Welcome! Come in, come in to the Christmas house tour! Let’s start at the kids’ first stop each morning – our Advent Calendar. They love putting up the children of the world and guessing which country each comes from.
Join me in the kitchen. Since most of my time is spent there, that’s where most of the Christmas decor is. Specifically, here’s the hutch:
I love the snowman garland across the top shelf. My aunt made it for me several years ago.
And here are several Santas – I don’t want to say a “Santa collection”, because as a Christian I’m not really that “into” Santa. But, I do love the Old World/European look Santas. Behind them, a paper Santa and sleigh that Mom used to set out when I was a kid.
And on the bottom shelf, middle daughter’s Christmas village. We are fortunate to have a grandma who buys each daughter a Christmas village. They love them!
It’s pretty at night, too …
In another corner of the hutch is a container of our Christmas cards.
One of our favorite traditions happens after Christmas. Each night at dinner, we pull out a card and pray for that person. This usually gets us all through the dreary months of January and February!
On top of the hutch, one of my favorite things I made this year: snowmen from my girls’ baby socks. Yes, my youngest is now 7, but being the packrat that I am, I still had some of their socks around.
Here above the cabinets, one of my favorite things: a picture with the German version of Joshua 24:15 in honor of our German heritage. My mom gleaned this treasure for me, and believe it or not, she found it in someone’s trash (it’s probably better not to ask).
Well, you’re probably starving by now. I know I am! Oh good, my oldest daughter is busy making goodies for us.
Have a sugar cookie!
And since one cookie is never enough, how about some peppermint bark (recipe here), German crescents, buckeyes, or some good old Hershey’s kisses? Go ahead and wrap up a few to take home, too!
Okay, let’s head into the foyer. Here are the girls’ stockings. I love them; I made each of them during the girls’ first years.
And over on the table are the carolers. They used to belong to my grandparents, and are another favorite of mine.
And on the chair, a little Santa I crocheted when I was a teenager … I remember he was a pain to make, but I’m glad I stuck with it.
Awww, my youngest daughter is playing some Christmas carols for us. Thanks, kiddo – it’s just not Christmas without the music!
Now into the living room, and … the tree!
It’s not a fancy-schmancy tree, with white lights and matching ornaments, but I like it this way. It is full of so many memories … like the ornaments my parents got me each year, from my first Christmas …
… and on to ornaments Mom made me when I was older.
Special ornaments like one my sister made in elementary school …
… and a how-the-heck-did-he-fasten-those-nuts-together ornament that a former student made for me.
There are also many ornaments I made myself …
… and others that call up happy memories, like the years I spent playing piano for the ballet.
I love to travel, and I used to venture all over the world. There are ornaments that remind me of trips to Germany –
– or England:
Of course, no Christmas tour could be complete with out a visit to the manger scene. After all, without the nativity, there would be no Christmas. So let’s make our way over.
When I was a teenager, I thought that having a Precious Moments Manger Scene would be the ultimate thrill. And what do you know – one year my parents got me one!
Since the wise men didn’t visit until later, they’re in a separate spot, still traveling …
Well, it’s getting late and the snow is really coming down. It’s been so nice having you over!
Before you go, please sign the guest book (comments). If you’re having guests over, let me know and I’d love to visit!
Oh, look! The girls’ dolls are waving goodbye to you. From our Christmas home tour to yours, Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful New Year!