Monday, December 28, 2009

A Beautiful White Christmas Wish Come True!

I hope that you all had a beautiful Christmas!  We sure did, but phewwwwy! Boy, I am plum tuckered out! I tried to get one more post in before the big day but life got the better of me and the clock ticked on much too quickly. 

The holiday ultimately came and I decided to celebrate with a relaxed state of mind so that I could absorb all that it had to offer with very little stress......I simplified and it was beautiful.  I let go of trying to make things perfect and exact as I had usually stressed about in previous years and instead I focused on only what is important and I really, truly enjoyed myself.  I also had alot of help from my family before hand which of course made that possible. 
Hugs and kisses to them for that!

 

I had a wonderful time surrounded by family and friends.  With all of the work that it takes to celebrate such a joyous occasion I am always surprised at how quickly it is over! 



I did finish up my last minute decorating and have to warn you this post is picture heavy and word heavy even more so than usual! That is what happens when I go weeks in between posts. 

By the way, the beautiful illustrations in this post are Holly Hobbie...a favorite of mine when I was a child.  In fact my Holly Hobbie oven was one of my most favorite-tist (my word) Christmas gifts ever.  I baked many a cake for my daddy in that lil ol' oven!  Oh...and sorry about the pictures...I dislike using a flash but my camera wasn't being too cooperative in the dimly lit rooms. I actually thought I was funny though and broke it all down into chapters in case you get sick of reading and want to come back, clever right? {wink}!



Chapter 1:
Christmas Preparations at the Farmhouse
I finished making snowflakes that are entangled in the garland    on the staircase.  Painted, sanded, distressed and glittered with mica....a handmade country snowflake.






 I ended up with a few days to work on some crafts that I had started, I love to add a few handcrafted items to my decor each year.  Here's a Santa I made, he still needs his boots painted on, but you get the idea.  


Before...










and after.


My daughters and I made jewelry for their friends too, they get so excited and want to join in the gift giving.  We beaded up some necklaces, bracelets and earings and made a card to hold them, their friends all loved their gifts and my girls were so proud of themselves.



We finished up our holiday baking...
This is the recipe (idea) that was published in the Merry Christmas book from Gooseberry Patch...a quicker (if you can believe it) version anyway....so easy to do with little ones...chocolate covered marshmallows....
my son put the M&M touch on top.



CHAPTER 2:  A WHITE CHRISTMAS!


The week before Christmas my neck of the woods was hit with a beautiful snowstorm that washed our landscape in a fresh and sparkly clean blanket of white. 












Two feet of snow to be exact!  It is not too often that we get this type of snow storm here anymore. 

When I was a child there are quite a few that I can recall, tromping through the snow with my brothers and this storm reminded me of those childhood winters.  



It stayed with us long enough to have a
White Christmas....
it was such a wonderful Christmas gift!
















The view out our front sitting room windows of the pretty snowfall.....my children were sleeping when the snow began to fall, I awoke early in the morning to this beautiful view and quietly tip-toed downstairs to snap a few pictures while my hubs made a warm fire in the wood stove.






Here is what the kids saw when they awoke the next morning....do you remember how exiciting a snowfall was when you were a child?  I loved that!  Waking up to a white winter wonderland (say that 10x fast)!

 




Here is my hubs shovling us a path to the driveway!  Looks like he's having fun?  Hmmm, Not sure....poor fella, he got a warm mug of coffee and some Christmas Cookies for that!





You just cannot have snow without hot cocoa! Right?










 My little guy didn't last as long as the others and came in for warm cocoa with lots of marshmallows.




and left as Clark Gable with a chocolate mustache!  LOL, soo ca-ute!









Of course, there's always time for snugglin on the couch on a wintery day for a Christmas story!




Soon his sisters and friends followed......and this was the farmhouse winter porch
 Covered in snow gear.



The sun set on the paths left in the snow from a fun snow day,
only a few days before Christmas!



CHAPTER 3:  Santa Journeys to the Farmhouse,
in Spite of all the Snow!


Then came Christmas Eve.....Church service after dinner and then just before bed, my children are each given a present to open.  Each year they have to guess what is in the package before them!  Their responses get funnier each year!  Always new P.J.'s!  Same thing each year, but they still guess for fun anyway!



Santa's Sack filled with surprises for Christmas Morning.....



  Then On Christmas Morning.....
the children awoke hubs and I and down the dimly lit stairs we all went.....









The first view of the tree after Santa has visited!  Oh glory, the joy of being a child on Christmas morning! 


Standing in awe for the those first few moments....THE EXCITEMENT!







I have always explained the meaning of Christmas to my children as
Baby Jesus' Birthday Party when they were younger....


I am not sure my son fully understood what that meant in terms of gifts....getting gifts for Jesus' birthday he asked?  Boy was he surprised and pleased! 




He was a pro after those first few pedals!


















My middle child, the artist.  Give her something creative and she will be busy for hours....
she's alot like her momma!

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This is what you get when you drag a teenager out of bed at 7 am.....
even on Christmas morning....


she would be pretty upset if she sees this, he,he! 
Sorry honey, you don't need makeup (maybe a brush, lol, but no makeup).
I think you're beautiful just the way you are!
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I know how ridiculously long the post is getting but I had to throw this one in for family members that read my blog. 


Does anyone see my hubs getting into playing with that helicopter? 
Nah, just showing his son the art of flying a toy helicopter, sound effects and all, ha! 



And......














Afterall,
Who doesn't become a child all over again at Christmas?




After gifts, we have a family breakfast with my brother and sister-in-law before our large group of extended family arrives.
Here's the breakfast table all set with the Christmas dishes and a
minature deer in the snow scene centerpiece...
(yes, another minature scene)



My lil man rode his new tricycle around the house all day
until he was exhausted.....



Finally, all tuckered out from the excitement of Christmas, he fell asleep in my arms while I chatted with a few remaining family members Christmas evening before being put to bed. 

And then, as quickly as it all began....
it is over,
until next year.





It was a very nice Christmas we had here at the Farmhouse,
we are blessed beyond measure.  I hope that you and your family made some treasured memories on one of the most important holidays....


Well, it sure was nice of you all to visit me now that everything has settled down!  Hopefully we can have another visit before next year, but if not, I wish you all a safe, healthy, and prosperous New Years! 
May God bless you all in the coming year!


Take care now,
Dee


16 comments:

  1. Well I enjoyed my visit here immensely. I loved the decorations, the crafts, gifts, and most of all the little boy on the bicycle. I really miss having little ones at Christmas and all the time! They grow up way too fast.
    Toodles, and thanks!
    Debbie

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  2. Looks like it was just a beautiful time! Glad you were able to enjoy it without being stressed. That's the best thing, when we give up on perfection and just enjoy.
    ~Michelle

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  3. what a beautiful blog you have! I enjoyed your pictures alot! Hope you and yours have a wonderful New Year!

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  4. Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing; as usual, everything is just lovely. Hope you and your family have a good new year.

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  5. Simply put, it looks like you had a beautiful Christmas! And you're so lucky to have a little guy around. That always makes it more magical, when you can share it all with small children! Even though I still try to make things magical for my 21-year old "baby"!

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  6. Hello Dee,
    It sure sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. I too tried to simplify things a little this year. I agree that spending time with family is so special. I so enjoyed the pictures of your beautiful farm house. I must admit that I am a bit jealous of all the snow. We had a small amount here in Pittsburgh but I love when it snows tons and everyone is snowed in. We are to get a little more on News Years Day but nothing like you had. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the season and a very Happy New Year.
    xoxo
    Mimi~

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  7. Looks like you and your family had a great Christmas! Thanks so much for sharing. Happy New Year.

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  8. I'm glad y'all had a wonderful Christmas! Love all the pictures! I used to have a Holly Hobbie oven when I was a little girl too! Such fun memories!

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  9. Dee, Thanks so much for sharing your Christmas with us. I really enjoyed all your photos. You weren't kidding about all that snow.. wow! We are in for more snow again the end of this week. (secretly.. I love it) I'm so glad you enjoyed your ornament. Thank you for the special sidebar "love"... I appreciate it. OH.. and I loved HH too as a kid. I remember a table and chairs I had in my room with HH on it..thanks for the memory.

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  10. Oh I love the photos you shared..truly magical..and the snow was the cherry on top...love your decorations too..the garland on the stairs is beautiful..and I LOVED the Clark Gable mustache..that was priceless..have a wonderful new year ahead..:)

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  11. What a wonderful post. It sounds like you had and ideal Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing. I am new to your site, but can't wait to come back for more!
    I found you from Amy at Keeping the Sunnyside! So glad I found you.
    Maria at Rainy Day Farm

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  12. Came across your blog from http://countrypleasures.blogspot.com/ and enjoyed reading it very much.

    Thanks for sharing a part of your life with all to enjoy.

    Kathy

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  13. happy new year! you are like me, so busy with getting the house ready...glad you could relax this year. looks like you had a beautiful time together during Christmas.

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  14. Happy New Year-2010, do you believe it??

    I've probably gone through this last post 10 times. The final sleeping picture is beyond heart breaking.

    Love the slide show and all the happenings!

    Joys, Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  15. Happy New Year to you and your family. It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. It's so much fun when there are some little ones around.
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  16. HAPPY NEW YEAR, DEE!
    What a lovely post!! Thank you so much for sharing! Oh, how I miss those tricycle years. You have a beautiful family. Wish we had some of that snow!

    Hugs and Blessings,
    Shari

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