Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Love is Christmas - A Cozy Christmas Tour

Christmas...that special magical time of year when family and friends gather together.

Where memories are made and laughter rings out.


Today, I am joining 14 other bloggers in a "Cozy Christmas blog tour" hosted by Katie of Let's Add Sprinkles. I'm so glad you could join me. (Links at the end of the post).

I remember waking up early...before Mom and Dad said we could get up...and gathering with my sisters, whispering and giggling in anticipation of the Christmas tree loaded with presents underneath it.



At the appointed time, we'd all jump out of bed and "wake" my parents (trust me, they were already awake from our excited whispers).



They'd get up and Mom would start the coffee pot,

Dad would get the boys up and make sure the camera was ready, then finally, we'd get to run to the living room where we would behold the wonders under the tree.



 We didn't have much money but somehow my parents always managed to get us not only something we needed but also something we wanted.



Afterwards, we all got dressed and headed to church. Then it was back home where we spent the day playing with our new gifts and going to my grandparent's house.


Love is what makes Christmas special.

From the special times spent with family and friends to celebrating God's love for us through the Christmas story, it all comes together to create warm, cozy memories.

May the blessings of friends and family fill your home this joyous season.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of the farmhouse. I wanted it to reflect a simple and homey Christmas.
I'm the second from the right. Two siblings are not in this photo.
Now onto the rest of the Cozy At Christmas Blog Tour:
Monday:
Let's Add SprinklesHyacinths for the Soul/ Southern DayDreams/ White Spray Paint/ Garden Up Green/ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson/ Ellie and Elizabeth  

Tuesday:
Brookhollow LaneAt Home With Jemma/ My Heart Lives Here/ The B Farm/ Botanic Bleu/ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen/ Art and Sand/ Ash Tree Cottage

Wednesday:
Sweet Nothings/ At Rivercrest Cottage/ Opulent Cottage/ Decor to Adore/ Fern Creek CottageThe Dedicated House/ Bluesky Kitchen









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37 comments:

  1. Precious. I love that photo. Your memories of Christmas are cozy indeed. Thanks for being a stop on our tour.

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  2. Christmas memories are the best and always bring such comfort this time of year. Thanks for sharing your home today, enjoyed and really like that red truck. I want a green one..

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

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    1. Thanks, Carole! I happened upon the truck at Marshals. It was orange so I painted it. So if you find one, know that's an option to get the color you want.

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  3. What treasures you have Cecilia! I stopped in my tracks when I saw the corning ware coffee pot! Oh the memories that brought back to me! I love your memories from childhood...aren't they sweet to us! So enjoyed this post!

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    1. I found the coffee pot in Canton. I really enjoy making coffee in it...tastes so much better than the drip maker. My mom had a percolator so it brings back memories for me too! Yes, the memories are sweet. How I miss my parents!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Your home looks very cozy! Thanks for the tour.

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  5. What a wonderful tour! I spy a snowy Friendly Village plate. It's a favorite pattern of mine. The vintage photo is a true treasure. Such fun!

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  6. Hi Cecilia, what an amazing Christmas tour. Your home is so cozy and inviting. I loved the story you weaved through your tour. From the Corning ware pot on the stove I knew this was going to be perfectly wonderful. Love your sweet red truck and all the special nostalgic touches you've added for the season. Love the vintage picture around the tree on Christmas morning with your siblings. This is a treasure. Thank you for sharing your amazing farmhouse. Wishing you a beautiful Christmas. xo

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    1. Thank you Celestina! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Memories are such a special part of us. I wanted to share that! A very beautiful Christmas to you too!

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  7. Cecilia this is gorgeous. Love all your decor. The Christmas decor in your newly painted Kitchen looks beautiful too. Of course my eyes went right to the wreath with the white chippy spindle!!! Beautiful.
    Thank you sweet friend for the beautiful picture of Cooper. I will treasure it.
    Hugs,
    Happy Holidays,
    Kris

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  8. What a fun tour of your home, Cecilia, with the treasured memories of your childhood woven though each pretty vignette. I especially loved your coffee bar with that darling stacked cup and saucer lamp. Did you make it? Of course, I also loved seeing that Friendly Village plate, which is a favorite of mine. Merry Christmas blessings to you on your farm!

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  9. Love it Cecilia and it IS cozy! Your plaid tablecloth is wonderful and I love the truck too! Hugs, Cecilia

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  10. I loved hearing about your CHristmas as a child. What great memories. I love all your touches, the truck,the chalkboard wall and the vintage typewriter. Such coziness all around your pretty home.

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  11. The memories we create at Christmas are the true gifts of this special day and last a lifetime. Thank you for inviting us into your charming and cozy home and sharing your own special memories with us.

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley

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    1. Thank you, Susan, they are indeed! Especially when loved ones are gone, the memories are even more precious. Thank you for stopping in.

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  12. You've reminded me of my little brother waking me around 3 or 4 in the morning on Christmas to ask me if I was awake yet. I don't think he ever slept on Christmas Eve. Your farmhouse Christmas is perfect.

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    1. I think Mom and Dad set 6:00 AM as the time we could get up but we were often awake at 5:00. We'd gather in one room and giggle and whisper loudly. I know my dad wanted to sleep later but we were just too excited! Thank you for visiting!

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  13. Cecilia, your farmhouse looks so festive! I like all old pieces you've mixed in with everything. That collected look is my favorite.

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. :)

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  14. Everything looks great Cecilia! Simple and homey indeed. I love the Christmas is better on the farm sign. So cute! Enjoy Christmas time on the farm. Have a wonderful week!

    Hugsm Vicky

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  15. Thank you for sharing your heart warming story of how your family celebrated Christmas Day with all the children's excitement. It sure looks like Christmas lives in your home today.

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    1. Aw, thank you! Christmas is a wonderful time of year.

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  16. Enjoyed the tour especially you old family photo. Your home is so cozy and inviting.

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. It was fun to do. The photo is actually from an old slide - I spent hours scanning them before they deteriorated completely. Some were too far gone already but I did manage to save quite a few. Pretty cool to see my childhood home.

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  17. Hi Cecilia ... I could hardly wait to see you Cozy Christmas tour ... Love every bit of it. So warm and inviting and I love your story too.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z.

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  18. It was wonderful reading about your Christmas growing up. It sounds very similar to mine. :) I love the nutcrackers sprinkled throughout your home! Your little red truck is so cute too! I also loved the way your red wreath pops against your white cabinets!

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  19. Cecilia,
    Your photo from your childhood Christmas is special. I loved seeing it. You look like you are all ready to sit back and enjoy the season.

    Joyeux Noël,
    Judith

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  20. Cecelia, it's fun to read about your memories of Christmas from when you were a child. I have some vivid memories of Christmas when I was a child. I still have my teddy bear, my little cash register, and my doll that I vividly remember that were left under the tree by Santa. I don't think we have any photos of Christmas in those years. It's wasn't like today when we seem to take photos of everything. ;-)
    Thanks for sharing your home dressed for the holidays. Merry Christmas!

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  21. What a beautifully worded post. I loved each picture, but the one that spoke to me the most was the childhood photo of you as a child by the tree.

    Happy Christmas!

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  22. I really enjoyed my visit, a beautiful home and equally beautiful décor.

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so glad you dropped by!

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  23. Such great Christmas decor...I love it all. Wishing you the very best Christmas...

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  24. Your plaid tablecloth (I'm a sucker for plaid), your sign, your ornaments in the box under the tree and lastly, the coffee pot, all come together to create a nostalgic post that is perfect for this time of year. Sounds like your parents had five children? My dad was one of five. Sadly, everyone is gone now, including many cousins. Cherish every moment with the ones you love. (((Hugs)))

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  25. It definitely does have a homey feel! The old photograph took me back to my childhood. Looks just like one that could have been taken in our home growing up.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  26. Cecilia, your home is so cozy, warm and inviting! And, that photograph of you and your sisters is priceless! Thank you for sharing your loveliness with us! Merry Christmas! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thank you, Kathryn. It was a fun tour! I enjoyed being a part of it. Thanks for stopping in.

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  27. You know I adore your home. You bring magic to the season with your precious keepsakes and memories too!
    I have the same Christmas China pattern, isn't it wonderful!
    Happy Christmas Hugs,
    Jemma

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