Sunday, December 2, 2012

Farmstyle Christmas from the Past






I didn't want to miss the Creating Christmas Link Party--especially the Farmstyle Christmas Decor at Old Time Farmhouse on December 3rd. . . . I'd hoped that the Men would be finished with the fireplace and all the mess inside by now. . . .hasn't happened. . . .So, I reached back into my stores of past Christmases in photographs here at the farm to share instead. . . .

They're timeless. . . .Definitely farm style. . . .And, I hope you find them warm and homey (is that a word?). . . .




One year, Santa hung his red undies at the fireplace to dry. . . .getting ready for his long night of work on Christmas Eve. . . .







We made sure each farm animal had their own stocking
hanging on the line. . . .







The birds got into the spirit with wreaths on their cozy little houses. . .




And, the Her Crows came up with a cute idea. . . .











John and I centered our Christmas at the open hearth. . . .We dress in a period style every Christmas--sometimes 18th century--sometimes 19th or 20th. . . .One thing doesn't change. . . .We always cook our Christmas dinner in the open fire. . . .often beginning on Christmas Eve. . . .depends on the menu.












Here's just a few of the dishes we cooked. . . .Irish soda bread, ham and smoked turkey, squash dressing, turnip greens, cranberry sauce. . . .for dessert there's coconut cake, Great Grandmother's bourbon fruit cake, Granny's ambrosia, and oatmeal cookies. . . .This wasn't all the dishes we cooked. . . .there were many  more. . . .

Everyone in the family was invited. . . .just had to show up early and help cook. . . .

By the end of the day, with our tummies full, some of us were ready for a nap. . . .


Old-fashioned. . . .full of family traditions. . . .country foods. . . .
and lots of fun. . . . a Farmstyle Christmas from our past. . . .

I'll definitely be sharing this post Monday morning with


Hope to see you there. . . .

from my farmhouse to yours. . . .

22 comments:

Julie Marie at Idyllhours said...

Ooooh my gosh, I LOVE this post!... and I love all of your traditional Christmas decor... pure Christmas country farmhouse!... I really love that all of your farm animals have their own stocking hanging up... too cute!... and your kitty is adorable!... love every single part of this beautiful post!... and you and your hubby look adorable cooking at the hearth... xoxo Julie Marie

Anne said...

LOVE your old fashioned Christmas! Your sweet stockings hanging and cooking from your own hearth! That food looks delicious! What a sweet photo of your cat too!
xx
Anne

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a wonderful post! My husband has always wanted to make a meal in our fireplace so I have to show him this! And what a feast you had! I enjoyed seeing your Christmas decorations outdoors, they made me smile!

XO,
Jane

Jann Olson said...

Oh my gosh Dru, how cute are you and hubby? Love this sweet farmhose Christmas post. So happy that you are joining in "Creating Christmas"! I am going to take pics so I can do my post for Cindy's farmstyle Christmas too. Also, just saw that you two are goint to host a party. YAHOO! So fun. You two cuties were meant to be best-o's. Just wished I lived on a farm and could be the third wheel. lol!
Hugs,
Jann

Anne said...

lovely and such a beautiful cat as well!

Have a happy week xox

Egretta Wells blog said...

Amazing post! Just discovered you and am signing on! I love the stockings on the line as well as so many of the other things. Wishing for your recipe of the Irish soda bread! Please look at my blogs, too and Merry Christmas. Egretta

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh my gosh Dru love the stockings for all the farm animals. How adorable it that!!!!! Your cooking on the open fire is so sweet and wow that all sounds so yummy. Love this post.
Kris

Pamela Gordon said...

I just love this post. Even if some of it is from your archives. :) Love the stockings on the clothesline, your table with the beautiful vignette and most of all that fireplace! Wow. To think that you dress up in period costume and cook on the open hearth! How wonderful. Blessings, Pamela

Shelia said...

What a wonderful post. All of the Christmasing looks wonderful and you're as cute as a button. Not to mention, you must be a great cook too! My grandmother used to cook over a fireplace like that. Well, I wasn't born, but my mother told me! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

What a wonderful post, Dru! I love Santa's red undies hanging by the fireplace,the stockings for each of the farm animals, and the wreaths on the bird houses...well I loved all of it!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I guess I had only saw your childhood photo on the top of the blog. Jann's right you are very pretty Dru. I loved all of your old photos, especially the scarecrow lady with the trees and the farm animal stockings.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love your post from the past on a farmstyle Christmas.
hugs,
Cindy

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh my goodness, if that doesn't put us in the mood for Christmas baking and decorating, I don't know what will! Simply beautiful. :-)

Jori said...

I LOVE it! Those red underwear, and the stocking garland!!!!! You did a great job. Love the mailbox, and and and....Well, it's all wonderful!

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

I enjoyed reading this post so much! What a fun Christmas!

Old Time Cindy said...

Well...I think I'm a bit speechless here. You and John are living the dream of plain and simple while creating the beauty all around you. I'm honored to call you my friend! Thanks for joining in at the Old Time Party with your farm style Christmas.
Farmhouse hugs,
Cindy

chateau chic said...

You definitely have the country farmhouse style going on, and even living it with your tradition of cooking over the open fire. How delightful!!
I always enjoy visiting and appreciate your stopping by and leaving such lovely comments.
Mary Alice

Salmagundi said...

I love the whole idea of your farmhouse, especially now that it is the Christmas season. Great job. Sally

Little Susie Home Maker said...

My goodness, Dru! You guys really go all out! What a wonderful feeling I get when I enjoy all your pretty pictures! I am happy to see that you also like to add some charm to the mail boxes and outdoors. I mean the clothesline and Christmas stockings is just great! haha, just makes me chuckle!! Can't wait to see more of your wonderful Christmas!
Blessings,
Susie

Meg said...

How beautiful your photos are Dru....LOVE them Meg xx

craftyles said...

Beautiful pictures. I love the stockings for the animals. The mail box is adorable. Would love to eat some of that yummy looking food!

Chenille Cottage said...

Thank you, Dru, for letting me step back in time with you. Your post is one of the sweetest and most thoughtful I've ever seen It's reflective of a part of our nation's history and so important. I pray that we never forget our roots.
Blessings to you and those you love,
Carolynn xxx

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