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Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Tour of Homes...

Thanks to Boo Mama for sponsoring this little event...
Let's see, let's start here with our Advent preperations. This is our Advent wreath. We light it each night at the dinner table and say a special prayer asking God to prepare us for the celebration of His birth at Christmas. These are some of the resources that have helped us to make Advent more meaningful this year.

The Christmas Tree...
Our Nativity...
Under the tree we have my older daughter's collection of Boyd's bears and my
Raggedy Ann and Andy.
These two just make me smile, in kind of the same way those brightly colored boxes of circus animal crackers do, they bring up sweet memories of childhood...My mom had them made for me many years ago.

Our decorations are pretty simple. Here is our Christmas cactus dressed up. I have this huge bowl and placed the ugly potted cactus (that my husband really loves) in the middle, surrounded it with pine branches and put rose hips in for color.
This is the hutch in our kitchen. A friend gave me a ton of boxwood. I made the garland, hubby did the wreath.
The garland needed a little something so I went to the "studio" and pulled out some red pom poms, ric rac and ribbon to brighten it up.
I love this crocheted Mr. and Mrs. Claus given to us by my mother in law many years ago.

A boxwood with red gingham ribbon...
TThe view of my kitchen sink. I spend a lot of time there it might as well be festive.

As I continue to prepare for the season I hope to do so prayerfully with joy and peace.
Please try and do the same.
peace,
amy

13 comments:

jennwa said...

Everything looks so pretty. Thanks for the tour. I love the Ragedy Ann and Andy.

Merry Christmas!!!!!

Jamie Lea said...

I love it all but my favorite is the hutch in the kitchen :-) Beautiful. Thanks for having us in your home, this is just too much fun.

Kiy said...

Oh how lovely. I thought my fav was the tree, then I found the Christmas cactus (great idea!), then the kitchen window. I loved everything!

Merry Christmas, Kiy

Sarah said...

i love the boxwood wreath! also, i love that you have an advent wreath, an idea i would love to incorporate next year.

volpecircus said...

lovely hutch m'am! of course, everything looks stellar as per usual. :)

La Familia Garcia said...

What a beautiful nativity set! And your wreaths are very pretty! Great decorating!

Sharon Kay said...

I love every thing........you have a lovely home and it is decorated so pretty. Thanks for the tour and good wishes from the state of Ohio to you and your family.

regan b said...

everything looks so pretty and festive! thanks for sharing your home with us.

Leisha said...

I love the wreath on the kitchen window - that will make dish duty more festive! Thanks for allowing us the peek ;-) A very Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours.

Leisha

simplysewn said...

Love it all but especially the wreath in the kitchen window. What a good idea. We must get together soon!

Carol said...

Beautifully done. Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us.

Merry Christmas!

Erin said...

The boxwood wreath with gingham is so cute! Thank you for the tour - Merry Christmas!

Kristen said...

Thank you for inviting us to tour your home. I like your idea of having the stuffed toys under the tree.