Welcome to our humble abode.
You won't find anything of grand proportions here ...
just a simple house filled with simple things ...
and a whole lot of love.
Just the way I like it.
In the early 1990's, I purchased this set of adorable porcelain dolls from the Ashton-Drake Galleries called, "Decorating the Tree." I've only brought them out a few times since then. This just happened to be one of those years. They sit on an antique drop-leaf table in the foyer.
I love Trisha's expression.
Ryan is a busy little fellow.
Melissa has a very important job to do.
The detailing of each doll is remarkable.
Patrick holds a string of lights.
The family room has been the heart of our home since 1989.
Every year, my tree looks the same, except for the addition of one or two dated ornaments collected throughout the year, marking a special occasion or accomplishment.
One of this year's dated ornaments is from The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, purchased during our West Coast trip in August.
If you look closely, you can see another 2011 ornament, purchased in San Francisco. It's a tiny gold thing, just above the red butterfly.
Memories and milestones hang on the tree.
In the evenings, we gather here, mesmerized by the lights.
Sugar plum (my great-niece), in all of her cuteness.
I'm in the market for new Christmas stockings. Four of these shown here were crocheted by my mother in the late 70's. She used them for many years.
I've only been using them the last two or three years, and I still love them, but they aren't quite wide enough for all of Santa's offerings.
But aren't they adorable?
Of course, Diesel has his own stocking.
He has already tried to rob it.
One of our favorite things about Christmas is stocking gifts.
After we open gifts under the tree, we raid the stockings ...
and always find surprises inside.
The quilt hutch got a little bling on top.
The Christmas quilt was made by my mother.
When fully opened, it depicts the Christmas story.
The photographs are of my ancestors, the quilt makers.
The firefighter tree is in honor of The Man, who retired as a captain from Houston Fire Department in 2008.
The assorted trucks and ornaments have been collected through the years.
My simple and in-need-of-remodeling kitchen is decorated in simple fashion.
My angel girl, 1989.
The center square of a table-runner my mother made me.
This cutie was made by my angel girl in 1993.
In the dining room, the old pie safe fairly glows.
I saved the best for last.
The nativity reminds us what Christmas is all about, the birth of a Saviour, Jesus Christ.
I hope you've enjoyed Christmas at my place.
May your Christmas season be filled with blessings.