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12/15/08
Christmas Tour Of Homes

BooMamaChristmasTour

I'm so excited! Today is Boomama's annual Christmas tour of homes! Last year's tour was so much fun that we're doing it again! If it's your first time stopping in to Quirky is a Compliment, welcome, and come right in! Let me show you around.

Did you happen to catch all the blue icicle lights all along the roof of the house outside? These lights are probably my favorite decorations. There's just something nice about coming home in the evening and having the house trimmed out in lights. Completely worth the hours I spent inching along on my belly on the roof while Tony stood on the ground below and yelled helpful things like "If you fall, chances are it wouldn't kill you...you'd just be in a full body cast". (Such an optimist, my hubby). Regardless, the lights are pretty and twinkly and blue, and I love them.

You may notice that I have a thing for the color blue when it comes to decorating. Blue lights on the roof...


Blue ornaments hanging from the trees in the front yard...



Blue lights in the...wait a minute! Those lights aren't blue! I know, I know. It just so happens that my dear hubby really enjoys those big retro Christmas lights. And even though they mess with my beautiful blue theme that I have going on here, I figure that Christmas is all about sharing, so I put his big retro lights in the Japanese Maple tree by the front door. Now he can enjoy coming home and seeing his lights all lit up too.

So that's the outside...why not come inside and warm up?

Do you like my wreath? I love the silver, even if it does get glitter everywhere!


Ah, here's more of my blue. These are just regular ornaments that I tied with silver ribbon and hung from the chandelier. I think it gives the kitchen a funky, festive touch, don't you?

Another thing we look forward to during Christmas is receiving Christmas cards. We display them on our snowman. Don't mind the cat, Mason...he's just really protective of his Christmas cards.


Here's our nativity scene. We keep it on top of the entertainment center. Experience teaches us that all nativity scenes must be displayed up high in order to discourage inquiring kitty paws from pilfering the occasional wiseman.


Back by popular demand from last year, it's the Christmas fish! I decorate the tank with those window clings in the shape of snowflakes. They also have their own little stocking.

"Merry Fish-mas!"
So there you go! That's the grand Christmas tour! Thanks for stopping by to visit, and feel free to come back anytime. We're a little quirky here, but we think that's a good thing.
And if you're new here, be sure to leave a comment and let me know where you're from so I can return the favor and come see your decorations also.

130 comments:

Jean said...

I love the "Fishmas" tank! Fishies deserve a visit from Santa too!

KarenW said...

How cute is that stocking on the fish tank!

Jamie lea said...

Love the snowflakes on the fishtank, I may "borrow" that idea next year. :-) Thanks for having us in your home, this is too much fun!

Cyndi said...

The blue and silver are beautiful. Merry Christmas!

leslie ruth said...

I love the ornaments hanging from the chandelier, have to remember that for next year...

Lana G! said...

Merry Christmas or Fishmas! Too fun! Love it.

Dianne said...

Are you having a blue...blue...blue Christmas?
Love your color choices and makes me think you may be Cowboy fans?
Merry Christmas!

Ashley said...

So cute---the fish stocking is my favorite! :o)

Carrie said...

I love the ornaments on your tree outside. And how fun that you even include the fish in the celebration. ;)

Thanks for the tour!

Kristi said...

Love the blue! And the retro lights, too!

Joanne said...

How kind you were to remember a stocking for your fishies.

jennwa said...

Love the blue ornaments, the cat and the fish tank.

Merry Christmas!!!!!

Kim@ForeverWherever.com said...

I love your cat and the stocking for the fish....how cute! I'm all for blue decorations. I have a blue piano! Thanks for sharing your home...it's beautiful!
Merry Christmas!
-Kim

JanMary said...

So glad you survived the blue lights being put up - they were worth the effort.

Love the ribbons hanging with the baubles.

And the fish tank...you are going to get SO MANY comments about that :)

Hope you get a chance to visit my Northern Ireland blog.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

LOVE that you decorated the fish tank! My cats from when I was a kid would have that nativity down in two minutes no matter how high you put it!

Tiffany said...

Girl, I'm so running out to the store tomorrow morning and getting me some ribbon for my chandalier! Brilliant and so simple! Have a very Merry Christmas and kudos for being numero uno on the list! :)

Lydia said...

Ornaments off the chandelier--what a great idea! Since my kids have left and I'm not putting up a tree,I think I'll borrow that idea. Merry Christmas!

Amber@MMM said...

The fish are so much fun! Thanks for sharing.

Keetha said...

Oh those blue ornaments took me right back to my teen years in the 70's - - - now you just need an aluminum tree.

Very nice - - - very festive.

Dena @ Green Acres said...

Very nice decorations! I especially like the ornaments hung with ribbon above your table. I may have to "borrow" that idea myself.

Mary Ellen said...

I love it! I saw my Christmas card!!

Erin said...

Cute!

Laurel Wreath said...

I love all your blue! Your kitty cracked me up. Great decorations. Have a Merry Christmas.

Susan said...

LOVE the kitty and your lights ... they are very peaceful. Merry Fishmas!!

Jenny from chicago said...

Love the blue. I did a blue tree for the first time this year. Beautiful!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Your "Fishmas" tank is too cute! What do they get in their little stocking? Blue and silver is a lovely combination for Christmas!

Manuela

sonbeam55 said...

Love the way you decorate even your fish tank!!! How clever is that?! This is my first "Home Tour" as I'm brand-new at blogging - I will learn from everyone this year and next year join in too!!! So much fun!!!!
Carol in Michigan

Kim said...

I love blue, too! And what's a little glitter in the whole scheme of things, right? Your Merry Fish-mas photos are great!

Leslie said...

I love blue lights too. they remind me of my parents. Merry christmas.

Pam at Antique or Not said...

I like blue at Christmas-time too! It goes so well with icicles and pretty snowflakes...

RN and OSHP said...

Love the ornaments in the tree and the fish tank!!

pcb said...

Merry Fishmas to you, too! Cute.

3CHEERS4MOM said...

I love the blue! Too cute.
-Cheers, Amy

Erika said...

I love the blue ornaments, too! I have a blue Santa and he's my favorite because he's so different. Oh and I love the "fishmas" tank, too!!!

Momtothreebabies said...

I LOVE how you decorate your fishtank! Im going to decorate our fishtank today LOL. We did that one year, but I forgot about it! They defintely deserve a little Fishmas! Your decorations are beautiful and I adore the blue and silver colors. My husband also loves the big funky retro lights!! Arent they fun!!!
Love, Jaelle

Cari said...

Thanks for sharing! My husband decided outdoor lights weren't the thing to do this year and I'm not about to get up there. Oh well. Thanks for sharing!!

Guy and Julie said...

Love all the blue--it's fun! And I'm going to have to side with your husband--the retro Christmas lights are too cool to give up!

Way More Homemade said...

Being new in our house, well we were new 2 Christmases ago, we're still figuring out our outside lighting scheme. But I do love having the lights outside... and the kids love them too.

Thanks for sharing... and good for you being first on the list.

philben5 said...

Love your blue theme.. It is beautiful..
Blessings
Roxanne

Melinda said...

Lovely! But I have to tell you my favorite ornament is your cat...I had one just like him (I mean JUST) for the first 15 years of our marriage and it brought tears to my eyes seeing him there!

Thanks for a blast from the past!

Melinda

His Doorkeeper said...

Love your nativity! And the blue and silver colors are great!

Lina said...

We FISH you a Merry Christmas! Love it...beautiful!

Carrie said...

My Dad always had blue lights everywhere when I was growing up.... seriously, I think it was something like 2 thousand or some such number. Around my teen years I was a little put off with all the blue and to this day still have issues with it but yours are truely beautiful, you put it all together so tactfully... not too much yet just enough. Great job! You may have just gotten me out of my blue funk :)

Lora said...

Love your blue!! And the fish tank is too cute:)

Merry Christmas!

Cassie said...

The blue is beautiful...and The "Fishmas" is too funny!!! Love it!

Elizabeth said...

Fishmas tank! best idea ever!

very cool!

Elizabeth Esther

Allison said...

The ornaments and riboon hanging from the chandelier are beautiful! What a wonderful idea!

gracie said...

I wasn't all the way through your post, #1, and I went and added sparkly bells hanging from our chandelier. I LOVE IT. Thanks for the great idea.

This could be a long day at this rate...ha.

Merry Christmas.

Sharon said...

Thanks for the tour. I really like your blue decorations -- pretty! My favorite, hands down, is your fish tank. SO CUTE!!!

Tutu said...

Beautiful. Love the cat!

Becky said...

Love your silver and blue!!!

Lauren said...

Thanks for letting us stop by! I love how you even decorated the fishtank... Very creative!

Carey said...

I love your quirky house! The outside is especially nice. I'd love to have lights outside but my husband managed to have a hammer fall on his head one year so I put a stop to outside lights!
Happy Holidays!

megan said...

The decorated tank cracks me up!! Yes, a very Merry Fishmas to you too little fishies.

Anonymous said...

Very nice!

Julieann said...

OHH, I love the Fish mas tank--what a creative idea!!

Julieann

Marina Capano said...

HI! JUST BEAUTIFUL! I hope you in my xmas post!
Marina

Shellee said...

very festive...love the
blue!

Sharon Kay said...

s one of my favorite colors and you did a wonderful job decorating with that color. Love the idea of the ornaments hanging from the light with the silver ribbon.

Beverlydru said...

Beautiful! You were so ready for this. The first to link up! Congrats. I was #298 at 8 AM! LOL

Ashley Griffin said...

i love the ornaments hanging from the chandelier. think im gonna go do that in a few minutes. thanks for the idea!

Breath of Fresh Air said...

Everything is very cute. Just a looker not a participant.

Anonymous said...

Love it!

Carrie said...

love it...all of it!!!

MELISSA said...

Just popping in to take a look! Very pretty!

Adventures of Laura said...

Your kitty is so cute guarding your Christmas cards! Love that you decorate your fish tank - very clever. I'm sure the fish love it too!

Merry Christmas!

ilovemy5kids said...

I can't wait to decorate my tank now. How awesome is that!

Connie said...

I love the Christmas Card Santa! Connie

Melissa said...

Never thought to decorate the fish tank! Thanks! My boys will love that!

My favorite is the ornaments hanging from the chandelier. I love blue and silver together, too. That is such a simple thing to do, but it looks so elegant and adds so much! Great idea!

LindaSueBuhl said...

The fish tank is splendid - love Mason's look of rapt intent excitement over all this holiday hoopla.

Melanie said...

Looks great. I love all the blue. I have never thought of hanging ornaments on my trees outside but it looks great. Something to consider next year.

Big Mama said...

Love the blue!

Kara said...

Love the silver & blue together! So pretty! What a great idea to decorate the trees outside with ornaments...so cute! Thanks so much for sharing!

Jenelle said...

Hey- just wanted to let you know that I linked to your page because your ornaments hanging from the tree are so pretty!

the voice of melody said...

The icicles look great, and I really like all of the blue decorations throughout the house. It's a color I don't think to decorate with at Christmas time but it really adds a nice festive touch. Great job!

hennhouse said...

Thanks so much for giving the tour!

Laura said...

Those are some festive fish! Thanks for sharing your lovely decor.

Mindy said...

Cute snowman card holder!

Christine said...

Oh the fish jsut made me giggle! Too cute! And all the blue is gorgeous...kudos to you for "letting" the hubs mess with your theme! Merry Christmas!

Jenn A. said...

I love the blue and silver color combo-so elegant!

TCKK said...

I love the fish tank and the blue ornaments. My husband has always wanted blue lights outside but we've never done it. Maybe next year.

Michelle said...

I love the quirky chandelier!

canadacole said...

I like the blue but I love the "Fishmas" tank! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

jill said...

I love blue lights, too! Get that from my Mom. Merry Christmas!

Michie said...

Thanks for the tour! I like the ornaments on the tree outside and I love the decorated fish tank!

Ashley said...

I love the blues! And the fish tank - adorable! =)

Suzanne said...

very cute and quirky! i LOVE it! i invite you over for our house tour as well! come on in! ;)

Paige said...

Thanks for the tour! I love the color blue as well.

One Beloved Sister said...

I love how you put ornaments on your outside tree! Never thought of that. And, of course, LOVE the fish tank complete with it's own stocking. Merry Christmas! :)

boysmum2 said...

Blue ligths are just awesome and cool.
Merry Christmas

vaneblu said...

Droping by from the Christmas tour of homes...
Love your Fish-mas deco ;)

Lyndsi said...

Love the fish tank decor. We should do that for our parakeet. It is about time he gets his own stocking =)

Rebecca said...

The ribbons and blue ornaments in the kitchen are fantastic! Nice touch! You also must have the luckiest fish in the world. :)

Vicky said...

Love the blue too! The fish tank is great! I thought about doing our tank but so far haven't .... now I'm motivated. Thanks for sharing your home with us! Merry Christmas!

Joy said...

Fish-mas! That is adorable!

Elaine A. said...

Love all the blue, very pretty!!

And my hubs loves the retro colored lights too. What's up with that anyway?

Love the decorated fish tank too... Merry Christmas!

casual friday everyday said...

Beautiful. I love the blues.

Erin said...

The "Fishmas" tank has to be the best thing EVER!

Jana said...

I love the ornaments hanging from he light fixture--I may be stealing that for next year!!

Anonymous said...

I'm a little concerned that YOU are the one up on your roof putting up lights....

Dawn said...

I enjoyed your ornaments on the tree outside! What a great idea! Thanks for having us in your home!

Michelle said...

Beautiful job. I love the blue theme and the ornaments suspended from ribbon in the yard and inside. Very elegant. Thank you for sharing your home with us.
Blessings,
Michelle in Knoxville, TN

Amanda said...

Thank you for sharing - Merry Christmas!

Outnumbered 4 to 1 said...

I love the blue theme! The "Fishmas Tank" is just way to cute!!!! Merry Christmas!

DeeDee said...

Love it...
and especially the fish tank...
so creative.

thanks for opening your home to us!
This touring stuff is fun - my first year to join :)

Sweet Blessings,
and Merry Christmas!
DeeDee

Kate said...

The blue and silver is beautiful. That's an awesome cat too!!!

Ann Marie said...

hi! i found you from BooMama! love the fish tank! SO cute!

Christy M. said...

Love the blue lights!! The fish tank is fabulous! Merry Fishmas to you too!!

Shelley said...

Love the ornaments on the chandelier. I think I might have to try to do that before the Christmas party on Thursday - Thanks for the great idea! And congrats on being Linky Numero Uno!!

From Linky number 740!!

Jean Stockdale said...

So cute and "quirky!" Blessings for a glorious holiday.

oh amanda said...

Merry Fishmas to you! That was quite fun!!

cheryl said...

Very fun and festive! ;o)

Marla Taviano said...

Too cute! I love quirky. Merry Christmas!

Cora said...

How adorable to decorate the fish tank! Very creative! Thanks for the tour.

Stephanie said...

We have to put our Nativity scene up high as well. Not to stay away from feline paws, but mini-human paws instead! :-)

Merry Christmas!

Lisa said...

Hi there, Just stopping by for a visit to your home and it's beautiful! I also hang ornaments and ribbon from our light fixtures. Thanks for having us and Merry Christmas.

Sherri's Southern Style said...

Enjoyed the tour! Everything looks very pretty. I do the blue and silver too. Love it!
Merry Christmas!

Cyndi said...

Wish it wasn't so windy where I live, cause I would LOVE to hang some beautiful ornaments from the tree branches. Merry Christmas!!

Anonymous said...

Had fun looking around.
Merry Christmas!

Lindsey said...

All your decorations look great! I'm having so much fun on the Christmas Tour...this was my first year participating! Happy Holidays!

Susan said...

My daughter would love all that blue and silver. The fish tank is cute!

Kim in MI said...

I love not only your blue lights, blue decor, and the fact that your chandelier looks like it might be funky even without the fun blue ornaments ... but I also love the whole look of your blog! :-)

Carrie said...

The fish ... to funny! THank you for sharing and Merry Christmas!

DK said...

Ooh, I love all the blue ornaments! Beautiful :) Thanks for spreading the spirit!
Merry Christmas -
DK

Courtney said...

The "Fishmas" tank is my favorite.

Joyful Dreamer said...

Great deco! I love the blue icicle lights and the fish tank is too cute!

Super Saturday said...

Love your decor!
thanks for sharing!
Paula
http://bucketideasforchristmas.blogspot.com/

Melissa~ said...

Hey You!

How've you been?

(I am supposed to be cooking and wrapping presents right now)

How on earth did you get to be #1 at the Christmas tour?? *LOL*

I *love* the ornaments hanging from the chandelier! Pretty!

Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas!

♥ Melissa~
Pink Paper Peppermints

Life with Kaishon said...

You seem like so much fun : ). Stockings for the fish! I bet every fish in the pet store wants to come and live with you!

I hope you had a Merry Christmas!

Belinda said...

Awwww...the little fish have their own Christmas stocking! :-) And I love that the nativity is placed high up and away from kitty cat paws. The wise men are surely very happy about that decision!