Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas Tour of Homes

It's been fun looking at all of the beautifully-decorated houses that are part of the Christmas Tour of Homes this year. More than 1,000 bloggers have joined the carnival, hosted by The Nester, to show off their holiday decor.

I've been wishing I could participate, but, honestly, with our fourth child born on Dec. 1, I'm just happy we even put up our Christmas tree this year.

I didn't bother to get out the nativity set, the Christmas village, the outdoor lights or even the wreath for the front door.

When you walk in our home, you are greeted by this most days.


It's like we have a volcano in the center of our living room that spits out coats, boots and gloves.

But, that's OK. We're all snuggly and warm inside, especially when we get to cuddle up with this precious gift that came to our home this month.


I used to be very picky about how we decorated our Christmas tree. I would carefully hang glass balls and ornaments that looked like jewelry. This year, we gave the kids one small box of ornaments -- most of them made by their own little hands in preschool -- and let them hang them wherever they wanted.


It's not beautiful. But we don't care. We're all too preoccupied with this sweet bundle of joy.


In past years, I draped my dining room table with a pretty table cloth and set in the middle a glass bowl full of ornaments. This year, our dining room table is cluttered with books, paper and pencils we use to do home school.


And that's OK. Because we're all learning how to take care of a baby, enjoy the moments and live at a slower pace.


Our home is not decorated with pretty things this year. We don't have piles of gifts under our tree. But we couldn't be happier.



And really? What could be more beautiful?

** To see more homes taking part in the Christmas Tour of Homes, head over to The Nesting Place. **


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11 comments:

Christa said...

What a sweet post! Love your little bundle of joy under the Christmas tree...too cute!

Miss G said...

That picture of your bigger kiddos looking at the baby is PRICELESS!!! Looks like you've definitely got your priorities in the right place. Way to go. That hand painted paper candy cane on your tree is really fun. Kelly

Anonymous said...

Your tree does look beautiful cuz the kids decorated it... and your house looks like a house should with a new baby there!
You already received your best Christmas present ever!!
Enjoy!! Happy Holidays!
Laurel

Cathy said...

Wonderful post...and with that sweet little new one, what else do you need? Beautiful.

Corrie said...

Beautiful pictures! Beautiful kids. My dining table looks just like yours with homeschool clutter. Glad I'm not the only one. Our new little one is mobile now. So chasing him and prying Christmas ornaments out of precious chubby hands is a new thing this year!
Merry Christmas!

Miss G said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your comment! Hope you're having a good evening. Kelly

Anonymous said...

Very sweet! I love all the pics of the kiddos. Your are blessed for sure!
~Lynn

Kelly said...

Love the black/white of all of them! Precious! Hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas. Lots to celebrate this year!

Gretta said...

My favorite post of yours this year!! I love this. Saw this pic of Jayda on fb, and had to show Bret...both agreed, it has got to be one of the cutest, cuddliest pics of a newborn baby....so precious! And your house is so festive! Thanks for sharing your joy! :)

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

Love this post! Definitely a wonderful gift to have at Christmas. Enjoy all those baby snuggles and the helping hands (after those hands have been washed, of course!).

Merry Christmas!!

Stephanie said...

A baby is truly the best "decoration" of all! So happy for you and your family... :)

Also: I love that photo of your three older children looking at the baby. Their expressions are priceless.

stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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