Christmas Tour of Homes 2013

I said I wasn’t going to do it this year.

I told myself, Kristen, your plate overflows. Don’t talk crazy. 


But then again, I don’t always listen to myself.

Plus, I’m just a girl who can’t say no to joining a Christmas linky, especially one hosted by the woman whom I would vote for president. And when it comes right down to it, picking a Christmas tree and hanging my grandma’s cranberry garland and tucking greenery aren’t drudgery or work for me . They’re relaxing and comforting – like coming home.

So here I am, inviting y’all to come over and visit my Christmasy house! You’re welcome to stay as long as you like.






Joy trivet found here.


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For the first time in our nearly 19 years of marriage, we will have family visiting at Christmastime {!!!}. So we’ve decorated a little more than usual this year, like adding this giant wreath big enough to lasso cattle.




I’ve crowned our tree the Leaning Tower of Tree-sa.  But since it looks straight from the front, I think we’ll just deal.






Love the print above as much as I do? Find it here


Some of my people (and one doggy) in my place.


Other Christmasy house photos:

Christmas Tour of Homes 2012

Christmas Tour of Homes 2011

A little housekeeping: GIVEAWAY UPDATE.

If you had difficulty subscribing to Chasing Blue Skies or commenting in my giveaway over the weekend, my apologies! My blog is on her best behavior once again, so both features are now working. To find out how to receive a {free!} early Christmas gift from me, click right here. I will announce the giveaway winner via an update to this post at the end of the week.

Thanks for visiting and Merry Christmas!

Don’t forget to stop by Nester’s place for more housey pictures, Christmas style.

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  1. I know how you feel about the cup running over!! But I have to agree that decorating for Christmas is enjoyable and makes me feel comforted being so far away from family.

  2. It’s beautiful and I’m glad you posted! Merry Christmas!

  3. Everything looks so warm and festive! And it isn’t Christmas if your tree isn’t leaning. :)

  4. Your home is so cozy and festive. And your tree is gorgeous, leaning or not. Funny how it does look straight from the front!


  5. Melissa McIntyre says:

    WOW! I LOVE all of your greenery…soo pretty! And your house plants. And your oak cabinets (thought I was the only one left!) And your sweet kids in some of the pics. We have 6 and I would be hard pressed to get a bunch of photos without my crazy monkeys ending up in them! Your home looks lovely ;-) Glad you decided to join in!

  6. What a wonderfully cheerful house!

  7. Thanks so much for giving us a tour of your beautiful home filled with Christmas love! Beautiful!! Loved your leaning tree. Mine looks a little thinner in some areas and it keeps making me laugh. My son decorated and he had so much doing so I just love it!!!
    Merry Christmas to you! Enjoy having family with you to celebrate.
    Much love,

  8. Well, you weren’t going to do it, but your doing it inspired me to do it too. Positive peer pressure, right there. :) Mine is an abbreviated tour because, well, I didn’t decorate much. But I loved getting a peek into your house. I’d love to stay longer too – seems so cozy! Merry Christmas, Kristen!

  9. Love the greens on the chandelier! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas! :)
    Found you via Nester; our Christmas tour is here:

  10. I may or may not be extra thrilled by all the pictures I see on your walls in the background… ;)

  11. Your home is decorated so beautifully!!

  12. Your home is beautiful! Praying you and a blessed Christmas!