Merry Christmas Home Tour 2010

Merry Christmas, and come on in to our Christmas home tour!

We would like to welcome you over for a Christmas Open House! A brief word of warning, though:  from the very cursory look I’ve given to the blog home tours out there, it appears that about 95% of the folks in bloggy land are living (or at least decorating) much higher on the hog than I. However, I am content with what I have, and am happy to share it with you :).

So, come into the foyer and you’ll see a favorite corner of mine:

Christmas foyerOn this table are my little Nutcracker Theatre, to the left are some carolers that belonged to my grandparents, and to the right a Nutcracker book. On the bottom are some angels I got from piano students years ago. My piano students love watching the Nutcracker Theatre in action.

homemade Christmas stockingsOn the other side of the foyer, see the girls’ stockings that I made. Also, a jingle bell treble clef from a piano student. Music is a big part of my life!

Christmas advent calendarWe have several advent calendars; I like the Christian origins of Advent. Here is one I love. It features children of the world, and each day we discuss which country that child might be from.

Christmas tree homemade ornamentsCome on into the living room! Here’s our tree. I love its unique mix of ornaments. They’re not glamorous or uniform, but each has a story. The angel I got when I was two … the ornament from a favorite student … the 150th preservation anniversary ornament I bought last summer on a trip to Mt Vernon – you get the idea.

Christmas tree skirt handprintsAnd I love the tree skirt. Each year I make a felt ornament for it, surrounded by the girls’ handprints in gold paint (it’s hard to see in this photo).

Currier & Ives Getting IceThis tray was a favorite garage sale find this year. It’s “Getting Ice,” and has special meaning from my childhood.

Jan Brett ChristmasI love books. Here is a treasury of Christmas stories by Jan Brett, one of my favorite children’s illustrators.

I realize I’m giving you the story behind everything, and it’s striking me that I like meaning in my decor. I have a friend who has helped me in decorating, and she likes to go out and buy a bunch of things and bring them in. This kind of horrifies me; I would much rather decorate with things that already have special stories.

Okay, enough about that. Come into the kitchen!

Christmas hutchI love the hutch. It’s a great place to display many things; during Christmas it houses a village, a sleigh full of Christmas cards, a cute snowman garland, and more …

kids making christmas candySince we knew you were coming, we got busy making Christmas cookies and candy.

peanut butter blossomsYum!

Thanks so much for visiting! Be careful on your way out; it’s snowing and a bit slick. We wish you and yours a very Blessed Christmas season!

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17 thoughts on “Merry Christmas Home Tour 2010

  1. I like decorations that have meaning…I think yours are lovely. I love the Nutcracker and the kiss cookies : ) Merry Christmas!

  2. I really love how you make the handprints and felt ornament on the tree skirt each year. What a great idea!

    Beautiful home!

  3. I’m glad you’re enjoying your home. Due to the ever approaching book deadline, I didn’t put up one Christmas decoration this year.

  4. I believe we should decorate with things that we love and have meaning in our life. Love your tree skirt, what a great idea. Your home is beautiful and those cookies look delicious!!

  5. Thanks for the home tour. It looks great! Can’t wait to see all of you soon!

  6. It all looks really nice! I love adding the ornament and hand prints to the tree skirt each year! That is a really neat idea! Thanks for sharing.

  7. I see no reason for you to apologize about your home. It’s better by far than most in America! Being content with what you have is great gain.

  8. I love your decor. Those cookies look so yummy- I think I may make those for my ‘neighbor’ gifts this year. Merry Christmas!

  9. Beautiful decorations! I can totally appreciate that you use things that have special meaning – thats what the season is all about.
    Merry Christmas to your family, thanks for sharing!

  10. Kiss cookies are one of our favorite for the holiday! Your decorating is beautiful, no need to feel inadequate. I love the stories behind them all. It makes it that much more special

  11. Very nice – I know exactly what you mean about not having a lot of fancy decor. I’m in awe (and a little jealous LOL) when I see others homes in blogland. I love that all your decor has special meaning to you. 🙂

  12. I love the handprints and love that you bake with your girls! My youngest son still helps us on our baking day, but my oldest has moved on to teenage endeavors. He’s still in for the tasting, though! I’m with you on the 95% decorating higher on the hog than I! And…also with you that I’m content with what I have and who I am!

    A Blessed Christmas to you and your family!

  13. Thanks for the invitation. Your decoration is lovely and the cookies look yummy!
    Merry Christmas! Annette

  14. I LOVE the tree skirt idea!!! Actually, I liked everything!!! I was told our tree is too “random” and that we need “normal” ornaments! It’s not like we decorate with beer cans or plumbing supply–just not random in a way Martha Stewart, Jr., can deal with this year!!! Love to see what anyone’s tree looks like–I can enjoy it and not have to put it all away!

  15. Hello, I am blog hopping today and just decided to stop by your blog.

    Your decorations are BEAUTIFUL!!

    Please feel free to stop by my blog and a follow would be much appreciated.

    Have a very blessed Wednesday!! :0)

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