Christmas at Our House

Here I am, the umpeenth participant in BooMama’s 2008 Christmas Tour of Homes.  Kick back, and enjoy the few little decorations I was able to put out this year.  Perhaps next year, when our little pixie is old enough to “know better” I will have a larger display to share!  Anyway, welcome…this is obviously our front door. 


Would thou please excuse the blurriness, and also the lights that did not light up.  There is a blown fuse, according to The Man.  Whatever.  I just know they aren’t lit.  (Those little lights, they aren’t twinkling…)  That wreath is made entirely of pine cones, and tied with a winter white satin ribbon.  I got it at Target 2 years ago for about $30.  (I added the fancy schmancy ribbon because I’m clever like that).


This is a lovely little arrangement that I put together for our kitchen table.  I runs almost the length of the table, and it is terribly annoying to eat around.  But it sure is pretty when you turn out the lights and the candles are lit.

Here is our mantle.  I love this mantle.  There is a little collection of santas which you can’t see because of my artistic camera angle, and a trifle bowl filled with sparkley glass ornaments which you can’t see because of my artistic camera angle.  I made the garland…it has hydrangea, which you also can’t see because of my artistic camera angle, pine cones, fruits, some sparkley grapes and these gold spirally twigs.  I know spirally is not a word.  Oh, and there are lights.  The candles are there year round.  I love those candles. 


Directly to the right of the mantle is our photo wall…finally pretty much completed.  I may add a few photos from time to time, but for the most part, we’ve got what we want there.  For now.  Now back to the subject…I put some greenery on the shelves, and a few frosted glass ornaments to dress that display up.  Ignore the spacing of the frames…it looks off due to the artistic photography. 


In my dining room is one of my very favorite Christmas decorations…the creche made for me by my aunt, in memory of my grandmother.  Each year I buy a new piece to add to the display.  Haven’t figured out what to get this year…maybe I should get right on that, considering Christmas is 9 days away. 


Of course, here is our little elf friend, Buddy.  Yes, he is named Buddy after the elf in “Elf.”  We are that original.  He appears the day after Thanksgiving and every night he flies back to the North Pole to report what he has seen to Santa, and returns to our home with a new hiding spot each morning.  The first thing the kids do in the morning is try to find him.  Then, they all fight over who saw him first.  Good times.


And finally, our tree…


Here is a close up of our angel…I bought her because I loved her face.  Isn’t she pretty?


One note…  Do you notice how the bottom of the tree has no ornaments?  Mm-hmm.  Want to hazard a guess as to why?  Mm-hmm.



She just can’t help herself.


Ella, you’re not touching the tree, are you?

“Who, me?  Touch the tree?  Let me just distract you with my cutie pie smile…”


Merry Christmas!

Christmas at Our House

17 thoughts on “Christmas at Our House

  1. Everything looks so pretty!
    The bottom of my tree is pretty bare too, because an ornament is breaking everyday thanks to my youngest ‘helper.’ Who is always just ‘looking.’ And then I hear ‘I’m so sorry I’m so sorry’ as glass crashes to the floor.

    I like the name Buddy, our elf is Kid of Christmas. Because my kids are very weird. And the first one to find it in the morning loves to rub it in the other kids faces. Because Christmas Spirit abounds around here.

  2. It’s all so beautiful but my favorite is that last photo. That made me almost cry it’s so joyful. Can you imagine with what wonder she is inspecting that ornament! I LOVE Buddy, too. What a sneaky idea! Reporting back to the North Pole every night … clever. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

  3. vicki says:

    Your house is beautiful to begin with but there is just something magical about having your house decorated for Christmas, it’s gorgeous. LOVE the B&W picture display with just a splash of color…I think I have the perfect area in my house to copy your idea – hope you don’t mind. That little elf is just fantastic too…we just got our little man too and what a clever little spy he is!! Merry Christmas. Love the pics of your little helper too…what a cutie.

  4. As always, your home looks gorgeous. You have such great taste and style.

    I love your nativity scene – I’m still searching for the right one. I like that the creche was made by your aunt…how special is that?

    btw, my new BFF could cause no havoc. She is just too cute!

  5. Fabulously festive Kristen, but I had no doubts it would be. We did the arm-level up ornaments on the tree last year but Jayce hasn’t been tempted as much this year so we’re back to decorating the tree in it’s entirety. And there’s that little Ella grin again. Too darn cute for words.

  6. Some really nice photography here! And it looks to me like there’s a little elf ready for Santa’s visit!

    Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us.

    Merry Christmas!

  7. love the decorations. they are enhanced, of course, by the artistic camera angle. you have a lovely home and a great sense of humor. thanks for sharing both with us!

  8. Love love love your Christmas decorations… not to mention your house :0)

    but that last photo, of your personal Christmas elf, really takes the cake.


  9. Your home is so beautiful and I love the little face.
    I’m still trying to get to everyone’s blog to see their Christmas tour before the ball drops at midnight. There is still hope. 😉

    Happy New Year!!!

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