CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR

Today I'm linking up with ANDREA to share Christmas Decor! I love to read these posts and take a peek inside everyone's homes this time of year. Christmas decor makes me happy! 

Because our house is currently on the market for sale (You can take a home tour HERE), we decided to put up our Christmas tree and just a few Christmas touches throughout the house instead of everything Christmas this year. We were afraid our house might feel too cluttered for showings for potential buyers.

Therefore, I have a few Christmas touches to share today but I'm going to share more about our Christmas tree/ornaments. 

IMG_0787.JPG

When we built our house, we knew we would buy a new Christmas tree. Mark insisted it not be a "skinny tree". I think he succeeded! #littlefull #lotofsap Can you quote that Christmas movie?!

Our living room ceilings are 10 foot so Mark found the tallest tree that would fit and still be able to have a star on top. 

We always set it up in the corner of our living room which does block off one entrance to the hallway leading to the kids' rooms however there is another entrance and it's only for a month. We can all use the extra steps! 

IMG_0793.JPG

All 6 stockings match. #markisocd #soiam Ha!

We always hang our stockings from oldest to youngest - Dad, Mom, Alyssa, Conner, Carson, Cutter. Is this normal? I see other people hang theirs in no order at all. Just curious how you hang yours...

IMG_0758.jpg

 

Our first Christmas together, Mark gave me a snow globe with the year on it. Every year since, he has given me a new one. However, if you notice, there are a few missing. Sweet Conner broke one when he was a toddler. We didn't have a fireplace at that house and so we had them on a shelf that evidently he could reach. We also lost one in the move that got broken. 

IMG_0797.jpg
IMG_0798.jpg
IMG_0799.jpg

Did you see Buddy, our elf, hiding on the mantle?

IMG_0751.jpg

When I taught 3rd grade, one of my students gave me this singing Christmas tree. You press the button and he dances and sings O Christmas Tree. My own kids look forward to getting him out every year! He is in the living room too for all to enjoy. 

IMG_0777.jpg

Last year, Cutter decided he wanted his own snow globe and asked for a Stars Wars one for his room. 

IMG_0775.jpg

We added a few Christmas pictures on the coffee bar and in the kitchen. 

IMG_0778.jpg
IMG_0779.jpg
IMG_0780.jpg

This sign greets you in our entry way.

IMG_0764.jpg

Along with our little snowman. 

IMG_0765.jpg

And this sign is in my office.

IMG_0763.jpg

Our Christmas tree is decorated with a hodge podge of ornaments. Glass balls, ornaments the kids have made over the years, ornaments that have been gifted to us, or some we have picked up while traveling. Again, since we didn't get out everything Christmas this year. I thought I would share some of the ornaments with you. 

IMG_0759.jpg

This was one of the first ornaments Alyssa made when she was in pre-school. She was SO PROUD of it! Now that she is almost 20 yrs old, she still loves seeing it on the tree. 

IMG_0761.jpg

Carson Michael

IMG_0760.jpg

Cutter Maddux

IMG_0770.jpg

One of my favorites of Alyssa and Conner!

This sweet cross was made by one of my students many years ago.

IMG_0768.jpg

This ornament I brought back from my Mission trip to Thailand in 2010. 

IMG_0762.jpg

And this one is from Thailand that I brought back for my Dad. He passed away in December that year before Christmas, so it is on my tree. We miss him every single day. 

IMG_0749.jpg

We have several ornaments that represent us. 

IMG_0750.jpg

Mark is a HUGE Kentucky Wildcat Basketball fan! 

IMG_0767.jpg

And a HUGE Elvis fan too!

IMG_0772.jpg

Give me all the shoes!

IMG_0781.jpg

One of our favorite things to do in the winter is go out to Mark's parent's cabin aka The Creek, and make smores around the fire.  Mark's sister gave us this ornament a few years ago and it is perfect to remember those sweet times!

IMG_0784.jpg

Our brother-in-law went on a Mission trip to Russia several years ago and brought us this ornament. Don't you love ornaments from around the world? It is a great reminder to be praying for others!

The two most precious ornaments on our tree are in memory of our two babies in heaven. It is always emotional to hang them every year. At night, I sit by the tree in the quiet and think about those sweet babies with Jesus. 

IMG_0748.jpg
IMG_0766.jpg

This is the back of the ornament.

IMG_0800.jpg

Merry Christmas from the Ferry family!

IMG_0771.jpg

That's our home this year! 

Happy HAPPY Tuesday!

XO