What does this time of year bring for you? Hours of shopping and wrapping or baking? More time spent with family and friends? Cozy nights watching Christmas movies? More charity work? For me it’s all of these things. A thread that ties them altogether is ‘homemade’. We deck our halls with greens from our property, we fill our bellies with homemade cookies and we gift pieces we’ve made with our hands. It’s a wonderful tradition that I intend on carrying on for years to come.
This is our third Christmas in our little house on the hill and it’s the third year I’ve filled our window boxes with greens from the yard. We’re lucky to have many varieties of evergreens in our yard along with big holly bushes and cedar. Once pumpkin season is over, I walk around the property with a bucket and gather up all the goods (I usually have to make 2-3 rounds to get everything I need). Here are this year’s containers:
While I was at it, I decided to make a few for indoors and as gifts. They’re so easy to make and are wonderful centerpieces or holiday decor!
That Pine Smell
We always go for a real tree. (Farmer Greg wouldn’t have it any other way!) We’ve planted 8 or so Christmas trees on the property for future use, right now they’re adorable and knee-high but I can’t wait to see them grow!
This year I added a little country touch with this red ribbon. For a whopping $6 I have a whole new look for the tree! I cut the ribbon into about 2 foot lengths and arranged and tucked around the tree so it appears to be wrapped but requires less ribbon. Here’s our living room all decked out for Christmas:
A touch of Rosemary
This year, we upped our Christmas-cookie-game and baked far more than usual. My mom and I had a lot of laughs at a couple of caved in cakes and the amount of flour in our hair but the kitchen smelled heavenly and we made some great memories. My favorite recipe comes from Fine Cooking–these beautiful, buttery rosemary cookies. You MUST try them.
What are your holiday traditions? I’m dying to know! My husband and I are looking forward to starting new ones with our little one (due June 2018!) and we’d love to hear what your family’s favorites are. May you all have a blessed holiday season and a healthy 2018! Thank you as always, for spending time with me here. Your support never goes unnoticed.