Friday, December 19, 2008

The BooMama Tour -- Welcome!

Once again, I'm a few days late and a few dollars short, but I would like to join in BooMama's Christmas Tour of Homes 20o8. So come on in and I'll share a few of my favorite Christmas decorations.

My favorite ornaments are the homemade ones that have decorated our trees for years. This little snowflake and the clothespin soldier were made by my college and lifetime friend, Terry. I love the detail. The photos don't do them justice, but the snowflake sparkles beautifully and the little soldier looks like he's ready to march.

This is another homemade ornament. It was made by the room mothers when I was in the fourth grade. I've always loved it because it's so pretty, but as a mom I can really appreciate the time and work that went into making 30 of these! In "those days" they had to pour the little molds and make the ornaments, then paint and decorate them. On the back is inscribed: 4th grade, Mrs. Allen. She was one of the most significant teachers in my life, so that makes this little tree even more special.

These little skaters are ornaments I gave my mom years ago. There's a little snowflake hanging above them, made by one of the Brownies in my troop a few years back.

There are a couple of favorites in this photo. The book is a Family Christmas Book that we were given the year Joey was born. It records all of our Christmas memories, holds our family Christmas cards that we sent through the years, and it's just a treasure of memories.

This beautiful ceramic angel is from my BFF. Each year she finds the most beautiful angel ornaments, in memory of our moms. I love this one. It's very fragile and instead of putting her on the tree, I like to find a special place for her.

These are a set of three candles that I just bought this year. They are nestled among the greenery on our mantle and their soft glow tell the Christmas story each night.

My mom made this angel for me years ago, for one of the first Christmases Dan and I were married. She has adorned the top of our tree or watched our Christmases from a special little nook each year. Isn't she sweet?

Thanks for stopping by, and Merry Christmas to all!


Jen said...

I love all of it. Your angel your momma made is adorable. I know you are missing her at this time.
And I love love the candles with the three wise cool is that.

Your home is beautiful and I wish a happy holiday in it....the first of many Christmas's in your new home friend.

Maggie Thornton said...

Your nativity candles on the mantle are so beautiful. Yes, it does tell the story of Christmas and your little angel - so sweet.

Merry, merry Christmas.

Maggie @ Maggie's Notebook

Cyndi said...

Your home is lovely!

I lost my Mom in April and I wish I had a little something that my Mom made to remember her at Christmas. She didn't really make things - I do have lots of purchased ornaments though. . . Your angels (from her and your BF) are very nice reminders that she is with you.

Merry Christmas!!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

It all looks wonderful! I love those new candles, so pretty! But I would be remiss if I didn't ask -- where is your village? Did you find a good place for it in the new house? I hope so, I hope you are enjoying it and all of your other wonderful decorations this Christmas season!

Merry Christmas Karen!

BClark said...

Unpacking the ornaments always brings back so many memories. Thank you for sharing yours.

Becky said...

Oh my goodness I love those skater ornaments. Those are so very sweet. Lovely tour, Karen!! Enjoy Christmas in your new house.

Joanne said...

Loved your Christmas tour, what a nice idea. The angel from your mom is so pretty, very special. Clicked over here from BClark, enjoyed browsing!

Melissa said...


I love all of your stories and memories for each decoration. How special that makes everything.

Thank you for your advice. I am feeling much better now about my upcoming procedure.

Merry Christmas!


Bill said...

It's like having a blessing from your Mom at the top of your tree each year! That is wonderful.
I think Christmas ornaments and decorations that are pulled out each year are extra special.

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

I love the Nativity candles...I wish I could come see your beautiful home in person this Christmas!


Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

What a cute little soldier, he does look like he's ready to march! You have so many great pieces that I am sure mean a lot and hold so many memories for you.

Merry Christmas! :)