You’ve seen a few pictures of our home here and there…but it occurred to me yesterday that I’ve not shared our home in a Christmas tour type of post.
I’m timid about doing tours of our home…because we don’t have the latest and greatest of everything. It’s our safe haven, our refuge, where many memories have formed. It’s not a place of perfection, but we try to make the most of what God has given us, which is certainly more than we deserve.
Our family Christmas tree is a hodge podge of kid-made ornaments (the most precious of all!), ornament gifts we’ve received through the years, and little things we’ve picked up in our travels. We could never have a themed tree, unless I added one to another room. I’m not really into multiple trees. Are you?
This might seem strange, but I got tired of finding places for ornaments this year and left many in the bottom of the ornament box. I won’t do that next year. It hasn’t seemed right not having them all on the tree. Live and learn, right?
You’ve heard me say before that I’ve decorated more simply this year. We’ll begin at the front door, which you’ve seen before. For the titled pictures, click the picture to read that particular post.
Come on in. The foyer is another area you’ve seen recently. It’s all lit up for you.
Turn back at this point and see the back of the front door. Yep – there’s the Tree Wrap Wreath.
I decided this wreath looked best here, because of the greenery showing through the door. It hides the wire on the back of the front door wreath.
Turn back around and follow the entry straight back to the family room – where we have our tree. I tried to include the tree quilt HH’s grandmother made early in our marriage, and woo, it’s close. I forgot about the fact that the closest thing to the camera looks larger than it really is, throwing the scale off. Enjoy the close-up of the quilt, y’all!
We don’t have many gifts out yet. Izzy has trouble staying out of them. The two there on the floor were in the chair, so I moved them for the picture. Now, they’re back in the chair until someone needs to sit in it. Puppies change things – like messing up the tree skirt and leaving her toys in her favorite new spot to play, which is under the tree, of course.
Since pictures are 2-D, you can’t tell by the picture above, but there is space beyond the tree, between it and the bookshelf wall. There’s a hallway back there going to one end of the house. This next picture is taken from another angle, leaving the tree out. We have our stockings hung, a couple of wreaths, and a little messy-looking card holder on the bottom shelf to the left.
The card holder is a type of wreath, so I guess I should hang it somewhere. The cards fall out easily, though, so I try not to touch it.
A 160° turn will take you to the hallway that leads to the dining room and the kitchen. We’ll head into the dining room, which you’ve seen before. We’re ready for our Christmas meal.
The door to the left takes you to our new swinging stained-glass door. We’re going through it into the kitchen.
In the past, I’ve had wreaths on every kitchen window and door. Six wreaths in one room was a little much…so I narrowed it to one.
Pan to the right, and I’ve added something since your last view of the kitchen. Spunky Daughter didn’t want me to hang it – thought it was creepy. I wish I’d taken a before picture. PAM gave Mrs. Moo to me, and when I told her SD’s response, she told me to paint eyelashes on her.
A black Sharpie marker worked great. So smart, Mom! She’s a pretty Mrs. Moo now – no longer “creepy”.
Another thing puppies change – tea towels hanging from lower cabinet doors get yanked off and chewed on. Ewe! Izzy can’t reach this one. 🙂
Circling right throughout the kitchen, notice I’ve changed to Christmas plates in the plate rack.
I love polka dots. And, the new shelf over the table has some more polka dots. I’ve prepared our table for some Christmas sweets – a post I’ll share soon. It has to be soon, since Christmas is…very soon. Too scary to count the days…too soon, y’all. Are you ready? I’m not quite ready but getting there.
The shelf is holding several Christmas plates. Fun plates for eating from, not just for decoration.
You probably remember these from the Redbirds on the Farm Christmas Table post. I have more red birds to show you. On the bottom shelf, there’s a red bird candle globe.
These tree plates I bought many years ago at an after-Christmas sale. I bought several sets and have given away all but these four.
I also placed a red bird on the island water pump.
I added a few Christmas items on the buffet but kept it simple.
Notice the coffee filter wreath on the door. After moving the tree wrap wreath to the front door, I placed the coffee filter wreath here and fell in love. It’s so soft and ruffly and fun – and more polka dots!
Well, that completes my little Christmas tour. I hope you’ve felt at home. How I wish you could really visit us! We’d have coffee or hot chocolate – and any number of sweets to choose from.
Are you ready for Christmas at your house? I hope so, because it is…very soon, y’all.
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