Christmas is one of my favorite times of year! A Minnesota winter has come and it gives us the perfect excuse to stay warm & cozy inside with sparkles and glowing lights and JOY; yes please! However the best kind of cozy is to invite friends inside to come out of the cold, warm by the fire and take the chill out of their hands with a cup of warm goodness.
Let's begin this tour with a hug and sincere welcome, please make yourself at home.
As you come inside you'll be greeted by some warm faces, a tinsel tree and wreath and find boots warming by the vent. The vent is hanging on by a thread but the warm heat does just the trick to help prepare for the next outing.
You can walk straight through into the kitchen and one of my kids will ask, "Is it time for hot chocolate yet?"
Mommy says, "yes." The smiles around the table get big and everyone will ask all at once if they can have some marshmallows too. While I go grab the marshmallows someone will spill and another will be told to stop blowing bubbles in their hot chocolate as I return with the marshmallows.
If you were to stop and peek into the porch you would see the hanging snow pants just waiting for little legs to fill them and go play in the fresh white snow.
Some days I'll stand by the window doing the dishes and watching the little elves play.
Once the kids are settled with some warm hot chocolate we could make our way into the dining room by way of the kitchen. My heart jumps a little when I see all of the smiles of friends and family near and far. These are the sweetest moments really. Soon this picture collage will be coming down to make room for the new greetings received in the mail.
The table is set with simple holiday cheer. A fun patterned table cloth and some sparkly candles. No table chargers, fancy plates or goblets...a festive table cloth does just the trick.
During this special time of year we celebrate our greatest joy...the one who was born thousands of years ago in a manger. You can pick out your favorite colored mug and warm drink and you just might start to feel your toes again.
Into the living room we can go. I think the kids are still sipping that hot chocolate as I hear the bubbles going.
A fun new addition this year is the train. The best part is watching five little kids all lay in wonder and then waiting the ten seconds until one of them knocks one of the cars off of the track and everyone squeals out their name in frustration.
It is one of those things that you know will happen...e.v.e.r.y. time! :-)
There are a few new ornaments on the tree this year. One to remember our family road trip that we took in the Spring.
Mommy was given the Eiffel tower while the kids each received a shiny new mitten.
Years down the road I can't wait to reminisce about when the kids were young and daddy would take them out sledding. It only seemed fitting to get daddy a miniature sled this year.
The seven stockings that I searched high and low for last year hang delightfully on the mantle this year.
After three failed attempts at trying to make homemade yogurt, I decided to use the mason jars that I bought for the experiment, and use them to create some shimmering bookshelf decorations instead.
Once the day has come and gone...
and friends have gone home...
and kids are tucked into bed.
My favorite place to come and sit is on the couch by the window watching the little lights with the snowy scenery out the window.
It is a warm glow where you remember all of the little things (and little people) that make life so joyful.
And if everyone stays in bed and drifts off to sleep then I might just get to enjoy that cup of coffee that I've warmed up three times so far while finally getting to read that magazine that came in the mail last week.
That is until I glance up and see that there are only twelve days left and momma still has some things to prepare for that special day.
But for now they can wait...
because I don't believe in warming up your coffee more than three times in one day.
Thanks for joining us on this tour!