Monday, December 15, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas......finally!!

I was not feeling the Christmas vibe much at all a week or so ago and so as a result had NO desire to get the tree up or the house decorated. Well, The Principal would not allow the hum bug to set in and last Sunday we trimmed the tree, house and anything else that would stay still long enough. I am so glad we did - it helped run the hum bug off wonderfully ;-)

This morning while blog hopping I saw that BooMama is hosting 2008 Christmas Tour of Homes again this year and I was inspired to participate - I never do these Mr. Linky things because to be perfectly honest, I'm not entirely sure how they work - and truthfully, I still don't know, but I'm jumping in and going to give it a here without any further delay is our home as it sits ready to welcome those who bless us with their company as we prepare and delight in celebrating the birth of our Awesome Lord & Savior.......welcome.......the stockings are hung.....

I love our fireplace - I have never lived in a home with a wood burning fireplace and have always wanted to cuddle up by the fire with my sweetheart - now I can and it is more wonderful than I even imagined it would be. We completely re-did the mantle and tile on ours right before we were married - many happy memories are tied to this hearth ;-)

When we were looking at houses - I fell for a house that had these cute lighted niches but was otherwise not at all what we wanted - The Principal assured me that he could build me a lighted niche in any house we bought - and he true to his word he did - this is what happens in the niche at Christmas.

Now - this guy - well he does not make an appearance every year - last year he was on sabbatical - Wonder Boy was kind of creeped out by him - but this year I got the all clear - I think he is wonderful and I am glad to see him. Then there is this little man "Elfie" as he has come to be known over the years. He has held a place of honor on the top of my Christmas trees since I was maybe 3 years old - many, many years ago for those who are keeping track ;-) This timepiece is one of my favorite ornaments - no special reason it just makes me smile and feels like Christmas to me somehow.

Santa was given to me by a friend who I truly treasure so this is one of my Christmas treasures now and it has found a regular spot here each year.

This beautiful Christmas cactus was a gift several years ago from my dear sweet neighbor across the street - she called one late chilly fall afternoon and told me that "Grandpa" needed a home that she did not have room for him inside this year - I was proud to give him a place to live - his beauty is a gift that continues to give.

And last but not you have one of these in your tree? We had to re-locate our tree to the room with french doors this year - he's a trip ;-)

That concludes our tour....thanks for stopping by to take a look - please leave a comment and let me know you came by ;-)

May God richly bless each of your families with joy and peace during this wonderful, magical season.

Learning as I go,



Heather said...

your house looks so pretty, thanks for sharing!! Merry Christmas!

Jamie Lea said...

Beautiful, looks great. This is so much fun, thanks for having us in your home.

Carrie said...

Well, you've been found so good job linking!

I LOVE the timepiece ornament. It's so nostalgic and beautiful.

Lovely home.

Merry Christmas!!

Sharon said...

Your decorations are beautiful. I loved the pic of the kitty in the tree! Ours used to do that, too!

Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful Christmas and God Bless!

Becky said...

Thanks for the tour! Love your kitty ornament! LOL!!! That's the second real kitty ornament I've seen in the past 24 hours. So funny!!!

petrii said...

Your house is beautiful!!! I love the niche and the fireplace!!

Merry CHRISTmas,

amy said...

that is a gorgeous Christmas cactus!

ilovemy5kids said...

How precious the tour was, thank you!

Blessings to you!

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Your house looks lovely. I love the word Grace on your mantle. Merry Christmas!

Carol said...

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing your home with us.

Merry Christmas!

Our Family Blog said...

Love your Christmas decor! it's so neat to sneak a peek inside our friends homes!! I LOVE IT!! I also love you watch that is on your tree. what a cool thing!!! I have my great grandmothers...but it is put up in a safe. Thanks for sharing with us your home and Christmas traditions!!! I hope it's a wonderful one for you guys. (you know...I've been struggling with the hum bugs this year too. I hope I get out of it SOON! I miss that warm fuzzy feeling I always get!) Love ya!

Carrie said...

Hi again! You asked a question on my blog about which book that I've read this year that I thought was in the running as being the best. My response is here:

Merry Christmas again! And thanks for visiting my home also!

California Isoms said...

Your home is beautiful and I LOVE your blog! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas!
Your Christmas cactus is fantastic.

Devita said...

I really love all your stuffs, especially ..waitt..... is that a real cat?

Amy Martin said...

Your home is beautiful. I love, love, love your mantle!

Tiffany said...

Gorgeous decorations and what a warm and inviting home you have. I especially love Elfie! I remember my Grandmother having a whole gaggle of these fun little guys. She would put them on her chandaliers, door knobs, all kinds of crazy places. So fun! Thanks for inviting us over. Pop on over to our home/blog so we can show you around, too. Merry Christmas!

Jessica G said...

It's so beautiful!!! ALl your work and effort's paid off. I wish I had a decorating eye like that. Merry Christmas!


gracie said...

Lovely home.

Do you by any chance know where I could find the word "Grace" that you have? Let me know at graciered at wi dot rr dot com.

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