Thursday, December 18, 2008

Welcome to Christmas in Mel's World

Welcome to Christmas in Mel's World!

I know I am a little late getting started on the 2008 Christmas Tour of Homes hosted so graciously by the wonderfully fabulous BooMama, but I am here now and ready to invite you in to my home for a bit.

Come on in through the front door (nope, it's not rustic, it just plain ole needs to be replaced, but I like the way it's starting to look "rustic" now) I'm so glad to see you here.

When you first come in the door there is one of my favorite little spots in the house. It's like the center of Mel's World. Lots of things happen around these steps (friends come and go, the kids run like wild animals, and also where I pace when I talk on my phone).

Right over the dining room table is where I tried to be a little more "creative" this year. I love the way the lights look in this picture. (Believe me, it took me about 20 tries to get it to come out right) I grew up in a small town outside of Louisville, KY, so even though I live in South Florida my house always tend to have a little bit of "country" in it.

This is our tree...yep, it's TALL! I cropped all the other stuff off that was around this picture (1) because it was more than a little "untidy" and (2) because I really love this tree. We used to have those GIANT big round trees but our house just does not work well with those trees so we had to move on to the Chicago Slimlines (they're starting to grow on me now).

Even our little palm tree got into the Christmas spirit this year. You can't tell it from this picture but the ornaments are red and gold came out really cute.

Upstairs on the landing we have another tree, this one's the "kids" tree. It has ONLY the ornaments they have made throughout the years. Some of them go on the downstairs tree then all the rest (we have two shoeboxes full) go on this tree.

For some reason the tree is "leaning" a bit and we can't quite figure out what happened, but that could also be because my twelve year old son put the entire thing together. (As a matter of fact he puts ALL the trees together and decorated the banister as well...he's got some BIG TIME Christmas spirit)
When you head upstairs you'll see that we hang our stockings on our banister. Living in South Florida we really don't have much of a need for a fireplace, so we have to get a little bit creative on where to hang our stockings.

These are a few of my favorite ornaments, of course, the cross is the center of this picture because at our house the cross is the most important thing to us. I'm thinking of adding another tree next year (not exactly sure where) that only has cross sister in love has one at her house in B'ham, AL and I just love it.

And last, but certainly not least, is our little nativity set. We've has it since the boys were little (they aren't so little anymore, at almost 13 and almost 15 they are growing young men now) and it brings back so many memories of them growing up. It is also a sweet and simple reminder that Jesus is the Light of the World, and He is the reason for this amazing season!

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit with me and the family this Christmas. I pray your Christmas is happy, healthy, and full of Him!

Merry Christmas from Mel's World!

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15 Mel's World Friends Comments:

Mari 10:53 AM  

It looks beautiful!

Debbie 10:59 AM  

What fun to check in with each other and visit homes during Christmas. I was late too in adding mine. Your home looks so inviting and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Carrie 11:08 AM  

I love the tall skinny trees (although I do not own one). Your home looks lovely ... rustic door and all! Thank you for sharing and have a very Merry Christmas!

girlforgod 11:13 AM  

Very Pretty. Just wanted to let you know that I am moving my blogs over to Wordpress.
So, I am slowly dismanteling my blogs over here at blogspot. I hope that you will come by and see the new place. Would love to have you keep up with me over there. God Bless, Robin

2TooManyHats 2:18 PM  

You home is very cheery and warm. Two trees - how cool is that!

Cyndi 2:37 PM  

Your home is lovely!

Merry Christmas!!

Praise and Coffee 2:37 PM  

Beautiful woman! Wish I could see it in person.

Becca and Adam 3:47 PM  

So pretty! I especially love the palm tree :-)

Totallyscrappy 5:37 PM  

We live in Miami and have to hang our stockings from the entry way mirror. :)
Thank you for the tour of your lovely home.
Please stop by when you get a chance!

A Cup of Tea with Duong 6:06 PM  

I love all the decorations Mel. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this link. What a fabulous idea @BooMama started. It's fun to get a virtual peak into other's homes for some great decorating ideas. So festive and fun. This online life is something else...always alive and never dull!

A Stone Gatherer 6:13 AM  

Beautiful Decorations Mel! Merry Christmas!

Susan 8:03 AM  

I love it!! I think it's so fun looking at all the different decor! Mine went up too except I didn't sign up to do the tour...

I have a 9 foot tree that I am thinking about trading for a "skinny" 9 footer. Yours makes me think I'd like that very much.

Have a great weekend!

:-) susan

Melissa Jo 11:21 AM  

looks great! My name is Mel too...isn't it a great nickname! Have a VERY Merry CHRISTmas!!!

Tammy 7:38 PM  

It all looks so lovely. I especially love your wreath!

How great your son loves to help decorate!

justcandice 10:59 AM  

I think trees always look better with a ton of lights- yours looks great! Thanks for sharing!

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