Today is BooMama's Christmas Tour of Homes! I was so excited to participate this year, and I was going to try to get my post ready last night and publish it early today. Well, we ended up in a little accident last night, so when we got home, I just really wasn't thinking much about a Tour of Homes, exciting as it is. So now it's 3:30 in the afternoon out here on the West Coast, so I'm pretty late getting my tour up. Hopefully you'll still enjoy it, late though it is. I have just a few pictures, which were made a week ago Saturday during our church's annual Ladies' Christmas Brunch, which was held in our home this year.
Here is our tree, decorated by our 16-year-old son, Andrew, and our 14-year-old daughter, Beth. They wanted a blue and silver theme, so I let them run with it. I think they did a great job! This is the first year we've decorated the tree with any kind of theme.
Here is my favorite feature of the house we moved into this year: the fireplace!!! On the mantel you see my three Willow Tree figures that my children gave me for my birthday this year; they have been a part of every decorating project on my mantel this year, and they fit perfectly. To the right of the fireplace you see a porcelain doll dressed in her winter finery. That doll was given to us by my Grandma several years ago, and I'm so pleased to have the perfect place to display her this year! Grandma passed away three years ago this week, so this doll is especially dear to me now. Being that this was the day the Brunch was hosted in our home, that's my Bible there on the left, with a hymnbook and a little bowl with names of Christmas carols on slips of paper for the game we played that day. Those are not permanent fixtures in my Christmas decor! ;)
Next is our dining room. If you came to eat dinner with us, this is how the table would look. I have determined that we will use the good china more than once a year. This set belonged to my mother, who passed away when I was a teenager. I can remember maybe twice in my childhood that Mama got out this set, and it was always when company came. Now I have it, and I was doing the same thing. Then I realized that she didn't take it to Heaven with her, and I won't be taking it with me, either, so we might as well enjoy it down here! This table was set for our Ladies' Brunch. I tried the candles for one family meal - with Wes, the kids, and myself - and we nearly had flaming soup and sandwiches that night! So I'll save the candles for more sedate affairs (if there are such things in this house), occasions when we're not passing stuff all around while we talk and laugh and not paying attention to the candles and how high that little flame is burning. Ahem.
Here is a favorite ornament that I've set on my kitchen windowsill. We moved here to Vancouver, Canada, just over three years ago, from the Deep South, where I've lived most of my life. Cracker Barrel restaurants have been a part of that proud Southern heritage, so when we travel back down south, we have to have at last one meal at Cracker Barrel. When we were last home for American Thanksgiving, two years ago, I found this little ornament, fell in love with it, and brought it home with me (we paid for it first!). This year it's sitting on my windowsill where I can look at it and imagine myself sitting in one of those big ol' rockers on the front porch, enjoying me a Mason jar of iced tea! ;) If anybody decides to open a CB in western Canada, please let me know. We'll be your first customers!
I can't let you go without seeing my Christmas cactus (cacti, actually) that were given to me two years ago. I couldn't get them to bloom for the past two years, but this year, in my kitchen window, they have just gone to town! I'm so proud of them, although I've kept them alive quite by accident! It seems that they need a cool, sunny place to bloom, and that's what I've given them on that windowsill, and they are rewarding me with bunches of blooms. I'm planning to repot them this spring, hoping to get an even better show next Christmas!
I hope you've enjoyed your Christmas tour of our home! We're in a "new" home this year, a blessing from God, and I've so enjoyed making it cozy for my family and friends to enjoy! Merry Christmas!