Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Home Tour

Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house
Only mother was scurrying not quite quiet as a mouse
The stockings weren't hung by the chimney with care
And mother was glad St. Nick wasn't soon to be there

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of finals danced in their heads.
Father in his PJs all ready for his nap,
And mother silently cursing, "Now, where did I put that?"

When from out of the closet mother created such a clatter,
Father slid from his bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the living room, he groggily puttered
Tore open the door, rolled his eyes and muttered:

"What are you doing, up at this hour so late?
Is it really worth it to make the house look great?"
When what to his tired eyes should appear
but a great big mess and adhesives that won't adhere

With a jingle and jangle and a little thud
I just knew my Christmas tour was a total dud.
More rapid than eagles, this holiday came
And I fussed and fretted, and tried still the same.

I set out the snowmen, the penguins and bows
And really just hoped that everything goes
There are too many Santas, some sort of scary
And, no one knows what happened to Mary.

Several boxes are missing, including the lights
So our tree won't shine much during the night
Our electric bill will surely be lower
without the outdoor lights sucking the power!

But it's still Christmas and I'll be a good elf
Put up the decorations I have, in spite of myself
If you wink your eyes and turn your heads
Maybe my home won't be something to dread

So spring to your keyboards, and leave a nice word
Even if you think my decorating is absolutely absurd.
Enter the drawing, visit the other sites
Happy Christmas to all, and to all, a good night!


So here's the deal...

Myself and 14 other bloggers, totally put off Christmas decorating and sharing. Today, we're bringing you the Procrastinators' Christmas Home Tour and a give away with a chance to win a $50 gift card to Online Fabric Store or Farmhouse Decor Shop!

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Be sure to visit all the other bloggers participating!

I  had every intention of putting up the tree in early December, just like every year. However, this year, my husband suggested I not get a tree until closer to his birthday (Dec. 14). So, Saturday night, we headed to Costco to get a tree only to find them completely sold out! Not good! Costco was really the only affordable place to get a tall tree.

Instead, we had to break out the 7.5 ft tall pre-lit artificial tree and prop it up on a box to make it look taller.

Only to discover that the pre-lit part is only partially functioning and the box full of Christmas lights is completely missing!

Guess what is also missing?

My entire nativity set!

Solution? Just line up all the other weird nativity sets I have and just pretend it's a depiction of Jesus' early life and that Jesus, Mary and Joseph have already fled to Egypt! That's totally the story I'm going with when the kids ask...

I still have some points of JOY in my holiday decorating:

JOY is one of my recent finds at Dirt Cheap. I plan to keep it up year round to remind me that we're supposed to have JOY in our lives.

Even Edmund has a festive little nest for Christmas.

Let's make our way outside...

But first, a stop in the vestibule

Out the door..And on to the porch...Because everyone needs a mantle on their front porch


  1. if you didn't decorate anything your poem was worth the visit xx

  2. I absolutely love your humor and how you've made lemonade out of lemons. Christmas after all is about love and family and not decorations. Merry Christmas friend!!!!


  3. Love your Christmas decor and how you put out all the nativity pieces and what you plan to tell your kids! Too funny!

  4. Like the idea of the cards displayed on the shutters or bifold doors, whatever they may be.

  5. Love a better-late-than-never tour! Wonderful!

  6. I'm loving this Holiday Home Tour. Like to see how others decorate. Love the poem.

  7. Being late and having fun with it could never be better! I say, great job! If anything, you made everyone chuckle. We just got our tree up. Half of the lights were out, so I scattered what was lit up and spaced them the best I could. The mantel... no stockings and no garland. Maybe this weekend. Maybe. LOL.

    I love your tour... it's real. Thank you for sharing! Hope you have a very merry Christmas!


  8. I adore your humor, and am in awe of your sheer determinationnd ambition. To e raising 6 kids and taking on the task of renovating a 100 year old farmhouse is quite difficult to say the least. I love that some lights are out on your tree, as mine are too lol, how your Nativity scenes don't match, and how you have a mantle on your front porch. It is all awesome! !!! I am definitely going to subscribe to your blog - you are definitely my kind of blogger!! Seriously, Iwant to follow your journey to see you succeed as I am sure countless others will as well. I am very happy to have found you, and thank you for participating in the giveaway :) Merry Christmas and I hope to keep in contact in the coming year. God bless you and your family for a wonderful New Year! !!!!💖💖💖💖💖

  9. I love how you put the cards in the shutters. so clever!

  10. You are such a talented poet! Also love your sense of humour and approach to life! What really came through is your sense of joy!

  11. Good to know not everyone's decorating goes as we imagine it does :) Thanks for the giggles with the poem. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  12. I love your nativity scenes, but the mantel on the porch is pretty good too.

  13. I want shutters to display Christmas cards now. I usually just toss them in a bowl to display.


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