Sunday, December 14, 2008

My Mom's House - A Christmas Tour

It's time for Boo Mama's Christmas Tour of Homes. It is so much fun to see how everyone has their halls decked for the season. Mom and I have helped each other get our homes decorated this season, and we've both been looking forward to participating in this tour. Mom doesn't have her own blog, so I have the privilege of showing both our homes on my blog. My kids call my Mom "Oma", which is German for "Grandma".

Welcome to Oma's Haus!! Come on in and take a peek...

Mom has several fun collections which she loves to group together. Both the mantles are full of angels nestled in greens.

Wooden Santas cluster by the sofa...

...and chimney sweep nutcrackers fill the bookcases. Many of these are from Germany.

My kids used to play with her nativity scene when they were younger.

Now they love to stand and stare at her marvelous Dicken's village. It is a bustling town!

Her tree is filled with lots of sentimental ornaments. She has glass icicles and crystals from antique chandeliers mixed with the ornaments to give the tree lots of sparkle and shine! We say it is the "frosting" on the tree.

The little baby doll in the rocking chair was mine when I was a young girl. Her name is Baby Emily. Every year my Mom dresses her in a Christmas outfit and puts her by the tree in my old rocker. Baby Emily was a Christmas gift many, many years ago and was my all time favorite toy.

Mom always has plenty of goodies to share with family and friends at her gorgeous table. If you were to drop in today, she may have a tray of dainty shortbreads to share.
Christmas Shortbread Cookies

2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 cup butter

Cream butter. Add sugars and salt. Knead in flour and cornstarch. Pat out to about 1/2 inch thick between two sheets of waxed paper. Cut with very small, decorative cookie cutters. Bake at 325 till just light brown. Take out of oven and immediately put 2 or 3 chocolate chips on each cookie. Wait a few minutes, then spread the chocolate when soft.

Thanks for touring Oma's house. Enjoy the other homes on the tour, and blessed Christmas wishes to you from Mom!


jennwa said...

Your decorations are beautiful. Love the angels.

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

pcb said...

Looks like a home where love is shared. Merry Christmas.

4 Lettre Words said...

Great collections!

Beautiful haus!! Merry Christmas!

Lora said...

Your mom's home is lovely! She has some beautiful collections. That's fun that you get to decorate together. My mom lives 8 hours away, but I helped decorate her tree on Thanksgiving weekend:)

Merry Christmas!

Karen said...

Love all your mom's collections!

the voice of melody said...

You did a great job at your mom's house. Everything looks so beautiful! I really like the Dicken's houses and all of her angels too. :)

vaneblu said...

Droping by from the Christmas tour of homes...
I love the Emily tradition :') what a beautiful house!!

Paige said...

Love all the angels!

Best wishes to you and yours during this Christmas season.

photoqueen said...

Wow, so beautiful! I especially like the wooden Santas! Thanks for sharing!

Merry Christmas, mom! :)

Ameratis said...

Everything looks great! Thanks for sharing both of yours and Oma's house :)

oh amanda said...

How pretty! I love all the collections!

Kristen said...

Your wooden Santas are great. What a lovely home you have.

Sharon said...

Everything is so pretty! I especially love your nativity set.

Merry Christmas to all! God Bless.

Keetha said...

I love the tall skinny Santas - - - wish I were.

Merry Christmas!

Dena @ Green Acres said...

You have a beautiful home and I love your collections. Thanks for sharing!

His Doorkeeper said...

Thanks to your Mom for letting us wander around in her lovely home!

Enjoyed it very much! Merry Christmas to all of you!

Heather in CA said...

Thank you!

I live for Christ said...

I wish my family and I could come down to see you all in Texas. Omas house is beautiful. My, its been what, over 10 yrs since I have seen you Brooke. We need to catch up, I know you are so busy with those children. I cant believe that Hannah will be 16 yrs old. Drop a line in when you have time. Much love from Indy!!
Have a wonderful blessed Christmas. May Baby Jesus be your shining light every day.


Kate said...

Your house looks amazing. I'm still trying to get through the list at BooMama's but I'm determined to do it before the New Year.

Happy Holidays!!