Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Boomama is hosting a tour of homes for the holidays. I think it's a wonderful idea and have enjoyed popping in on a few of the homes on tour. However, at this point, I can't handle even the idea of company, so I will have to pass on having a formal open house of my own. (That's me, sprawled out on my front lawn to the left). But, as long as you've dropped by, I'm glad you're here, so come on in! Today, I managed to get some baking done. I started with the important things -- the fudge for my nephew, R.J., who will be home on leave this week, and the spritz Christmas trees that are a family favorite, especially for my psuedo-brother-in-law, Steve, who is really Kathy's husband, but he feels like a brother-in-law and since I only have one real one, I will claim him. Besides, since he has to put up with me for the rest of mine and Kathy's lives, the least I can do is bake him some of his favorite Christmas cookies each year (hi, Steve.) Here is the picture I promised of our decorated tree. It is the tallest tree we've ever had -- eleven feet! It looks like it's leaning in this photo, but truly it is not. It's straight and true and smells wonderful. If I were hosting an open house, I would probably show you my Nativity set. This one is from my childhood, the one we had growing up. I also have another, fancier one, but this is my favorite. See the little bird's nest in the rafters? My mom always added a touch of whimsy to things.

I would also show you my corner cupboard (that I bought at a garage sale for $25 and have yet to refinish it) with a few special Christmas things. The tea set is from a very dear friend, and the little angle is something my cousin made me years ago. The Christmas card was my uncle's as a baby, so it's probably about 80 years old.

This is my simple-Simon centerpiece which has yet to make it to the center of my dining room table, because it will be my workbench until minutes before Christmas dinner!

And, finally, a shot of one of my favorite ornaments. This was made by Joe when he was in preschool. There's a story behind why it is so special to me, but for now suffice it to say that it is one of those little things that tugs at a mom's heart. And this year, I can hardly look at it without getting teary. My firstborn is now a tall, lanky young man who will be graduating high school at the end of the week and heads off to college one month from today! Tomorrow, it's back to some more baking. I have wrapping to do and a menu to plan for Christmas Day (it's all in my head, but need to get it down on paper). Six more days, so I better get busy. So glad you popped in!


BClark said...

Love Your tree!! Jim and I were talking that next year we will be able to get a nice big one. Hopefully by then the front room will be finished. Your cupboard is charming, tea pots are one of my favorite collectables. Enjoy your holiday, I think you are going to have a good one. Barbara

gail@more than a song said...

I'm so glad you joined in Karen...everything looks good and that tree is SO pretty! Sounds like you've been busy too; I love your centerpiece....I too need something for my dining room table but it's full of wrapping paper etc. and probably will be for several more days!

Becky said...

Oh, I love your tree. Your home is lovely. I especially like the split level idea which opens your kitchen up so nicely.

And one month from today! That is the part that hit me from this post. Yikes! Christmas and then he is leaving for college. That all kind of hits hard doesn't it?

Have a very merry Christmas with your sweet family, Karen.

Judy said...

Thanks for the tour. I saw that too over at Boomama's but was too busy to do it.
Wonderful pictures.

Dawn said... 11 foot tree!! That's the tallest one yet on Boomama's tour that I have come across. :)
Mine is 6 foot or so the box says...but I think the box lied...LOL. That's what I get for buying it at the Dollar General a few years ago. :-)

Thank you for the tour!

Merry Christmas from Dawn in Germany!

annie said...

Merry Christmas!

Bill said...

Your house looks warm and welcoming...just like your blog! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday together. I'm looking into helping out with the homeless early Christmas Day, and then spending the rest of the day doing my own stuff and feeling grateful.

Jen said...

I loved your tour and so glad you joined it. I love your tree and love your corner cabinet bargain. Mom and I go yard sale shopping alot in the summer..we love it. I loved your centerpiece too.

kim said...

Lovely tour of your home. I might do a little tour of mine this weekend--I had every intention of joining in with Boo Mama's on the 17th, but you know how things are this time of the year!

I did not realize your son was graduating mid-year!!!! OH, such a bittersweet time for you---proud of who they are becoming, but knowing how much you will miss them. Did he accept for sure to the college up here in my neck of the woods? Ohhh...I hope so!

Your house is lovely

the160acrewoods said...

i love the "ewe" ornament! how cute!

kim said...

oops---I hit publish before I was done!

Your house is lovely...I wish I could pop on over for tea and some crafts together. :) (and lots of snow--how lucky are you to have that festive element for your Christmas!)

*hugs and happy thoughts sent your way*

Barb @ A Chelsea Morning said...

Wow, Karen. You're tree is gorgeous. I so wish we could have a real tree but when you marry a volunteer firefighter, that's the end of real trees.

I'm going to get some pine scented car air fresheners to hand inside my fake tree and pretend. LOL

Thank you for sharing your lovely home and Merry, merry Christmas to you and your family.