Saturday, December 20, 2008

Home for Christmas

Today we celebrated Christmas with all my family. It was a wonderful time of laughter and love...lots of love. Thought I'd share a 'taste' of the day. A few pics of my Christmas decor and our dinner this evening. Enjoy!

Yes, we have snow! It's a winter wonderland here!

All Hearts Come Home for Christmas!



My husband made these lanterns for all our friends and family one year for Christmas!

Our WillowTree Nativity on our fireplace.

Our fireplace!

The Stockings Were Hung...

Looking down on the tree from our second floor.

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree...

Second floor lit railing.

My son's bathroom. (You can only imagine how he loves to share his washroom with a couple of carolling dolls! It's only for a few short weeks!)

Our Ensuite! (Guess I should have cleared off the counter a little more before taking the picture! Oh well, hope it makes you feel at home.)

A touch of Christmas by the tub!


Proof that I made Candy Cane Crunch and Peanut Butter cookies! (Tracie and Karen please take note if you read this! I used your recipes!)

Our Christmas table!

A sample place-setting!


May you and yours have a very blessed Christmas!


Cheri Bunch said...

Thank you for inviting me over! I love your home! I enjoyed the visit so much! You have a beautiful home, Joy, and you decorated everything so beautifully!

May your joy and laughter multiply as the holiday progresses.

My love to you!

Melissa said...


Your home is beautiful!!!!!!!!! I am so not a decorator! I'm so jealous.

I love seeing your family around your table.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas Joy! I love you,

Melinda said...

Beautiful and warm, Joy, as it sounds like your Christmas was! It's what I'm praying for mine as I travel to Texas today.

Blessings to you!

Yolanda said...


Beautiful, just like Christ and yourself!!!

Merry Christmas and tons of love,

Catherine said...

Beautiful!! What a wonderful celebration of the birth of our Lord and King!

Zoe said...

Your home is just like I pictured it; warm, welcoming and VERY beautiful. It is truely an extention and refelction of you. I hope you made many sweet memories with your family.
Merry Christmas Friend,

Sita said...

Like Zoe, your home is just how I would envision your surroundings, a refelction of your taste and beauty. May God continue to bless and surround you with His beauty.
Have a Merry Christmas.

Charlene Kidd said...

Thank you for the invite. Your home is absolutely beautiful. Everything looks wonderful. Have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Thank you for the tour. My, you went to a great deal of work for your friends and family. Even into the bathrooms! That's decoration dedication.

Beautiful per usual.


Runner Mom said...

Hey, Joy! Thanks so much for having us over to see your lovely home! I felt right at home! We have the same nativity scene!! I am missing the camels and wise men though! They haven't made it down south yet!I love the Willow Creek simplicity!

I can't get over all of the snow! WOw! Simply amazing!

Tell your son we appreciated his willingness to have his bathroom decorated and photographed!

Glad that y'all had a wonderful time with your family! I'm looking forward to our celebration this week with our relatives.Merry Christmas!

Love you bunches!

PS--If your husband ever gets a hankering to make another lamp post, I'd love to have one! It was gorgeous!

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

I loved seeing your home and your family! Beautiful. What a great table you have for a crowd! Ours is getting a tad crowded but will still hold hubby, me, our kids and inlaws and grandbabies. Of course the youngest grandbaby is only 2 weeks old so won't require a chair and youngest son is not married...yet! ha In another year or two we'll not fit!

I love the covered butter dish that I can see in the pic of an individual place setting.

I will try and post some pictures of our dinner on Christmas. BUT I will try and not get any messy backgrounds in the pics.....I am SO not organized and neat the way YOU are!!! That is one area where we are way different!

I will be looking at the pictures again and again in the next few days!

Love ya,

Joy in The Truth (Sharon Sloan) said...

Beautiful pictures! Your home is the warmth of family at Christmas! :)

The dining room table is gorgeous!

Thanks for your comment. I will be praying for you. Please let me know how it goes. May HE fill your heart with HIS perfect, sustaining peace. Praying for you!

Sheryl said...

Wow, how wonderful that last picture is with all the family around the table. Thanks for sharing with all of us. And thank you for stopping by - it was good to "see" you again.

Merry Christmas,

Beth said...

What a beautiful home! And I love your nativity - I have the same one!!

Lynn Cowell said...

Wow, Joy! You decorate the whole house! I know your family loved and appreciated every bit of it!
Merry Christmas. May you enjoy His presence this week!

Tracy said...

What a beautiful home and what a wonderful glimpse of your family's celebration. Thanks for sharing it with us. = ) Merry CHRISTmas!


Renee Swope said...

Your home looks beautiful - every inch of it!!! Thanks for having us over for a Christmas open house. I especially love the lantern and your Willow Tree nativity!

Merry Christmas!!!

Leah said...

What a beautiful home you have!! And you do have snow!! Yikes, we would just die here in the south if we had that much snow.

Thank you for sharing your Christmas celebration with us!!


Chef Diane said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. I am wanting snow in our state we only have cold air. I wanted to stop by to wish you a merry and happy holiday season.

hkudla said...

My dear friend,
Thank you for your prayers for safe travel! I made it, praise God, with no bad roads all the way home. The way home was much better than the drive down to my parents house.

I love the pictures of your house, and all the snow you got! I just love snow... and though people around here will call me nuts, I want even more! :) Right now we are having a bit of a warmer spell, so we are getting drizzle/rain/freezing rain right now, switching to snow soon, i hope!

Again, thank you for your prayers and encouragement over this year! I love you my dear friend and hope that this finds you well.
May God bless you mightily!

Julie Gillies said...

Your home is absolutely beautiful, Joy. What a nice tour. LOVE your table and all the decorations throughout. I especially like the picture of your family gathered 'round the table. Precious!

Michelle said...

What a beautiful 'tour' and I was one of the lucky ones to be AT that table for real and diner was lovely. I love taking picutres like this of my home, its as though you look at your home through someone elses eyes when you do this and appreciate what you have been blessed with even more.