Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas Tour Of Homes

You can have a lot of fun today touring decorated homes when you visit BooMama's. She is hosting a Christmas Tour Of Homes at her site and I'm joining in the fun, so welcome to my home:

Here is our tree in our living room. In the past we would have the presents already under the tree, but we have a 1 yr old puppy who would find endless entertainment shredding the packages. The good news is that he's no longer trying to "water" the tree. We used to have a really big fat tree, but I am short and as I get older, it's getting less and less fun trying to reach packages faaaaar under the tree, so we now have a taller (9') thinner tree. Please ignore the tray table you see in front of the left curio cabinet. Austin was working on the laptop doing a report while watching football. The dog pillows to the right of the tree (our right...not the tree"s right) are put there on purpose. They hide a couple of cords so the above mentioned puppy doesn't chew on them.

I collect holiday village pieces and have them on display during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. My mom started the collection by giving me a few pieces. I put most of them in the curio cabinets you see on either side of the tree.
Jay and I bought the porcelin angel tree topper when we took a trip the year we were married and she's graced the top of our trees every year since. Notice the rubber reindeer on the tree. One of our girls got that in a gift exchange in Preschool and she declared it to be the most beautiful reindeer in the whole wide world. We continue to put Mr. Reindeer on the tree because it makes us giggle every time we remember back.
Both of my girls collect village pieces as well and they rotate between one having hers on a table we set up, and the other puts her on shelves in our living room.

This old fashioned Santa Claus was made by mother and she recently gave it to me. She claims to have no creative talent, but I believe he proves otherwise.

I have several Christmas teddy bears that I set on top of our dogs' crates. Yes, that is a strange place for them, but they don't seem to notice them up there, so they leave them far. The little animated Santa & Mrs. Claus was from our first Christmas 21 yrs ago. They cost $10 each at K-Mart. I can't believe they still work, although I don't turn them on anymore because they make a creaking noise when they move and that resembles noises my body is starting to make and that freaks me out. They make me laugh because one of our girls has always loved them and she said to me recently "When you die, can I have those?" as if they are some rare priceless treasure.

I collect Nativity sets and this one is my favorite because it was a gift from my Grandparents who have both passed on. I don't add straw or anything to the stable I bought for them, because when I did it once, it took away from the delicate ceramic figures.

On to our kitchen and dining area. This mistletoe hangs between the living room & kitchen. I hang it every year because it brings back such funny memories from when the kids were little. I used to stand there with my lips puckered knowing they had to go under there to get where they needed to go and they'd dare each other and try to see who could run through the doorway the fastest without getting a kiss from me.

This is above my Kitchen sink and there is a small Nativity set at each end of the window ledge. And no, we don't have a blinding UFO light

We have another Nativity set on a kitchen counter. This one has an "adopted" shepard because the original one that came with the set had a tragic accident. The poor man lost his head, and all the best surgeons at Super Glue Hospital tried their best, but he couldn't be saved. Wal-Mart has replacement pieces so I snagged a new man for the job. He seems qualified, but by the looks of things, the sheep is unimpressed so far.

This is our dining table. The chair that has the Nativity set in front of it, is a seat that we never use since there are only 5 of us, so it became known by the kids several years ago as the "Special Chair", and We each take a turn sitting there when it's our birthday. During the Christmas season we place the Nativity set there to remind us that it's Jesus' turn to be in the special chair, and on Christmas Day we remove the Nativity set and put a place setting there, because he is our special guest joining us for our Christmas meal. We also bake a birthday cake and set it there while we sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus.

This is behind the dining table. The ledge holds our little tree, and all my small village pieces. The tree used to be used to hold home-made decorations, and popcorn garland. When the kids were little they loved doing crafty things so we made new decorations for each year.

Moving along, here is our guest bathroom. I decorate it for each season, so that's why there are snowmen instead of just Christmas decorations. The bathroom stays this way from November through February.

I don't put any Christmas decorations outside (except for a wreath on our front door), because whatever is put in the ground is there until at least mid-March when the snow is finally gone and the ground starts to thaw.

I did not include a recipe because if you have ever been here before, well then you already know why. If this is your first visit, I do hope you stop in again and I'll be happy to serve you a bakery made item. Trust me, you will be much happier (and so will your stomach) than if you had to eat something I attempted to make.

Well that's it. I hope you enjoyed seeing how our home is decorated for Christmas this year. I look forward to going around and seeing everyone else's homes as well.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Christmas Lights


Phillips Phamily Mama said...

I really love the old fashioned Santa your mom made. She IS very talented!

Dana and Daisy said...

You're right, that Santa proves your mom is very talented!

Your decorations are filled with love and stories! Which is why I like them!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Lovely home, Dena! I haven't been here in absolutely forEVER, and I have missed you terribly.

I will be putting my post for this up in a few...and you will get a grin out of the nativity on my son's desk. :-) It's the same as your favorite!

Merry Christmas, my friend. I look forward to catching up with you!

Carol said...

So festive! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us.

Merry Christmas!

Amy said...

What a beautiful and inviting home! Merry Christmas!

Erika said...

Love the snowmen!! Cute!

Susan said...

Your guest bath is so fun! I love the pix of your kids ... although it scares me a bit, because I know that before I turn around, mine (7,9,11) will be older too. Merry, merry Christmas - thanks for having me over to your lovely home!

JanMary said...

Love your nativity set and your christmas village.

THanks for the warm welcome.

Love the mistletoe and catching kisses from the kids too.

Thanks for sharing your home.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Dianne said...

First of all, thanks for being my only comment leaver so far!
Your home looks wonderful! I love how you have the village collection displayed. Also love the snowmen in the bathroom. I'm like you, I like snowmen as they are more seasonal and you can leave them up longer (same with the houses).
Merry Christmas!

Heather said...

What a great tour! thanks for sharing, it all looks so pretty! Merry Christmas!!

Muddy said...

I love the snowmen bathroom. You did a lovely job decorating your home.

Jillian, Inc said...

Thanks for stopping by my tour and I really enjoyed seeing your beautiful home. Of course you know I'd love your snowmen...and how cute is that shower curtain! And I always enjoy seeing everyone's trees. Merry Christmas to you!

Tammy said...

Your home is so beautifully decorated. I love the Christmas villages all around. And the snowman curtain is just too cute!

Thanks for stopping by my place too.
Merry CHRISTmas!

Tracy said...

Thanks for stopping my home earlier! Isn't this fun?

I totally stole your blogging button ~ perfect.

And I really love your snowman bathroom!

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for coming over to tour my home! With so many homes, my it's gonna take us till Jan to tour them all!!

Your house looks so festive! You have done a great job decorating and I had to chuckle at you not serving a snack- we are all stuffed to the gills anyways!!!

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Cate said...

Hi there, thanks for visitng my home - a warm Christmas is quite the norm for me!

I love your village pieces though & think it's wonderful that your girls have joined in collecting too.

Merry Christmas!
Cate in new Zealand

Anonymous said...

Wow what a wonderful Christmas village you have! I also love your snowmen! Thank you for sharing your home! Merry Christmas!

Joy @ Five J's said...

I love that you decorate you bathroom as well!

ellen b said...

Hi Dena! You have some great decorations and I love all your nativities! Have a very Merry Christmas!!

Lora said...

Thank you kindly for coming over to tour my home today. So nice to meet you Dena.

The nativity set from your grandparents is lovely!

Peace and joy,

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the idea of the special chair. And your guest bathroom is gorgeous!

Julie From Inmates said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the snowman bathroom. It makes me want to go in there. You have a beautiful home. Thanks for the tour. Julie

Joanne said...

What a beautiful home. Your tree is so lovely...and I agree, your mom is VERY talented!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Your home is lovely! I think the snowman shower curtain is fun, and I love the JOY above your kitchen sink.

Paige said...

Love the snowmen!

Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

Love all the cute snowmen in the bathroom on the wall. Happy Holidays!

Kim said...

You have a beautiful home but I'm most enamored with your snowman bathroom! How fun!

Musings of a Housewife said...

It's all so lovely. Love the old fashioned Santa especially. :-)

The Happy Housewife said...

I think I have the same Santa, purchased at Kmart. I don't think ours works any more...

Erika said...

I had to come back and comment again!! I somehow missed the Santa made by your mother!?!?! LOVE it! And I also love the idea of the special chair in the dining room for Jesus!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Maerry Christmas!

Ameratis said...

I love the snowman shower curtain too cute. Everything looks great and what a beautiful family you have :) Thanks for sharing!

Keetha said...

I LOVE the snowman shower curtain!!!

Thanks for inviting us over for a tour.

Merry Christmas

Margaret said...

beautiful home..I really like your snowmen!

Carey said...

Your home is warm and inviting. I love the mistletoe and the the snowman themed bathroom. I also like that you decorated so mnay different rooms in your house.

Thanks for stopping by my place...
Happy holidays!

Traci said...

Beautiful! I really love your blog header; it make me want to jump inside that house with a cup of tea and a good book ;-)

Thanks for sharing your home with us!

Merry Christmas!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I thought the beautiful Santa was my favorite, but then I saw the snowman bathroom! Love it! Thanks for sharing.