Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Still Woods Farmhouse Christmas Tour 2015

Whew..where did the time go?  My boys came home for Christmas and all thoughts of this blog flew out the window!  So before December turns into January, I wanted to share a little of Christmas at Still Woods Farmhouse.

We will start with the reading/music room.  I love this room!  I have truly enjoyed having my morning coffee here each morning, while the house is still asleep.  It is beautiful at night.  My superb...mediocre...okay, terrible photo skills do not do it justice!  My husband set all of this up...it's his baby!  The tree in the corner has only two types of ornaments: my mother's hand painted ornaments and glass hearts.  Mom paints ornaments for her Sunday School class each year and she always makes sure her girls get one.  Lucky me! They are so pretty!!
I decided to do the dining room in a winter wonderland theme this year.  Lots of white, snow covered greenery, and a little sparkle from silver/white ornaments make this room a great place for any meal.  I have three trees on top of my grandmother's Singer sewing machine.  I was just given the machine by a cousin and I am so excited to have it in my possession.  I think Grandma would like it on display.
My kitchen theme is always gingerbread and gingham.  Love the two together!  I have a thing for Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and have several editions.  The Christmas in the Country Gooseberry edition is propped on a cookbook easel for easy access.  My red Kitchen-Aid mixer and red Keurig add a nice touch all year, but especially at Christmas.  The hot cocoa bar has been a joke this year!  It has been so hot that people are wearing flip flops and shorts!  Here in the south, you turn down the AC and break out the hot cocoa anyway! My little kitchen tree has mini cookie cutters as ornaments.
The laundry room also gets a little Christmas decor.  After all, it's Santa's Wash and Dry!  I wrapped toile around a foam base to make a simple wreath for the laundry room door.  I made many of the cross stitch prayers one year to give away as gifts to my family.  Manger scenes are found throughout the entire house.
Nutcrackers rule the living room.  We have given our boys a nutcracker each year, so our collection is fairly large.  Some of the more special German nutcrackers are in their bedrooms. My husband added two 4 foot nutcrackers to our collection this year.  Our tree is a combination of what we love best.  No themes here. You will find macaroni ornaments from our boys' school projects alongside Radko ornaments. Glass icicles add a nice sparkle, but from the photo, you really can see them.  The coffee table has a simple tray with a bushy bearded Santa and a candle ring.
My oldest son sets up our manager scene each year.  I love this set which we have had for a number of years. It is the focal point of our Christmas decor and of our Christmas. I tried lighting it with fairy lights this year.  You may see the wires running through the set.  It looks so pretty lit up.
This next collage is just a combination of things scattered around the house.  Santa's Library is open year round!  Sometimes in the hottest months of the year, I like to sit down and read a Christmas story.  The plate has a beautiful verse..."Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel", Isaiah 7:14.  I already shared with you my vintage decor in the office area off the kitchen and the front porch Christmas decor, but added to this last collage.
I still have all my Christmas decorations up.  When do you take down your decorations?  It seems that I have more time to just sit and enjoy everything after Christmas.  Since I am allergic to real trees (sad, I know), we don't have to worry about a tree drying out.  I also find that I like to reevaluate everything before I put it away.  If I'm in a rush to get it down, I can't get everything labeled and put away according to rooms.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  I am looking forward to what our Lord has in store for me this year!
Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  1. Everything is so beautiful! I am like you, I find I have more time to enjoy everything after Christmas!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      I am glad I am not the only one. I just love sitting and looking at everything. It does only come once a year, so I hate to rush it and take down everything the day after Christmas. Thank you for stopping by and I wish you and your family a Happy New Year!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  2. Absolutely beautiful! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you so much! My entire family loves Christmas. I am enjoying the lights and special items that mean so much to me...a handmade wreath from my grandmother, trash bag wreaths made by my boys when they were in elementary school and all the rest! Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  3. Wonderful when the kids can help with the manger and decorations. And, I agree with you that it's more enjoyable to view the decorations after Christmas. I'm never in a hurry to take down the decor.

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    1. Yes, my oldest loves doing the manger scene and I am glad he does. My other son loves to help his grandmother set up her village! I'm glad there are more people like me who do not rush to take everything down. To me, it then just becomes more about the gifts and gift giving than the real reason we celebrate Christmas. I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  4. Love your Christmas "Friends" cross stitch. Can you tell me where I might be able to get the pattern? Thank you so much - Jeanne

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    1. Hi Jeanne,
      That pattern is very old. I did all of those in 1991, but I am sure I still have it somewhere. If not, I can copy the cross stitch and send that to you. I'll get back to you next week. Have a Happy New Year!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  5. Beautiful Christmas Decorations and so many memories that you cherish!!
    Happy New Year Lynda!
    Suzan

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    1. Happy New Year Suzan! Wishing you a blessed 2016!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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