Here is the tree, a complete hodge-podge of Christmas ornaments from years past. When I left home, my mom gave me all of the ornaments that were mine to start my own tree. I started the tradition of giving my children an ornament every Christmas so that when they fly the nest, they will have a collection to take with them too.
I have double frames that hold Nathan and Grace's first picture with Santa as well as the one from the current year. It's fun to compare them each year....
I love my piano, and it makes a great place to display my Christmas snow globe collection. I can't wait for my family to get here so we can sing!
Last, but not least, here is my fireplace. My grandfather made the mantle, and the bricks were hauled here to the Lone Star State from Louisiana. They were from the home of my great-grandfather and when my parents remodeled the house when I was in 6th grade, we painstakingly chipped all of the old mortar off of them, and scrubbed them with a wire brush so that they could be made into a new fireplace. You can't see it in the picture, but my parents had the hearth built the exact height of a chair so it's very comfortable to sit on. (In case you are wondering why I live in the house where I grew up, Trevor and I bought it from my parents when they decided to move back home to Louisiana)
(Here's a picture from last year that shows the entire fireplace):