Christmas Home Tour

Come on in to share some holiday cheer! 
Would you like a cup of tea, a glass of wine?
This little fake tree is for our most special ornaments…….
I gave the first pewter ornament to Mark in 1995 when we were dating for only a month. 
We both knew it was the beginning.  :)
Every year since then I have given Mark an ornament that symbolizes something in our lives:
We were married in 1997….
1998 was the year for Mark to golf as much as humanly possible – because we had our first baby on the way…
In 2000 our little one became two….
In 2002 two became three…
And in 2006 the master of furryness became part of our family!
Some day I hope the pewter ornaments will cover every inch of our big tree, representing all the years and milestones with my crazy, cherished little family.
Speaking of the big tree, this jolly old soul made it’s way into the corner of the family room, decorated by some fabulous tree designers aged 12, 10 and 8:

The door into the house from the garage that everyone comes through (to my horror – because it’s always a disaster area of jackets, shoes and backpacks flung far and wide) got a little Christmas cheer as well.
{I love my vinyl chalkboard that my lovely friend B gave me.  It’s peelable and I use it to write welcome messages on it for all the neighborhood younguns who cross that threshold daily.  I think B got it at Homegoods or Marshalls so keep your eye out!  That crazy sassy sparkly wreath is from Target two or three years ago.  It is pure happiness.}
A little “vintage” mixed in with my kid’s decorations…….
{Photo above is me around age 8 or 9 – that jacket was SWEET – it had a belt and I loved it!}
Come on into the living room – this is the space that doubles as my “office”.  I’m into a serene palette of white, silver and a little gold so I kept the Christmas decorating in here simple for a little stress-free zone for Mama.  I used what I had already and added some of our ornaments to shells and pinecones for a little sparkle, a little nature,
a whole lotta ahhhhhh.
My mother gave us this nativity scene for our first married Christmas and I treasure it.  I have to keep it near me because in this house objects such as a football or the odd pillow might fly through the air at a moment’s notice.  Since this photo below was taken Seanie rearranged it for the 13th time so that everyone, including the animals, are all looking at the bed of hay patiently waiting
{PS would you say that little tree is a bit out of scale?  Let’s call it a bush.}
Last year I covered an old frame in Mod Podge and dipped it into a paper plate of glitter, then printed out a verse from Joy to the World.  The little frame sits alongside the Nativy scene, reminding our family of the real reason for the season.
I have found that simple little touches are all we need to make the house feel fun and festive for the Christmas season.  In our kitchen, the only holiday decoration is this little Santa (keeping my newest batch of homemade vanilla extract company while it brews.)
In the kid’s playroom I hung all the photo cards we’ve sent out over the years.  I love to see how my own kids have changed from one year to the next. 
We also have our paperwhites growing in this sunny room (my rosemary plant from the summer is holding on for dear life.)
The first one just bloomed today!
All my kids made these burlap handprints wreaths in kindergarten that year after year I hang on their bedroom doors {yes, that’s my son’s bedroom door – he has no privacy.  Good thing he’s only 8.}
Wouldn’t this make a great gift for grandparents? 
Nothing brings more Christmas cheer to our home than the cards we receive.  I love staying in touch with friends and family this way, and seeing how children have grown from one year to the next! 
Christmastime in our new home…..
….we are blessed.
Even the pup is enjoying the tree!
May you have a joyous Christmas with your own family and friends, and a healthy and happy year ahead.
Thanks for visiting Shine Your Light today!
And thank you to my friend Rene at Cottage and Vine, who is hosting a Christmas Tour of Homes today!
{Click on this link below to take the tour!}

Cottage and Vine

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