There’s nothing cozier than a vintage farmhouse at Christmas. Welcome to my farmhouse Christmas Tour.
When we purchased our farm, thirty years ago, the purchase price did not even include the 1800s farmhouse. Because of its dilapidated condition, many people thought it would be best to just tear it down and start over. I’m so glad we didn’t listen! Even though it took lots of work, I am now able to enjoy the cozy comfort offered by this 100+ year old home. I’d love to share my home with you, so come along with me on a Vintage Farmhouse Christmas Tour.
Entry Way/ Main Hall At Christmas
As soon as you walk into our house, you will see evidence of Christmases past. The little red velvet coat was actually my first Christmas coat. I’m so glad my mama kept this for me. As much as I don’t like to admit it sometimes, the special things from my childhood, like this coat, are now vintage. Not only do they fit in perfectly with my décor, but they also bring back special memories of years gone by.
The pair of vintage ice skates that hang in my entryway was a gift from a friend. Although I’ve never had the opportunity to use them here in south Louisiana, they make a perfect addition to my Christmas farmhouse.
Christmas Dining Room
One of the first things you might notice in my dining room is the vintage tablecloth I purchased at a thrift store. If you’ve watched some of my videos, you already know how much I love vintage linens. The beautiful handwork and the hours spent crafting these heirlooms make them priceless.
The centerpiece on my table is a wooden sleigh that I picked up at Canton Trade Days in Canton, Texas. It’s topped with a few of my favorite things – a vintage doily and tray, as well as some antique mason jars from my collection. With candy canes, vintage reindeer, and Christmas trees, the table is ready for a festive family gathering.
Another priceless treasure from the past is this set of German Christmas ornaments. My mother bought these in 1951 when my dad was in the military and stationed in Germany. She has kept them all these years and has now passed them on to me. So many memories flooded my mind when I began to unpack the ornaments. I remembered the wonder of seeing them hang on our tree when I was little. I thought they were so beautiful then, and I still think they’re some of the prettiest Christmas ornaments that I own.
Using greenery is always a simple and often inexpensive way to decorate for the holidays. We have two China cabinets in our dining room. One holds all my blue and white china and the other holds a variety of serving pieces and miscellaneous China. To add a little holiday flair, I simply hung a little boxwood wreath on one and a traditional Christmas wreath from the dollar store on the other.
The nativity set that adorns the mantle in my dining room is one of my most cherished Christmas pieces. My grandmother made this for me when I first got married, and I love to display it every year. I love the elegant simplicity of the white figurines, but more than that, I love the simple message it proclaims: “Jesus Christ is born!”
Keeping Room Christmas Home Tour
Now for one of the most used rooms in our house – the keeping room. In colonial times, the keeping room was a gathering place built off the kitchen. The focal point was the fireplace. In addition to providing a place to warm up, the kitchen keeping room was also a comfortable place for family and guests to gather and visit as the woman of the house worked in the kitchen. This keeping room off the kitchen is by far the coziest area in our home. Our family spends hours together enjoying each other’s company and the heat from our wood-burning heater. It is also a place where friends gather when they come to visit. Everyone enjoys spending time in this room, especially during the winter when it is cold outside.
Living in the south, where we rarely see snow, we really enjoy the wintery street scene represented by our Christmas village. It all started when my mother-in-law gave me the first piece years ago. Each year, my youngest son looks forward to unpacking the village and setting it up. He has even added pieces of his own to the collection through the years. I love watching his excitement as he unpacks each piece.
Many of the other Christmas decorations in the keeping room are special keepsakes. My first Christmas stocking, my grandmother’s crocheted doily, and ornaments, as well as ornaments made by my children in past years, bring back fond memories.
Among the other keepsake items, there is a small Christmas tree with a handful of ornaments that have survived the years. This is my mama’s “Chicken Pox Tree.” The Christmas she was five years old, she had chicken pox. She says she remembers looking out the window and watching all her friends outside playing with their Christmas toys. She couldn’t go out and play with them since she was sick. So, to help make her Christmas special, her mother made this little “Chicken Pox Tree” for her room.
Finally, we have our advent wreath. The lighting of each candle brings to mind the reason we celebrate Christmas – which brings us back to the nativity.
The baby in the manger – Jesus Christ, God’s Son.
Thank you for joining me in my home for this Christmas home tour.
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