Monday, December 15, 2008

The Bloggyland Tour Continues...

...with a stop at Nan's!

Please come in and let me take your coat.

It's terribly cold outside. Can I offer you a warm cup of the holiday season? Coffee? Tea? Hot chocolate? I think I might even have a little apple cider left from the fall if you'd prefer a warm cider. And you must have a little something sweet too!

Please make yourself comfortable in the living room. Sorry there's no fire at the moment.

But the lights are on the Christmas tree, and that always makes a room feel a little warmer.

Not surprisingly, you're not the first visitor who's stopped by today. Santa was here a short time ago to help me with some of my preparations for Christmas. There's still so much to do, but he did give me a head start on my gift wrapping and my Christmas cards. I don't know how he finds the time—must be the magic of Christmas.

Well, I know you're anxious to be on your way—so many terrific things yet to see. But you haven't made it half way through your hot chocolate yet, so let me offer you a little diversion before you go:

Merry Christmas, Everyone

In the rush of the merry morning,
When the red burns through the gray,
And the wintry world lies waiting
For the glory of the day.
Then we hear a fitful rushing
Just without, upon the stair,
See two white phantoms coming,
Catch the gleam of sunny hair.

Rosy feet upon the threshold,
Eager faces peeping through,
With the first red ray of sunshine
Chanting cherubs come in view;
Mistletoe and gleaming holly,
Symbols of a blessed day,
In their chubby hands they carry,
Streaming all along the way.

Well we know them, never weary
Of their innocent surprise;
Waiting, watching, listening always
With full hearts and tender eyes,
While our little household angels,
White and golden in the Sun.
Greet us with the sweet old welcome—
"Merry Christmas, everyone!"

Well, I hope you've enjoyed yourself. I know I have—I'm so pleased you stopped by. Enjoy the rest of the tour!


Shellmo said...

A wonderful cozy home! Your fireplace is great! Thanks for the treats!!

Joanne said...

Awwww, thanks for making me feel welcomed in your home. Lovely pics.

I stopped by from the Christmas in Bloggyland Tour.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful home. Thank you for the tour.

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

A Hallmark tour! It sounds so commercial, but it's so true. Your tour was homy and cozy! Beautaiful photos! And if you see Santa again, pretty please him to coome my way for some help. :))
May your and your loved ones have a blessed and merry Christmas!
Petra :))

marianne said...

Love your house, what an entry!
Thanks for stopping by in Holland and for having me here!

Margaret Ann said...

Oh what fun I had today at your house....I just love looking at all your hand made frames...I saw a peek or two of them on Flickr...but to see them it your home was Awesome. What a beautiful collection you had on display! Have the happiest of holidays! :)

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...


Nice to meet you! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! I loved your tour!


MuseSwings said...

What wonderful photos! Very creative. Thankyou so much for joining in the fun and opening up your home to us! I hope I didn't leave too much snow in the foyer! I'll sit here for a while and enjoy a cup of cider before I get back on the sleigh. Merry Christmas!

tara @ kidz said...

Very pretty. And I loved the poem - thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

steviewren said...

Love, love, love your Westminster Abbey ornament! Thanks for the hot chocolate and holiday hospitality!

Merry Christmas!

Patty said...

Great tour! Thank you for inviting us
Happy Holidays

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas in Bloggyland!

Alex and Alicia said...

Oh, what a lovely home! I have to say I felt incredibly welcomed. :) I'm glad you enjoy the hot cider as much as we do!

JANE said...

Wonderful!! Girl you have some kinda talent on those pictures!!
Thanks for stopping by my "Tour" today!

A. said...

I love the cards! Beautiful tour, thank you!

Happy Holidays!

Bonnie said...

Your tour is fantastic ... and I love how you edited the photos ... so artistic.

I'm still on the Christmas In Bloggyland Tour. It was impossible to get through all of them yesterday.

Janeen said...

I'm back! yahoo! I missed out on so much yesterday during the tour! I paid $50 to tech support to find out that my monitor cable wasn't plugged in all the way. Oh Vey! Oh well, at least it wasn't worse.

Great photos~ How did you do those fancy templates on the pictures! Very cute my dear!

I'm off to finish the tour now! Better late never cuz this has been a blast!

suzanne cabrera said...

Looks cozy and lovely! I'll be by for another visit in the morning :)

beebimbop said...

Your house is so lovely - and Christmasy! I'm glad to have finally stopped by!

Tova Darling said...

I love your Christmas tree!

dcpeg said...

What a charming way to express your good wishes for Christmas! You have a such a gift, Nan. I especially like the frames you drew for some of your photos - very clever. Your house is truly a home now - congrats!! XOXO