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2010 Christmas Home Tour

Welcome friends to our humble abode. Thanks for stopping by!

If I could, I would pour you a cup of coffee and hand you a plate of cookies, sadly the cookies and coffee are gone; somebody ate them all!

This is my first year jumping in the Christmas Tour Of Homes hosted by The Nester. I’m excited to show you around, although I’m not completely finished with all of our decorating.

This year I kept our decorating very simple. All of my mothers passed-down Department 56 houses are staying packed away this year. Just little touches here and there. It’s simple and I like it.

I picked a bunch of mini trees last year and placed them in unusual spots this year. This is our kitchen sink area. It’s nice to be reminded of Christmas even while I’m up to my elbows in dishes. The hand soap and Lotion are from Williams Sonoma, another little touch and nice scent for Christmastime.

This is my favorite new piece in our house. A thrifty Craigslist find, this dresser fits perfectly in our dining room as a buffet. It has great storage, pretty curved front and claw foot legs. I love it! I took some fabric that I had picked out of the remnant pile at Joann’s last year and used it as a runner – a fuzzy white runner. The 3 hurricane candle holders are from our wedding – 5 years ago! I tossed in some “snow” and pillar candles which were also from our wedding. The wreath above is a coffee filter wreath that I love (although it needs a little fixing up). Simple, very clean and white.

Here’s our Jesse Tree for Advent. It’s colorful and fun. I had originally wanted to put our full sized artificial tree in the dining room but it never made it out of the attic. So I used a smaller fake tree that we had. The glittery balls were from Target bought after the season for a few bucks. The ornaments and how we are doing our Jesse Tree can be found HERE.

This is one of my favorite decorations. I bought this “Jesus is the Gift” sign last year after Christmas from Dayspring, well before I had a relationship with the company. I move it around and have not found the perfect place for it yet. So here it sits on top of our entertainment system.

These candles (yes, you guessed it – from our wedding) were sprayed with adhesive spray and I added the NOEL letters from my mother-in-law’s Cricut machine (LOVE IT!) Super simple project that I will be doing again and again throughout the year. It’s such an inexpensive and fast way to add a custom touch to a room. The nativity was purchased from target last year for $2.50! I loved how simple it was. I hope to pick up a unique nativity set in the next year or two. I haven’t found the perfect one yet. I’m big on having Jesus removable from the set. (not attached to the manger). I’d love to keep the manger empty until Christmas morning and then put Jesus in so the children see him in the morning. I remember our pastor saying that this was one of their traditions and I always love the idea.

Ok, back to the tour…

Our fireplace mantle is still not finished so I’ll save photos of that for later. We did hang our stockings by the chimney with care.

Finally here is our tree.

I have to admit, I’m not in love with our tree this year, I almost did not share a picture of it.  It’s short and lacking in the lights and decoration department, but aren’t we lucky that the Christmas decoration, the tree and all of the gifts aren’t the focus of Christmas.

Matthew 1:18-25
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.  And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:  “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

Thanks for stopping by! If you’re looking for more Christmas decorating inspiration than you can possibly handle then pop over to The Nester! {You may want to grab a coffee and get comfy… you’ll be there a while!}

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    Becky @ Our Peaceful Home
    December 13, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Love it! It looks beautiful!

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    December 13, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Everything is lovely. We certainly are blessed that the decor isn’t the focus of this amazing time of the year. “And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” {Isaiah 9:6}

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    Jenny Yarbrough
    December 13, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Pretty pretty pretty! That dresser find is amazing! I love it. What lovely decorating you have done… not too much, but just perfect!

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    Jessica Montanez
    December 14, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Oooooh that buffet IS cute! Can’t wait to see it all in person…IN 9 DAYS!! Woo hoo!

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    December 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    All so pretty! I love all the little touches tucked into places around the house.

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