Sunday, December 21, 2008

Deck the Halls

Note:  If you are here visiting from Tip Junkie or one of the other wonderful virtual home holiday tours I'd love for you to check out my main blog at too -thanks and Happy Holidays!!

We are on Day Seven of Arctic Blast 2008 - at least that is what the news is calling it. This morning we woke to 7 inches of snow with a layer of ice on top. There has been snow on the ground since last Sunday and we are enjoying Home Church again today.

Since I have some extra time on my hands you are getting some bonus blog entries this week! Today you get a tour of our holiday decorations. Enjoy!

The Living Room Tree

The Dining Room Buffet

Our nativitiy set - the one Jim and I made years ago after seeing it on the front of The Children's Friend. One of the wise men still has teeth marks on the bottom from where Clark teethed on it.

I also love my nativity sets we picked up in Chile and Argentina.

The Family Room mantle.. where the stockings were hung with care. These are not the stockings that will be filled on Christmas Eve - these are the new ones I bought because they coordinate better with the decor. The children insist on using their old ones.

The Family Room "Joy" Tree

The Living Room Mantle

The top of the piano

The entryway

This year's addition to the holiday decor - found all the fun glass pieces at Home Goods.

The banister which I hate putting up and left to the last. After it was all up and decorated I realized I had put it up backwards and the electric plug ins where all in the wrong place!!! I'm not taking it down and it just won't have any lights this year!

In addition to the two downstairs trees there is one in each of the kid's bedrooms too.
Tessa's ballet tree

The boys patriotic tree - in honor of my two Eagle Scouts

Cali's cute pink and green tree that matches her room!

Merry Christmas!


Emily said...

It all looks beautiful, Jacky loves the ballet tree and the butterflies on Cali's!!

Tamara said...

Thanks for sharing and inspiring us. Thanks Jim for calling last evening. . . . . .Everyone was freezing today here befcause it dipped into the 50's. . . . .STAY WARM and enjoy all those precious children!

Leigh Anne said...

What I wouldn't give for 50 degrees!! Can't believe we've had snow on the ground for 9 days - there are almost 10 inches in my yard!!!

Days like These! said...

Beautiful and ALWAYS :)

Alisa said...

I just jumped over here from ... not sure now but I love seeing all of your decor. Gives me some great ideas for my garland next year!
I love all your JOY- I put a huge joy in my tree this year and had 8 other joys around the house. It was my word for the year in 2007-I loved it! (still do)

Leigh Anne said...


Glad you stopped by and said hi. Finding Joy in MY Journey is definitely my theme for this next year. I have share more about it on my other blog - Not sure if you have visited there. Would love for you to check it out!


Momtothreebabies said...

You are so talented!!! your home is beautiful and so are your kids!
Thanks for inviting me in!

wonder woman said...

Just stopping by with the tour!! Your home and decor are positively captivating!! I love the abundant and classic feel of everything. Especially love "joy to the world" on the wall.

MomBabe said...

You are my hero.

I love your trees.

I ESPECIALLY love your wreath. I have a thing for a good wreath. sigh.

Merry Christmas!

Cynthia said...

Wow! Now THAT is some serious Christmas decor! Well done! I LOVE the living room tree especially but it's all gorgeous.

This virtual tour bus is a lot of fun!

Lynnae said...

I love your ballet tree and scout tree. How cute is that? Thanks for sharing your home.

That Girl said...

Dang, woman. Way to inspire envy and awe! I LOVE a house where Christmas peeks from every corner ...

Beckie said...

Gorgeous....just gorgeous!

Sam said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your home with us!

Calamity Anne said...

Everything is so elegant!!!

Danielle @ Transforming Home said...

Gorgeous! I especially love the ornaments hanging on the garland on the stairs. Beautiful work!

Allyson said...

Your decorations are just beautiful! LOVE the mantel! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Kirsty said...

That is Christmas. I love it. Your tree is gorgeous. It looks so cozy, yet sophisticated. Thanks for giving me something to strive towards!

Valerie said...

Just gorgeous! Everything is so lush and festive and colorful.

Love how you do your photos - really good photography.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your home is just beautiful! May many wonderful Christmas memories be made within its walls.

Our home is having an old fashioned handmade Christmas this year. I hope you will stop by.

KD said...

This is my first visit to your blog. Your Christmas decor is lovely! I am so glad I stopped by!

Southern Whimsy

Erica said...

Very pretty. I love being able to see others decorating and get great ideas from it - thanks for posting.

My Christmas decor is pretty much the same as last year as well!

Kendall Jones said...

All so gorgeous!!

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

Simply Stunning! Merry Christmas!

K Mommy said...

Very cute! I love all of your decorations! Thanks for sharing!

Laryssa Herbert said...

I really like your blog design. Your home is so lovely!

Thanks for showing us around. Come by and visit me anytime. Merry Christmas!