Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Tour of Homes, 2009

Welcome! Hey Y'all!
I am so glad you are here! Hope you found the place ok.
We've been expecting you...Come on in out of the cold, honey!
Right this way...
 Welcome to the Christmas Tour of Homes!
My friends are bit of a progressive bunch. Each year one of us host the "Clematis Club" Christmas party. What? Clematis Club? Well, it's a tongue in cheek name for my group of girlfriends. It's what we call ourselves. We're a bit of Steel Magnolia's meets those crazy Yaya's. Lots of crazy.
This year my friend Diva is hosting the Christmas soriee. We're so glad you came.
Make yourself at home and look around while we wait on the other guest to arrive.....
This is Diva's Santa collection. Every December she moves out all of her China and sets up her wonderful collection of Santa's. Aren't they adorable?

This is Diva's living room.
Come, you must be famished after making the Open House rounds.
We have lots of goodies, so make yourself a plate to snack on...

Oh, Let me point out that Christmas Belle on the chandelier. It's from the 1950's. It came from Diva's mother's home. You might recall we pitched in and assisted in cleaning it out and preparing for the estate sale. Some of those Santa's also came from the estate.
Back to the food, we have Hot Cidar, Hot Tea. Cake....Oh!
Santa's Favorite cookies! Help yourself!


Listen! He must be here!
And look! The other guest have arrived too.
Hi Santa! Welcome, come in! Have a seat in your favorite chair!
Yes! Of course it's the real Santa.
We have a close working relationship. He comes every year to  read a special story to the children and all the parents. I am lucky enough that he ask me to photograph the event for recordale memories for the attending guest to take home with them.
Oh, Listen, he is beginning to read, "A Night Before Christmas".

 After the story he listens to every child's wish list. Here Santa listens to my children, "Sister Sledge and J Smooth".
Santa even asked the Big Kids what they wanted to Christmas.
I wonder how will Riyule, Diva's wish for an " Umbrella in her drink carrying pool guy" bare the frigid elements come Christmas Eve?
Will Mzz Ann finally get Paula Deen to visit her kitchen?
What about Sweetness, will she grow that extra set of hands?
And me? I wonder how he will wrap a Cruise to the Virgin Islands?

It matters not. What really matters is our wish for you.....
To have a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year! May it be surrounded by the things that matter most, the people you love!
Thanks for dropping by today. Here, take a little goodie bag as you leave.
It's filled with homemade Christmas cookies.
If you entered as a stranger to Tales from Bloggeritaville, you leave considered a friend.
I hope you will join the follower list and cut and paste a Tales from Bloggeritaville badge (found on the sidebar) on your blog.
And to all my friends, both new and old, It's been my pleasure to have you visit!
I am blessed to count you as my friend!
Please, leave a roadmap (comment) to your blog.
And again, Merry Christmas!
Today I am linking up to The Nester's Christmas Tour of Homes

Christmas Tour of Homes with The Nester

as well as Vintage Christmas Monday at Joan's blog, "The Potting Shed-Anything Goes Here"
Thrifty Decor Chic Tree Party,
BNOTP Met Monday
and finally,
The Christmas version of Outdoor Wednesday, hosted by  Susan of Southern Day dreamer


Dawn said...

Wow, what fun for the kids and mom's. Diva's got some great new takes on Christmas decor. Love the front door wreath!

I think Santa has his hands full with the 4 of you! Make sure he saves some Christmas magic for the rest of us!

Tardevil said...

Oh Leigh, that is my kind of party!Love that big honkin' awesome wreath on the front door too...along w/ the Santa collection that just warms my heart!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Leigh, your tree looks wonderful! And your (real) Santa brought back some childhood memories! Hope you get the chance to put my button up too (you can just grab it from my side column). All the best and Happy Holidays!

Mrs. Schmitty said...

I love the Merry Christmas Y'all plate with all of those beautiful Santas!

Leigh your friend's home is beautiful! The decorations are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Mari said...

The house looks beautiful and what a great Santa! I love that last picture of you and him.

Jane said...

I really enjoyed the tour! It looked like a fabulous party and the personal appearance by the big guy himself made it perfect. Thanks for sharing Bloggeritaville in December!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Everything is so pretty!! Looks and sounds like a fun time for all.

honeysuckle said...

That is a lot of Santas you have collected not to mention the real one. It looks festive and the party, what fun! Merry Christmas!

kimmcl said...

What a wonderful tour Leigh. You are a very hospitable hostess! I enjoyed every minute. Merry Christmas my dear friend.

K Mommy said...

very cute post! that was one pretty santa. thanks for sharing!

ps...I'm from alabama too!

4thelove! said...

Hi!!! Loved reading about this years Santa gathering! sorry I missed it...great post. Miss you!

Mimi said...

What a fun the Santa collection...oh, and that table of food looks delicious! Door wreath is are the poinsettia topiaries. Cute picture of the kids!
Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Stacey said...

Love all the decorations! Your tree is beautiful, and that is quite a santa collection!

Carrie said...

Looks like so much fun!!! Beautiful home.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love the lime green with red -- and what a pretty Santa! Looks like a great afternoon.

Kammy said...

I loved your "Diva" tour - such a nice friend....that was the "real" Santa wasn't it ?!?!?!?!?

Tricia said...

Oh Leigh, what a magical party! Those must be the luckiest bunch of kids (of all ages) in the whole world to have the Really real Santa come to their party. The stuff of magical memories!! ;)
I hope that your family have the most blessed of Christmas seasons!


Dianna said...

Thanks for the tour. Great Santa! Love your collections.

~~Carol~~ said...

Wow, Diva's Santa collection is amazing, and her tree is simply gorgeous! And that was definitely the real Santa!
Happy Vintage Christmas Monday!

Anonymous said...

Fun Christmas tour! That Santa is awesome!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful post,Leigh! Sounds like fun!

Gwen said...

Is it totally wrong? I really want to sit on Santa's lap? Maybe that is why I have a thing for older men, I blame it all on Santa!

Wonderful tour, You are building such warm memories for the kids and yourselves. I am going to cry now. Don't worry, it isn't you, it is the blasted PMS.

I have missed your posts so much during my hibernation:)

Joyce said...

Your Santas are wonderful and especially the real one:) I like the goodie bags too. Happy Holidays.

claudie said...

What a lovely looking Santa and such a home felt welcoming to your blog.
I am leaving a satisfied customer indeed.
Merry Christmas Leigh
It was magical to say the least.
Loved it all, and those goody bags filled with cookies were the perfect ending.
Happy OW and everything else.
Love Claudie from Canada

Maggie B said...

So enjoyed touring Diva's home today all decked out in it's Christmas finery. It was great to meet the other members of the Clematis Club too, looks like a fun group.
Merry Christmas from Normandy.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

It's all loverly...Merry Christmas!!!

eileeninmd said...

Lots of fun there, I love the Santa and the 4 girls shot. The cookies look yummy too. Merry Christmas.

Jessica said...

Luv it!
Glad I found ya on the tour!
Jessica-aka Drama!

Anonymous said...

WOW!! That is a lot of Santa's and that Santa suit is gorgeous! I absolutely love the poinsettia topiary as well! It all looks so festive! I am stopping in from Nester's Tour. If you would like to see my tour posts you can click on the 'Christmas 2009' tag on the left sidebar of my blog. Have a great holiday season!