Christmas Tour of my Home! {pics! happiness! JOY!}

Welcome to my home!

I always appreciate a welcoming entry, don’t you? I think it sets the stage and builds anticipation for what’s inside. This year I hung a hand-decorated garland above my front door and placed mini-Christmas trees on either side of it. Decorating the garland was super easy! A hot glue gun works wonders, I’m telling you.

Here is my foyer, which doubles as a ballet studio!
(I also hand-decorated the garland you see on the bannister behind my dancer using a mix of modern and vintage ornaments from my grandmother).

Here is our dining room fireplace. The children especially love the cupboard-door Advent calendar. I fill it with special treats they open each new day.

I even decorate my china cabinet, Herbert. (Yes, my china cabinet has a name. Doesn’t everyone name their china cabinets?) Sometimes we call him Herby for short.
On our main dining table, I’ve set up our family Advent wreath. This year the older kids are able to light the candles themselves. They LOVE taking turns lighting the candles before each meal. The twins take turns blowing them out. More often than not, my table is spattered with wax and soot from all the exaggerated blowing out of candles!
Through out the house, I’ve set up little shelf displays. Here are a couple of them:
And here is our Christmas Tree! I usually build on a theme over a couple of years, collecting new decorations each year. We call this our Red & Gold Tree. I’ve used it for two years now. Next year, I’ll probably switch themes.
Of course, I also hang stockings over the fireplace–with a family as large as ours, it practically takes up the entire mantel!
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this little peek inside my home.
Now, won’t you sign my guest book by leaving a little Christmas/holiday greeting in the comment box?
Don’t forget to tell us where you’re from, the children love seeing all the different places!
With love from my heart to yours, EE & Family

  • http://www.marisabirns.com Marisa Birns

    Your home is beautiful! And I do love how you’ve decorated it for the holidays.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

    Marisa
    Washington, D.C.

  • http://www.katieballard.wordpress.com Katie

    Merry Christmas to Elizabeth & her family from Zanesville, OH! :-)

  • http://ginagsmith.com gina

    Beautiful decor! Thanks for the tour. Your front entry is my favorite part.

  • Elizabeth Larson-DiPippo

    Merry christmas, EE & family! What a beautiful home! We’re sending you holiday cheer from south eastern New Hampshire.

  • http://www.bigmama247.com Alise

    What a beautiful home and what a lovely family. I particularly love the pic of your young one emulating her big sister. Precious!

    Thank you for sharing your home with us!

  • http://pastorleanne.wordpress.com Leanne

    Christmas greetings from FREEZING COLD Kenosha, Wisconsin!!!

  • http://www.blissfullyeccentric.co.uk Alex

    Merry Christmas to you and yours from Alex in Southampton, UK

  • http://catholicmutt.blogspot.com CMutt

    Beautiful decorations!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours from Colorado!

  • http://www.JanetOberholtzer.com Janet Oberholtzer

    Beautiful decorations.
    Mohnton, Pennsylvania (halfway between Philadelphia and Harrisburg)

    • http://musings--aloud.blogspot.com Leah

      I have called both Harrisburg & Philadelphia “home” during two different short periods of my life. I enjoy finding people online from places (or near places) that I frequent in the off-line world. : )

  • Jen

    Merry Christmas Elizabeth and family! Your home looks warm and beautiful.
    Greetings from Lititz, Pa. Here we enjoy the Moravian church tradition of the Christmas Putz. We just discovered it last year. It’s wonderful.
    http://www.victoriana.com/christmas/putz.htm

  • http://www.sundayschoolrebel.typepad.com Sam

    Your home is just beautiful! I especially love your Advent wreath. I wanted to do something like that but never got it together! And I am from Mississippi…wishing all the EE family a wonderful Advent and Christmas!

  • http://www.pamperedmommy.wordpress.com Andrea Bindewald

    Very Pretty!

    Andrea
    Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
    Dayton, OH

  • Margaret

    Beautiful!!!!

  • http://www.heathershodgepodge.blogspot.com Heather’s Hodgepodge

    Beautiful home! I have the same cupboard Advent calendar. Merry Christmas from middle Georgia!

  • http://thesescatteredreflections.blogspot.com/ Sarah Johnson

    What beautiful Christmas decorations. Merry Christmas to you and your family from Crystal, MN!

  • Courtney B

    Your home is beautiful!

    Courtney from Alexandria, VA

  • Renee

    Gorgeous, EE!
    Merry Christmas from snowy Virginia! :-)

  • http://hoperoadblog.com Anna

    Beautiful and inspiring. Merry Christmas, EE and family! I’m from Florida. :-)

  • http://deacondean.blogspot.com Deacon Dean

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Wishing you and your family a Happy and Blessed Christmas and New Year from the Big Easy, New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • http://www.aspergersmom.wordpress.com Rachel

    Beautiful! Liz! But I wouldn’t expect anything else from you! :-) Merry Christmas!

  • http://notaminx.blogspot.com @threelittleowls

    Hi from New York! Your house looks lovely! I love the red & gold Christmas tree.

  • http://www.bettybeguiles.com Betty Beguiles

    Just beautiful! You have a great eye. :)

  • Joanie

    So beautiful and inspiring! Love the way you accented with candles in refreshing ways. I’m going to look for some spots around the house where I can do the same thing! Merry Christmas!

  • Libby

    Merry Christmas!! What a beautiful home and I love your christmas decorations! Thanks for sharing. I appreciate what you’ve shared on your blog this year and hope you don’t mind me continuing to follow along. It’s an encouragement to me. My husband and I and our four kids live in Lincoln, Nebraska.

  • Laurissa

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones from all the way up north in Saskatchewan, Canada!

  • Mark S.

    Beautiful! I’m from Valley Forge, PA

  • http://www.emuf.blogspot.com Emily

    I love the kids’ portrait over the fireplace. SO COOL! Your decorating looks great.

    Merry Christmas and hot chocolate with marshmallows from Bellingham, WA.

  • http://inamyseyes.blogspot.com Amy

    Happy Holidays from Ladera. :)

  • http://www.laundryandlullabies.blogspot.com Emily

    Pretty pretty home! Christmas cheer coming your way from La Habra, CA!

  • http://www.UsborneConnection.com Tressa

    Simply lovely.
    Thank you, for sharing.

    Tressa
    from the thriving metropolis of Juniata, NE

  • Tara Meghan

    Okay, your house and decorating is SO beautiful, that I laughed out loud when I saw the first picture, because I thought you stole some stock-photos from Google Images and were making a joke. Nice work!

  • karen

    Lovely! It’s so fun to decorate and add a new item here and there. Love the candles by the Nativity scene. I’m waiting for more snow and hoping for a white Christmas here in the Hudson River Valley in upstate New York. Thanks for the peek, Elizabeth. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family. ~Karen

  • http://musings--aloud.blogspot.com Leah

    Thank you for inviting us “into” your home! Beautifully decorated!
    Merry Christmas from Harrisonburg, VA!

  • joy

    Merry Christmas from New York City!

  • http://mutteringsofamother.blogspot.com/ MutteringMother

    Wonderful! I particularly love the shelf displays with the candles burning beside. Thank you for sharing. It was delightful to see all the stockings hanging too. We are hanging three this year as our youngest daughter was born in August. Merry Christmas from us all in Nottingham, England, UK.

  • juliea

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Indianapolis, IN. I love your blog and continue to be impressed by your faith journey.

  • http://www.megmoseley.wordpress.com Meg Moseley

    Beautiful! Have a very merry Christmas, EE and family!
    With love,
    Meg, a Cali girl in Atlanta

  • Kathleen

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos of your Christmas home! Love your decorating!
    I’m in Damascus, Oregon

  • http://www.indiatoappleton.blogspot.com Nancy

    Gorgeous decorations! We are in Wisconsin, about 20 miles from Green Bay. You can tell your kids we got 10″ of snow this week, and the temperatures were below zero two nights this week. :)

  • http://faithandfood.morizot.net/ Scott Morizot

    Merry Christmas from Pflugerville, TX (just outside Austin).

  • Catgal

    You have a beautiful and beautifully decorated home! Have a blessed Christams. Cat, Huntington Station, NY (Long Island)

  • frogla

    Howdy!! Your house looks warm, inviting and beautifully decorated!!! I love the penciled drawing of your 5 children above the one mantel and I love that I’m not the only one who names furniture. :p Also, your advent calendar is way cool!! Merry Christmas from Fort Worth (not Dallas), Texas!! LOL

  • Theresa

    I live in Edmonton, Alberta Canada…it is cold here with lots of snow but not as much as southern ontario and the US states. 2 cats, one dog, one husband, 2 kids in their 20′s and I am empty nester waiting impaitiently for grandchildren……you have a lovely pair of ballerinas ;-)

  • http://www.suzielind.wordpress.com Suzie Lind

    You’re so great… I loved seeing your home. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I’m so glad I got a chance to meet you this year and hope our paths cross again.

  • Mary E.

    Very beautiful home. You know what’s funny? Your china cabinet really does look like a Herbert. Merry Christmas from Princeton, NJ.

  • http://www.ayoungmomsmusings.blogspot.com Young Mom

    Merry Christmas from Canada, where it is alot colder than yours, and where my house looks nothing like yours! Mine was decorated by 3 little people. :) Beautiful decorations!

  • Josilyn Hale

    It is so interesting to see how other people decorate and celebrate Christmas. Your home is beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us. Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family from NW Arkansas, home of Wal-Mart, JB Hunt Trucking, and Tyson Foods. Also the home of the Razorbacks who are playing in the Sugar Bowl. GO HOGS!!

  • http://www.roy-joy.blogspot.com Jessica

    Love your blog – thanks for sharing your life and thoughts with us!

    Cheers!
    Jessica
    Spokane, WA

  • http://SheilaScribbles.blogspot.com SheilaScribbles

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Greensboro, North Carolina! Your decorations are beautiful!

  • StephM

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

    Have a blessed Christmas! :)

  • http://hilluponhill.blogspot.com/ Jacqui

    What joy to remember Christ’s birth.
    Thankyou for the warm welcome,
    Sydney, Australia.

  • Martha

    Love your blog! And Merry Christmas to all of you.

    Martha
    West Chicago, Illinois

  • http://theregatta.wordpress.com Renate

    Merry Christmas from Pretoria, South Africa! Send us some snow and we’ll send you some sunshine! :)

  • Kris

    Merry Christmas from snowy Michigan!

  • Caryl

    Merry Christmas to EE and family from Sacramento, CA!

  • http://secretvaticanspy.com Kassie – Secret Vatican Spy

    Love the foyer ballet studio – unfortunately by the time my family moved to a house large enough to rehearse in I was already in college majoring in ballet. But it serves my younger siblings well!

    The JOY candles are my FAVE. Your house = the bomb.

    Kassie,
    Fairfield, TX/Tulsa, OK

  • Nancy

    Merry Christmas to Elizabeth and family. Hello Jorai. Hello Jasiel. I am from Singapore.

  • AnneCME

    Although my farmville is all decorated, my home is fixing to get ready to be decorated. My kitty cats tend to enjoy decorations more than is helpful. You have a really nice eye for design!

    Merry Christmas from Gaithersburg, Maryland!

  • http://www.amysadventures.org Amy

    Love your house. The decorations are so beautiful!

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

    Amy from the U.S residing in Zambia

  • http://www.harbourlightradio.org Sharlene

    I am glad that I stopped by. Your Christmas decorations are lovely. I especially like your Advent wreath. I have the same problem with blown wax, but mine falls on the silk flowers. It is a time-consuming job to remove it all. Have a blessed Christmas remembering the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

    Greetings from Carriacou, Grenada

  • Rose

    Merry Christmas from Phoenix, AZ where it is T-Shirt weather this week.
    Love the cozy feel and love that emanates from your home!

  • Dianna

    Your home is beautiful Elizabeth! You have given me some new ideas for next year. Merry Christmas from South Carolina!

  • barbara

    Beautiful, all you need is SNOW!! We’ve got tons in Ontario Canada.
    Merry Christmas

  • Claire

    Beautiful home. Christmas greetings from Auburn, Alabama!!

  • Dena

    Merry Christmas

    from

    Sidney, Ohio

  • http://laladyinwhite.blogspot.com colleen

    happy christmas, elizabeth. i think of you and your family very often :) the kids and your home are all *beautiful*! love, colleen

  • http://www.4andcounting.blogspot.com nicole

    Beautiful! JOY is going to be my Christmas word. Obvious I know, but I just really love that word and what it signifies. So I especially love your JOY decoration.

    I’m from Texas! Yea!

  • http://www.uneviechic.blogspot.com Kalee

    I am back-reading as I just came across your blog late tonight. I laughed when you said you named your china cabinet. I don’t name all my furniture, but pieces with spunk generally get a name at first. As in, Felicity our towel cabinet. Hope you are enjoying this week after Christmas. As a Catholic who doesn’t necessarily always agree with her church but who has found solace and faith there I’ll be back reading more.

  • Kaycee

    Coming in late on this one but I am reading from Michigan! :) Thanks for sharing the pictures, your house looks lovely!