Saturday, December 11, 2010

christmas tour of homes 2010

the nester and kelly are both hosting a christmas tour of homes this year and {for once} i'm actually early! i decided to go ahead and post my pictures and then monday i'll link up to everyone.

so in the meantime, grab a cup of hot cocoa or warm cider and welcome to our home!


our front porch

LOVE my wreath! :-)

our foyer

really love this tree in our foyer

dining room...fruit tree centerpiece; the table runner matches the tree skirt for the tree in the foyer and our stockings. they were birthday presents from my mom and sister last year and i LOVE them!

"the stockings were hung by the chimney with care..."

my willow tree nativity is so precious to me. it was a wedding present from my mom and my sister and i simply adore it!

one of our newest Christmas decoration additions this year is this tree in our den. i wanted it to be fun and playful... hence the colored lights, top hat as the topper, the santa bag and the "oversized" presents underneath. i also incorporated a lot of joel's ornaments from his childhood.

our kitchen table centerpiece and our gingerbread house masterpieces (hubs, bff marissa, and i worked so hard on those houses ;)

our advent calendar--this is super special because it was a gift to us from my parents...it was a family tradition in my house growing up and mom wanted to give it to us for future alley grandchildren ;). the little trinkets and toys hidden inside each day also hold special meaning to us so it's all around one of my favorite parts of our Christmas decorations!

"santa, i can explain..."

yes, we believe in santa claus in our household ;)

more importantly, though, "happy birthday, Jesus!"

if you stand in the kitchen (right behind the ledge) Ho, Ho, Ho reads like Oh, Oh, Oh. so funny and sometimes so appropriate during the craziness of the season!

i'm so excited about my "happy everything" plate because you trade out the little tile at the top of the plate according to the holiday or season.

even our little paisley was in the Christmas spirit!
thank you for visiting our home. praying you have a happy and joyful Christmas surrounded by family and friends. happy birthday, Jesus!

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cute Amy. I want the Jingle Bell Tree on the counter. Everything looks great. Hope I get to see you before the holiday.

Merry Christmas,

Love,

Mary Ann

Melissa said...

I love the hat tree topper and Paisley's sweater! It all looks great! ;)
Love you and Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Lovely!

Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! said...

I love this one the best so far! It reminds me a bit of my own decorating style...a little bit a fun mixed in with traditional colors and decor! I love all your touches, including those presents under the tree in your den!

Allyson said...

Love all your decorations! And I LOVE the wreath on your front door! It is beautiful. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

star said...

Gorgeous! Everything is so beautiful! Merry Christmas!

Angela said...

I have a snowman hat topper too! Love it!!! ;-)

Christa said...

LOVE your decorations....especially the garland going up your staircase! Beautiful!

Ann said...

your house looks so perfectly decorated! i love it, especially the "Ho Ho Ho". what a cute idea!

Phillips Family said...

Really love the staircase garland!

Sue said...

Everything is so beautiful, thank you for sharing,
Sue

Tina said...

Love your decorations and trees. The one in your foyer is my favorite! =)

The Marshes said...

I would LOVE to have an advent calendar likes yours! I have been on the lookout, but have not found one that makes the cut! What a fun and beautiful tradition. I hope to start it with my son!

Mrs.Rabe said...

Very sweet. I like your traditions that you are carrying on for your family!

Courtney said...

Your house looks great. I love the special meaning behind so many of your decorations.

Lisa and family said...

I love all your decorations! It's hard to pick a favorite, but I really the green jingle bells tree.

Kayleen said...

Beautiful!

~Jamie Kubeczka~ said...

Love your tree!

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Your home is lovely - I especially love your Happy Birthday Jesus plate and ornament.

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

What a beautiful home! I love your wreath and your centerpiece. I have a Willow Tree nativity, too. It is very special to me.

Merry Christmas to you!

Dawn said...

What a lovely home you have. I really enjoyed seeing all your Christmas decor. Love the Happy Birthday, Jesus plate.

I also loved the way you hung the We Believe plaque with a ribbon.

I'm gathering some great ideas for next year. =)

Merry Christmas

Kelli Kegley said...

Stopping by from Nester's. I love the Happy Birthday Jesus ornament! So cute!

AndreaLeigh said...

i love the santa bag! where did you get it?