Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Tour of Homes...Meighan Style

Welcome to our home! I am participating in some of my favorite blogger's Holiday Tour of Homes. I hope you enjoy the tour of our home, and go to their blogs to enjoy some of the other beautiful homes as well!Rhoda's blog is one of my daily must reads! She lives in Birmingham, and makes everything she touches beautiful!

The Nester is taking over the tour of homes from another daily must read of mine. I'm new to the Nester, but love what I see!

Come on in! Our front door is not actually crooked, but it was raining and dark when I photographed it, and I was trying not to fall off of the porch into the rain!

Let's not forget the reason for the season. This kneeling Santa belonged to my mama. She searched high and low for one after reading a story about it. I know it isn't historically accurate, but it is a sweet way to enjoy both aspects of this holiday.
The stockings are hung by the chimney with care. Daddy, Jacob, Paige, and Mama are all anxiously awaiting Santa's arrival. I bought my Nativity at Walmart when Jacob was just a baby, and I still think its one of the prettiest I've ever seen.
This is our family tree. It is decorated with ornaments the children have made and gifts that my students have given me. I love all of the beautiful trees that other people have, but each and every ornament on this tree means the world to me. One day, I'll do a fancy schmancy tree too, but I will always treasure this one the most!
On just about every flat surface in my house I have the things that sweet students have given me. (I have lots of Christmas stuff, but I haven't bought most of it!)

This is the view into the living room from the side the tree is on. You might notice that one of my santas is turned around backwards. I have a naughty 13 year old son who turns my decorations around to torment me...I didn't catch this one before the picture was taken!

Here's Santa loading the sleigh(s).

Here's a close up of him. My daddy was in the construction business, and when we saw this at Callaway Gardens, Mama had to have him! It plays music and the bucket lifts up and down. One of my favorite childhood memories is my daddy putting us in the bucket of his front end loader and lifting us up to pick pears.

This is our dining room tree. It has my breakable ornaments on it. The red balls, are from our first Christmas tree 17 years ago! Back then all we had were red balls and candy canes.

Our dining table is set with snowmen this year.

My collection of snowmen were all gifts too, except for the big one. He and the dishes came from Target the day after Christmas a couple of years ago. Half price, I couldn't help myself! They look kinda haphazard in this pic, but it's much cuter in person...I think.

See what I mean! You are welcome to join us at our Christmas table. Thank you for stopping by! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

27 comments:

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What lovely Christmas decor you have and how lucky you are to receive so much of it as gifts! I adore your snowmen on your table especially, and the precious chairbacks, too! Too cute! Beautiful nativity, and I so agree with you about the heartfelt and handmade ornies on a tree being what make it so very special. Please visit me when you get a chance!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Roxanne said...

Your house looks so Christmas-y! I have an ornament with Santa kneeling in front of Baby Jesus. Reminds us to keep our priorities in check!

Linda said...

I can say one thing...you home is sure ready for Christmas! It looks soooo PRETTY...thanks for sharing it with all of us in blogland! Hope you have an AWESOME day!

Blessings,
Linda

Rue said...

Your home is so warm and cozy looking. Like you, I decorate our tree with only sentimental things and I can't imagine doing it any other way :)

rue

Mrs. Giles said...

I absolutely love your decorations! I also have a kneeling Santa that I got from my Mama. And it was funny what you said about y'all's first tree only having red ornaments & candy canes on it.... guess what OURS looks like?? Ha! & I absolutely love the chair covers -- so precious! I think you & I have very similar decorating tastes! :) :) :)

Shelia said...

Your home is so beautifully decorated for Christmas. Love your precious decorations.
Be a sweetie and Merry Christmas,
Shelia ;)

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Very nice - thanks for sharing

Debra from Bungalow said...

Classic Christmas decorations, very pretty...love the snowmen.

Stop by and visit me sometime.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Your snowmen are so cute! Your home is ready for the holidays, and the laughter of your family and friends. I just finished decorating our own home. Happy Holidays! xo Lidy

Merrie said...

Your home radiates with love and warmth- so cozy!

Suzy said...

Very festive...Thanks for sharing!
Happy Holidays to you and your family.
Suzy

Richella said...

Your home looks very warm and cozy. I'm guessing y'all have lots of Christmas fun there! Blessings for a lovely holiday.

Jerri said...

I love the table. Too cute!

Hope to see you next week for the Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I LOVE the Construction Worker Santa! Too cute. :) Your house looks great! Visiting from Julia's party. :)

pk said...

pk @ Room Remix

You did such a nice job with everything and I LOVE that Santa plate. Funny how sometimes just the smallest detail catches your eye. :-) Have a good weekend...

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I love your snowmen--the plates and mugs, too. So cute! Thanks for showing us around. :-)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Cathryn, thanks for joining the party!! It's so pretty with the red & green at your house. Looks beautiful!!

Heather said...

Love all your Christmas decor! What a warm and inviting home! Merry Christmas!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your home is just beautiful. May many wonderful Christmas memories be made within its walls.

Our home is having an old fashioned handmade Christmas this year. I hope you will stop by.

Marianne@Songbird said...

Lovely home, lovely people. I wish you a merry Christmas time with lots of love and laughter.

Angie @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

I have one of those teenagers too! That Santa front end loader is AWESOME!! Oh my goodness if I could find one of those my 4 year old would jump up and down! Your home looks great!

Laryssa Herbert said...

You have such an elegant front door!

You're invited to stop by and see my home. Come by soon.

Merry Christmas!

Elaine A. said...

I have the same snowman cookie jar - it was a gift! Your house looks so lovely and welcoming. Merry Christmas!

Moms For Morality said...

Great tour! Loved the stories to go along with the pictures (especially the one about your father and the pear trees)Great blog! Hope your Holiday is a blessed one!

Ruth said...

I love all you Christmas decorations. Everything looks beautiful.

Ruth

beautyinallthings said...

Your home looks so cozy. I love it! I am stopping in from Nester's place. To see my tour click on the 'Christmas 2009' tag on the left sidebar of my blog.

PJ@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

Saying hi from Nesters tour! I love the snowman theme at the table! I will be right over for dinner! :)