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Monday, December 15, 2008

A Christmas tour of my home

Welcome to my home. Let me get you a cup of coffee or hot cocoa and give you a little tour.

I love to decorate for Christmas. It seems like such a hassle when you pull all that stuff out of the attic, but once it has all been put in its place, it is such a joy to look at during this season of the year.

As you come in my front door you see what is actually the back side of my fireplace (which, by the way, is one reason we bought this house).

Included in these decorations are these three cute little choir boys. They were hand-painted by my Nana P many years ago. When she passed away in 2007, all the grandchildren got one of her hand-painted Christmas decorations. These cute little singers have been a part of Christmas for me for as long as I can remember and have become one of my very favorite decorations.

As you come around the corner and step into my living room, you see the front of my fireplace. The mantle wraps all the way around and I have placed figurines all the way around mixed in with the myriad of family pictures.

Here you begin to see somewhat of a theme in my living room. Angels. I love angels at Christmas time. I love that they are the creatures that God created and assigned the task of announcing His blessed Son's arrival to planet Earth.

You can see them here on the mantle and on the stockings.

Strategically placed on our hearth are a myriad of child-friendly decorations that cannot be broken. Children love Christmas and are very curious, are they not? I have always had the opinion that I will give them something that they CAN play with so that they don't want to play with my breakable things.

And what better thing for them to have to play with other than a Nativity. This one is made of wood. My kids absolutely adore it.

And here is my fancy Nativity... far out of childrens' reach.

Plus more angels on the shelf below.

As you step back into my kitchen and eating area, this is my living room. (And more angels on top of the piano.)

I feel like I owe a bit of explanation about what you see next. Step over here into our eating area.

No, you're not seeing double. We have two Christmas trees. We bought a new one last year after Christmas (obviously we use artificial). And, rather than just throwing the old one away, we made it be especially for the kids to decorate however they want with their own ornaments.

Oh and I LOVE that we decided to put it in here with our table where we eat our meals together. It is a wonderful touch of Christmas as we gather around our table.

And we added our wooden Polar Express train set that the kids got last year for Christmas.

The two tree concept also allows me to satisfy my type-A personality tendencies by having a tree of my own to decorate how I want. It's full of angels and red and gold balls and a pretty shiny red ribbon running through and around it.

So there you have it. That's the tour of my home. This tour has been a part of and was prompted by BooMama's 2008 Christmas Tour of Homes. Go click on the button to read about it and go visit her at to see more homes and Christmas decorations.


Angie said...

Oh My! You know the white angel on your piano playing the flute? We had that angel too! Now I am wondering what happened to it. My mom made it when we were kids and it was passed to me, but at some point we must have given it away. Seeing yours made me miss it and wish I had not given it away (although I don't remember ever deciding to give it away). I always thought the angel was cute because she had both hands holding the flute from the outside. I always wondered if the person who designed that piece really thought that was the way to hold a flute. Anyway, your home looks gorgeous!

jennwa said...

Your fireplace and trees are beautiful

Merry Christmas!!!!

Rachel said...

I love your fireplace!
And your tree is soo bright - lovely!

Melinda said...

Beautiful, girl! Love that big ol' honking Texas fireplace! Miss it! Oh, but one day...

Bless you and yours sweet friend,

Way More Homemade said...

Angie - My Nana P that made the choir boys also made that one. She made large pieces for each of us and that was what she made me (I think I was in early high school). It stays out year round and is one of my most beloved decorations in my home.

Liz said...

I enjoyed your tour. Your home is absolutely gorgeous! You definitely have a knack with the decorating.

Cyndi said...

Beautiful and inviting. You did a great job photographing everything. Thanks for showing us around!

Patty said...

I am taken by the fireplace! Gorgeous home and I love your trees. Thank you for showing us around your pretty home.
Merry Christmas!

meg @ spicy magnolia said...

You did a great job decorating, and I must echo everyone else's comments about the's beautiful! I love the little special choir boys as well and the idea of having fun Christmas things out for kids to play with. Thank you so much and Merry Christmas!

Tiffany said...

I especially love that you got your Nana's choir boys. Christmas is a wonderful time to bring out such precious keepsakes!

Carol said...

Everything looks wonderful! But I am seriously loving those little choir boys!

Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

Kim@ForeverWherever said...

Your home is beautiful! I love the tree in your living room and the piano is so nice! I painted our old piano blue because it was so ugly!! Thanks for showing us around!

Michelle V said...

Your home is beautiful and I love the trees!!! Gorgeous!


Erin said...

What a neat fireplace! I enjoyed the tour - Merry Christmas!

Kim said...

How pretty both trees are! Very good idea to let the kids have one of their own. Mine had itty bitty trees in their rooms each year but so small they could only put a few ornaments on, and nothing very heavy.

Seeing so many collections (like your angels) during this year's tour of homes has made me want to collect something. I just don't know what yet.

ellen b said...

What a lovely home. I like both trees, too. It is great to have one to fancy up :0)
I love the hearth you have!

Elizabeth said...

Your home is beautiful! Thank you for inviting me in!
Merry Christmas from your Metroplex buddy!

Kim H. said...

Thanks for stopping by my tour. :)

I love, love, love those little, cheeky, chubby choir boys. I'm a sucker for sentimental stuff like that.

And honey, with a mantel like that, how can you not go crazy? :)

Merry Christmas!

Jean said...

Beautiful Fireplace and great Christmas decorations.
Jean in Virginia

Keetha said...

Lovely tour - - - thanks for inviting us.

Merry Christmas!