In Which There Is Much Decking Of Many Halls

Christmas Tour of Homes

Welcome, internets!

I’m oh-so-glad that you’re here for this year’s Christmas Tour of Homes. I hope you have big fun clicking around, seeing everyone’s decorations, finding some great recipes, and pretty much being glued to the computer until your eyes cross and your family is begging you for food.

Which is totally the spirit of the season, now isn’t it?

And seriously, I figured out last year that this deal seems to work best if you only look at 20 or 25 houses at a time, take a computer break, and then come back for another round. It’s a marathon, people, not a sprint, so don’t overexert yourself. And for heaven’s sake, drink plenty of water. You have to stay hydrated or your mouse hand will cramp up and all your interweb training will go totally to waste. So tour carefully. Pace yourself.

One more thing: I think it would be ever-so-wonderful if you would make a point to leave a comment at every blog you visit. Don’t feel like there’s pressure to tell your life story or elaborate on the time that YOU MADE PEPPERMINT MOCHAS FOR A CHRISTMAS PARTY, TOO! Even if you keep your comment short and sweet – saying something as simple as “lovely” – you can still make a blogger’s day.

Just looking out for the interpeep posse, y’all.

So. Am I supposed to show you some pictures or something?


Here’s what you would see if you walked in our house, after you looked down to see the four pairs of shoes that you stumbled over trying to get in the front door.

And be sure to check out the box for the Xbox 360 – WITH GAMES STACKED ON TOP, MIND YOU – that flanks the right-hand side of the leather sofa.

I think it’s a real touch of Christmas klass.

However, on the table next to the Xbox stuff, there’s a star-shaped serving bowl that I picked up on clearance at Target last year, and I just love it – it is one of my favorite things.

Notice that I’m not serving anything in it. Because then you couldn’t see the cute design. And what would be the point if you covered up the cute?

Our tree is tucked in a corner next to the fireplace, and it looks pretty much identical to last year. Probably because Mama decorated it for the second year in a row.

And you may not know this, but Santa left an extra special treat under our tree a couple of weeks ago. Yes, yes he did. You can read all about that here when you have some extra time. It was quite a treasure.

Our fireplace doesn’t have a mantle, so last year I decided that I’d decorate the bar in our living room instead (yes, I said “bar in our living room” – welcome to home construction circa 1974), and I did same thing this year. Since I normally blog from the bar, I’ve had to relocate the BooMama, Inc. International Headquarters until Christmas is over, but that is perfectly fine because, well, sometimes decorating requires sacrifices, my friends.


I actually have two new additions to the little display on the bar this year:

I don’t know what these little dealies are, exactly, but I bought them this past summer at an estate sale. I just think they’re so fun and retro and sparkly, a combination that I am completely incapable of resisting.

Unless that combination arrives in the form of old shoes. In which case I am not at all tempted to make any sort of purchase.

Hey! Would you like to see my dining room?


This first picture of the dining room cracks me up, mainly because it seems to indicate that we have some sort of disco theme going on. Which might not be completely out of the question, what with that BAR in our LIVING ROOM and all.

And the feather trees? Another Christmas clearance find at Target. I’ve enjoyed them so much this year, and if admitting that YOU HAVE ENJOYED FEATHER TREES isn’t a sure sign that you’re getting older, I don’t know what is.

Our nativity scene is on a table in the corner of our dining room, and the little man loves to move around all the pieces.

Apparently, if this most recent arrangement is any indication, the animals were not permitted to look at our Lord and Savior.

Either that or we’re dealing with a guard cow and a guard donkey.

Not to mention a completely apathetic lamb.

I’ve mentioned before that I love (LURVE) to decorate my dining room table with china and crystal at Christmastime. And I really like to mix and match, using bits and pieces of whatever happens to strike my fancy. This year I used some charger plates that Sister and I found at Old Time Pottery for a whopping one dollar each, and then I used dinner plates from my wedding china, topped off with smaller plates from my holiday china.

I like to pick up the smaller plates before we eat Christmas dinner, set them aside and then use them for dessert – that way everybody can get an assortment of their favorite treats. No little dessert plates for us. No ma’am.

And I know that several of y’all thought I was INSANE! CRAZY LADY INSANE! for putting out my china and crystal when there is a very active four year-old in our house, but aside from having to remind him to PLEASE QUIT JUMPING NEXT TO THE CHINA CABINET, he does a great job of leaving all the breakables alone.


Finally (yes! the end is near! mercifully near!), last year I put a Christmas tree in our little boy’s playroom (the tree was free after a Home Depot rebate), and I used that tree to display all our Christmas cards. By the time Christmas day gets here the tree will be chock-full-o-cards, and it is absolutely a tradition that I will continue for the rest of my life. So fun.

Just looking at it makes me happy.

It takes so little, really.

Merry Christmas, everybody! Happy Touring!

Please make sure to link to your SPECIFIC POST for the Tour of Homes – not just your general URL. Thanks!

1. Antique Mommy
2. Kelli
3. Big Mama
4. Rocks In My Dryer
5. Snippets and Sagas (It\’s The Little Things)
6. Jennifer: Wilson-six
7. delilah
8. Tiany
9. PEA
10. Org Junkie
11. Andrea (Southern Heart)
12. Joyful Days
13. annie
14. Dianne
15. Fresh Girl
16. wesley\’s mom
17. Natalie In TX – Casa De Galletti
18. Jamie
19. Praise and Coffee
20. Laurie
21. Robinznest
22. MississippiZen
23. Jamie Lea
24. Lynne-And Babies Make Six
25. Lisa@Take90West
26. Robin (PENSIEVE) :)
27. The Pumkin Patch
28. Kalyn K.
29. chickadee
31. Kelly\’s Korner
32. kathy b
33. Lana G!
34. Owlhaven
35. Tammy@Family Doin\’s
36. Stephenie F.
37. Valerie
38. Bah-humbug Mamacheryl
39. Susan
40. Kathy b, oops
41. JanMary – N Ireland
42. Vicky~FriendshipLoveLaughter
43. Life in the 10/40 Window
44. Dawn-Enigma Artist
45. aubirdwoman
46. DebraK
47. noniemae
48. Linda @ 2nd cup
50. HOOTIN\’ ANNI [short version]
51. Jodi
52. VicarageKate
53. Cheaper By The Half Dozen (Marybeth)
54. Gabby Gwenhwyfar\’s Country Christmas
55. Lolly
56. Nan of On my Porch
57. Maggie
58. Megan@FriedOkra (Plus, er… Some News)
59. Melissa\’s Idea Garden
60. nancy
61. Crooked Eyebrow
62. Jill in Atlanta
63. Holley in Tampa
64. A Joyful Life
65. Tammy/Photography for Fun
66. Karen
67. On the Eastern Journey – China
68. Musings of a Housewife
69. ellen b
70. Maria in NC
71. The Harbin Holla
72. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality
73. sara\’s art house
74. Especially Heather
75. Dawn
76. Georgia Mom
77. Susan P.
78. Mycrazylife
79. Love Sows Seeds
80. Keetha at Write Kudzu
81. Kelly
82. dnksmommy / Lorrie
83. Glass Half Full
84. Lynley
85. Becky (Boys Rule My Life)
86. Judy – His Doorkeeper
87. Patty(GirlfriendsinGod)
88. jennifer
89. Jennifer, Snapshot
90. Kelly (The Feathered Nest)
91. Pam (Kids Kitchen)
92. Jennifer
94. Vivian ( REPURPOSED)
95. bj
96. Melene at Sing For Joy
97. Stef-BEKmom
98. Lauren@Baseballs&Bows
99. 5 Minutes for Mom
100. Mrs. Pivec
101. Candace
102. Capturing Today (TN)
103. Mom\’s Side of the Story
104. Sheila
105. Renee @ Count it Pure Joy
106. Rhonda
107. Kate Z @ i fell in love at 22
108. Jessica McCash
109. Jen (A Good Cup of Coffee)
110. Meredith Eisele
111. Jeri
112. chocolatechic
113. Brandy
114. Lora Lynn – Vitafamiliae
115. Jada
116. Blessed with olive plants around my table
117. Lady Why
118. Amy @ By His Grace
119. Mari
120. Kim @ Hind\’s feet
121. Multi-tasking Mommy
122. Mississippigirl
123. dawn
124. Cortney Hall
125. Nise\’
126. Becky the Butler\’s wife
127. Sporty Mama
128. Ornery\’s Wife
129. So Blessed…
130. Katherine Yellow Rose Arbor
131. Jenni at One Thing
132. it\’s all about lea
133. Barbara H.
134. Lynn
135. Lissete
136. marina
137. Quirky
138. Kim – MomUnscripted
139. Heart Of A Mommy
140. KC
141. Jen @ One Moms World
142. Mrs. Who
143. Angela at Three Plus Two
144. pedaling
145. Kristy
146. chupieandjsmama
147. Nicki (My Boys and Me)
148. Jen
149. *** Stephanie @ Inspired ***
150. Tracy
151. Shannon @ Gabi\’s World
152. Liza\’s Eyeview (Maui)
153. Hope
154. Domestic Engineer In Training
155. kari and kijsa
156. Monkey Giggles
157. Cyndi @ One Day More
158. Jean@workingmomma247
159. amanda in taiwan
160. zamejias
161. Simply Jamie
162. Jenni
163. talking hairdryer
164. Carrie @ Three-Girl Circus
165. Queen B
166. Brittani\’s Holding Little Hands
167. Tracy
168. Donna (My Dear Family)
169. pedaling fast
170. Muses of Megret
171. Candace (Mama Mia)
173. Holly Smith
174. Veggiemomof2 (inside decor)
175. Kristy @ Story of My Life
176. Susie Q
177. Sue
178. Haley
179. Jenn rambles on
180. It Coulda Been Worse
181. Robin
182. Susie (Pink Carnation in Bloom)
183. The Happy Homemaker
184. Anne
185. Miss Patti
186. Jennilyn (Jennifer)
187. Miz Booshay
188. GottaQuilt – Laurie
189. Michelle
190. Brea @
191. Gattina
192. Debby
193. The Inspired Room
194. Sandra
195. Staciesmadness
196. Ellen
197. Reformed Grits
198. JennaG
199. jessica
200. Michelle
201. Sileena
202. Lorraine
203. Ashley @ Twentysixcats
204. Liz @ Monkey Kisses
205. Lindsey
206. Nichole
207. Montana Hearts
208. Mrs. Bick
209. Darlene@kachoo5
210. oh amanda
211. Darcy
212. MarysMom
213. Our Liza Belle
214. Tina (In The Mind of a Thirtysomething Mom)
215. Shelley
216. Mission To Macie
217. Deb – Mom of 3 Girls
218. Wanderlust N Pixiedust
219. Miriam@It\’sAMomThing
220. Genni @ Mother, may I snore?
221. RibbonRockStar
222. Holly
223. Ruth
224. SJ from the Estrogen Ocean
225. Katie F.
226. boysmum2
227. Tabitha
228. Cindy (Still His Girl)
229. Lakewood Manor
230. She Laughs at the Days-My Little Hanukkah House
231. willblogforshoes
232. Susan
233. Heth (Laundrypile)
234. Jennifer
235. Braun Family Circus
236. Elrena (As Yet Untitled)
237. Libby in Australia
238. Melody
239. Sabrena
240. Jane in MI
241. Pure Joy
242. MamaBugs
243. Amanda
244. Princess At Heart
245. unclutteringandbeyond
246. Heather @ thosecrazyvolpes
247. on the ROCK
248. Kisses of Sunshine
249. Mrs. Mordecai
250. Kim the new bride!@blessed beyond belief
251. SJ
252. Liz @ Little Dash
253. Krista @ Married Life
254. The 4 Sullivans in Russia
255. We 4 Forgeys
256. Nancy
257. Sarah @ asthelordworks
258. Elaine@Bloginmyeye
259. Kristin
260. Mama C
261. cyn
262. margalit -hanukkah house
263. Tamara @ Pondered in My Heart
264. Adventures In Babywearing
265. Melanie at Beanpaste
266. PowersTwinB
267. Elaine
268. Gail
269. Julie Size
270. Nichole
271. Freddie Beasley
272. Parenting Tips
273. Heather
274. Linds
275. Mica Garb-oodles Soup Style !!
276. Linda
277. Jessie
278. hansli
279. Rachael
280. Jessica
281. Sandy
282. Lisa
283. Sarah (Twinkle…shine like stars)
284. Gena
285. Teresa (Dominican Christmas)
286. Susan
287. Melissa
288. Irene *The Green Greek*
289. Amberly
290. Angela in TN
291. Baby Bangs
292. Sharon – Pinks & Blues Girls
293. Alycia @Where Your Treasures Are
294. Deena SweetAnnee
295. Staci
296. Jennifer @ Zaankali\’s Adventures
297. Shari (always a child blog)
298. Traci Fuentes
299. Bugzmommy
300. Rhen (yestheyareallmine!!)
301. Kelly @ Love Well
302. Mariah
303. Christina
304. Alyson
305. Jane – Mama Doggy Love
306. J. Fergie
307. Distybug
308. Davedda
309. melli
310. Suzanne (Life In The Key of S)
311. AngBaylis
312. Becca
313. Amy at Crosswalk
314. Shelly
315. SillyMe @ JoyfulChaos
316. Jendi
317. Gina @ Portrait
318. Veronica Mitchell
319. Lisa R-P
320. Queen of My Domain
321. Teachermom
322. Jennifer (Random Musings)
323. Amy@P2P
324. Tracey/Show Me State…of Mind
325. Mrs Groovy
326. Nadine (Just Being Me)
327. gretchen
328. Kristyn
329. Jessica from NB
330. Carrie @ Oak Rise Cottage
331. FulmerFam
332. Heather
333. Lysa TerKeurst
334. party-of-five5
335. Erica (A Yankee In Jawja)
336. Bev Brandon @ Keep On Believing Mark 5:36
337. Megan (the O\’Neal Life)
338. Ginny Logan
339. a woman who is
340. Sharijoy
341. All Things Are Possible
342. Jane
343. Heather
344. mrs. parker
345. SAHMmy Says
346. New Diva
347. Auburn Gal Always
348. Christina
349. wickstrom adventures
350. Carrie
351. Kathleen Marie
352. Lisa
353. Veggiemomof2 (outside decor)
354. Cindy Green
355. Kim
356. Lorie\’s Stitch in Time
357. Anderson and Jake\’s Place
358. Kelly @ Where There\’s a Will
359. Nap Time Reflections
360. Liz @ The Lizness
361. Morgan
362. Holly
363. Sue
364. Tami
365. Good Things for M.E.
366. Kelly @ Parkison Family
367. The Nester
368. Amydeanne
369. Amy\’s Blah, Blah, Blogging
370. A Chelsea Morning
371. Child Development & Parenting advice
372. Ginnydreamin
373. Stef-BEKmom UPDATED
374. worshipfan
375. Wanda
376. Allison
377. Ginger
378. Episcopollyanna
379. Glamorous Jo
380. Kerri @ Living with a Labradoodle
381. logorrhea
382. Kim
383. Please Pass The Salt
384. Myrna
385. Ginnydreamin
386. Janel
387. Totallyscrappy
388. Kathleen aka Coffee Mom
389. heather (now it\’s up – couldn\’t get it loaded!)
390. Love Conquers All~Jeannene
391. Beth@sportsmomma
392. Cheaper By The Half Dozen (Marybeth)
393. karla
394. Nikki Angels of Heart
395. The Decorated House
396. hapilly ever after
397. Suzy
398. MaryLu
399. AZ Mama
400. Cheryl
401. Ginna
402. terronista
403. Not the Queen
404. Burgh Baby\’s Mom
405. Kaylyn- Dunlap Love
406. The Not So Pretty side of an open house! Lysa TerKeurst
407. Rhondi
408. willblogforshoes (the pictures)
409. Lallee
410. ReneeSwope-Proverbs 31 Ministries
411. M&Co
412. darcie wentworth
413. Fizz @ Fizzledink
414. JLO
415. April Landes
416. Lori Raggedy Ann Ornaments!
417. Laura
418. Mamacita
419. Karen – The Paper Cottage
420. jodi
421. Crystal
422. Bitsy
423. 50 toes
424. Lori – Queen of Dirty Laundry (Fashionably Late?)
425. Angela (Cottage Magpie)
426. tongue in cheek
427. Karen-OvertheBackyardFence
428. Jennifer(dailywalkwithchrist)
429. Charlene Kidd-Proverbs 31 Ministries
430. Terri
431. Life Among My Wild Flowers
432. The Bargain Shopper Lady
433. The Warnock Family
434. Xandra
435. Kristen
436. Michelle – direct link
437. Mabiana
438. Laugh Along With Me
439. Our Life
440. JoAnn in NJ
441. Jen
442. forgetfulone-my specific post link
443. Becky (FrumpMama)
444. Kelli @ Living In Grace
445. Kim(Lifesong…some new pictures!
446. emily
447. Nikki
448. Fields Of Heather
449. Scratchin\’ the Surface
450. Michelle
451. Andrea
452. Muddy
453. Proverbs31
454. Rhonda(mimi)
455. Erin @ Gallands and Pints
456. Burgh Baby
457. Forgetfulone
458. Karen
459. momto4
460. fully operational battle station
461. Mamma D
462. Herbwifemama
463. The Muffin
464. Poppy Buxom
465. Sandcastle Momma
466. Amy
467. Mrs T
468. Mommy Cracked
469. Jennifer
470. April
471. Barbare at Cotton Branch
472. Laura
473. virginia wieringa
474. Erin~~The Classy Rabbit
475. Angi
476. deeremama
477. Kim :)
478. Stephanie ~ Tha After Tour
479. where the boys are (Is there prize for being last?)
480. Aunt Mandy\’s Daily Perks
481. VerrySherry
482. Barbara
483. Poppy Buxom
484. Aunt Mandy\’s Daily Perks
485. Lynn
486. The Christmas Faerie

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  1. Oops, didn’t post the link:

    Sorry about that!

  2. Your home is beautiful – so inviting! Merry Christmas. I have had such fun doing this home tour. Thanks for letting us all be a part of it.
    Beverly aka Mississippigirl

  3. For the first time EVER, I thought it would be fun to make a feather tree. Old I Am. :)

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Christmas Card Tree idea! Brilliant, I say, brilliant.

    Merry Christmas (I hope to post pics at my blog but I fear I wrapped up the camera because it has been missing for days)!

  4. MommaMouse says:

    I love the retro sparky dealies on your bar! I just might have to experiment with the craft paper and glitter glue to see if I can make something like them…and the card tree is a wonderful idea!

  5. Oh Boo Mama…it’s a Southern Living Christmas dream! Looks very inviting! Although I am sure you do NOT want all the internets at your home for Christmas! Ha-ha! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home. Due to unfortunate circumstances I cannot participate myself, but will be checking out everyone else’s homes. Merry Christmas!

  6. Yay! I love this idea, I already had a little virtual open house post for my friends, but I’m so excited to link to it here, and to see everyone else’s posts! I TOO HAVE AND ENJOY FEATHER TREES, I am officially OLD.

  7. I enjoyed my visit, very beautiful, I love the card tree!!!

  8. Beautiful! I love your dining room table! What a great idea! Sure beats keeping the “good china” in the cabinet where not one sees it. ever. Thanks for hosting.

  9. So fun, Boomama! I love the cards on the Christmas tree, and I love that your son is wearing a Colorado Rockies shirt!!!

    Merry Christmas!

  10. The Christmas card tree idea is inspired, and steal-worthy I think. thanks!!

  11. This is my first tour, and I really enjoyed your decorations and your guided tour. Your tree is lovely. I LOVE your Christmas dining set. We grew up with that exact pattern, and Mom always has to use it to this day.

  12. Love my leaning tree!!!!!

  13. I loved the idea of your cards on the Christmas tree. I may be stealing that one next year.

    Thank you for doing this Boomama.

    Merry Christmas, Joanne

  14. Beautiful, beautiful! And “retro and sparkly”? You are speaking my language there, girlie…

    Thank you for hosting this!

  15. OK – my first time doing a fun link – I’m excited to see all the fun homes.Yours was absolutely beautiful!

  16. Oh! And I screwed up! Of course I did!! In my excitement I linked to my blog in general…the second link is correct…any way to remove the first one??? Like you don’t have anything better to do than clean up my messes?

  17. so fun AND the ONLY tour of homes where my home will be featured for sure!

  18. Here’s your comment. Your house is great and I love your writing! :)

  19. This will be a fun way to spend spare moments for the next week! Love your home — I especially love the Christmas card display. And those windows in the living room behind the sofa are lovely.

  20. Woo hoo! I think this Mr. Linky thing worked! It’s my first tour of homes, and I must say, everyone’s decorations look great! I can’t wait to see more!

  21. LUV IT! I think my favorite part is the feather trees- I LUV the color!

  22. Your house is just lovely. My four year old and I enjoyed the pictures. You are lucky he is leaving it alone. My 4 year old leaves things alone but the 2 year old.. terrible twos.

  23. I love your Christmas tree fill with cards what a great idea.marina

  24. First off thanks so much for doing this. I love this time of year!

    I wanted to say how much I just adore the wreaths in the windows. I love it! Your house is decorated so beautiful. Thanks so much for letting us be a part.

  25. Looking forward to touring! Thanks for hosting!

  26. What a wonderful idea with the Christmas card tree! I’ll have to do that somehow next year. :)

    Everything looks lovely.

  27. Donna Wright says:

    Wonderful tour!

  28. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with all of us! And I love your china idea!

  29. It’s just lovely! The china is gorgeous and yes you are brave. Merry Christmas and thanks for hosting.

    I messed up Mr. Linky, so you’ll have two links from me and only the second one will work. Sorry, I’ve only had one cup of coffee so far :)

  30. The Christmas Card Tree is a fab idea! Thanks for hosting and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  31. Wow! Your home is beautiful and absolutely puts me in the Christmas mood! You have a marvelous idea to do a tour of homes. Thank you so much!

  32. This is so fun! Merry Christmas!

  33. Enjoyed the tour!

  34. Love it, SO beautiful! Some of this reminds me of my own decorating. My house is open for touring :-)

  35. Gorgeous! Do you want to come decorate my apartment?

  36. lovely.
    I am stealing lots of your ideas!
    Thanks for all the laughs!
    Merry Christmas!

  37. I love your peacock tree.

    Merry Christmas to you. Thank you for sharing

  38. The setting of the dining room table cracks me up. Mostly because we use our table every day and I would be hard-pressed to fit in all that fine china around the spilled milk and Cheerios. But it’s lovely and I envy you your lovely china. I was over at Leigh’s yesterday and amidst all the boxes, there was her dining room table all set with the Christmas dishes. Is this a Mississippi thing? I am both amused and envious, all at once. What elegant and glamorous lives you must lead! :-)

    (had to edit this before hitting submit because I had CAPITALIZED China. Like you had an entire country set on your table and it. was. fine.)

  39. Your home is lovely! Thank you for hosting this fun event. I love your Christmas dishes. Would you mind sharing the pattern??

    Merry Christmas!!

  40. WOW what wonderful decorations.
    Thank you for inviting us to tour your home and Thank you very much for hosting this tour.

  41. Oops, i messsed up the first time – i submitted the wrong url on my first limk under Pedaling – i re-did it with the right one directing viewers directly to my home tour, under pedaling fast, sorry, hopefully it won’t cause too much confusion!

  42. We have the same China! I love my Friendly Village :)

    What a lovely home you have Sophie…and your tree with Christmas cards is a really good idea.
    Blessings on your home, friend!!

  43. I really love the idea of the “tour of homes”. I’m going to participate.

    I love the feather trees too. When I first saw they a couple of years ago, I thought…”Hmm…I bet I could make those!” And then I thought better of it. I imagine I would come out of a project like that looking tarred and feathered.

    And I also love the idea of using Christmas Cards as ornaments! I am going to try that one day.

  44. “lovely”!! :)

    this is my first time seeing all the christmas bloggity tours of everyone’s homes- what fun!

  45. um, that card tree thing? so completely AWESOME.

  46. I love those little dealies from the estate sale! Great find indeed.

    I know you’re busy but my first link, #182 did not work for one reason or another so if you want to delete it, that’s cool with me.

    This is fun, thanks!

  47. My first Boo Mama Tour!! I just love your decorations. I did not post everything I wanted to, but had some problems with my post and actually lost one that I had done and had to do over – urrrr. But hope to post more later this week. Thank you so much for hosting this; this is fun!!

  48. This is so fun. I’m just getting mine up. Your home is gorgeous! When can I come by? Just kidding! Thanks for putting this on again. You have such great southern hospitality!

  49. Thanks for hosting, Boomama! I love the Christmas disco ball!

  50. Dear BooMama :
    I am so glad that you guilted me into making a comment. I just left a long confession on Big Mama’s site, and I cannot live with the title of interpeeper for one more minute. But its just that I feel TOTALLY INADEQUATE with not having a blog myself. But I get it, you girls want to know where us readers come from. So here I am, Jen P., from Palatine, IL, 30 minutes NW of the Windy City. I find so much pleasure in reading your blog and you are just a treasure. I look forward to it every day. I am making your asparagus casserole for Christmas dinner and I am very excited. And the cream cheese, I had already read your site after my lunch hour or I would have driven right over to WalMart and picked up about 6 boxes – do you know that I have put cream cheese in the freezer and used it in a recipe later and it works just fine. So I would have stocked up especially with high cream cheese season (AKA Christmas Season)in the future. OK I know you said to make this SHORT didn’t you. So my bloggy tour of homes comment is that I love the wreaths at the windows, so simply elegant and pretty. Your home is beautiful. I have three young boys and I cannot imagine setting a table that fine and being able to breath in and out. Even with one child nearby – I would be leery….perhaps that explains why my dining room still has no furniture and is often still the “play room” even though we finished our basement 2 years ago and all the junk is down there now. Also explains why when I told my oldest son the other day to set something in the DINING ROOM that he looked at me like I had said, “Go put that on Jupiter and come right back!” God Bless you for all that you say and do on this Blog. I will try to send comments more regularly and think I can promise they won’t be this long. -JMP

  51. This is so fun! Love the feather trees and your big tree is gorgeous!

  52. Love the wreathes in the windows, Love the feather trees, Love the star bowl, and LOVE LOVE LOVE the card tree! I will be stealing that idea in the future!

  53. Wow. You decorate beutifully. Love the wreaths on the windows.

  54. I have been walking around my home in circles trying to figure out how to display our gazillion Christmas cards… now I know! Next year, I’ll either do the same thing, or a slight variation of the same thing. Great idea, and gorgeous house!

  55. You have so many wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing your creative genius~including the tour of homes~ with us! Your home is beautiful.

  56. Really cool idea! Enjoying the tours!

  57. Wow, I love the card tree idea – FABULOUS!!

  58. Beautiful!! I just love the idea of the Christmas tree in the playroom to display cards! GREAT idea! Merry Christmas!

    Jennifer :-)

  59. This is a great blog! I love your humor. And your home too! I will have to visit more often.


  60. Great pictures, your house looks beautiful. I love the card tree idea!!!

  61. Thank you for hosting it again this year :)

    Love all your decorations and just love the christmas card tree!

    Have a wonderful Christmas.

  62. I have that china too! I inherited it from my grandmother, along with all her Fostoria glass which my husband hates because it looks like, well, the FAKE Fostoria that you can buy for $1 at Walmart. But I’ll stop now.


  63. Thank you, thank you. this is way more fun than any TV show or magazine and I can tour in my PJs. Your home looks festive and I enjoyed how you wrote your tour too.

  64. Lovely! I can’t believe you have breakables set out with a 4 year old!!

  65. Gorgeous decorations. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas to you & yours!

    Jennifer :-)

  66. Look at how nicely the young man is smiling at the camera..I’m quite envious on your hgtv like decorating!Thanks for hosting again this year.Merry Christmas.

  67. everything looks great!

  68. Hey, that looks like Friendly Village. I have a similar pattern (Shakespear’s Sonnets), and I’m appreciating the inspiration provided here. Although I will NOT be leaving it out indefinitely because #1, our dining table is our ONLY table, and #2, I have five young ‘uns under 8. ‘Nuff said. Beautiful. You have great taste!

  69. I think I have that same set of Disco balls! *S* Somehow I hear “Stayin’ alive” every time I see them, and I’m really too young to remember the BeeGees. *S* But My kids love them, so they decorate their own trees with quite a few. *S*

  70. YEA! I’m so glad today is the tour of homes. I’ve been waiting! Your house looks lovely, as usual. My faves are the wreats in the window, the card tree, and your table set with China. I love your Christmas china…so pretty!

  71. Your house is very festive! I love the tour. I’ll be viewing all week. Merry Cristmas!

  72. Your house looks so festive! Enjoy the holidays!

  73. Ok, so I came back to 1) actually READ your ENTIRE housetour post, and I giggled all the way through, and 2) thank you for hosting this. You come up with the marviest of ideas :).

    Your card tree is among the most novel ideas I’ve seen; it makes ME happy and they aren’t even my cards OR tree!

    And all your retro stuff? LURVE IT, sweets! Those little trees? The star (sadly empty) dish? The decorated bar/mantel? You know how to pull a rabbit out of a hat, I tell ya!

    Good reminder this is a marathon…I’m blown away w/the number of peeps playing!

  74. This is a wonderful idea! And I love the playroom Christmas tree.

  75. Hey, Sophie, thanks for hosting this big event! And for stopping by…thank you very much. Your house looks beautiful & I hope ya’ll have a very Merry Christmas!


  76. Your christmas decorations are unbelievable.. georgous!!! i love them… This is so much fun.. Merry Christmas!

  77. Thanks for doing this. It’s so much fun to go on a tour in my jammies!
    Loved everything about your house, but especially the Nativity scene. The animals look a little bored to me.

  78. Merry Christmas Sophie! Thank you for hosting this Christams tour. I had a lot of fun doing it.
    I love your house and decorations. When we eventually move into a bigger home, I think I am going to do the card tree thing. That is a great idea.

  79. Gorgeous home Boomama! Now get something sweet into that star shaped bowl asap!!

  80. Love, love, love the Christmas card tree. I’ll be stealing that idea next year. I’m already planning to buy myself a tree during the after Christmas sales.

    Hoping to join the tour after I get some pictures taken of my own holiday decorations.

  81. Yay! This is so fun! If I didn’t alreay have 4 trees up in my house, I would SO do the card-tree. What a great idea!

  82. I can’t wait to get home and create my post to link to your tour of homes, BooMama! :0 )

    So many beautiful houses and decorations. Very inspiring!

  83. Merry Christmas! LOVIN IT!

  84. For some reason, my link was deleted. I posted it last night, I think I was 27th. Am I the only one that had this problem?

  85. This has been awesome fun, thanks for hosting!

    Jill :)

  86. I came home from my errand running to check out the Christmas Home Tour. And as I suspected it did not disappoint!!! Love your wreaths on living room windows!

  87. You have such a beautiful house. I really love the china.

  88. Your home looks beautiful! I love your bar/mantle!

  89. *****So sorry to list myself twice! Thanks so much to Hootin Anni for letting me know that my original link is not working. I didn’t realize this till just a few minutes ago and haven’t a clue how to fix it other than listing again! #29 does not work! A working link to my blog is at #228 Thanks!*****

  90. I just love the tree with the christmas cards on it!

    Thanks for hosting….

  91. I totally forgot to steal your Christmas card tree from last year… it is just too precious. Your entire home is beautiful, and especially so at Christmastime! Merry Christmas to all of you!

  92. By the way, that should read “I totally forgot to steal your Christmas card tree IDEA from last year.” -Not the actual tree, just so you know!

  93. whew!! It was a job just getting down here to comment.
    I loved your tour of home and the commentary was a trip in itself. As always, I love reading your posts. Now I’m off to visit someone else.

  94. Thanks for hosting this! Great idea and love to get ideas and see everyone’s decorations!

  95. This is my first year to be a part of this!! I look forward to spending hours looking through all the homes! Your home is beautiful!

  96. Beautiful. I love the little dish and totally agree about putting something in it, it looks so great.
    I have been waiting for you to set the post up as I live in New Zealand and I posted my tour on Dec 17 as requested, but ofcourse we are several several hours ahead of you so taken time for me to wake up and join in the fun, even if today is Dec 18. Anyway, Merry Christmas and thank you for giving us something to do for the next week!

  97. I like your star dish…mine don’t have anything in them either because I like to see the design! I love your Christmas card tree idea!! I’m going to try that when we have a house big enough for two trees. Thanks:)

  98. I love the Christmas card idea! Wonderful!
    Sweet blessings!

  99. Your home is gorgeous! Thanks for the wonderful idea for my Christmas cards.

  100. This is so much fun! I love to see how others have decorated for Christmas! Come by my blog to see our decorations.