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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Tour

I'm a little late for the Christmas Tour that is happening over at Boo Mama's blog... but I thought being late to a party is chique, right? I'd never know. I'm the boring one who is always the first to arrive (though frequently I make my husband go in ahead of me so I'm the second to arrive!).

My parents left just a few minutes ago, headed out to sunny southern California (I'm sure they'll be just jumping to come back to the cold of Colorado!)... and most importantly, headed out to see their grand-daughter Raley! Truth is it would not matter where she is... they'd be there if they could!

Anyway, on to the tour of my Christmas house. This is the first year that I have had a house to decorate! And honestly, we didn't go very crazy with the decorations (come to find out when you've lived in 700 sq. feet apartments all your married life, you don't have nearly as many decorations as you thought you did).

We'll start with the shelves of a bookcase in our study... nothing too ornate, but a cute Santa plate and a Santa standing on a Polar Bear (he's Santa Claus... it could happen!).

And this is right next to our front door (ignore the cutesy picture of Reid and I... it's there year-round. The gold table runner, candles and nutcracker are seasonal).

Here is our China hutch... I've added a few of my festive salt and pepper shakers (I have a bit of a collection) and some cute little candle holders.

These are, probably, my favorite decorations this year. My mother has been giving my husband village pieces for the last few years. I finally have enough space in my living room to set them up (and no... the picture isn't crooked, what are you talking about?? :)

These are the three pieces that don't fit on the back of the piano... if he gets another one this year, we'll have to figure out a new place for them to live.

Here is a close-up of two of our mills, the grist mill (for flour of course) and the saw mill, for lumber.

And a close-up of one of the figurines, this one the carver outside the wood mill. There is also a blacksmith shop (of course... it is Reid's town after all), a tailor, and a theatre!

And here is our Christmas tree... I've yet to figure out how to get a picture of a Christmas tree that makes it look as impressive on the screen as it does in person. This is our "fake" tree from Alco... I love how "real" it looks and the 7.5' looks great in our nine foot ceilinged living room.

My goodness... pictures of Tater just creep in everywhere, don't they?? But in all fairness, he belongs on the tour. See his festive bandana? Even my dog gets decorated for the season!

Thanks for stopping by!


Connie Weiss said...

I'm late too. We can walk in together! LOL!

We are going to start collecting the villages once we finish our nativity.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Carol said...

Fashionably late, maybe. So glad you joined the tour. Tater looks ready for Santa!

Merry Christmas from She Lives!

Noah's Mommy said...

What great decorations...you did an amazing job...

Katie @ makingthishome.com said...

Congrats on having your first Christmas decorating yourself--I like it! I liked the little penguins and other details you put everywhere.
Silly parents going down where it's warmer. They could be freezing like us!

Cyndi said...

I want those little santa and snowman candles - they are too cute! Your home is lovely!

Merry Christmas!