As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Old-Fashioned Farmhouse Christmas

God With Us  

Because He came, and because He lives, we can celebrate every day in His mercy and grace. 

But here at The Farmhouse, we like to enjoy the holidays by making things extra cozy, extra comfy, extra bright, all the while keeping things simple and kind of old-fashioned.  When you live in an old house, that just seems to be the way to go.   

Come on in, and join our old-fashioned celebration!

Farmhouse Dining Room

In this room, we gather with friends and family for special meals.  It is around this table that we have our Christmas morning brunch, as well as birthday and holiday and company dinners throughout the year.  

This Christmas, the mantle is decorated with greenery and real and faux fruit.  (Can you tell which are real?)  Ron's tree is in the corner, candles are lit on the sideboard...all we need are some holiday guests!

Farmhouse Living Room

Here is where you'll find our family tree, festooned with special ornaments collected over the years.  No "theme" tree here...just everything from embroidered hearts to a small piano to a domed cupcake to a brass hammer to a glittery Eiffel Tower!

As we have no mantle in the living room, we hang our stockings on a primitive cabinet (which Ron built with old wood) and line candlesticks across the top.

The carolers are "singing" atop the piano; Bekah is often playing a round of carols below.  Pinky (our black kitty) has found a cozy holiday corner.  (You can read about my own cozy corner ~here~.)

The Farmhouse Kitchen

Now you're in the room that is the hub of our house.  It is where we share family meals.  It is where we homeschool.  It is where the coffee is hot.  It is where people always end up, no matter where the gathering begins. 

For Christmas, the kitchen has its own kitchen-y tree, decorated with popcorn and gingerbread men and dried orange slices. 

Pomanders fill the tureen.  Cookie cutters, candy canes, and an antique rolling pin sit among some yellow ware bowls.  A cornhusk nativity (that is older than some of my children) sits among others.

The astute observer may notice that Pinky has also found a cozy corner in the kitchen.  And some may be wondering about the very long cane that is propped against our school cabinet.  The "cane" is actually a shepherd's hook, an early Christmas gift from my son Ryan who knows my love for sheep.


This little lantern sits at our back door...and now that you've spent some time with us, you qualify as a back door friend!  You'll come back again, won't you?  And next time, you can use the back door. 

Merry Christmas to you as you celebrate Emmanuel, God With Us! 

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  1. Your home looks so beautiful! I love your sweet decorations and I can almost smell those scented oranges from here.

    Thank you for this lovely tour!

    Best Christmas wishes,

  2. Ahhhh, here I shall comment! Your home looks so beautifully colonial, old-fashioned, warm, welcoming, cozy, beautiful lighting. Ahhhhhh...

  3. Simply - and I mean that in EVERY way - SWEET. All is calm; all is bright in your old house...

  4. Cheryl your home is Beautuful!! It looks so warm and inviting! Very Peaceful! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I meant to say Beautiful!!:)

  6. Your home makes me feel at home. It's so cozy and pretty. Thank you for sharing your home. Merry Christmas.

  7. I DO love house tours! Your home is so beautiful -- it makes me want to come right over. Thank you so much for sharing. Merry Christmas!

  8. I love your farmhouse and your decorations are perfect for it! The mantle was beautiful and I can just imagine how fabulous those lemons smell. ;)

  9. Your home is so lovely! It's like stepping back in time. Thanks for sharing. =) Merry Christmas!

  10. It's a beautiful home, Cheryl, full of love and warmth. The decorations are just what I like too...natural, old fashioned, sweet.

    Thanks for the tour!

  11. The best part of this, for me, is meeting new friends. I don't have a link up this year because we are in a small apt. while our new home is being built. This will be the last home (we are in our 60's), and I'm enjoying seeing all the lovely decorating ideas.
    I love your home. I want to make our new home look "old" and warm and welcoming.
    P.S. It is always so good to meet a fellow grandma!

  12. Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing. By the way, how did you hang those baskets in the corner of your dining room? I need the directions if you don't mind I copy the idea! That is so adorable.

    New reader...

  13. And this is exactly what I love about your house any time of year Cheryl. It's perfection that is inviting. Generally that is an oxymoron. In your house... it's home. I love every bit of it. And Ron built the cupboard? Amazing.

    Thank you for the back door invite. If only... sigh.

    Blessings, Debbie

  14. Love the "old fashion" Christmas feel your house gives forth. I could almost smell the wonderful smells as I visited! It's good to meet you. I would love to follow your blog, but didnt see anywhere to sign up to do that. Merry Christmas!

  15. Very cozy indeed... and I just love that pineapple! The oranges and cloves are a Christmas tradition, glad to see that someone else makes them!

  16. SO lovely! I love the mantle and all the details, great job!

  17. Beautiful. I love farmhouses and have always wanted to live in one. Beautiful.

  18. Everything looks so beautiful. I love how you have chosen decorations that suit the house so perfectly!

  19. Your home looks beautiful decked out for Christmas. I'm a fan of black painted Windsor and comb back chairs and love yours. You have some awesome furniture pieces. Thanks for sharing your farmhouse home tour.

  20. What a beautiful cozy home! Love it and thanks for sharing!

  21. Cheryl, thank you for allowing me to visit your beautiful home, so warm and inviting. Thank you too, for allowing me to be a back door friend, I am honored. Back door friends are the best. ~smile~
    I have thought a lot this week about your dh's special tree, and how much it meant for him to drive home and see it in the window. I always leave here so blessed and inspired.
    Much love,

  22. Your home looks so comfortable and cozy, I love how you have decorated it. I'll be sure to use the back door when I visit again! Thanks for sharing & Merry Chritmas

  23. Cheryl, your house is far, far more than just a house; it is truly a home. One can feel that down to the very bones when reading your posts and viewing your beautiful pictures. I love seeing the photos of your Christmas decorations. As Anne Shirley would say: "Pretty doesn't go far enough." Isn't that true of so much in life? "Pretty" just doesn't go far enough. I feel so honored to actually be able to occasionally walk through your back door and enter this wonderful refuge you have created. And to worship Emmanuel together.

  24. I found you at The Nester.

    You have a beautiful home! It seems so warm and inviting (even imagining it without the Christmas decorations).

    Merry Christmas!!

  25. Your home is so beautiful, it should be in a magazine! Well done your Christmas decor is wonderful. Following you, Diane

  26. I love all the fruit - what a beautiful way to decorate!

  27. Nice home and beautiful Christmas decorations.


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