Christmas Tour of Homes with The Nester

It’s that time again!  In fact, it crept up on me this year.  I was on Twitter last night, and I saw the link to The Tour of Tours and realized it was already up and running and I had missed out!  Oh well, better late than never, right?  I immediately set about taking pictures of our various Christmassy decorations, and when I got to the family room where my husband was watching the Eagles, he started in.  “Those are never going to look right.”  “You need to use a tripod.”  “Why are you holding down the flash?  You should use a setting for that.”

I am not and have never proclaimed to be a fancy photographer, although I routinely drool over photos like Emily’s and Dawn’s.

Finally my husband said, “Just stop.  I’ll do it.  Hand it over.  Go to bed; I’ll upload them to iPhoto when I’m done.”

And that, my friends, is why I’ve never bothered to figure out how to take pictures like Emily and Dawn.

Needless to say, I gladly handed over the camera and went to bed.  And when I woke up this morning, THIS is what I found in iPhoto.  (With a few tweaks and edits from me in Photoshop Elements.)  (Actually, this ended up being a joint effort.  I took a bunch more pictures this morning in the daylight.)  (I think I am rather fond of parentheticals.)


Welcome! Won’t you come in?











Please, take a peanut butter ball on your way out.  Oh, you want the recipe?  It just so happens that I have a post with that, complete with a vlog showing how I dip them.  I got this recipe from my aunt many years ago, and I make them every year.



I hope you enjoyed your tour! Feel free to stay a while and look around, but I know you have a lot of houses to visit.  Be sure to leave a comment if you stopped by so I can return the visit.

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45 thoughts on “Christmas Tour of Homes with The Nester

  1. Ok, I have total decorated house envy. We’re heading to Minnesota on Thursday so we’ve done nothing and while it’s bringing me down, I just don’t have the time. Thank you for letting me live vicariously, your house is gorgeous.

  2. I loved the Christmas tour of your lovely home. Your Christmas photo of the family was beautiful. You have much for which to be grateful. I always enjoy reading your posts when I visit.


  3. Thank you. We’re hosting Christmas for 22 this year so I figured I needed to go all out. We still have to finish the village displays. And I WANTED to set up a second “fancy” tree. But I don’t know if THAT’s happening.

  4. I’m visiting from the Nester’s party – beautiful home! And YEA for real trees! Anyway, the main thing that attracted me was the PEANUT BUTTER BALLS – is there a recipe somewhere? I love PB cups, and those look delightful! 🙂 Blessings!

  5. Your home is beautiful! I’m hoping that someday I will acquire a knack for decorating. As for this season of my life, you get what you get. 🙂

    The only thing that would have made this tour better is if we were actually able to eat those peanut butter balls! They look delicious!

    Thanks for letting us have a peek at your home!

  6. I LOVE to take part in the Home Tour. Thanks for sharing your home.

    When I went to bed (Irish time) the post was not up. At 6.30 am today, there were already over 400 links!!!

    Do you have a nativity set? If so, please join in my Nativity Set Carnival on 21 December.

  7. The pictures of your village are beautiful!!! Well, actually all of the pictures are beautiful! Your hubby does a great job. I’d love for him to come over and show me how to use my camera. I suspect it will do some pretty nifty things if only I knew how to work it!!! Your Christmas card is adorable, too!



  8. Beautiful home, beautiful decorations, beautiful photos (I especially love the shot up the stairs)!

    I had no idea about this tour of homes. I was hoping there would be a link up somewhere, sometime before the holidays, but I didn’t get all my pics together before today. I still may do a post, but may not be able to link up! I’ll let you know when I do post, so you can at least stop by even if not a lot of other people do…LOL!

  9. Wish I could have one of the peanut butter balls right now!! What a welcoming entry – love the way you’ve decorated the front of your home. Merry Christmas!!

  10. So beautiful and Christmas-y! I love it… someday when I have a house I’m going to look back at these pictures and decorate my banister and fireplace like yours. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. What a lovely and warm home you have! Thanks for giving us a tour.

    A. I LOVE your blue door. Adds so much character.

    B. I mentioned this in previous years, but your photos over the mantle are my favorite part.

  12. you so rarely see a tree decorated with colored lights any more. i think yours is just beautiful!

    and this was not a christmas decoration but i love the photographs of your children over the fireplace.

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