmas village.

Thank you for the tour.

Merry Christmas!

IRENE 11:54 AM  

So pleasant and happy! Enjoy Christmas!

Heather 12:01 PM  

Love your home, it all looks so beautiful!! thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas!!

Julieann 12:08 PM  

OHH, I just have to that top cookbook:) Everything is just perfect!


Ameratis 12:27 PM  

Sometimes simple is the best! Thanks for sharing and it looks pretty even with white walls ;)

the pleasures of homemaking 12:43 PM  

So cute! How fun to decorate those ornaments with your kids! Thanks for the tour!


Susan 12:58 PM  

I'm so glad you still participated, because I just LOVE your things. The Santa from grandpa is really special. And your kids (side photo) look so sweet. Merry Christmas!

darla 1:18 PM  

i use lots of snowmen too, and the gooseberry cookbooks, looks like we have some things in common!

Carrie 3:33 PM  

so sweet!!!

LindaSueBuhl 6:43 PM  

Your house is very clean and fresh --and your decorations have meaning to your family which is the point of doing all this hoopla every year. Merry Christmas

Keetha 7:21 PM  

Awww - - - so many things I can relate to.

When my oldest was a few weeks old, I made flour/salt cookie dough ornaments, painted and varnished them. I still have them, though I haven't been putting them out in recent years.

I also have some Dicken's houses - - - I think I might even have the same one you have on the far right!!!

Merry Christmas.

Anonymous,  7:49 PM  

thanks for the tour, i love the idea of displying xmas cookbooks in the kitchen (sorry, typing one-handed with infant on my lap).

Anonymous,  9:35 PM  

Lovely home, You did a great job. I hope you sell it, for Christmas!

Kathy b

canadacole 9:44 PM  

Lovely tour! I love the cookbooks as decorations and the salt dough ornaments as gifts. I may have to try both! Merry Christmas!

jill 10:24 PM  

Enjoyed seeing all of your displays. Thanks for sharing ... Merry Christmas!

Marci 10:55 PM  

Very Pretty. Merry Christmas!

JanMary 7:39 AM  

Thanks for sharing your home and decorations.

Merry Christmas to you and yours from Northern Ireland.

Erin 12:30 PM  

Looks pretty and cozy. I like making salt dough ornaments too! Maybe I'll get around to it this year. Merry Christmas!

Jill @ Live, Laugh, Blog 2:04 PM  

It all is so beautiful!

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace 5:30 PM  

Very cute...I love the quilt. Thanks for sharing your home. May you have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year...

DeeDee 9:52 PM  

Love the Nativities ...
This touring is fun!
Sweet Blessings
Merry Christmas

Phillips Phamily Mama 4:45 PM  

Thanks for sharing your lovely home! Having children definately has changed my perspective on the holiday decorations and what we truly treasure. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality 6:12 PM  

Thanks for coming by my Christmas tour! Your home looks beautiful. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Amanda 10:14 PM  

What a lovley home, thanks for the tour and Merry Christmas!

Michie 9:01 PM  

Thank you for the tour. I love all of your snowmen!

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