Hi Friends, I enjoy visiting family and friends during the Christmas season, and I love to see how they decorate their homes for Christmas. A few years ago I read an inspiring book called The Nesting Place, by Myquillyn Smith. She also writes a blog that shares ideas for repurposing furniture and decorating on a budget, emphasizing creativity and beauty, not perfection.
The author of The Nesting Place invited readers to post photos of their homes decorated for Christmas on her blog. That’s such a fun idea I decided to borrow it and invite my blog-reading friends over to our home for a virtual visit.
Welcome to our home! I like to gather evergreens and holly to fill the pots on our front steps and to make a swag to hang by the door. This year, a dear friend from our church invited me over to her yard to clip evergreens. She had so many pretty ones to choose from. It was a fun outing. I made a swag for her too.
We brought this olive wood nativity home from Israel many years ago. The star no long hangs above the roof and Joseph has lost his staff, but we still love bringing this nativity out each year to enjoy and remember that first Christmas in Bethlehem.
Each December I also bring out my basket of Christmas books. We’ve collected these over the years and read many of them aloud to our kids and grandkids. There are a lot of happy memories in that basket.Our living room is the gathering place in our home on Christmas and all year long. I try to make it cozy and inviting.
I found this pretty pillow online at Dayspring. I especially like the contrast of the bright red birds against the cream and gold background. This simple white nativity below was given to us by dear friends who are missionaries in Kenya. When I put it out it reminds me of them and the wonderful work they are doing there. The quilt table-topper was a gift from another good friend.
Our dining room with just a peek at my corner desk. We’ll be eating Christmas brunch here before we open our gifts.These gold angles were given to me by my mom, Dorothy Swain. The Mitchell Tolle print of the grandmother teaching her granddaughter to quilt also reminds me of my mom who was a wonderful quilter and artist.
Our Christmas tree is filled with ornaments we’ve collected over the years from travels, friends, and crafts we’ve made. This year two of our grandchildren were with us to unwrap the ornaments and decorate the tree. Here are a few of my favorites.
In the kitchen I enjoy using my Friendly Village Dishes when the family comes to celebrate Christmas Day with us. Cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, and bacon are usually on the menu.
We hope you enjoyed your visit. Scott and I wish you a very Merry Christmas. May you be blessed with God’s peace and joy as you celebrate the Savior’s birth.
Would you like to see some more homes decorated for Christmas? Visit the Nester’s Blog for the Christmas House Tour.
Until Next Time ~ Happy Reading,