CHRISTmas at Our Home

It’s CHRISTmas time! Oh, I wish I could have you over. I wish we could sit down with a plate of buckeyes and a warm cup of wassail and visit to our heart’s delight. Since most of you are miles away, consider this your CHRISTmas glimpse of our home.

Once you walk inside, you’ll see our entryway church (from our Grabill Fair) dressed up for CHRISTmas. Many of my CHRISTmas decorations are from my wonderful students at St. Mark’s. What special gifts that allow me to reminisce each time I unpack my decorations. The believe sign was from Gavin (in PreK) and the Snow sign was from Cathy (my fellow teacher).

Our tree is in our dining room. We cut it the weekend after Thanksgiving. The lights are on (which you can see in the reflection) but I used the flash so you can see the full shape of our tree. Yes, it touches the ceiling even after Andy trimmed it down a bit!

My husband set up the tree and covered it with lights. I get the fun job of hanging all our ornaments as I listen to the London Brass play. Every ornament has a story and a memory. I love that about our tree. I noticed this year that we seem to be collecting large ball ornaments. They are quite lovely!

We have a fireplace but no mantle (yet) so I am learning to be creative with my decorating. Here’s how I decorated my “mantle” this year.

I love hanging our stockings! Tyler (and the whole Frith family) gave me this the CHRISTmas I was engaged. What a great idea and a beautiful gift!

My favorite CHRISTmas decorations are our Nativities. I am slowly building a collection of unique Nativities. My former principal, Bob, is a skilled wood-worker and built me two of these Nativities. The stone and metal ones are unique portrayals of the Holy Family.

As you walk around the house, you’ll notice that we have snowmen tucked here and there. My husband is a big Indianapolis Colts fan, so this snowman is not our only Colts decoration! He just fits with my winter snowmen theme.

As you leave our humble home, we’ll turn the lights on for you. Merry CHRISTmas and come back soon!

I’m linking to the lovely Julia’s Holiday House Tour at Hooked on Houses as well the Nester’s Tour of Homes.


  1. Lovely, lovely! And then went to your recommended Holiday House Tour “Hooked on Houses” and couldn’t get off it! Spent an HOUR looking at all the beautiful Christmas homes and their decorations. Got some great ideas! Thanks, Kristen!

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