As you come to the front porch, you will see a reindeer. Our friend, Jerry G., who was a missionary in Ethiopia, made it for me.
Welcome to our home
In our front entrance way, we have a "genkan". That is a Japanese word for "entrance". You have to take a step up into the living room.
I have an umbrella stand with umbrellas in the genkan. Thanks to my friend Carolyn, who has one just like it and told me where to get it! I think of her whenever I grab an umbrella from it. This is Kansas and we have both rain and snow in the winter, in fact, in the next 10 day forecast even. Kansas is like that. We can have 60's, even 70's in the winter. And then the next day it can drop to the single digits. So the umbrellas stay out, even in winter.
Candles from a sale at Kerry's Barn . She has a blog called "I Married a Milkman".
My friend Tami has stockings with the family members' names on them. It looked more uniform and really nice! I may have to do that. The children tend to "outgrow" what they like. Hannah likes dogs this year but was into horses last year. Since I just "upgraded" her from princesses to a horse, I didn't want to get another stocking this year. Having a name on a stocking would make it the same each year, wouldn't it.
If you look closely, you will see the stockings are pinned shut with safety pins. No peeking!!
I put 2 stockings by the fire just for pretty sake.
When Claire was here this past week, she pointed to them and said "Mommy! Daddies!" (the word "daddy" is always in the plural. Not sure why, except maybe we do read a book to her called "Daddies".)
I love the flickering orange lights on the kitchen cupboards. From Linda, my sister-in-law.
a cute whimsical bird from my friend, Debbie
Here is the Christmas yule log that my Dad made for me. We had one when I was growing up in Japan and Dad also made one for our daughter, Jill, as she wanted to keep up the tradition too.
A sweet angel from my Aunt Millie
Here is the creche I grew up with. You can see broken ears on the animals. And there are some sheep in there from my bedroom that one of the children must have slipped in.
We three kings - it may have been more. We really don't know.
My Christmas goose from my son.
A new decoration this year, is this wreath. Our young mom's Bible study gave both me and my friend, Sarah, one as a thanks for leading them. I will post about our party later. Isn't this beautiful??? Check out my friend Allison's Facebook page, Front Door Flattery!
Look how you can see the sparkles from the Christmas tree lights on the window!
We have a snowman for each person in the family.
Now, to go to the basement....
On the middle landing is this snowman.
It is from my girlfriend, Sheryl, who collects snowmen.
And it has a bird on its shoulders.
Because I like birds!
The last 2 stockings are for my parents. Those of you who know our son-in-law, who is from Wisconsin. Do you see his stocking? Packers, of course!
The framed picture from my daughter-in-law's parents.
These are itty bitty stockings, just for fun.
That concludes my home tour this holiday!
The whole house, decorated for a very special Birthday!