Monday, December 17, 2007

Boo Mama's Christmas Tour of Homes

Christmas Tour of Homes Welcome to Casa De Galletti. This is our first year participating in BooMama's Christmas Tour of Homes and I hope that you will enjoy your visit to our house and the view of our decorations. It's nothing fancy since last year we took down the front gutter and this year we got the house re-roofed and the fascia replaced so I can't hang any lights on half of the front of the house. And one of the two large glowing balls of lights (the red one) is shorted out from the rain earlier this week. But it's better than most of our neighbors (in real life) who have NOTHING up, not even a candle or tree in the front window.

A proper hostess has refreshments for her guests so here's your snack - a cold glass of eggnog and some gingerbread men. Be sure to bite the heads off of the gingerbread men first so that you don't hear them screaming! And try not to spill any eggnog on the carpet (keyboard) - it's so hard to get those sticky messes cleaned up.


Enjoy your visit!


These are the kid's advent calendars for this year. They are made by Playmobil and each day they get to open one of the attached little boxes. By the end they have completed an entire scene.

This is a side view of the advent calendars, our countdown-to-Christmas Santa nutcracker, the cute little momma snowman ornament that I won from Rechelle (she's too cute to get lost on the tree), and one of the two seasonal stick arrangements that are in the living room.

This is what Paul's Advent scene looked like last week, his is a king, prince and knight scene.

And this is Giselle's. Hers is a queen, princess and maiden scene.

This is the gingerbread house that we built - those little gingerbread men need to live somewhere!

This is a view of Paul's sides of the house. Notice Giselle's cute snowmen flannel pajamas?

And here are Giselle's sides of the house.

Here is this year's tree and stocking set up, and that IS an IMac Snowball there in the foreground (notice the sleek profile - it's almost invisible). The decorations are in different places on the tree and there are some some different stockings hanging up on the entertainment center because there are different people here this year...

but otherwise it looks just like last year's setup. We don't put out the gifts until Christmas eve since Mr Paul has very little self-control (he's getting it slowly) and I enjoy climbing up and down the ladder to the attic every night.

Woooo, every thing's all spinney! Look at all the pretty colors!
It appears as if you've had too much eggnog so I'm going to have to ask you to leave now.

Here's the front door. It was nice of you to drop by. Please come again next year!

Hey, you're going the wrong way, your car is up the street!

See, I told you that you've had too much to drink! Be careful not to drink and blog surf!

Ah, now that's much better!

Happy Holidays and all that good stuff! Thanks for dropping by! Please leave a comment (or a check for the damages) so that others can come by and egg your house, I mean drink all your liquor, I really mean so that I can get a boost to my blog self-esteem (you read me, you really do!).

No, really, please leave a comment and a link to YOUR Christmas Tour of Homes post (if you have one).

62 comments:

Joyful Days said...

So much fun!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful home.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!!
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Southern Heart said...

Very lovely! Everything is so colorful and festive...a very happy home! I loved seeing the little ones decorating the gingerbread house!

Merry Christmas,

Andrea

The Dairy Wife said...

That was a great post ... so funny at the end. You're a nut.

Loved it.

Tanya

Senkyoshi said...

The gingerbread houses are adorable!

Hootin' Anni said...

The decorating of the gingerbread house is great.

Mine's posted. I have two versions.

A thumbnail short version
and
a
slide show long version.

mammacheryl said...

I loved the eggnog effects. Thanks for inviting me over! Merry Christmas. You can check out my humble decor over at http://redpens-diapers.blogspot.com.

Dawn-Enigma Artist said...

What fun. Your home is lovely!

blue thistle books said...

I'm sure glad to see that someone's gingerbread house is still standing! Love your beautiful home!

Mycrazylife

Melene@Sing For Joy said...

What a fun post! Thanks for sharing your lovely home.

I'm in Texas, too!

Antique Mommy said...

So very beautiful. Even if your gingerbread house makes me feel inadequate. :P

Chrissy said...

Great job! I love your tree.

Mommy Cracked said...

Beautiful!!! I heart your gingerbread house! I also love the advent calendars! Too cute! Merry Christmas!

Mrs. Pivec said...

Thank you for the eggnog and the tour. Hey, I didn't know the eggnog was spiked!

I love the little Playmobil peacock and the gingerbread house turned out so nice!

Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

Jenni said...

You are TOO funny! Thank you for sharing your lovely home, and that gingerbread house looks scrumdiddlyumptious!

PEA said...

So that's the screaming I heard...I'm afraid I bit off a leg first of the gingerbread man cookie! hehe I so enjoyed your tour and those advent calendars are truly awesome. Love your tree also! Ugh, my head is spinning...did you spike that eggnog???? Merry Christmas to your and yours:-) xo

Susanne said...

Wonderful decorations. Thanks for the tour!

Jean said...

Texas represent! Thanks for the tour and the egg nog was quite delish. ;)

Dianne said...

Merry Christmas! Gorgeous gingerbread house! I never make them but a friend said to use a thick,warm sugar paste to hold the walls up instead of the royal icing! Maybe I'll try again. Thanks for inviting us in your home. : )

Jen said...

What a fun visit! Thank you so much for sharing! Your home is lovely and the gingerbread house turned out wonderfully!
Merry Christmas,
Jen

Nicole (canadacole) said...

That was lovely! I love those PlayMobil advent calenders. I've never seen those before! They're awesome!

Love the end of your post. I'm going, I'm going, but I'm laughing all the way!

KellyJean said...

oooooohhhh FUN!!!! I love peeping into other people's lives and love to see their homes!

JanMary said...

Lovely hospitality - I really should not drink and browse blogs :) I want an advent like that. Great gingerbread house too.

Merry Christmas to you and yours from Northern Ireland. Please come by and say Hi.

the next erma said...

Look at all of those presents under the tree! We also decorate a gingerbread house every year (if there was a contest, yours would win!)
Merry Christmas!

Miss G said...

I love the spiny picture! merry Christmas! Kelly

It's a Mom Thing said...

Thanks for the tour. The kid's gingerbread house looks awesome!

Sabrena said...

love the "drunk" pictures! You are so witty...you did great!

Stef said...

very very cute!

Merry Christmas!

http://bekmom.blogspot.com/2007/12/christmas-tour-of-homes.html

Nicki said...

You crack me up! The advent calendars are such a great idea and the gingerbread house looks wonderful! Have a Merry Christmas!

Tabitha said...

Great job! I love the advent calendars...they would be perfect for my two children. Merry Christmas!

Jen said...

We love doing gingerbread houses. We were invited to a party for it last year and had a blast. So much....loved your tree. Merry Christmas!

PowersTwinB said...

I knew I shouldnt Surf & Drive this keyboard! ooowww...Love the look of your tree and decorations! No presents here under the tree until Christmas Eve too!

Big Mama said...

So pretty! I love all your decorations!

Jenn said...

that gingerbread house is AWESOME!

Susie said...

What a fun visit! You have a great gingerbread house, and I love the tree. Merry Christmas!

Joanne said...

Thanks for the tour. Your home is so warm and inviting. I LOVED the gingerbread house.

Merry Christmas, Joanne

Lana G! said...

Merry Christmas! I enjoyed my visit

hiccup!

CrownLaidDown said...

How very much fun! You are one funny lady!
Blessings on you this Christmas!!
Holly

~Rhen said...

Fantastic tour!!
Have a blessed and merry Christmas!

The Garners said...

Thank you for the fun tour! Everything looks great! I love the gingerbread house decorating pics! Merry Christmas...

Sileena said...

Your decorations are so cute. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas. www.nolanites.blogspot.com

Biscuits & Grits said...

You are too funny!! I was already on a sugar high and then you had to give me egg nog!!

I love the nativity scenes - too cute.

Robin

Jennifer said...

Love your decorations! I really like the kids' advent calendars. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas to you & yours!

Jennifer :-)

annselma said...

I love playmobil. Thanks for that egg nog but, whoa, does it kick a punch! I'll try to make it through the rest of the day. Thanks! :)

Nise' said...

Loving that Gingerbread house! I was kind and did not sneak a piece off it! Thank you for the cookies.

Waitingonyou2 said...

Thank you for sharing! The gingerbread house was fab!

Mercy's Maid said...

I love the spinny pictures. You're too funny.

Here's my entry:

http://mercysnumber1fan.blogspot.com/2007/12/christmas-tour-of-homes.html

Nancy Sabina said...

Wow! I did have too much to drink.
Love the blurred photos.

Kim said...

Very nice!~ I especially like the drunk pictures!

Melissa Markham said...

I love gingerbread and eggnog:) Your home is lovely and your sense of humor delightful! i love to read posts like yours! Merry Christmas!

the160acrewoods said...

too funny! i loved it!

Ornery's Wife said...

Fun tour. Those advent calendars look like quite the thing! Thanks for the egg nog.
TM

boomama said...

Love those advent calendars - and I love your front door, too - very fun! Thanks so much for sharing your home with us!

Sharijoy said...

all looks good ....especially the gingerbread house!! The kids calendars are great! Happy holidays

Love Sows Seeds said...

Fun pictures. Love the gingerbread house! Have a great Christmas.

Kari said...

Thanks for the tour! Your little artists did a great job on the gingerbread house!

Kristy said...

The gingerbread house looks great - can you believe I've never made one? Maybe next year...

Bev Brandon said...

You are simply delightful!
Childlike wonder!
Those advent scenes are incredible.
Merry Christmas from # 339 on
BooMama's Tour Bus

Tamara said...

That gingerbread house looks yummy!

http://ponderedinmyheart.blogspot.com/2007/12/oh-theres-no-place-like-home-for.html

The Gallands said...

What a fun blog! Thanks for inviting- visit anytime..

http://gallandsandpints.blogspot.com/2007/12/come-on-in-yall.html

mwmuse said...

Thank you for sharing!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for inviting me. I had fun here. Good Job! Merry Christmas!