It’s a Farmhouse Christmas

by Mandy on November 29, 2016 in Creativity, Holidays, Home Decor, Homemaking

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Rustic, practical, functional, natural, peaceful, relaxing–a farmhouse is a lovely setting during the Christmas season. No, I haven’t moved, but it is my dream to own a farmhouse one day. I long to live out in the tranquil country surrounded by God’s creation. One day I will, but for now our family resides in a home for which we are very grateful.

This year I decided I didn’t want to wait to enjoy a farmhouse atmosphere, especially during the busy Christmas season. I am determined to slow down this year and enjoy the true meaning of the season. We start the season saying this every year, but we get wrapped up in the decorations, shopping, programs, parties, all of the hustle and bustle. Before we know it, it’s New Year’s Day and our whole season has wrapped up in a whirlwind that leaves our heads spinning.

In keeping with typical farmhouse style, I decided to streamline and simplify our decor this year. This serves a practical purpose as well as a spiritual one. Not only does it mean less decorating, but we don’t have as much to clean around every day. Functional but beautiful, simple but profound–that is farmhouse style. This year for our home and our spirits, it’s a farmhouse Christmas.

Searching our Christmas decor stash, we found lots of artificial greenery which are inexpensive and practical. However, I enjoy natural touches so I gathered magnolia and boxwood from our yard to bring the outdoors inside our home. I used floral wire to add pinecones, berries, and greenery to artificial garlands and wreaths. Of course if it’s in your budget, an even simpler way is to purchase preserved greenery decorations here, but I did enjoy crafting my own. It just depends on what makes your life simpler.

I prefer traditional colors of Christmas since they remind us of the true reason for the season.  Green is evergreen which reminds of God’s everlasting gift of Jesus and our growth in Him. Red reminds us of the blood He shed. White reminds us of His holiness and purity. Gold reminds us of our heavenly home. I already had gold ribbon and burlap. This year I added a country Christmas plaid to the mix for bursts of color and style.

I had two old, shabby, Charlie Brown-looking trees for our porch. They had seen more than their share of Christmases and were looking pretty pitiful. I really didn’t want to invest in new trees at the start of the season. It’s always better to wait until post-season to purchase on clearance. In the meantime, I thought I’d beef them up by wrapping extra garland around the trunk of the trees which filled them out nicely. I also replaced the shaker style planter boxes with galvanized buckets like these from our local hardware store and filled them with dirt and rocks.

Grapevine wreaths are the perfect investment for any home. Grapevine wreaths carry you through the entire year of holidays and seasons. The weaving and twisting of the grapevine lends itself to multiple ways of decorating. You can easily use floral wire to add greenery, berries, or other decorative details for every holiday. For mine, I added subtle sprigs of berries, holly leaves and pinecones. I used artificial greenery because I didn’t want to keep them watered against our cabinet doors. Initially, I was going to use natural boxwood but I chickened out. I need to research preserving them more–maybe later… For now, I think these are exactly the touch and simplicity I needed.

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I always try to incorporate the true meaning of CHRISTmas, Jesus. I line our nativity cookie cutters across the back of our stove. I always struggle with where to display our nativity because I want it to be a focal point. Our kitchen bar is usually the spot of honor, but if our guests stay in the front of our home they can’t really view or enjoy it. This year I am showcasing our nativity set on a cute table in our hallway so it can be seen from our entry way all the way through to our family room.

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, and that is so true for us. Our kitchen lacks counter space, especially when we entertain. Coffee, cocoa, hot tea, and cider are usually the beverages we indulge in and serve during the season. Our counters are usually cluttered with the mugs and add-ins we use for these cozy drinks.

You know how much I love Pinterest so I researched making a stand for a hot beverage station. I have plenty of pans, but my old candle sticks were too chunky. After researching further, I realized I would have to buy items to make a stand. Between the time, cost, and probably my impatience at my lack of crafting skills, I decided to shop around for one and I found a lovely 3-tiered stand which cost me less than it would have to make one. It isn’t handmade so it’s not as special, but it did fit my requirement for simplicity this season.

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We usually have a medium to large tree in every bedroom, on the back porch, and in our dining room to be viewed from the street. This year, I decided not to decorate with a tree in my room. I felt bad because I have all of these ornaments for the tree, but I decided to simply fill a glass vase with them. It worked out perfectly in the end because we were able to donate the tree to a worthy cause. We used a tabletop tree on our shelf at the top of the stairs as well as on our back porch.

Our dining room tree holds more formal and glitzy decorations. I made vinyl decals to monogram dollar store plates with our monograms. I filled a hat box with ornaments, pinecones, and greenery for a vintage look. China cabinets are a focal point of a dining room, so I use ours to showcase the Christmas plates and platters we have collected over the years.

My favorite Christmas decoration every year is our family tree, which lovingly holds our treasured ornaments we have made by hand, gifted ornaments, and ornaments we have collected since the beginning of our family in 1993. I could stare at it reminiscing for hours.

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You know how much words and music mean to me, so I used my silhouette cameo to create pallet signs that showcase Christmas carols and songs that bless my heart. To simplify, you can purchase premade or custom vinyl decals for wall decor, signs, or even purchase premade or custom signs here.

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I may not have my dream farmhouse yet, but I have to say I have enjoyed simplifying our Christmas decor this year. They may have taken less time, but they have added a touch of traditional and chic beauty that I love!

Mandy

Mandy is a blessed daughter of Jesus Christ. She has the honor and privilege of being a wife to her loving husband since 1993, homeschooling mommy to four blessings, and a happy homemaker. Mandy is a Southern Belle from The Palmetto State. She enjoys inviting women to join her quest for rubies amidst the ruckus of life. One way she accomplishes this by encouraging them on her blog: Motherhood-Ruckus and Rubies based on Proverbs 31. She is a Trim Healthy Mama, whose favorite past times include being a wife and mommy, camping with her family, reading, gardening, cooking, singing, fashion, piano, decorating, crafting, and grabbing anything chocolate and a cup of coffee with friends.

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Laura Lane of Harvest Lane Cottage November 30, 2016

I love how you worked with what you have. I dream of a tree in each room, but my house is small and cramped. I think I’m going to work on reducing possessions this year.
Happy Christmassing!

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…doing what I can with what I’ve got where I am
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