By: Jennifer Murray

The Nester Christmas Tour Of Homes

Christmas Tour of Homes with The Nester

Today I’m on tour with The Nester Christmas Tour of Homes and showing you a few pictures from our humble abode a la Christmas.  You won’t find these splashed on the cover of Southern Living Magazine, but nevertheless it’s our “Home for the Holidays”.

Speaking of “Home”, How cute is this advent house?  It’s new to us this year (a last year Target clearance find), and it’s been interesting to see what treasure we can fit 4 of in each door. It’s been something the boys look forward to doing each day, “Mama, wanna do the house!”



Stockings are my absolute favorite things to pull out of the Christmas boxes.  This year the boys know who’s is who’s and can point to and name each others.   Not sure what I’m going to put in them yet…any ideas that won’t cost a fortune x4?


Our new 9 ft. tree!  (Yet another 75% off Target end of the year steal!) Squeeeee!  I LOVE it.  I couldn’t picture how it would look inside our house, but it’s perfect.  Of course like any other tree it looks even better in the dark.  Don’t you love how a Christmas tree lights a room at night? I think all it needs is a little package love for the tree skirt. =)  Guess I should get on that, huh?  Maybe I should finish my little bit of shopping first! =)


I scored these little frames a year or two ago at Michael’s for $3 a piece.  Are you catching a theme here?  Usually I have candles hanging from this rack, but I replaced them with these little wooden signs for the season.


The boys got one Christmas gift a tad early, once I found this Little People Christmas Story Nativity* over 1/2 off, (thanks to a tip from Keeping the Kingdom First).  I really wanted a nativity scene for the boys that would remind them early on of the true meaning of Christmas. It’s so sweet to watch them play with the characters and sing “Away in the Manger” while they play.  (*Affiliate Link)


These are a few of my favorite Christmas decor items in our home.  I’d love to hear about your own styles and favorite trimmings. If you’d like to show the lovely interweb some of your festive Christmas decor, head over to The Nester and add your link.  (And leave me a comment so I know who’s to be sure to click on…there will be hundreds of participants in this yearly tour of blogs.)

****For those of you visiting from The Nester, please feel welcome to join us on our adventures in raising quadruplets.  We’d love for you to make yourself at HOME with us!

Keep on Decking Your Halls (and Trees and Mantles, and Doors, and Rooftops, And You Get the POINT)! =)

44 Responses to “The Nester Christmas Tour Of Homes”

  1. Juliana E.
    December 13, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    Santa always fills our stockings with things like band aids (the fun kid ones), new tooth brushes, scotch tape for crafts and of course some sweet treats. Matchbox cars are an inexpensive hit with my kids too. Hope that helps give a few ideas!

    Love all your beautiful decor – the after Christmas sales are the best!

  2. Mandi @ Organizing Your Way
    December 13, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    LOL! We're all about the Target clearance too!

    And I have four girls, so I love to come across other four-of-a-kind families!

    Your home is beautiful!

  3. Jac Tubre
    December 13, 2009 at 8:56 pm #

    I LOVE the tree…I just put ours up the other night 🙂 So exciting!

    Love you lots lady!

  4. Jenny
    December 13, 2009 at 9:02 pm #

    I love your Christmas tree! What a great deal. I try and look for after holiday bargains as well.

    Wonderful finds!

  5. Nicole
    December 13, 2009 at 9:06 pm #

    Beautiful tree!

  6. Michelle
    December 13, 2009 at 9:29 pm #

    Check out the dollar bin at Target and Michaels, they had some really cute stuff, I got mini slinkys for all three of my kids today and my older two are 20 and 22…they will love them!

  7. Carly
    December 13, 2009 at 9:36 pm #

    Beautiful – your tree is stunning! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Julia @ Hooked on Houses
    December 13, 2009 at 9:47 pm #

    I've never seen the Little People Nativity set before. What a fun idea! And your tree is beautiful. Thanks for inviting us in! 🙂

  9. Charity Donovan
    December 13, 2009 at 9:49 pm #

    The house looks GREAT! Stockings are my fav as well!!!! My kiddos are getting a new toothbrush, new washable markers & crayons, coloring books, new eating utensils ($1 bin at Target) & a keepsake ornament from Santa in the stockings this year. When Aidan was your boys' age he LOVED watercolors…Crayola makes washable…have you tried that yet?!?!?

  10. Laura Ingalls Gunn
    December 13, 2009 at 10:04 pm #

    Your home is just beautiful. May many wonderful Christmas memories be made within its walls.

    Our home is having an old fashioned handmade Christmas this year. I hope you will stop by.

  11. Alyssa @ KeepingTheKingdomFirst
    December 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm #

    Those stockings are such a treasure! I can see why you love to unpack them.

    Thanks so much for the mention on the Nativity, I am glad you were able to get one! 🙂

  12. Heather
    December 13, 2009 at 10:26 pm #

    I love your stockings and your Christmas tree is gorgeous!! Great job! Merry Christmas!

  13. Cyndi J
    December 13, 2009 at 10:36 pm #

    When I was a child there were 5 kids in the family. We always got fruit, nuts and candy in our stockings. Also did that for my children when they were younger.

    And of course all little boys love the little match box cars.

    Merry Christmas to your crew.

  14. texasdaisey
    December 13, 2009 at 11:05 pm #

    I so enjoyed stopping by to see your sweet decorations.

  15. honeysuckle
    December 13, 2009 at 11:15 pm #

    Everything looks all ready for Christmas. How fun you will have this year with your kids! Merry Christmas!

  16. Janice (5 Minutes for Mom)
    December 14, 2009 at 4:14 am #

    That tree looks REALLY tall!

    LOVE the stockings! 🙂 All your decorations are lovely.

    Ohhhh the boys are gonna have a blast! 🙂 Have fun!!!

  17. Tina
    December 14, 2009 at 6:24 am #

    Come over from the Nester and love your decorations….

  18. Colleen
    December 14, 2009 at 8:41 am #

    The first commenter totally stole all of my stocking stuffer ideas, LOL, guess i am not original as I thought, HA! I try to make the stocking practical, the fun bath soap for kids, new pajamas, the bandaids and toothbrushes are always a hit, chapstick, socks, underwear, I know OH SO EXCITING, but my kids love it, and the bulkier items like socks take up a lot of space! GOOD LUCK!

  19. Erin
    December 14, 2009 at 8:46 am #

    I have three toddlers (a singleton and then twins only 12 months behind him) and have a stocking stash this year mostly from the Michaels and Target $1 section. Stickers, stamps/stamp pads, markers, little cars and animals. I'm sure I'll throw a candy cane in there, too. 😉

    For Easter baskets (not that you asked, but since I have a plan I thought I'd share :D) I'm planning to do their bathing suits, sun hats, and sunglasses for the summer, with just a little bit of candy.

  20. Kate
    December 14, 2009 at 8:55 am #

    I love that little people nativity scene!! Just might have to get one of those. 🙂

  21. AmazingGreis
    December 14, 2009 at 9:01 am #

    Everything is so beautiful. LOVE the tree. You did a fantastic job!

  22. Carmen
    December 14, 2009 at 9:35 am #

    Your tree looks beautiful. I have that same Advent calendar just different colors. And we also have the Little People Nativity set. My kids still love to play with it and they are 6 and 9. Your boys are TOO CUTE!

  23. designHER Momma
    December 14, 2009 at 10:32 am #

    you are too cute – and so is your home…


  24. Megryansmom
    December 14, 2009 at 10:52 am #

    Thanks for sharing! Your new tree is beautiful.

  25. Anonymous
    December 14, 2009 at 11:06 am #

    Hey 🙂 I tried to leave this same comment on facebook, but both times it didn't take lol anyway, just was saying you have great writing skills. ps You should really write a book!! Sioby

  26. Laryssa Herbert
    December 14, 2009 at 11:59 am #

    Your advent calender is adorable!
    Thanks for showing us around.
    Merry Christmas!

  27. Marianne@Songbird
    December 14, 2009 at 1:51 pm #

    You sure have a nack for finding great deals! Your home looks wonderful and your tree is gorgeous!

  28. Summer
    December 14, 2009 at 1:55 pm #

    I love your stockings, advent calender and your tree is precious!
    Summer :0)

  29. King Quads
    December 14, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    Hey Dollface,

    My mom just brought over the quads an early Christmas present this morning…guess what it was – the Little People Nativity set. Just got done taking pictures of them playing with it. Too funny. How cool that yours will be playing with the same thing, now I will think of you when ours are playing with it.

    Love ya Sweets,

  30. Stephanie
    December 14, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    It looks great!! Love your tree topper!

  31. jodi @ Pleasant Home
    December 14, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    LOVE those stockings! They are simply awesome. Fun to see everyone's Christmas decor on the tour. Thanks for sharin.

  32. Elaine A.
    December 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm #

    I SO want that nativity for my kiddos but didn't want to spend the money! I'm sure it's worth it though…

    Your new tree is gorgeous! Merry Christmas to you and your boys! : )

  33. Gabby
    December 14, 2009 at 7:18 pm #

    I got that same advent house from my hubby as a gift last year! I love it, and my two kids take turns opening. I have stuffed it with candy rings, those little champagne poppers, mini pens, lip gloss, those little popper things, tiny finger puppets, and in the top I have a tech deck waiting!
    I had to share because I spent so much time trying to cram stuff in!

  34. JCF
    December 14, 2009 at 7:22 pm #

    My 2 year old son is getting some wooden cars that I found in the Target dollar section, a Pez dispenser, a little bag of M and M's (he doesn't usually get candy, so this is a major treat!), a new toothbrush, a new sippy cup (takes up a lot of space!), a new box of crayons, and maybe a couple of other small items if I find anything!

  35. Lacey
    December 14, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    Love your tree!

  36. Viki
    December 14, 2009 at 9:14 pm #

    I love your decorations and the many bargains you got. Those signs are so cute. Wow, I'm surprised you have time to decorate LOL. What a blessing those boys must be.

  37. Phillips Family
    December 14, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    We love the Little People Nativity at our house as well!

  38. Amy @ Finer Things
    December 14, 2009 at 10:47 pm #

    We have that same little nativity. Precious!

    Our stockings our filled with fun soap, toothbrushes, snacks, etc. Stuff that I would need to buy anyway…

    Also, homemade playdoh is the EASIEST thing ever to make, and is so much nicer than the store stuff. That would be a fun one.

  39. Carol
    December 15, 2009 at 8:24 am #

    Wow, quadruplets! I'm impressed and your little guys are gorgeous. I am a mom of twin, identical boys plus 3 older children (boy, girl, girl). Twins are so much fun.

    I love all of the your decorations and your tree is beautiful. The Little People nativity is precious and I think your boys will get a ton of use out of it.

    May the Lord bless you,
    Carol from Joy in the Journey

  40. Ruth
    December 15, 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    Everything looks beautiful. I love Target, especially anything you can get on a good clearance sale at Target!!!

    For stocking stuffers that won't cost a bundle~little cars, crayons or markers, the magically growing character faceclothes (you can find them at the Dollar Tree, sometimes) and some fun soaps to go with it.


  41. Anonymous
    December 15, 2009 at 6:51 pm #

    We stuff the stockings with crayons,markers,cars,little trains because I don't like to have a whole bunch of candy we are not going to eat or need.

  42. Shelby
    December 15, 2009 at 7:38 pm #

    So pretty! I love the little people Nativity! Your boys look adorable! One busy momma is probably an understatement…huh?!

  43. beautyinallthings
    December 17, 2009 at 1:58 pm #

    So beautiful! I am stopping in from Nester's Place. To see my tour click on the 'Christmas 2009' Tag on in the left sidebar!

  44. Totallyscrappy
    December 20, 2009 at 12:24 am #

    What a pretty tree! Thanks for having me over. Come on over to my house to see how my three boys (and I) decorate for Christmas. 🙂

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