Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Home Tour

At Christmas time it is always fun to see how people decorate so here is how we do it: welcome to our home

the outside lights

a view from the road- the white picket fence has lights on it, but i couldn't get a good shot

the outside in the daytime

the window decorations

the tree

the train going around the bottom of the tree with lance watching it go by

the living room at night

the stocking hung on the stairs since we don't have a fireplace

the stockings up close

lance's table with a candy cane candle on it

candy cane candle holder, i got it years ago and had to redo the candy canes when they melted and after lance has been playing with it, i need to redo it again, he has been sampling

the living room sofa and shelves above

the shelf about the couch with candles on it and lance blocking the side table with candles

close-up of the candles and glitter tree on the shelves

the silver reindeer on the upper shelf

Christmas candles waiting for Christmas Eve to be used
my favorite candle holder and the spirit of Christmas angel

the greenery over the tv with an angel peaking out

the dining room

my favorite Christmas decoration: the Nativity

close up of the Nativity

Christmas dishes and Lance's two chocolate advent calendars- he is very spoiled

we have shatterproof ornaments on the tree so the christmas balls that used to be on the tree are now displayed in a bowl

the christmas banner I got through a game of dirty santa and the high chair waiting for use

the christmas card holder, awaiting Christmas cards

the bib already for lily's first meal on Christmas day

the glass ornaments in the dining room window

close-up of the large ornaments

and a treat for taking the tour:

Almond Spritz
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of almond extract
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
food coloring
Heat oven to 400. Beat butter, sugar, and egg in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed. Stir in remaining ingredients except food coloring. Separate dough to color with different colors. Place dough in cookie press. Form desired shapes on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 5-8 minutes until set, but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet immediately and place on cooling rack.
Makes about 4-5 dozen cookies.

Spritz are one of my favorite cookies because they are easy to make, don't take a lot of time to bake and they are a one bite cookie!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!


Bonita said...

All of your decorations are lovely, but I also have to say that it looks like you have a very pretty home even when it's not Christmas.

Becky said...

You have a beautiful home. Your nativity is the 2nd one I've seen today. It's one of my favorites. Yummy on your Almond Sprites. My mom and I made these together when I was a little girl! Thanks for the memories!

The Masseys said...

Beautiful home and a beautiful family!

Life In Progress said...

You house is beautiful - I love your paint color choices, and of course, your Christmas decor is great! Love the cute, cute stockings.

Leigh Ann said...

I must say I love your paint colors! How fun. Awesome nativity, I love that one but haven't broke down and bought one yet. I show it to my kids and hubby every year but noone has got the hint yet! LOL. Your white table and chairs are really nice too. Can I ask what is a dirty santa? I have heard of secret Santa. Enjoy your family this Christmas.
Leigh Ann

35 and holding said...

arg. I forgot about the treats. Oh well. The pressure is just too much these day! LOL. Your home is nice. Love the ornaments in windows. Gives me an idea for next year. I gotta go get rolling on mine now...

MegCherry said...

I love the red wreath on your front door! Thanks for stopping by my place :) Merry Christmas!

Barbie@ Mamaology said...

What a beautiful home you have. Your Christmas deco's are so nice, but your house in general is decorating some cozy and modern:).

amy said...

everything looks beautiful!! You have a lovely home.

Carol said...

I love all your festive touches. Thanks for sharing with us.

Merry Christmas!

ellen b said...

Hello Sarah! You have a very lovely home and family. Blessings on your Christmas celebrations!

Diana said...

I love this picture of you guys. Just great!

heather said...

Very beautiful home. I love your paint colors. Love the shelves with pictures and I even got really nosey and clicked on them to see your cute pictures in the frames. So cute!! Also love all the cute candles and glitter tree on the shelves. Thanks for letting me tour.


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