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    December 17, 2007

    Hello everyone and welcome to the House of Antique.    Thank you for joining me on Boo Mama’s Christmas Tour of Homes.  Let me show you around.


    First of all, something old. You may remember this guy from a post from last year, Sitting Santa $1.39.  He is always the first thing I unwrap and put out every holiday season and the last thing I put away. He’s my favorite, but don’t tell the other decorations. We don’t want a holiday brouhaha on our hands.

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    Below is my favorite tree ornament, this sweet little baby boy sleeping on the moon.  One of the first Christmas seasons I spent in Texas back in the early 80s, I spent alone because I couldn’t afford to go home and my parents, who worked at the time, couldn’t get time off to travel to come see me.


    That year I purchased this little guy at Michael’s.  He was one of those paint-it-yourself ceramic ornaments and so that’s what I did, even though I didn’t have a tree. That was the year my oldest nephew was born and now he is a grown man with two children of his own.  Sean has also claimed it as his favorite ornament.  I never dreamed when I was painting it that I would one day have a little boy of my own.

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    One year my mother and I found ourselves in Macy’s at closing time on Christmas Eve.  They were marking down things like you wouldn’t believe. I don’t know why we bought these sheep except for that they were marked down like you wouldn’t believe. When you turn them upside down they “baaaaah!” I used to torment the dog with them back when I  had a dog.  Makes me miss my dog.

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    My mom bought me this nativity set about 15 years ago and my dad made me the manger to go with it. It’s a favorite thing that hopefully Sean will have in his own home some day.


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    I don’t know why I love this yellow Santa so much, but I do.  He’s quirky and I like quirky. He always sits front and center on the mantle. I bought him one year at the Lord & Taylor at the local mall which sadly no longer exists.


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    This year my breakfast room and den tree are done in apples and other child friendliness. This wreath hangs on an old antique window frame that is propped up behind a small chest that I found in an antique store in downtown Tuna. Hidden in the wreath are two santas that are hanging on for dear life.



    They are supposed to hang from tapers, but I tucked them in the wreath as a suprise for anyone who takes the time to look.

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    The penguins are new this year – Hancock Fabrics 50% off sale. You can probably get some of your very own if you hurry.  And can one’s halls really be properly decked without a pair of resin penguins? I think not.


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    Merry Christmas y’all!  Now hurry back to Boo Mama’s for more fabulous home tourage.  I think she is about to put out the dip and Wassail.


    1. Mama Bear says:

      Thank you. You made me feel right at home while I visited.

      December 17th, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    2. boysmum2 says:

      I love the sheep and penguins, so cute. Thanks for inviting me in.

      December 17th, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    3. Lady Why says:

      I love that nativity scene! I have a special place in my heart for nativities and that one is gorgeous!

      December 17th, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    4. jen says:

      I love all your Favorite things. I really loved your Nativity scene. Come see me. You haven’t been by in awhile.

      December 17th, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    5. Dene says:

      Your manger is by far the most beautiful I’ve ever seen! Thanks for sharing your home!

      December 17th, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    6. Traci says:

      Oh! I love love love the penguins!!! I have to go get me some of those! I also love the Manger that was homemade! Very beautiful!
      Merry Christmas!

      December 17th, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    7. bee says:

      The penguins are a perfect touch!
      BTW, I am so jealous of your yellow Santa!

      December 17th, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    8. cce says:

      Don’t miss your dog too much because I have one that is busy destroying X-ma -, decorations, cookies, presents, my moo, everything. But the sheep, those are great sheep!

      December 17th, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    9. Sue says:

      I love your home, all your favorite things and the story behind them. I LOVE the penguins…no home is properly attired for the holidays without at least one!
      Thank you for inviting me!


      December 17th, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    10. Mrs Jules says:

      That yellow Santa is great. And love your pair of penguins!

      December 17th, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    11. Candace says:

      I really like your nativity set- it’s beautiful. The little boy ornament is precious too.

      December 17th, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    12. Lisa says:

      Enjoyed your quirky. Quirky is my favorite!

      December 17th, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    13. Nicki says:

      Cute stuff! I love that your dad made the manger for you.

      December 17th, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    14. Donna says:

      Thank you so much – I got tickled – all your things make you miss other things!!!! Loved being in your home.

      December 17th, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    15. Ruth says:

      I love the penguins! The homemade manger is a treasure I’m sure!

      December 17th, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    16. Holly Smith says:

      I think your nativity is just beautiful. May God bless your home and family with joy this year!!

      December 17th, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    17. Laura says:

      Your manger is probably the most beautiful I’ve ever seen! And somehow I now feel the urge to rush out and purchase some penguins, they are adorable 🙂

      December 17th, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    18. Becci~PowersTwinB says:

      I really enjoyed my Chrismas tour of your Christmas ornaments, decorations and special memoires! I really loved the apple wreath with the hidden santas. I have you one my desktop and look every day if you have a new entry, so now It looks like I might have to forgo that lucious dinner I was making for hubby tonight…I’m stuck on the Christmas tour…

      December 17th, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    19. Jessica says:

      Love the sheep!

      December 17th, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    20. Mama C says:

      Really like the nativity. We’ve been looking for one for seven years of marriage now. Maybe this year…

      December 17th, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    21. Adventures In Babywearing says:

      I love all your little favorite things and the stories behind them. I have a 2 year old son that would absolutely love those sheep. Your blog is lovely, too.

      Have a wonderful Christmas!

      December 17th, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    22. Elaine says:

      Love your Santas! I collect them so I really like to see different ones. Merry Christmas!

      December 17th, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    23. Kellye says:

      Love the Santas hanging on for dear life!

      December 17th, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    24. Jill says:

      Love those penguins and sheep. Merry Christmas!

      December 17th, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    25. Christie says:

      Love the antique window and wreath!

      December 17th, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    26. Mariah says:

      I love your decorations. I especially love your hidden Santas. And I love your blog! I visit you daily and I’m always disappointed if you haven’t done a new post. Not that you have a life to live or anything…. 🙂

      December 17th, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    27. Patty says:

      Thanks for showing us around your home. I love your decorations and I especially loved the little boy sitting on the moon ornament!!

      Merry Christmas!


      December 17th, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    28. Nan says:

      Love your apple theme. You are fast! 1st one on the list!

      December 17th, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    29. Deborah says:

      Everything is preshus, just preshus! I enjoyed your stories and the hidden Santa’s.
      God Bless You,


      December 17th, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    30. liz@ Monkey Kisses says:

      I love your manger scene.. it’s great!

      December 17th, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    31. Darlene says:

      I love the first Santa, he’s cute.

      December 17th, 2007 at 9:35 pm

    32. jenn says:

      I LOVE the breakfast room! lovin the lil boy ornaments!

      December 17th, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    33. Silvana says:

      I love the penguins!

      December 17th, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    34. shari says:

      so cute, i love the nativity.

      December 17th, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    35. Leigh says:

      Beautiful! I love the stories behind all the ornaments!

      December 17th, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    36. Fiddledeedee (It Coulda Been Worse) says:

      I see that Jesus still has his head. That’s a good sign. I’m totally coveting your nativity scene. But that would really be sinful. A double sin. So, I’m admiring your nativity scene. Greatly.

      December 17th, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    37. On the Eastern Journey says:

      Your manger scene is very creative! I love the barn!

      December 17th, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    38. Elaine says:

      I had to join in after reading this. And sitting Santa was $1.39! You rock.

      December 17th, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    39. Sue says:

      I want an apple wreath…

      December 18th, 2007 at 12:45 am

    40. Queen of My Domain says:

      I like your little yellow Santa. Very cute and quirky. I hadn’t thought of Prestonwood Mall in ages.

      December 18th, 2007 at 12:45 am

    41. BJ says:

      I love the penguins! Too cute. Thanks for sharing your favourite things. (cue Julie Andrews)

      December 18th, 2007 at 12:53 am

    42. lainakay says:

      Love the yellow Santa… I want one! The penguins are too cute! Merry Christmas!

      December 18th, 2007 at 7:46 am

    43. Joyce says:

      How beautiful. What memories you are creating.

      In Christ’s Joy

      December 18th, 2007 at 8:53 am

    44. Margie says:

      My two year old would love the penguins … if we could only get them to dance 🙂

      Beautiful stories about your Christmas decor.


      December 18th, 2007 at 9:32 am

    45. Shannon **Gabi's Mom** says:

      Love your decorations and the stories behind them.

      December 18th, 2007 at 9:37 am

    46. gina says:

      Your whole blog has such an inviting feel to it. I love your template. I enjoyed hearing about a few of your favorite things.

      December 18th, 2007 at 10:38 am

    47. New Diva on the Blog says:

      Great Nativity set! Thank you for sharing your home.

      December 18th, 2007 at 11:02 am

    48. SJ says:

      Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

      December 18th, 2007 at 11:04 am

    49. Nise' says:

      Those sheep are too clever. Good thing mine don’t make sounds or it would have distracted the kids from the reason they are under our tree! Thanks for inviting me in to your home.

      December 18th, 2007 at 11:24 am

    50. WeevilMaw says:

      Beautiful and quirky and whimsical-my favorites! Merry Christmas.

      December 18th, 2007 at 11:49 am

    51. Erica says:

      Thanks for sharing! I loved the story behind each of the little decorations! :- )

      Merry Christmas,


      December 18th, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    52. Katherine says:

      I enjoyed seeing your favorite things and hearing the stories about them! I have several yellow Santas (I need yours!) You can see mine on my home tour, hope to see you there!

      Yellow Rose Arbor

      December 18th, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    53. trina says:

      I like your decoration collection! Quirky and fun!

      December 18th, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    54. SillyMe @ JoyfulChaos says:

      just beautiful! lovin’ the homemade manger. and the santa’s hangin’ on. too good!

      December 18th, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    55. Jackie Sue says:

      Yours is the first I’ve looked at. Such sweet decorations. I love the yellow Santa, too!

      December 18th, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    56. MarysMom says:

      I was at Macy’s in New York one Christmas Eve and they were marking down like you wouldn’t believe. I wonder if they would do that at the Macy’s in Broomfield this year. Probably not and I would not want to be shopiing on Christmas Eve anyway.

      December 18th, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    57. Gretchen says:

      Love the penguins with attitude and the lovely window/wreath combo. Also…Yellow Santa rules. Merry Christmas!

      December 18th, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    58. Sue says:

      I see you were first on Boomama’s list! Wow! I think I might be the last (I’m 368, anyway, and a day late). I love your Nativity scene.

      December 18th, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    59. Susan says:

      Very nice! I like your sheep!

      December 18th, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    60. Liz says:

      loving the Santas in your wreath! Merry Christmas.

      December 18th, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    61. Karen says:

      Love your Nativity. THank you for sharing your special memories with us.

      December 18th, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    62. amydeanne says:

      I love all the little details you’ve presented!

      December 18th, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    63. Heather B. says:

      Wow, that manger seen is gorgeous! Merry Christmas!

      December 18th, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    64. melissa @ the inspired room says:

      Lovely lovely home, such a festive place to be this holiday! Thanks so much for coming by my place, and for sharing your home!

      December 18th, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    65. Becky says:

      What a beautiful nativity!

      December 18th, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    66. Tracey/Real Estate Girl says:

      loved your ornaments and the beautiful stories that went along with them. I agree with Melanie (Big Mama), maybe deep down inside you knew one day you would have a precious son who would mean the world to you.

      Thanks for sharing special memories…

      Merry Christmas!

      December 18th, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    67. Kristen says:

      I love the frame, and the apple wreath.

      December 18th, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    68. Chrissie says:

      Sweet, sweet ornaments! and that is a gorgeous Nativity scene! Thanks for sharing – and for stopping by today! God bless your Christmas!

      December 18th, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    69. Christy says:

      I too remember and miss Prestonwood Mall. That part of town is just not the same.

      December 18th, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    70. Kerri says:

      Thanks for the tour! Your decorations are great… so much humor and character and special meaning all at the same time. The little boy ornament that you painted is absolutely precious.

      December 18th, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    71. zoom says:

      I loved your decorations, but especially enjoyed the story behind each treasure.

      December 19th, 2007 at 9:06 am

    72. Cheryl says:

      Thanks for sharing your treasures. Loved the boy asleep on the moon. Beautiful memories to share.

      December 19th, 2007 at 10:20 am

    73. Katie says:

      Lovely! I can’t wait until I have a separate dining room so I can display my china too.

      December 19th, 2007 at 11:47 am

    74. Ginger says:

      I love the stories behind your treasures!!

      December 19th, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    75. Fizz says:

      Aw, what a great post! I love the way you highlighted just a few of your decorations that you love. Those penguins crack me up!

      December 19th, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    76. Margot says:

      Looks like you have fun decorating. I love the penguins might have to go out and see if I can get some.

      December 20th, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    77. Kristen says:

      Great pictures. I love the sheep!

      December 20th, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    78. Joelle says:

      Great decorations. My first Christmas away from home I decorated a wreath with ornaments I had from growing up. Love the yellow Santa.

      December 20th, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    79. ~E says:

      Thanks for sharing. Love the penguins!

      December 20th, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    80. Michie says:

      Thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas!

      December 22nd, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    81. barbara stephens says:

      Luv your decorations!!!!

      December 23rd, 2007 at 10:36 am

    82. Kim says:

      Your decorations are wonderful! I love the penguins 🙂 I saw some at Target a week or so ago that were similar but they wanted $29 each for them and I am to frugal for that… lol.

      Happy Holidays!

      December 26th, 2007 at 1:42 pm

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