Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas in our home

Welcome to our home! I thought I would show you some of the Christmas decorations at our place.
This sign sits in an old milk can next to our garage entry.  The milk can is an old one from the farm I grew up on,

 Here's our card holder.  I love this time of year when the mailbox holds more than bills and junk mail. :)

This kissing ball hangs over our dining room table.  It was a gift from a former resident who came in for rehabilitation and went back home. 

This is our dining room wall.  I have a big vase in the corner with branches in it.  I always hang these little silver balls on the branches at Christmas.

 I've shown this piece before.  It is always on my table, and I change it out for every season.

 I love snowmen!  My sister Terri painted this collection for me quite a few years ago and I enjoy them every year.

 This nativity set is another treasure.  Our daughter Laura made it when she was about 16.  I love the little animals she included.

This is one of Bob's carved Santa's sitting on the bookshelf.

 This little candy holder always makes me smile.  Not only is it cute, but it comes with good memories. The man who gave it to me was the husband of a resident that I really loved.  After she passed away, he also came to the nursing home.  He was a prankster and loved to tease me.  He passed away about 2 years ago,  but I think of him often.

My daughter Laura made this swag for me a few years ago.

Here's our tree.  This year I added the burlap garland to it.  I usually make a few changes every year.
We don't have a fireplace so our stockings hang on a shelf.  The stockings are all the same, but the initials  tell whose it is.

 This nativity set is in our downstairs family room.  It was new to us last year, but has been used by Bob's family since he was young.  When his Mom downsized and moved into an independent living place last year, we inherited it.   I love pieces like this with sentimental value.

This tree is in the family room downstairs.  It's just a simple, little tree but it adds some Christmas charm to the room.
That's it for today - hope you enjoyed the tour!


Linda said...
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Linda said...

Beautiful! Yep, that was me who deleted the previous comment. I sent a kissing ball to my mom--hers is pink though,not red and has the medallion as well. Thanks for the smiles. Blessings

Terra said...

I love your large Christmas tree, and the inherited nativity set, and the one your daughter made for you. The kissing ball is pretty, can you kiss underneath it? I saw it is hanging over a dining table, hope it brings out lots of kisses.

Unknown said...

Oh, I love your home and all the decorations. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I agree, that sentimental ones are the best.

White Lace and Promises said...

I love, love the touches of Christmas! My favorite is the nativity that your daughter made. How did she do it?

Bethany Carson said...

The card-holder looks like a fantastic idea!

Dianna said...

Mari, your decorations are so pretty and done in such good taste. I especially like the swag that your daughter Laura made for you...and the burlap garland is adorable. Your husband's carving talent is awesome! Love the Santa.

Have a great week!

Stephanie said...

Such a beautiful and warm home, Mari. Your decorations are simply lovely for the Christmas season :)

Have a wonderful Monday! Hugs!

Jenny said...

I sure did enjoy the tour. My favorite thing to see a photo of each year is your beautiful tree and the stripey stockings with big initials! But your door swag is beautiful too, and your nativity scenes. Laura is so talented. Merry Christmas Mari! xoxo

Sola Scriptura said...

Simply beautiful! I find it such a joy to get the post each day and find Christmas cards from friends near and far.

Terri D said...

It is all so homey and beautiful, Mari. Thanks for sharing your treasures with us. I really like the burlap garland on the tree. Very unusual, but lovely! I love that the stockings are all alike, except for the initial. Clever.

carrie@northwoods scrapbook said...

Oh thanks for sharing Mari!! I loved seeing your decorations!
And what talented family members you have! Your sis did an amazing job on those snowmen. Same for your hubby with that carved Santa!!
But that nativity by your daughter is beyond precious and adorable. What a treasure!
I just love the burlap you added to your tree too. And those initials on the stockings - LOve love love!!

Betsy Brock said...

How very festive! And you got to add a new stocking this year!

I really love the kissing ball!

Kerin said...

Beautiful decorations.
How special to have so many pieces that have warm family memories attached to them!

Sending you Merry Christmas wishes!!


Hootin' Anni said...

Oh Mari...I'm lovin' all this!!!

You have shared some of the beauty of the season, with such heartfelt, family treasures.

And my heart skipped a beat with the Santa that Bob carved. Oooooooooh, Must remind myself "Thou shall not covet thy blogger's Santa".

Sally said...

Such lovely decorations, Mari. Your family, including yourself, so very talented.

I absolutely love the milk can because, yes, He is the reason for the season. Blessed assurance. xoxo

Anonymous said...

You have lots of pretty things with wonderful memories attached.

Amy at love made my home said...

It was a lovely tour of your home! You have some lovely Christmas things and lovely memories to go with them too, how great is that! xx

LL Cool Joe said...

You have so many things around your house! I'm still working on the porch but then I'm finished. I've dragged it all out this year mainly because I'm doing more for my parents. I'm not sure whether I'll show anything on my blog because really very little is new and I've shown it all before! I love all your things, very you!

Laura said...

So many memories! :)

I'm getting a little worried that your shelf is going to come crashing down soon with all those stockings you're adding!

Do you have a stash of them hidden somewhere so you don't run out as the family gets bigger! :)

Cherdecor said...

I love all of your decorations, but I love the painted snowmen the best. I guess it is because I do like snowmen also. Terri did a great job on these.

Sandi said...

What a great idea for Christmas cards!

Also, your tree is beautiful!

Anita Johnson said...

Hi Mari,
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love looking at homes decorated for Christmas, the nativity made by your daughter is priceless! Merry Christmas to you!

Brooke said...

love the sprigs on your tree!! and the nativity your daughter made. :)

Unknown said...

Your pictures are so nice!! I cant wait for my home to be filled with christmas decor!