Get ready for Holiday Homes Tour 2011

Happy Monday y’all!  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving (Americans) weekend (everyone else).  We here in Jenworld had a freaking awesome weekend that included turkey, decorating Jenworld for Christmas, and being with family and friends.

First off, taking care of some business, the winner of the Christmas gnome giveaway is Liz! Congratulations! If you didn’t win, fret not. Sue still has more gnomes in her Etsy shop, so click over and buy one (or more). If you’re looking to win a Christmas goody here, hold onto your hats because I’ll have another giveaway tomorrow!

Now that the holiday season is officially upon us, it’s time to organize the fourth annual Holiday Homes Tour.

Show us all how you decorate for the holidays at your domicile.  Do you have a ginormous tree or a petite one or none at all?  Do you have stockings hung by the chimney with care or are they hung on a bookshelf?  Do you decorate with glitter and gilt or are you into pine cones and other items from nature?  Do you decorate anything and everything or do you keep things simple and Zen?

This year, the big day is Wednesday, December 21Last year’s was a lot of fun, so I hope a great many of you will participate this year.

All you have to do is:

  • … leave a comment here by Monday, December 19 telling me that you are participating.
  • Please, pretty please also leave your blog URL in the body of the comment so that I can easily cut and paste. (My spam filter will go nuts with all the URL’s, so if you don’t see your comment go up immediately, be patient.)
  • If you also want to leave a short — one sentence or even just a phrase – description of your decorating style, I’ll include it with your blog info on the big day.

If you don’t have a blog but still want to participate, let me know and we’ll work out a way for you to post your photos on this here blog.

Updated to add: Comments for this post are now closed. Thanks to everyone who’s participating.

If you don’t decorate but want to share some of the holiday fun near your home — is there a particularly festive house or museum? — we’d love to see it!

So, to recap:  Leave a comment with your URL.  Then, start decorating!

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26 Responses to Get ready for Holiday Homes Tour 2011

  1. This sounds like fun! I am looking forward to seeing how everyone else handles the holidays.

  2. Andrea says:

    Thanks for hosting this, Jen. I’ve loved reading it for years. This year, I’m excited to be a part of it!! Our style is all about whimsy, fun, and color. My blog URL is

  3. Kris says:

    My decorating style is…. sporadic.

  4. Vanessa says:

    I’d love to participate! I’ve missed this the past few years. My style this year will be simple, yet (hopefully) elegant. Find me at

  5. Aunt Snow says:

    I am generally a non-decorator – out of sloth, not principle. But this year my husband is threatening to schedule a big holiday open house party – if so, I will have to go through the motions, anyway. Of course, his ability to procrastinate scheduling a party is as well-developed as my ability to procrastinate decorating the house, so we’ll probably make it through the holidays both un-partied and un-decorated.

  6. bdaiss says:

    Sign me up! My holiday mojo is back! Although I’m afraid I’m behind on EVERYTHING this year thanks to the 10 day excursion to Wisconsin/Chicago. Oy! Not fun getting home at 10pm and being at work the next morning either.

    We’ll be tree hunting on Saturday and decking the halls on Sunday! (I also intend to be baking and making egg nog pancakes Sunday as well. Wanna come over?)

  7. Bunny says:

    It’s on like Donkey Kong.

    We are all about more is better and what’s better than better??

  8. Kim Kasch says:

    I’m definitely in :

    Now I’ve gotta get bizeeeeee

  9. Soccer Mom says:

    I’m THERE! I’m hoping this year my photos will be better (you know, because I’ve been practicing all year!) and I’m planning for some OUTDOOR decorating this year.

    My style is evolving and whimsy at the same time ;)

  10. Michele P says:

    I’d love to join again! Thanks for dealing with my non-blogging high maintenance. :-) Happy happy!

  11. Oh, I’m in! I love holiday decorating. I don’t know if there’s a word for my style – somewhere at the intersection of homespun, Hollywood, and Candy Land.

  12. I am in once again. I have no planned theme this year – except for lots of shine and color!

  13. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    I’m IN! We go au natural here–which means earthy, not naked. Though naked Christmas would generate a lot of traffic, wouldn’t it?

  14. Missy says:

    Yay! This year it’s scheduled for AFTER we put up our tree and decorations (we’re sort of late bloomers on that score) so I am IN!!

  15. jen_alluisi says:

    Sure, I suppose. I would say my style is both eclectic and lazy. I don’t really enjoy housekeeping or decorating, though I do enjoy a little festive atmosphere after it’s all done. My website is

  16. Frank says:

    It was fun to do last year so I’m in for this year as well. I’d say our decorating style is basic and traditional. Our outside lights are already up and our tree goes up this weekend.

  17. I’m in. I’m not decorating much because the dining room will be converted into a guest bedroom when the Cape Codders arrive.
    I have no theme. Last year I described my decor as whimsical.

  18. Sue Treiber says:

    I’m in!
    I guess we are whimsical? Traditional? Trendy? Who knows.

  19. Cyndie Rinek says:

    I’m new to this sharing bit have been blogging for a couple of years and my friend Karen of “Spokalulu” has inspired me. Looks like a lot of fun…I’m in….

  20. Catherine says:

    I’d love to take part again this year!
    I’ll post mine up at:

  21. I love the Holiday Home Tour–it’s a bloggy tradition. I’m in–and my style is eclectic and homey–I am very anti-matchy.

  22. Lala says:

    This is almost more fun than bathtub gin,
    and I’m quite thankful there’s nothing to win

    While I’m no Martha Stewart
    Our style is ‘just do it’

    I’m on it and in it, like Flynn, Jen.

  23. barbra says:

    I’m in! I had to skip last year, but I’m back again this year.

    My decorating style is “working mom of three.” Just kidding. I’d say it’s “nostalgic.”

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