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2008 Christmas Tour of Homes

I wouldn't be Meg without offering what may seem to be an apologetic disclaimer before doing something like opening up my home to who knows how many people.  But since there might be visitors stopping by from BooMama's wonderful Christmas Tour of Homes whom have never been to Spicy Magnolia, I really can't resist.  So for those that don't know, I kept Christmas decorating at a minimum this year because of the darling first-born child of ours that is due in a mere 25 days.  So decking the halls this year was not a top priority for me, and thus I only have a few pictures to show.  It will look really plain, but again...a baby is on the way, any day.  Hopefully he or she will wait at least a couple of days after Christmas to arrive so we have time to put up the little decor I got out!  <grin>  And now, without further ado, let the festivities begin!


WELCOME!

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.
Hebrews 13:2


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This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us."

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.  (Matthew 1:18-25)

Upon entering our home, the most ecstatic greeter to welcome you would be this furry creature:  our black lab, Molly.  She's decked out in her Christmas jingle collar that she got from her grandparents; thus, she is an official piece of Christmas decor as she wanders through our home.  I guarantee you'll feel like the most welcomed person in our home ever because of this one.  She has a serious addiction to people and attention.  But don't worry, give her five minutes and she'll settle down.

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In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."   Luke 2:1-14


No big tree this year, just this little one.  Hubby and I will celebrate our 6th year anniversary on the 21st, and just like our very first Christmas together 4 days after our wedding, this year it will also just be the two of us celebrating.  This sentimental tree was our Christmas tree for the first couple of years of our marriage and it makes its way into our hearts once again...but without ornaments this year.  Simple.  I kept it simple!

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When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.  Luke 2:15-20

Our stockings hanging on the mantle.  It's not an uncommon thing around our household for Molly to be the center.  <grin>  Next year we'll have a fourth stocking hanging for baby "Polka".

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After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: 

'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.' 

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.  Matthew 2:1-12


 Precious memories, festive conversations, and satisfied palates can usually be found around this dining room table on which these sparkly baubles reside.

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For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

This nativity scene is no ordinary nativity.  For one thing, look at all of the pieces to it!  Camels, sheep, a cow you can't see very well, and a mule are a part of this display, as well as all of the other Biblical characters.  Furthermore, it was hand-painted by my grandmother, Gaga.  Her intricate, detailed painting is exquisite.  I wish you could see it in person because even the colors are more beautiful and vivid than what appears here.  As the first Christmas since Gaga's passing in July, it means that much more to have it displayed.  My momma let me borrow it again this year, and it is always my most favorite Christmas decor.
 
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Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 1:15-17


Thank you so much for stopping by!  It is a pleasure to have you come through, and there are many more homes to enjoy back at BooMama's.  May this Christmas season be a special time you share with your family as you celebrate Jesus' birth and the hope of His glorious Name!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

Comments

Molly is a cutie! New collar too! Makes me wanna go get one for my Snowy! :)

Your decorations are lovely...especially the wreath on your door!

I like the simplicity, Meg. And Molly is by far my favorite decoration, though everything looks beautiful.

it looks great! i'm super impressed. i kinda like the low key look. i don't really know what more you would want. with a nice touch of pup on the side. it's perfect! yay Christmas!

Oh, Meg! This is one of my favorite. I would have been blessed if you had posted nothing but the first photo of your absolutely beautiful, welcoming front door, and the precious Scripture verse from Hebrews 13! I felt so welcome. You've done a lovely job.

Your tour has been the best yet! What a blessing to read the true story of Christmas along with looking at your beautiful decorations!

Praying for you as you soon deliver that beautiful baby!
Blessings to your family!

Simplicity is ALWAYS a good thing! I enjoyed touring! Come see me at my house (blog)!

That was great and I love how you incorporated the story of Christ in the midst of it all. Thanks for sharing!

What a neat post! I especially enjoyed meeting Miss Molly. Thanks for visiting!

I LOVE that you included your sweet black lab, Molly! If we put jingle collars on all four of ours, can you imagine the noise?! What a sweet playmate she'll be for little Polka!

How exciting to be expecting your first child! I gave birth to mine on December 17th -- 27 years ago! Thanks for opening your home even in the midst for preparing for your little one.

Love the simplicity - and CONGRATS! I hope you have a very healthy and happy baby. I love that you kept your mini tree - we gave ours to DH's Father. We'll get it back someday. Thanks for opening your home, and for stopping by mine. Merry Christmas!
Stephanie

What a beautiful home -- merry Christmas!

Your home is beautiful and I just love the dog's stocking!!! Thanks for sharing your home with all of us!
Merry Christmas!
-Kim

I really love Molly's garland.

Merry Christmas, and enjoy your firstborn - - - and any others that may follow!!!

Thanks for sharing!

Best wishes to you and our family during this Holiday season.

I am so excited for the new Christmas memories you will be making next year. And your puppy is PRECIOUS!

I love your little tree... so cute! Everything looks great! Congratulations on your little blessing:). Merry Christmas!

Wonderful post! I love your stockings but I can't wait to see the new one next year ;)

I'm visiting homes this morning, and cried when I came to yours. There's nothing so beautiful at Christmas as the story itself. Bless you.

It was such a blessing to visit your blog; Thank you so much! Molly looks like a sweetie. Blessings to you and your family. Merry Christmas!

Good luck to you as you await your firstborn! I'm all about a bowl full of ornaments and calling it done. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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