It's time for BooMama's Holiday Tour of Homes! If you're visiting my blog for the first time, let me give you a warm Canadian welcome. We are a pastor's family of five living in the Vancouver, BC, area. We moved here four years ago from Ft. Worth, TX, to begin a church, and the Lord has blessed us with a wonderful group of people to make us feel right at home in our new country.
First is a picture of our fireplace. I waited 23 years to have a fireplace, and I love having such a homey, old-fashioned one to decorate. The porcelain doll on the left side of the hearth belonged to my Grandma, who passed away just after we moved here. I also have pictures of our family on the hearth. Last year I got the PEACE stocking holders on sale, was thrilled to death with them - and then realized our stockings are too long to hang safely over the fireplace! And on Christmas morning, when they're full, their weight pulls the hangers down anyway. So I hung some of my Norman Rockwell ornaments on the stocking holders. Please overlook the fact that they're not hanging evenly! On the left of the mantel is my set of Willow Tree figurines - Love, Peace, and Joy - and my church birdhouse on the right. I have it sitting on a couple of antique books.
Next is our Christmas tree. My younger son and daughter decorated it for me this year. It's done in blue and silver (not for the Dallas Cowboys!), after I said in my Christmas meme that we used all kinds of colors on our tree! Kids, I tell ya! If you have younger kids and think it's crazy trying to decorate with them, just wait till you have teens decorating together! ;) We have a few gifts under the tree; we'll finish our shopping this week after our older son comes home from college for Christmas break.
Finally, help yourself to some Chocolate Crinkles (recipe in link). This is one of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes. My daughter Beth made these - she's our resident baker. We plan to make several different kinds of cookies tomorrow to send to family down south and to give to our downstairs neighbor.
I hope you've enjoyed this Christmas tour of our home. Feel free to look around elsewhere and get to know us a bit better, and I hope you'll come back again! Be sure to visit BooMama for more holiday home tours!