Monday, December 15, 2008

2008 Christmas Tour of Homes

I am so behind on all of my decorating and preparations this year.... but was determined to join in on this fun. It is now 10:40 p.m. on the 15th... and I am just posting. It is amazing how much of the clutter/mess you can NOT SHOW in these pictures... I'm just saying.

So here we go.

First the front door...




Please do come in..





I have this table in the foyer with a small tree that I just added this year. It is my "Nativity Tree." I have only put angels, crosses, and Nativity ornaments. (and silver/white/gold misc. decorations)

The Nativity on this table is the one that I have told the precious grandbaby and her friends that come over here... "this one we do not touch." Hal brought this one home to me when he was preaching a revival in North Georgia many years ago. It is one of my favorites and it is breakable. They have been so precious in "not touching". But you will see why in just a few minutes, as I show you the ones that they can touch and play with.




For years I collected nativity scenes. Until I gathered so many that I really do not have enough room to get them all out.



Look at this picture that my Mom gave me. If you can look close enough - you will see that it is the passage from Luke chapter two. Amazing, huh? It hangs on the wall over this table. I plan to get a new frame for it... mayby by next year.







Here are the stairs...And next we come to the dining room. I do not have the table all decorated as it will be for Christmas morning... but wanted you to see what I have. I decided to go with silver and gold in here this year.

This was my grandmother's dining room suite... I have a lot of wonderful memories around this table.

This candle is on the piano... and I have displayed a small Nativity in the globe. This one came from Rome. Precious friends brought it back to me. I actually leave this up all year. I love it displayed this way.

Now we move to the kitchen table. This is where we eat all the time. I love these dishes...





Now, as you come into the family room, I have a little wagon - and this Nativity is from Guatemala. You can see the Indian culture in the long design of the faces. It is carved from wood. The little ones can and do play with it.




And for some reason, when Aubrey is through playing... she lays them all down. Always. So, each night I set it up again for it to be ready for her to play with again the next day. And when she leaves to go home... they are once again laying down. I guess they are sleeping...



And here is the tree...



I am having trouble with my lights... the lower half is out. I just do not want to take the decorations off to fix them...


And now, here is the mantle. You might have seen some of this for my post when we had Christmas in May for our Jonathan who was home from war. I got some of it out then.





And here are my Carolers - that I painted - Yes in the 80's. But I still like them. So, they go on one of the end tables. They are just so cute ... don't you think so too?




Look at those faces... They are singing "JOY TO THE WORLD".



On the lowest shelf of the entertainment center is where you will find this Nativity. It is the one that my mother had when I was a little girl. Yes, I know... it is OLD. I love it. And it is unbreakable...so, it is another one that I told the little ones that they COULD TOUCH. Handle it, play with it. And they do.








And just like the one in the wagon...when Aubrey is through playing...she puts it away like this. She will tell me, "Let me put them back in the cage." LOL I call it a stable. She calls it a cage. And she always lays them in here like this. Precious. Precious. Precious. I love it.








And last, but certainly not least are our stockings. We have Christmas breakfast at our house. Everybody has a stocking. Makes me excited just thinking about it. We have a ball. This year, Jonathan is home from war and will be back with us. Julia and Ronnie will not be able to come until the day after Christmas. We will have another celebration on Saturday with them. Maybe next year we will ALL be able to be back together again.


Well, that is more than enough for this tour. I look forward to browsing through some of your homes. too.


You can see more at Boo Mama's Tour of Homes 2008.
And at We are That Family - It's Time to Share Your Tree


And at Hooked on Holiday House Tours

And at Kimba's Holiday Open House

And at Rhoda's Deck the Halls


This has been fun... but I am TIRED.


Merry Christmas to you all! and Blessings... Sweet Blessings...

35 comments:

Tammy said...

It looks beautiful!! And I love the way the grandlittle helps put the nativity member to sleep. Very cute!

The last nativity set is exactly like my mom's. Great memories.

Marci said...

Beautiful! I love the stockings.

Jamie Lea said...

I love the picture your Mom gave you and the Nativity and the way your little one calls it a "cage".... I love it all. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

Leah said...

Just beautiful. I love all your nativity sets. Thanks for sharing it.

Leah

Tracy said...

What a beautiful home! Looks so wonderful. I especially love all your nativity sets. = ) Thanks for the invitation to visit!

Blessings & Merry Christmas,
Tracy

javamamma said...

Your home is beautiful! My mom is a nativity collector too. Like you, she has ones to touch and not to touch. ;) Loved 'visiting' your home this Christmas season!

Cathy Davis said...

Your home is beautiful! We don't even have our tree all the way up! (Slackers!!!)

Jen said...

Thanks for sharing your holiday decor with us. I love all your nativity collections. It's so cute that your daughter lays them to sleep each night.

Tricia said...

I love all your decorations, you have a beautiful home. I have never been there but now I know what it looks like :)

The bottom half of our lights went out too (we have the tree with the lights already on it), so I just got a strand of lights and draped it on there, it looks fine...

Blessings!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

What a fun tour! I love the wooden nativity set. We had one like that when I was growing up and it brings back memories (I wonder what happened to it? Must look into that!). Also got a kick out of how they "go to sleep" at night and have to be set back up again in the morning. So cute.

Thanks for joining my blog party and inviting us into your beautiful home! -Julia :-)

ohhollyf said...

Love your bows on lamps, and those carolers cheeby cheeks! But, best of all is the picture your Mom gave you!

Becky said...

What a beautiful home!
I love all the nativities!!

Carol said...

Oh, I most definitely do love those carolers! Three guesses why. (hint: They would look awesome with my caroler collection that I didn't set out this year.)

Thanks for sharing your Christmas tour with us!

Cheryl said...

I love all the nativities. They are beautiful.

Merry Christmas!

Laurie Ann said...

Absolutely beautiful! The nativities are gorgeous! We have a 15 month old grandson so I didn't bother putting out mine this year. Maybe next? Wait! Then the youngest grandson will be 14 months. What's a girl to do? Put them on the mantle!

Bonita said...

You have so many beautiful things! Do you know where your mom got the scripture picture? It's wonderful. Also, the "Jesus is the best gift" plates. Where did you get those?

You have a lovely home and I really like your silver and gold table. I like it all!

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Beautiful...I love the picture with the passage from Luke. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to You!

Smelling Coffee said...

Hi DeeDee. Thanks for visiting Smelling Coffee. You have a great blog - and I love all of your Nativity sets (especially the touchable ones! :-) ) And the picture of Luke 2 is just amazing!

Merry Christmas to you and your family... Jennifer

We are THAT Family said...

What a great post! I love your decor. My favorite is the words that create The Nativity! Awesome....I also love the little red ladder on the tree!

justjessie said...

Your decorations are great! I love Nativities also. I keep trying to justify the expense of buying the Willow Tree one, but I just can't do it yet. lol. I did buy my boys a playmobil one, though. They have a lot of fun playing with that and the wooden one my mom painted. (Oh, and she puts her carolers like that out, too!) I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love your decorations~absolutely adorable!
I hope you'll visit soon, I will have my last giveaway of December this Friday.

Lady of Value said...

Wow! How beautiful! I love the Nativities as well. It is funny to read that Aubrey puts them back in the cage when she is finished playing with them, lol!! So sweet!

A Stone Gatherer said...

Very Beautiful! I love how your granddaughter redoes things!!!

TCKK said...

How pretty. I love the Carolers! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Jessica said...

I love the Luke portrait! Do you know where she got it?

the voice of melody said...

Your kitchen table is so cozy with the pretty plates. What a beautiful home you have! One can feel the Christmas cheer even before stepping foot inside just by your festive garland and lights surrounding the front door. Thanks for having me!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

I guess they're tired - all that walking you know LOL! You have some lovely Nativities and love all the red ribbon on the tree! Thanks for the tour!

Manuela

Kelli said...

Thank you for having us over to your beautiful home! I especially love your staircase!
~Kelli

Elaine A. said...

Ok, I'm going to have to get some of these nativities scenes that the kids CAN play with and not break! HA!

I love your nativity tree and that picture from your mother. And I also love how you decorated the staircase. Just beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by my tour too and Merry Christmas!

Mrs. Darling said...

Oh I love all the white on red. And your stair rail is positively gorgeous.

IM incredibly late to the party having only just arrived yesterday. But oh well thats the story of my life. Youre welcome to come on over and visit.

new every morning said...

OH! I LOVE the Jesus plates. I've never seen any like those.
Everything looks so nice!

ellen b said...

Hello! You have a beautiful home! I enjoyed the tour. Look at all those great nativities! A little strangely arranged...:0)
I always loved to let the kids arrange them. A very Merry Christmas to you and thanks for visiting my tour!

Susan said...

Beautiful! I love it that we both have Nativity collections but they are all so different. I am amazed at the number that are actually out there.

Hugs,

Susan

insertgracehere said...

I haven't viewed Boo Mama's exhaustive Tour of Homes.

But I did just check out yours after receiving your email.

WOW! I love the different Nativity Scenes. I love your decor overall! Beautiful!

I also thought I'd update you a bit on my daughter, Cammie. Sorry to hog up your comments...

She graduated from basic training in Fort Jackson the day before Thanksgiving. We had an awesome trip. You can check out some of the highlights on my blog. She left the Friday after Thanksgiving for Fort Lee, Virginia for AIT.

And...she's home now for the holidays! HUGH smile! :)

She will leave the 2nd to head back to Fort Lee and will graduate from AIT the first of February.

Going to check out your idea for the upcoming year...

Many blessings,

Rena Gunther

Rae said...

Simply beautiful! And all the stockings? So fun!!!