A Better Late Than Never Christmas House Tour

Hey there – how are you surviving this crazy week before Christmas??
I hope you are finding time to be merry amidst shopping, wrapping, baking, and cooking!

Take a break from your running around and come on in for a little Christmas cheer!
I didn’t get around to decorating every last nook and cranny, but I don’t think you’ll mind, right?

Bruschi just got a Christmas grooming and is so nice and clean.  Come on pup, you can come in too!
We hung our wreath right on our whale’s tail door knocker.
Our Christmas tree is in the living room this year.  I love to see it’s twinkling lights from the street through the big picture window, and also from the foyer, the den, and the kitchen.

I used all our white, silver and gold decorations this year……

…..along with lots of glittery pinecones and coffee filter “snowballs”.

All the munchkins in the family get colorfully wrapped presents though!
Is there anything so beautiful as a Christmas tree at night, bouncing light off everything around it?
Here’s the mantle in our family room that I shared a couple of weeks ago…I ran a string of lights under the fresh greens so it feels Christmasy in there, too.  The snowflakes are cotton balls threaded and hung from the ceiling.
I think receiving Christmas cards might be one of my favorite parts of the season…reconnecting with friends and family, and seeing kids grow year to year.  
How cute are these two monkeys, my little niece and nephew??
I always find a spot to hang cards our own Christmas cards that we have sent through the years.

 Could someone please tell me how these babies……

…grew overnight?!?

This year each of my kids has a little tree in their room too,  where all our colorful ornaments found homes.  We all love this new tradition!

Seanie’s “tree skirt” is a pile of books because there are so many ornaments on the tree that it kept toppling over.  He loves to put the lights on when he reads at night before bed!

One last room to share.
A room for our guests on Christmas Eve.
We’ve really decked this one out!
Wait ’til you see it.
It’s a beauty!
Really special!…..
Are you ready?
Yep, that’s my 13 year old’s room.
He’s a good boy and works hard in school, and I have learned to pick my battles,
so normally I deal with his propensity towards messiness by closing the door :)
However, when our guests stay in here in just a few short days it will hopefully have gone through quite the transformation!!
Just wanted to share a little shot of real life with you, in case you are a feeling a bit overwhelmed.  
See?  You’re not alone!
The older I get, the better I am at letting go of “perfect” and embracing where we are in our life.
Someday I’ll have a guest room that is neat and tidy all the time because no one will live in there, and I’ll be wishing my kids were 13, 11 and 9 again!!!  So for today I’m going to remind myself to live in and LOVE the present – the pretty and the messy parts of it – because they are all signs of the full and blessed life we have in this house.
I hope you are able to live in and love these moments of Christmastime too, even if they are chaotic, disorderly, and not always color-coordinated and picture-perfect!
Wishing you and yours
a merry merry merry
joyful and blessed 
filled with love and laughter!
I’m joining, better late than never, Rene at Cottage & Vine!
Cottage & Vine