Welcome to our house!



Come on in and sit a spell. Grab a cookie and have some cocoa. There’s a fire crackling on the hearth. It’s Christmastime and you’re welcome to join us for some glad tidings and cheer.





We certainly couldn’t win an award on the amazing “Tacky Christmas Lights Tour” in Richmond — as seen on HGTV last night — but we do enjoy a bit of festive flair. Thankfully, I have the greatest Christmas decoration ever to add to my arsenal this year … SNOW. Nothing makes the lights glow more merrily!





Farmboy loves the deer. He’s entranced by their slowly bobbing heads. Usually I find him staring out his bedroom window at them when he’s supposed to be sleeping.

But let’s head inside … it’s a freezing 9 degrees with a windchill of minus something. As my farrier said the other day, “It’s so cold I’d like to kick Jack Frost in his snowballs!”

Sorry. That’s not nice … but it is funny!





Last chance for a candy cane …

Here are a few photos of our house at Christmas. Some years I go crazy, some years I don’t. Some years I aim for primitive and rustic; some years it’s quirky and eclectic. This year it’s all about SIMPLE … RELAXED … and above all, family-friendly. We’re planning on lots and lots of fun-lovin’ family time over the next couple of weeks.

So here’s what we did … with a few antiques, antlers and rusty jingle bells thrown in for good measure.





The kids made chains to countdown the 12 days to Christmas. On each link they wrote one thing they love about the Christmas season. We tear one off at supper each night.





I love real Christmas trees. But … we put our tree up right after Thanksgiving. The needles always fall off by Dec. 25. One year we had a practically bald tree. One year the thing dried out so much it became a fire hazard. Our trees almost always stop drinking water in the tree stand, even if I keep them religiously full. So this year, a fake tree or two has invaded our home.

I know … it makes me sad. So I burn pine candles. Not the same, though.











I love these little twig trees. We sell them at Farmgirl Finds. The shop will be open Friday & Saturday, 10-4, with a final Christmas sale Thursday, Dec. 23, from 4-8 p.m. Then it’s closed until spring. Hurry in before it’s too late!

P.S. That’s my $10 thrift store chair, there. I love finding deals like that!





My great-grandfather’s trumpet rests on the piano next to the girls’ sheet music. One of my favorite things: playing Christmas carols and singing along with the kids.





This driftwood garland hangs over my sink all year, but it takes on a holiday look with red valances.





This is our Jesse Tree. It’s a way of celebrating the advent season as a family. You can read more about the devotional we use here. You can also download a free Jesse Tree devotional, created by Ann Voskamp, here.





This tree holds all of the kids’ special ornaments. We give one to each of them every year. It’s a tradition my mom started when I was a baby.





I love red.








And that’s it for now. I’ll probably add a few more cozy touches in the days to come. Now it’s time to make cinnamon cut-out ornaments with the kids. They’re part of the kids’ Christmas program at church. More on that to come …

Enjoy this most wonderful time of the year!

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  • comment-avatar
    MAC December 15, 2010 (12:06 pm)

    Can you come decorate (and clean) my house? Please!! year around?!?!?!

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    Jorgelina December 15, 2010 (2:47 pm)

    Merry Christmas !
    Everything is so beautiful!

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    Nashville December 15, 2010 (4:16 pm)

    Everything looks wonderful and so cozy!

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    lisa leonard December 15, 2010 (4:27 pm)

    so warm and inviting and cozy. and the snow looks so beautiful. love it!

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    Jeanie December 15, 2010 (10:19 pm)

    How pretty! Thanks for sharing!

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    Heather December 16, 2010 (12:21 am)

    Not feeling like the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree right now…I have visited your site like a dozen times and couldn’t figure out how to leave a comment….GEESH…just found it at the top! DUH! Any-hoo….loved the decorative tour….I am with you, each year is different, but this year was very simple! Love it!! Have a wonderful holiday!!!

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    Sal December 16, 2010 (10:43 am)

    So festive and makes one feel warm and cozy! Love your use of nature and color in making the decorations. Likewise red is a favorite and decorations bring out the best with it.

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    Nancy December 16, 2010 (11:57 am)

    You certainly have the touch for decorating. I really enjoyed the pics, makes me wish I’d done more at home. It’s been great getting to know you this year (in a completely non-stalkery way, ha ha ;)). I may try to slip down to the store next Thursday…Merry Christmas!!!

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    Kelly December 22, 2010 (10:14 am)

    I really like the driftwood garland with the red valances. Everything is really nice. Thanks for the tour. I came over from the Nester. Kelly