Monday, December 17, 2007

Christmas Tour

It's definitely looking like Christmas around the blogosphere. And BooMama is hosting a Christmas Tour of Homes. And since I love to visit other people's home I decided that I better show off my small bit of Christmas decorating that we have.

So let me begin at the front door where you will be greeted by Santa. If it's after dark then he has sparkling lights to show you in. But then again if the batteries are dead (which is often the case) you won't even notice the lights on the wreath. But you will see the pretty white lights on the house that Hubs puts up for me every year.

On my dining room table is my Holy Family. It means the world to me since it was my grandmothers. It was given to me after she passed away. I always love taking it out each year and hate to put it away. I never thought I'd love paper mache so much.

On our kitchen table is our Advent wreath. It's a very special one this year made from a paper plate and green garland and four small white votive candles. My three year old made it at church for us and she is so proud when we light it every night. So this is the one we are using. After all, it's not every year you get a new Advent wreath.

Next you will come into our family room. We have a small tree (it's small since technically I can put the star on top without a stool) covered in way to many decorations. But with four children all wanting to put them on the tree, every branch is prime real estate. We have all our stockings hanging from the mantel. And yes, I am a bit of a Type A personality in that they must all match. But they have the cutest snowmen on them. And although you can't see it in the picture my Christmas tree skirt also has cute snowman faces all around it.

On my mantle I have my Advent calender tree for the children to open each night. But since my children don't know what patience is, we always have issues about waiting for their night to open the box. So instead of opening a box every night it usually turns into an every four night event. Then all the kids get to open a box at the same time and no one gets left out. I don't know why it doesn't bother them to go days in between but it doesn't. I also have a few more of my snowmen on one end of the mantle.

On the other end of the mantle I have my Santa collection. I have gotten a few here and there over the years and now I think I may have a Santa addiction. But since it only affects me once a year I don't worry to much about it.

Next we will head into the kitchen where I really don't have to much to share. Except this lone little Snowman paper towel holder. It was given to me one year and I really like it. He's always sitting by the hot stove so it's a wonder he hasn't melted yet.

I also have my Christmas dishes in the kitchen. Every year the kids are anxious to start using them. So out they come and then all the food gets pushed aside so they can look at the pretty tree and presents on the plate.

Now BooMama asked us to share a special holiday treat with those of you who dropped by. And I must admit that treats just don't last long in this house. So sadly I don't have any pictures of recent treats to show you. But please know that if you come by you will get a lovely cup of tea or coffee. And if your super lucky you may even get a Surprise Snowball.

Surprise Snowball
40 Hersey Kisses
2 c. flour
1 c. Margarine
1 c. pecans, chopped
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Unwrap Chocolate kisses and set aside. Blend together margarine, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add pecans and flour to mixture, mix well. Chill dough mixture for about 10 minutes. Shape dough around each chocolate kiss covering completely. Bake at 375 for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and roll in powdered sugar while still warm.

Thanks for stopping by and just be warned that those Surprise Snowballs are addicting and messy to eat with all that powdered sugar. And if your interested in seeing some more homes then head on over to BooMama.


Kari said...

The surprise snowballs sound yummy! I also like how you open the Advent calendar every 4 nights. Great idea!

Lisa said...

I love the santa collection.

Tiany said...

Thanks for sharing your home with us! I love love love your mantle!!!

Have a merry Christmas!


Alycia said...

Wonderful Santa collection! And, thank you for the recipe! Looks like we'll be adding that to our list this year! Merry Christmas from Okinawa, Japan!

Nadine said...

I love the Santa wreath. Your home is lovely. The cookies sound yummy.Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas.

Julie said...

Your home is absolutely beautiful and very festive! I love your tree and your mantle.

Merry Christmas!

Kellan said...

Oh, your decorations are so beautiful - I love your Santa collection. Have a good day. Kellan

Robin said...

Everything looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing your home with us.

Anonymous said...

Everything looks wonderful! I love the snowman stockings!

Irritable Mother said...

"He's always sitting by the hot stove so it's a wonder he hasn't melted yet."
Very funny.
Hey, you just reminded me I have cute wintery plates to use for dinner, and we haven't gotten them out yet this year. Thanks! My kids will be so grateful to you. *grin*
I love your decorations and hope you have a blessed Christmas with your family.

nicole said...

I love your Holy Family. It is gorgeous. How do you get new stockings that are the same when you have a new little one?

Stacie said...

I love the stockings!!! Very cute!

Julie said...

Your Christmas decorations are adorable. I miss having kiddos around at Christmas...not that my older ones don't stand there with their hand out! ha ha

Thank you for visiting my blog. I really enjoyed yours as well. Always nice to meet another Texas girl.

on the Rock said...

The tall and slender Santa caught my eye;) There's been a whole lot of hullaballu over his size this
Thank you for your lovely tour!

Nan said...

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my Christmas Open House.
I've enjoyed seeing yours too.
Please come back anytime.

SJ said...

I loved reading your post! I was cracking up...I definately relate to the 4 kids (around the same ages as yours) and their little quirks! I especially like that you are using the advent special.

Dawn said...

Love your Santa collection! I collect Santa's too. Right now they are the small ones (you can see a picture of them on my blog) but I would like to start collecting larger ones too now.

Love your tree and stockings!

Thanks you for allowing me to take a tour of your home!

Merry Christmas from Dawn in Germany!

Anonymous said...

i love the paper mache nativity.. how neat that is!!