Merry Christmas one and all! Today is the Nester's Christmas Tour of Homes party and I simply can't abstain from anything with the words "Nester" and "party." Last year I was feeling all excited about my holiday decorating. This year I am more tired than inspired but I am joining in nonetheless. Here we go...
It is fake and was cheap and obviously not that pretty. But it's easy. For me the important part is the tree decor. These unassuming trinkets are very sentimental as they are a combination of ornaments that our parents gave us when we got married and ornaments my own children have made over the years.
I especially love my topper. Blondie made this little cardboard angel when she was 3 or 4. I always cry when I take it out of the Christmas bin. I love its giant blue eyes and sparse yellow yarn-hair.
Coffee filter glitter-angels and thumbprint snowmen grow more precious every year.
My mantle is not Christmasy at all save for this lonely star. I didn't get around to the garland part like I did last year.
I did, however, put up this window garland again. I love it.
But not as much as I love all of these handprint decorations the kids made with their toddler hands at pre-school in years past.
My Nester-inspired ragamuffin garland I made last year.
The entry-way is kind of fun. Our advent calendar, Christmas cards, stockings, and more kid-made decor.
We're trying to keep Jesus at the forefront of Christmas...but truth be told there were Toys 'r Us circulars here earlier this morning. Sigh.
I love this sweet handmade reminder that He's still the center, chaos and all.
The kids drew these manger scenes today. Here's Blondie's:
As you can see Brownie's rendition of the nativity is more "layered": Joseph brought a present, Jesus has a Christmas tree, there are various locks and entrances into the stable, and if any of the manger participants become bored they can play putt-putt.
Blondie and Brownie were working on a lovely holiday mural...
Until a certain two-year-old chalk thief sidled up, hoarded all the chalk when they weren't looking, and "ruined" their pictures.
He deserves a lump of coal for all his naughty-ness...but he would probably just eat it or smear it on the walls.
Clearly if there's a theme in our house this year, it's one of "keepin' it real"...especially with these three always-stirring creatures.
Merry Christmas from our humble abode to yours!