Friday, December 15, 2006

Merry Christmas from the 100 Acre Wood

Welcome family, friends and visitors to the Christmas Tour of Homes. This photo was taken in our back yard December 9. As you can see, it has been unseasonably warm here. Not much hope for a white Christmas, but we still have Christmas spirit.

Our Christmas tree, like the rest of our home, is evidence that children live in this house . It isn't exactly matched or well organized, things are constantly moved and some places are down right cluttered, but it is homey and comfortable. Most of the ornaments are either made by or picked out by the kids. (They get a new ornament each year.) I plan to give the ornaments to the kids when they move out and then I will have an empty tree to decorate in matching ornaments. *grin*

The nativity finds a home on the mantle. They are ceramic and I actually painted them when I was in grade school. It was the craft for a local church's VBS. There were more in the set, but they have gotten broken over the years. In fact, these are not in the best of shape. I really should look for a new set after Christmas.

The stocking hangers were last year's after Christmas find. They are picture frames. This year I took a picture of each child in front of the tree for the stocking holder. I plan to take a new picture every year and leave old ones in too. (behind the new does that make sense?)

Every year Tim's grandma makes all the little kids and all the adult women a plush Christmas decoration. I can't even begin to count how many she must make. Heather or Mandy do you know? They are always so cute and lovingly made. We have accumulated quite the collection over the years. There have been snowmen, gingerbread, Santas, reindeer, dogs and even frogs. Here are some of the snow people she has made.


Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit. You are welcome anytime. May you have a blessed holiday full of love and joy. Merry Christmas!

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26 comments:

  1. Very nice! We got your card today, too! (where is Tim's smile? Anyone?) Anyways, I love your tree and decorations. Some of those do look pretty familiar. I'll have my pictures up tomorrow, but I think Grandma usually makes anywhere from 25 to 40 of her homemade gifts every year.

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  2. What a nice home, but even lovlier is the picture of you all...

    Merry Christmas!!!

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  3. I was wondering where Tim's smile was as well. He looks like he was annoyed and wanted to get the photo over with. ha ha.

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  4. Everything looks beautiful!

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  5. Great job! I really like the stocking holder pictures. It will be fun to see how the kids change from year to year. I love your family photo, too. Hasn't this weather been great? I'm still hoping we get some snow for Christmas, though!

    Merry Christmas!

    (And thanks for visiting my blog.)

    Nettie

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  6. Awww, so cute! All we've gotten decorated around here is the Christmas tree, ah well.

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  7. Awww - such great pictures and wonderful holiday warmth. Merry Christmas!

    Hugs,
    Holly
    Holly's Corner

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  8. I'm impressed with all the wrapping you've done! I can't trust my little ones not to start opening things if I put them out now.

    Your little snowmen are cute!

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  9. What a beautiful family you have. Thank you for inviting me in. I love the snowmen!

    Merry Christmas.

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  10. So Lovely! You have a beautiful family and I love your tree! The Navity that you painted is so special and so are the plush people made by Grandma. Thanks so much for the tour. Have a Blessed Christmas:)

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  11. I was thinking Tim's expression was more of an, "I thought that camera would have snapped by now" look. LOL!

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  12. My mom did the same thing with our ornaments & my collection is one of the dearest things to me. Thanks for having us over!

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  13. Your Christmas tree is so homey and festive! Thanks for inviting us in!
    Merry Christmas!

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  14. Tammy and Parker12/15/06, 7:38 PM

    Your home is lovely, warm and inviting. Thanks for inviting us in for a tour.

    You also have a very beautiful family.

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  15. Thank you for sharing your home...You have a lovely family.

    Merry Christmas!

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  16. Thanks for the comment. To answer your question, recieving the ornaments in our house is a right of passage. They become "ours" when we get our own house or get married. The spouses always think they are neat, & even the boys who don't seem overly sentimental proudly show off each one & explain why they got it that year. Plus it keeps us from having just one ornament on our first tree.

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  17. Oh, you have such a nice looking family and your home looks to be filled with oodles of love. The Christmas tree is beautiful and decorated so nice using all the kids homemade ornaments! What a sweet Grandma to make everyone a stuffed little snowman! Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

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  18. Your decorations are very inviting! Thanks for the tour!

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  19. Great decorations! And I love your family picture. Very nice!

    Thanks for taking the time to stop by and see my 2006 Christmas Tour of Homes decorations! I do appreciate it!

    Merry Christmas to you!

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  20. It was so nice to "meet" you and visit your place today! :)
    I'm a home school mom also, but to just two little girls. I SO wish I lived in the country!

    I love your homemade Nativity Set! And the stocking holder picture frames are wonderful...I could go on and on...
    What a neat family you all seem to be!
    Blessings!
    ~Tammy
    http://familydoins.blogspot.com/

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  21. Beautiful decorations! Merry Christmas:O)

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  22. I really like your fireplace...it's so simple yet very lovely with your nativity.

    Your yard looks absolutely gorgeous...the comments about your hubby's face crack me up. My husband does the same thing.

    Thanks for the Christmas tour!

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  23. What a lovely Christmas photo of your family! YOur home is beautiful, what a special nativity set you have. Thank you for having us over and Merry Christmas!
    Kelli

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  24. Everything looks wonderful. Thank you for inviting us in! Merry Christmas!

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  25. Thank you for sharing! I like the tree too...ours is constantly redecorated on the bottom half. ;)

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  26. I love the picture frame stocking holders and the plush decorations -- how neat to receive something like that home-made each year!

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