Christmas has always been a special time for us, and decorating our farmhouse for Christmas is always a joy. The farm kids still marvel at the decorations, and are in awe of the transformation our little home makes; join us for Christmas at our little farmhouse.
I have been collecting Christmas items for about 11 years now, with the mindset that it shall one day be divided among all the kids. For anything they do not want, we have taught them that there is always a family in need somewhere, they simply have to find them. But until that time comes, our little homestead shall showcase the collection for as long as I can.
We have taught our children that our faith in what Christmas is truly about shall always come first. For this reason, the nativity set is the very first item that we put up, and it is placed where everyone can see it. I was extremely blessed and found it at a rummage sale for $5. It’s missing the manger and each year I keep meaning to build one, but it doesn’t seem to happen. I am making it a goal to have one built by next year.
The second most important item in our Christmas collection would be the nutcrackers.
They range in height from 3 feet down to 6 inches and a new one is added each year. Most of the children have already claimed their favorites, asking if they were getting more than one each…this gives me an excuse to add to this collection.
Then the stockings were hung by the chimney with care ~ each stocking represents an individual that makes up our blended family of 9.
The farm kids remember a time when there was a Christmas tree that was theirs. They picked it, decorated it, watered it, and enjoyed it in their space. For the last 2 years we did not have a tree available for them, and it broke tradition in their eyes. So, this year we would not do them wrong, we brought back the tradition and the kid’s ornaments came out to adorn the tree.
And then there was the farm girl’s tree. Glass and vintage ornaments,
handmade bows, a minimum of 700 twinkling colored light, and it is all put together in a large galvanized container ~ giving it a little bit of country.
Each year we add additional ornaments, and this year we found the perfect ones!
As with the nutcrackers, the older kids have picked their favorite ornaments they wish to have when it’s time, and it makes my heart feel good to know that they will remain in the family.
But our love for the season flows into the dining room as well….now, if I could find some vintage Christmas dishes I’d be ecstatic! I was excited to find this seasonal individual tea pot and cup for $4 at our local Goodwill, Merry Christmas to me!
For us, what ties it all together are the various items around our home. I made this wreath roughly 5 years ago and it has traditional Christmas fruit, butterflies, and LOTS of glitter done up in traditional Christmas colors.
A comfy blanket and burlap pillow make sitting in front of our wood burning stove a bit more calming, and ties in everything in our small living room.
The magic of Santa is not complete unless his plate of cookies and milk container are ready for Christmas Eve.
Metal signs and Christmas flowers are placed throughout the house, giving color and cheer to every corner.
But the final item that brings the Littles much joy is the 18 inch foiled Santa Clause!
From our small farmhouse to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016!
Ann & Justin