It is only a few days until Christmas, and we have been busy decorating the trees, collecting pinecones and fallen evergreen to cozy up the porches and starting our holiday baking. We have no shortage of antique ornaments…much to the dismay of some people in our family…but even our household grinch has gotten in the spirit and added beautiful sparkling lights to our family room and barn all on their own. Our kids have always had little trees in their bedrooms with special ornaments handed down to them. One is full of vintage Peanuts ornaments which belonged to my father and the other hung with tiny pointe shoes and nutcrackers curtesy of my own collection from my former life as a dancer.
Outside we’ve been gathering pinecones to dry out and save for arts and crafts projects. I have visions of them dipped in golden glitter and strung into garlands for next year. I’m also hoping it’s true that if they are dry they make good fire starters. We’ve collected all the fallen evergreens and placed them into urns around the porches. Next year we will source out some fallen branches in the spring while they are still soft so that we can make wreath forms.
Winter is going to be long and we are in search of all the ways to make it brighter. Grateful still for the large accumulation of wood left to us in the woodshed, as it has been keeping our wood stove burning for months. We are looking forward to embracing cozy family dinners, roaring fires in the kitchen, hot coffee and an occasional cocktail or two. All of that starts this week when we all get a well-deserved day off to spend together. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you following along on this journey. We have big plans to feature our 1812 farmhouse in 2022!