If you follow me on Instagram (I’m jeannettg) maybe you noticed that I’ve been a little absent the last week…and then suddenly BOOM this morning, there were like 10 in a row.

Procrastinator much?

It’s whatevs.

But I really thought it would be fun to give you a little Christmas tour of my house…Insta style!

Our Jesse Advent is chugging right along…only two more bags left!!!

My mantle makes me happy.

A fake mistletoe ball and Truth.

Love times two.

Put a bird on it.

(Watch that.  Cracks me up.)

I spy with my little eye, the sweetest little face.

(We’re over $5,000!!!  EEK!)

I smile every time I see this.

Every. Time.

Any of you remember this?

My grandma used to work at a Nursing Home and they had one of these little sets…the little dudes hit the bells in these complicated sequences playing different Christmas carols…I’m super impressed by the technology…this is old skool!

When I saw it at a yard sale a few years ago for $10 I *had* to have it.

Nostalgia makes you spend money on interesting things…

I like me some nativities.

Having been raised Catholic there’s just something about a nativity that has to be really elaborate and detailed.

It’s just the way it has to be.

I still really want this one though.

And I loooove this little Mexican nativity.

I think I’ve decided that I want to start collecting nativities from around the world.

How cool would that be?

I love that the kids have their own nativities to play with.

Not just because it keeps them from messing with my breakable ones, but I love watching them set it up, and move the pieces and put it all back.

Plus it’s a really cute set.

This year, Miss Lynette gave the kids a second nativity…Veggie Tale style!


Merry Christmas to you and yours my friends!

Grab a button, link up and have yourself some fun and lots of love with your family this weekend.


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    I love the InstaFriday Christmas home tour! What a great idea ;) The mantle has got to be my favorite! Merry Christmas! Can you believe it’s just two days away!?
    Heather @ Life as we know it with Two Twinkies & a Tater Tot´s last blog post ..InstaFriday mixes with Fill in the blank Friday.

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    i LOVE Veggie Tales… and I will find ANY excuse to watch or listen to them. ;)

    LOVE the tour of your home! such a great find for a yard sale.. and only $10?? that’s a deal!


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    Your mantle is amazing!!! Love that pic of your gorgeous kiddo’s!
    Nikki´s last blog post ..InstaFriday 12-23

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    Love your mantle, and those kid friendly nativities. Is the first one little people? I think my kids would really enjoy that :)
    Lesley´s last blog post ..cell phone pictures

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    I have totally thought about collecting nativities too! I love them. The set in my living room has a Jesus that looks like Dan Quayle, and a shepherd that looks fair and british. I would love to find a set where the folks look like they are from that part of the world! Merry Christmas – and thank you for thinking up the wonderful Instafriday idea – it has been super fun for me!!
    Kim R´s last blog post ..Instafriday!

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    You have some seriously cute decorations!! I can’t believe it’s already here. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    Lolly´s last blog post ..Insta-Friday!

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    Your mistletoe ball is awesome!
    Heather G.´s last blog post ..Life in Phone Pictures

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    Finally have another post to link up….I think I’ve only been able to do it one other time. Love all your fun pics. The Little People Nativity is my absolute favorite nativity. I love those sweet ornaments of your boys (Cliff & Xander). And your mantle is dreamy.
    Wishing you the bestest Christmas ever!! Love you friend. xoxoxo
    Mique´s last blog post ..Pity Party 68

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    Love seeing what other people’s homes look like at Christmas.
    This week has been filled with Christmas concerts, crocheting and baking. I love that I am so in the mood this year and filled with such peace.
    Now off to modify another one of my cookie recipes to work for my gluten free restrictions.
    domestic extraordinaire´s last blog post ..Gluten Free Tassies on InstaFriday

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    Love that Veggie Tales nativity!!
    Teacher Girl´s last blog post ..Insta-Friday {1}

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    I too love Nativities. I actually own the fisher price nativity – I received it in a white elephant exchange and absolutely love it!
    Becca @ One Girl´s last blog post ..{InstaFriday} December Issue

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    VeggieTales Nativity set? Genius!! Love it :)

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    I love the tour. I grew up Baptist and we didn’t have a nativity. My grandmother made ceramics and created this huge nativity. My dad built her a large wooden stable to place the figures in. I remember every year I’d spend countless hours rearranging the figures. I loved that nativity. When my grandmother passed away it was the only thing I wanted. She hadn’t put it up in years so we weren’t sure they still had it. We found the figures but in cleaning out the garage my aunt threw away the wooden stable. The figures have some missing fingers and the animals have missing tails and toes but I still love it. It sits in my living room on a shelf and one day maybe my dad will build me a new wooden stable for it. Now that I’m Catholic the nativity has a new meaning for me. We also have the Little Peoples set for the kids. My 3 year old loves it.

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    Veggie Tale Nativity…hilarious! Love it!! Your home is decorated beautifully. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    Check out my blog for the LEGO nativity DH made me! :D
    Kara´s last blog post ..The finished lego nativity


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