I am so excited to share with you our Homestead Christmas Tour!
This is the second year we have been on our little homestead during the Christmas Season. Last year we didn’t have any snow here in the PNW for the entire winter so I decided to bring a little bit of snow inside.
This gorgeous wreath has a simple elegance about it with a woodsy feel.
Absolutely perfect for our homestead. It is hanging in our piano room so the music note ribbon ties in quite nicely. This wreath was made at The Rose Shop in Sandy, UT, I can honestly say that most of my Christmas decorations have come from there. You’ll see as I continue to point them out throughout the post. 🙂
When Jack Frost comes to visit I have this view out my kitchen window in the mornings.
Although we were lacking in snow around here last year we always do get at least a couple of weeks of this. The ground freezes over and the world looks like it’s covered in glitter.
But this year I have been blessed with this view out of my window.
And all of us couldn’t be happier! You can’t really see it, but behind those big trees is a giant hill that’s perfect for sledding. My kids were outside for that entire day. My 7 year-old woke up at 2:30 a.m. to use the bathroom and couldn’t go back to sleep once he saw the snow. So when I say he was out there for the entire day I mean that quite literally. 😉
Even my 2 year-old got in on the fun, making snowballs and riding on the sled!
This was the first time she has seen snow in real life, that she can remember anyway. Most of her experiences with snow have come through the adventures of Elsa and Anna and she is obsessed…
As you can see my favorite sign has a lot of truth to it.
You might also recognize something else on this shelf. Maybe an elf? 🙂 We do invite this little guy into our home, but he is a kindness elf. The more kindness he sees each day the farther he moves, and that just makes the hunt more exciting. We’re not really about reporting the good and bad back to Santa, just recognizing the good. Everyone needs more positivity in their lives, I know I do, and our kids especially do. So we choose to focus on that.
I love that my kids were able to come right through the front door to the warm fire when they got too cold from playing outside.
Our fireplace is one of my absolute favorite things in our home.
It is the center of the place where we gather as a family. Together we read Christmas stories, and burn our advent candle every evening from December 1st until Christmas Eve.
It also got a lot of use on that very snowy day as kids came in to warm their toes by the fire and drink hot chocolate.
This year I was able to buy this incredible fresh garland from a school fundraiser. Along with my lights and gold chiffon fabric I was able to create a classic setting for Santa to come down the chimney on the big day. The stockings we have had since we first got married. I found the gold stockings at Walmart for less than $5 each, so I bought six. Just in case we have 6 kids one day. I decided that if we ended up having more than that it would be okay if I bought new matching stockings. 😉 The red and green stockings were from Hobby Lobby’s clearance items after our very first Christmas so they are for Gabe and I.
In all honestly the kids didn’t drink their hot chocolate by the fire, they drank it at the table.
That is the rule in our house, but it is probably why it looked something like this. Please tell me I’m not the only one that this happens to. I really wanted to share photos of my perfectly clean home and beautiful decorations, but unfortunately that isn’t real life for me right now. I can still enjoy the beauty around me despite the chaos, and this gorgeous white poinsettia does the trick. Especially since some of my herbs aren’t doing so well, it’s nice to have another plant right in my kitchen.
Our entryway is always a happy place for me.
It is one area that I insist stays clean for my own sanity and this is what greets our guests when they come to visit.
Another gorgeous creation for The Rose Shop sits on top of this entryway cabinet.
Classic and sophisticated it brings a new depth to our farmhouse feel. Bringing the outdoors in with greens and flowers there is a warmth that is created.
Then there is the glitter, which adds some holiday magic.
I have mentioned before how much I love sparkly decor. I love how the light bounces and brings some shine into our home. Especially on the dark rainy winter days around here.
This is a double-sided wood block for two holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas.
These words remind me of what is important this holiday season. The message on the bottom is my favorite part. “Wise Men Still Seek Him.” We watched a video with our family the other night that reminded us how we can continue to look for Christ throughout our lives and follow where he leads.
When you walk through my front door you will be able to see what we focus on during this season.
That, and my dirty mirror, which is just more proof that we’re spending our time serving others and trying to be Christlike.
We got this nativity our very first Christmas as a married couple.
One of the wisemen was broken last year and now I just tell our kids that he must be out helping others find Christ.
We have a thing for nativities around here.
Sometimes these little people are set up just like a picture book, but very often my antique tea trolley looks like this. Wooden people askew and school books laid haphazardly on the bottom. Not to mention the partly painted corner of the wall. I’m sure that one day I’ll get to finishing that. In my fall tour I talked about starting the process and the paint colors are using.
The trees in the background were painted by yours truly.
Another project from our women’s activity at church, these adorable farmhouse style trees were not as simple as they looked. Painting with acrylic paint on wood is MUCH different than painting with watercolor, far less forgiving. But all in all I was happy with how they turned out.
There, isn’t that is more like it?
Everything back in its rightful place.
My dear friend is an independent artist and hand paints these nativities almost every year. After my experience with the trees I could only imagine how much talent it takes for her to make these look lifelike at all, let alone this beautiful. They truly are works of art.
All of the wisemen have camels and there is even an innkeeper, an important part of the story but he is always left out.
She also includes a little drummer boy.
Although he is fictional this little boy represents humble service, and someone I would look up to despite his size.
I love that my children can play with these pieces and recreate the story.
That is how they learn, and I hope they have many fond memories of this set. Memories of the joy they felt as they remembered a story of a baby boy who came to earth for them.
And that is not the only reminder in our house.
You get a sneak peek of our tree in the background but the focus here is on the christ child. The treasure box to the left is filled with Gold, Frankincense, and Myrhh. That is another keepsake acquired at The Rose Shop. The runner underneath is a gorgeous piece made in Germany and given to us as a wedding gift from a family friend living overseas.
This time of year we focus on the first gift of Christmas and the gift that Christ gave to us.
So this holiday season I hope everyone can remember to Light the World just as he did. Our family is participating in 25 days of service along with thousands of other people. Every evening we light our homemade beeswax candle as we watch the video for the day and ask each of our children how they believe we can follow through with that days service. I would love for you to join with me today, “Jesus ministered to children and so can you.” I feel like this one is a no-brainer for me, but it has brought a lot of meaning into my life as a mother. I am caring for my children’s needs, but am I truly ministering to them. What children do you have in your life that you could minister to?
I am so grateful to have each of you here joining me on our Christmas Homestead Tour.
Thank you for taking the time to read about what this season is like around here. And for now I will continue to dream of a white Christmas as I look at my back window at the newly fallen snow and the peacefulness of my animals looking back at me.
But of course I can’t end without having you say hello to this sweet little kunekune girl.
Say hello to “Christmas.”
Stay tuned for part 2 of our Homestead Christmas Tour to see the big reveal of our tree and learn about some of our Christmas traditions.
Owen made this cute ornament at his montessori preschool this year. Even though we reserve our kids’ tree for homemade ornaments it made it on the family tree this year. 😉
And don’t forget to check out all of the other wonderful Christmas Sparkle Tours!
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