Christmas Tour 2013

A couple of times I’ve participated in The Christmas Tour of Homes. In 2008, it was still under BooMama’s jurisdiction. In 2009, it was Nester’s first year hosting the Tour, and I linked up again. Apparently since then I haven’t gotten my tour up in time (may have coincided with the birth of our second child and , so I’m linking to the years I missed as well as putting up a few photos from this year.

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Like most people, I have my old-timey favorite items that I put up every year, but I try to mix it up so things don’t look the same every year.

Mom gave me the little sled this year. So cute!
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Jesse Tree!
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Casual centerpiece with some snowflakes we’d been cutting out that day.
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Balustrade by day.
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Balustrade by night.
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The tree.
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Cute little raccoon Markus gave Anja for Christmas this year
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And then she wanted one with the nativity scene, too. And her doll.
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The kids who live here.
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And the mantel downstairs.
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Love the God Jul sign made by my friend, the owner of Sola Hus, in Moorhead, MN!
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Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

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Thankful Tree 2013

We did a slightly different take on our Thankful Tree this year: a paper version on the wall. I have too little counter space in my kitchen to give it up for a whole month during baking season! And this worked really well. Both kids were writing a lot of their own items to put on the tree, which was fun to see. Markus also added two very tiny but very detailed beehives. They are the white-and-gray things you see on the trunk.

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Apparently Daddy had a busy month of evenings (we usually share our thanks around the dinner table), because his list was short. But I know in his heart he is very thankful for many things. 🙂

Anja:
– Coco (her stuffed dog)
– Mama
– Books
– Markus
– Dad
– Markus
– Mom’s love (awww….)
– Flowers
– Art
– Daddy’s job
– Jaylee (her cousin)
– School

Husband:
– When Anja is obedient
– Pizza
– A home
– Candy

Markus:
– Mama
– Room (his room, I assume)
– Mama
– Love
– Ninja Turtle costume
– Caleb (a friend)
– Jaylee
– Watching “Peter and the Wolf”

Me:
– Our own home
– Markus’s mouth when he colors
– My musical experiences
– Humor
– Mr. Tim is still alive (a friend of ours had a near-death experience)
– Husband
– Books
– Coloring crayons
– Nutritious meals
– Our church
– Anja
– My girlfriends
– Classical music
– Brownies
– Markus
– Quesadillas

So there you have it! Just a few of the things for which we are thankful. God has richly blessed us.