There’s nothing I love more than walking into a home that’s been decorated with festive Christmas spirit. So when it comes to decking the halls no one does it better than my sister Jenni and her Farmhouse Christmas decor. Last week I posted about her living room makeover (Happiness is a Journey) but when I stopped by this past Sunday and saw her tree and decorations I just had to share again with its totally new holiday look.
Decking The Halls
As soon as you come into the front foyer the front railing greets you with swags of pine, berries, pine cones and red plaid ribbon. I love this view into the living room. The 8 foot fresh Fraser Fir tree stands front and center of the picture window.
The Nutcracker Collections
Ever since Jenni and I moved out on our own, our mom has started Christmas collections for us. For me, it’s my cherished glass Christmas ornaments and for Jenni it’s her nutcracker collection: a extensive mix of every kind and size nutcracker imaginable from expensive German one-of-a-kind nutcrackers to hand-painted nutcrackers by my niece Charlotte and nephew Ben from when they were toddlers(equally important). When Jenni and Mike bought their new house the dining room had a long built-in server. She knew it would be the perfect place for Farmhouse Christmas nutcracker collection.
Adding Fresh Or Faux Greens
Over the farmtable Jenni weaved fresh greens and red and green metallic ornaments into the chandelier. A large glass dome covers a mini pine flanked by bottle brush trees and pine scented candle votives. Simple and easy to move for family dinners and lets the collection nearby take center stage.
The Living Room
A fresh pine wreath hangs over the fireplace and the fireside chair gets a fir lined knit pillow. The gray of the fabrics matches perfectly with the fir. Comfortable and right near the fireplace, this chair is ideal for the Big Man in Red.
A Cozy Corner
The Lakeside Chair and a Half faces the fireplace and gets a needlepoint skiing pillow and cheery white and red throw blanket. When Jenni chose this chair and a half she had herself in mind but it is the kids who fight over who sits here. It actually is a perfect snuggle spot for two. This cheerful and inviting chair with comfortable cushions and a twill slip cover wraps it’s warm and welcoming arms around those who gets there first! I’ll race you.
We swapped out the gray for green velvet and added red knit and fir pillows on the Raymour & Flanigan Lakeside Sofa . The equally comfortable and timeless companion to the chair and a half. Tis the season for more bottle brush trees set out to cheerfully adorn The Draper Glass coffee table . Out with the fall leaves and mini pumpkins and in with greens and sparkly holiday decor.
The Draper coffee table is Jenni’s favorite. She says “It’s the perfect mix of modern and rustic.” There’s no way you can loose anything in these drawers. We placed extra greens, silver wooden orbs, glass ornaments and deer antlers inside. Such a pretty view from all angles and a great addition to her Farmhouse Christmas.
Rich With Heritage
I just loved the hand sewn felt tree skirt with little beaded flower centers. Its bright colors and three dimensional graphics reminds me of my Swedish heritage.
Entering In Style
In the back hall mudroom Stella waits on Santa patiently. A narrow hallway mirror equipped with a shelf and drawer to store keys and phones is occupied this time of the year by more nutcracker figurines. Did you know according to German folklore nutcrackers were given as keepsakes to bring good luck to your family and protect your home?
The Ski Chalet
Leaning against the back of the house, a set of vintage skis await the first snow. I found these classics at a roadside sale in the Adirondacks for $2. A black dog statue remembering Stella’s sister Magie gets a fresh pine wreath. The spirit of Maggie welcomes all who comes into the home.
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My most favorite tradition is baking cookies with
mom at her house. Now that we are all grown up and and have kids of our own we continue the tradition
with the grandkids.
My favorite holiday tradition is a newer tradition in our family. This year will be our 5th annual Cookie Exchange Extravaganza! I love spending some QT with the girls in our family and of course the cookies!
Definitely getting together with my 10 cousins and opening presents together. We’ve been doing that for over 15 years!
It’s really a simple tradition, but by husband and I love the moment we get to pull out the kids homemade ornaments. Their little handprints and school drawings are our favorite decorations that adorn our tree 🙂
Absolutely LOVE driving around with my 73 year old dad and looking at all the christmas lights! Brings by such warm memories of my childhood. <3
My favorite holiday tradition as of the last 5 years is to have birthday cake on Christmas! That may sound weird, but December 25th is my boyfriends date of birth. So on that day, to him and to me, it isn’t referred to as Christmas, but instead as Mike’s Birthday! Under the tree his presents stand out because they are wrapped in birthday paper rather than Christmas prints!
I love putting out my nativity every year. I received a piece every year from my Aunt when I was young and so I’m flooded with memories putting it out. Now, I have been doing the same thing for my two nieces and hope they cherish it like me.
The loveliest night for me is when our children decorate their “children’s tree” before the bigger family tree arrives and they choose to wrap items we own from around the house for us to open on Christmas. It is filled with ornaments they have made as well as a few from my tree growing up so we get to remember all the wonderful Christmas memories at once.
My favorite tradition is Christmas eve, we make cookies, play games and watch Christmas movies as a family.
My mother in law has passed down a tradition of doing “table presents” on X-mas eve. We each get a wrapped present that can be opened after dinner but you have to guess the gifts within 20 questions! It’s always something clever and fun and wrapped in a funny way and gets everyone excited for the next morning!
It’s so hard to choose from but one that stands out is setting up our ‘Snow Village” in our living room. It takes my girls and I hours to arrange all the houses, school house, churches, woodsy scenes, stores, school, people, etc. all amongst mounds of ‘snow’. It all lights up and looks like a winter wonderland. My mom started this tradition when I was little and its carried on to my girls. 🙂
I love decorating the tree!
My favorite holiday tradition is making cookies, my mom always makes sour cream cut outs instead of sugar, I’m almost thirty and I still make her make them with me every year 🙂
Favorite holiday tradition is Cards Against Humanity with alcohol and family.
Our favorite Christmas tradition is our family sitting down to a festive dinner together on Christmas day. After all the anticipation and expectations have come and gone, the serenity of just being with one another is more meaningful than all the gifts and glitter.
so festive and fun! Love it!
Hi Amie! My favorite tradition as a child was being allowed to open one small gift from under the tree on Christmas Eve. This was meant to be a family present as Santa had not yet arrived. I did the same with my children when they were young. Today, I enjoy a new tradition, taking my rescue pup each year to get his photo taken with Santa so it can be part of my Christmas card.
One of our favorite family traditions is welcoming all our friends and adopted “family” over on Christmas night. The house rings with fellowship and laughter as we tell stories and share gifts and good food .
Opening presents on Christmas eve – my dad’s birthday!
I love decorating with red cardinals here and there. baking cookies the week before with my daughters. Making a breakfast that bakes while we spend time opening gifts, laughing and enjoying each others company. This year we have a son-in-law!
My favorite tradition is decorating the tree. I love the lights, ornaments and Martina McBride’s Christmas music playing in the background. I get up every morning, plug in the lights and have my coffee by the tree. Merry Christmas Amie! xoxo
The kids and I look forward to making our peanut butter balls every year. My grandma and I used to make them and now I’ve continued the tradition with my own children
My favorite tradition is Christmas Eve , hanging in our matching jammies reading ’twas the night before Christmas and eating Christmas cookies.
My favorite Christmas tradition is our advent wreath and calendar. I decorate a Christmas scene on our advent calendar by adding a fabric decoration each day from Dec 1-24. We also light an advent candle on our wreath each Sunday before Christmas as part of Siunday dinner. Celebrating the real meaning of Christmas. God bless us everyone.
My favorite holiday tradition involves filling a thermos with hot cocoa and trekking out into the woods with my family to find the perfect tree. Once the tree is up there are really no rules for what goes on it. From heirloom ornaments to the paper pickles and cotton ball crafts my little ones made in daycare, it all gets a spot.
Every year we spend a night or two in Hershey, PA for Christmas. The kids just love the rides at night in the midst of millions of Christmas lights. We binge on hot chocolate and Hershey kisses everywhere we go!! It’s becomes such an amazing holiday tradition for our little family unit!!!!
Your home looks STUNNING!!!!
amy @ one artsy mama
My favorite tradition is making cookies that we give out to our firemen, community workers, and more. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home!!
I love our family wreath making week!
I love decorating gingerbread houses with my family on Christmas Eve. Each year we have so much fun trying to out-do or out-silly our efforts from the previous year.
Spending a whole afternoon with my children and their cousins decorating holiday cookies!
My favorite holiday tradition is sitting back in a comfy chair to watch Elf as the Christmas tree lights twinkle and the fireplace crackles.
My favorite tradition is finding and decorating our Christmas tree. After it is all done, sitting down with some Christmas music on and a libation in hand.
my favorite holiday tradition is making (and eating) cookies!
I love the decorations that we have on our stairwells
My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the tree with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation playing in the background.
I have a bunch of vintage ornaments that I love to hang each year 🙂
My mother gave me this beautiful, colorful wooden cow as part of a wedding centerpiece. She is big and bold and I love putting red bows on her horns and tail. Athena (the name printed on her belly), sits proudly on my mantle at Christmas time. 🙂
I always put up my grandmother’s super vintage Christmas lights. They look amazing!
i love decorating the tree with my kids
Lydia @ Thrifty Frugal Mom
My favorite holiday decorations are simple real greenery and white lights….love the beauty of it! And of course a Christmas tree fits right into that. 🙂
My favorite holiday tradition is sitting by the fireplace with our extended family on Christmas and drinking homemade hot chocolate! I also love watching my daughter open her Christmas presents!
My favorite holiday tradition is baking cookie with my daughter
My favorite holiday tradition is
Baking Christmas cookies with
Our tradition this year is different then years past. We decided to start a new family tradition. In lieu of any gifts we decided to give our time , our love, our attention to eachother and our community. We will unplug from our techie lives. We all realized that we want for nothing and have been blessed with good health , a roof over our heads and a table always full of food. We are going embrace the real spirit of Christmas.
Back to basics.
my favorite family tradition has been picking a weekend around Christmas to celebrate with my side of the family. We play games, go sledding, hike in the woods, share in multiple meals and get more quality time together tha just trying to fit in a few hours on Christmas Eve or day. We can just relax and enjoy one another and keep the holiday spirit going even longer…
Every holiday season we transform our small dining room into a cozy den and our large living room into an inviting dining room with seating for 12-20 depending on how cozy we feel like getting. It sets the stage for entertaining and game-playing with lots of friends and family gathered around our seasonal farm table. It inspires me to decorate, light candles to warm the space to welcome our guests for the holiday season.
Judi- Im lucky to say that i have seen your beautiful house. Its such a great place to spend time with friends and not to mention that you are one of the best cooks I know. xoxo
My favorite holiday tradition? Tradition runs deep in my life and to sum it up, I would have to say that it’s sitting hours on end at the kitchen table surrounded by people who mean the most to me & sharing the most special days of the year together. Tradition takes on a whole new meaning when you are brought up in a close knit family – the gathering together of loved ones is more meaningful than I can describe & is deep rooted for me.