Christmas Home Tour

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Waaaay back in 2006, when “mommy bloggers” weren’t even called “mommy bloggers” yet (because back then we were just a secret society of writers who discovered each other and a supportive community online when we were at home raising babies and blogging to keep our sanity in check), Sophie from BooMama hosted a Christmas Tour of Homes. It became a tradition, and she eventually passed it on to Myquillyn at The Nesting Place.

This year marks the 10th annual Tour of Homes. That, my friends, is hard to believe. In a digital space that seems to change almost daily, it is nice to know that some traditions remain.

I took some pictures of my holiday decorating in the wee hours of this morning. I didn’t do as much decorating as I’ve done in past years. What can I say, I’m getting old and tired.

Also, by way of disclaimer, there was no natural light, so I did the best I could with my camera settings and a little adjusting in iPhoto. I am not a photographer, mind you. For that matter, I am not a decorator. So this is my humble attempt at making our home festive and welcoming for the holidays. It’s not a showplace, but it’s ours, and I love it.

Welcome! This is our foyer.

Usually I put greens and decorations on the stairway, but this year I didn’t bother. In fact, all I did in the foyer was add this wooden advent calendar to my bookcase. I used to fill it with Hershey Kisses for the kids, but they would never wait till the right day. They just emptied it when they felt a chocolate craving coming on, so this year, I just put the Hershey Kisses in a bowl on the kitchen counter and left the advent calendar empty. I know, I’m no fun at all.

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If you look to the right when you come in our foyer, you will find the living room. (If you look the the left, you will find my office, but it is a disaster, so no pictures. You’re welcome!)

This is MY tree. It is artificial, and I’ve been collecting “fancy” ornaments for several years. It’s slowly filling up! I sit in this room every morning and do my devotions by the light of the Christmas tree, and it is also my view from my office. I LOVE IT.

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Come on into the kitchen.

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Last year, I never took down the decorations on top of the bookcase in my kitchen, so here they are, one year later. Yes, they are quite dusty.

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Our kitchen is open into the family room.

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My mom bought me these silver angels when we were visiting Williamsburg a few years ago. I love them.

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I added these pillows to our couch this year. I love the touch of whimsy. I also love that I can leave them out past Christmas because they’re more wintry than Christmassy. Of course, knowing me, it is possible that they’ll still be there in July! Ha!

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This is the kids’ tree. They did all the decorating. I haven’t touched it. If you stand back, it’s beautiful, but I can’t look too closely at the ornaments clumped in spots, or I will start to break out in hives. Ha!

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I can’t believe my 16-year-old son was this little once. Now he towers above me and has a driver’s permit.

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And this is our mantle. My husband built this mantle when we moved into this house 10 years ago. Everything on the mantle came from Target (except the stockings. They’re from Pottery Barn, and they’re on sale for $9.99!)

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And that’s a wrap! I’m off to finish up holiday shopping (yes, I’m THAT mom) and then I’ll probably be hiding out in my room wrapping presents until midnight. I hope you enjoy your Christmas Eve!!