Monday, December 15, 2008

A Very Merry Manor

Welcome to our Christmas home! I'm so glad BooMama is hosting the home tour again this year because I love to read about all the traditions and to see all the beautiful decorations. I enjoyed visiting last year, and am excited that I have my own blog this year to join the fun. Come on in...

We put our tree in the den every year because that is where we spend all our time.

We have so many ornaments that hold special meaning to us, and unwrapping them each year is a special trip down memory lane.

We decorated the mantle to match the tree with colored lights and garland. This year I tucked Santas above the stockings. I've always wanted matching stockings with our names on them, and I hope to find some on clearance after Christmas this year that I can embroider and hang next Christmas. This year we don't have a stocking for the baby, because I didn't want to buy another mismatched one. Please don't tell her, because I'm sure this kind of childhood trauma is not a good thing.

I have a soft spot for felt snowmen. My once small collection has "snowballed", and now fills the hutch in my den. . .

. . . and even spills over into the kitchen window. You can never have too many snowmen.

I change up my plate rack for Christmas by adding reindeer plates and holly.

This is the story we are reading this year for advent. It is an adventure story called Jotham's Journey, and it is very exciting!

I add one new piece to my manger set every year. It sits on top of the piano in our entry hall.

Setting up our Dickens Village is a family affair. My husband gave me a starter set for our first wedding anniversary, and we have added bits and pieces to our lively little town through the years.

My boys have their own special tree in their bedroom. It is red, with mostly red lights. This year, we added one strand of green in honor of John Deere. The tree is filled with cowboy and John Deere ornaments. It is also slightly unorganized, askew, and crooked. Because, as I said, it is a boy tree. :)
Aaaahhhh. My hope. My joy. My king. My true reason for the season.

May God Bless you this Christmas, and may you have joy with your loved ones.
I'm hosting my Mom's house too, so scroll down and take a peek before you go. She is an avid blog reader, but doesn't have a blog of her own yet. Boo Mama has lots of houses this year, so stop by and take a look.
I'm baking today, so I invite you to come back later for some of my favorite cookie recipes!


Carrie said...

everything is so sweet & fun! lovely!!!

Becky said...

Absolutely beautiful! Merry Christmas!

PEA said...

Thank you so much for such a delightful tour of your home, everything looks so beautifully decorated for Christmas:-) I love a tree filled with so many treasured ornaments!! Merry Christmas to you and yours! xo

creative gal said...

I love your decorations and traditions!! May God Bless you this Christmas!

My Inspired Heart said...

I love all your decorations....lovely! The nativity is really sweet :)

photoqueen said...

I love your outdoor nativity scene - so cute!!

Merry Christmas!

Carol said...

So fun and festive! I love the photo at the end - made me smile.

Thanks for sharing with us. Merry Christmas!

Kim@Forever Wherever said...

Everything looks so beautiful! I love the Winnie the Pooh ornament and your dog! :)

One Beloved Sister said...

Your home is beautiful, and I love your blog! I am adding it to my favorites list. :) Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog too. Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family!