Climbing the Mountain

As kids, the anticipation of Christmas, was a magical thing.  A month before the 25th, we would begin thinking about the night that jolly, plump, red suited fellow, would fly through the skies, leaving us with all those wondrous things we picked out in the Sears catalog.  A week before, we could hardly stand still, we were so excited.  My brother and sisters and I never slept the night before and were just positive we heard the slight sound of jingle bells and a scratching on the roof.  Sneaking a peek around the corner way before dawn, hoping to see the roller skates and new boots I had asked for, then running and jumping back under the quilts in that cold bedroom.   Come day break, we'd rush to the living room and squeal with delight, for Santa was always so good to us.  But as the day wore on, there was that feeling of let down.  Never understanding as a child, I now know the reason why.  It was the anticipation, more than the actual event, that was so joyful, so much fun, and full of magic.  It was the climb, not the standing on the top.  May you and yours experience the climb and the magic of the season, the love, the peace and the joy.  

I just had to give you one more blog post of bits and pieces of the holiday finery around our home. Hope you're not full up of decorating yet. Enjoy and have a great weekend. xoxo  (P.S. If you can believe it, there are a couple of yard sales and an auction out here this weekend.....so guess where I'll be Sat. A.M.!  Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus)
Pretty potpourri that sits in the half bath. Pink roses and silver pine cones on a worn silver platter.  Smells so good.

I still have one more antler available in The Vintage Nest boutique.  The little glass bird was a gift from a blogger, back when I first started blogging.  It's an old Avon bottle.  How sweet is that?

You can never go wrong with simplicity.  The shelf over the sink.

 A wreath waiting to be hung.  I kinda like it just sitting there in the chair. :)  (Update: as I was proofing this post before publishing, I decided that wreath is going to stay in the chair)

Another gift from a blogger......an ornament exchange a couple of years ago.  A silver tinsel covered cone with a sweet little white bird nestled inside.
 The family memory tree, full of ornaments collected over the years and gifted ones.  Some of my favorites...... the children's baby blocks made into ornaments, porcelain teddy bears, raggedy Andy. (and the two million fish ornaments we have :)

Over the summer, I collected old wood sleds, painted them white, and sold them in my booth.....pretty quickly too.  I kept one.  I found these old vintage papier mache bells this year and fell head over heels for them.  Love the worn red flocked ribbon and the gold foil emblem.

I think I have had a love affair with papier mache the last couple of years.  Our nativity made from paper.  Simple and elegant

 We have had this worn white and gold faceless angel for a long long time.Very plain and simple and sweet and a favorite.

 A few presents......wonder who for???  :)

 Anyone who knows me, knows I have a thing for old worn books....the more worn and well loved the better.  My favorites are the late 1800, early 1900's Victorian story books and gift books.  I have some beautiful ones to list in the boutique.  My "to do" list for 2012 is already a mile long. :) This one has a special spot in our family room.

A favorite find from 2010........sepia bottle brush wreath.  It hangs on the old gate.

And Happy Pink Saturday! 
The winner of my English cookbook is:  Teresa of Our Southern Country Home and Farm.  YaY Teresa!
Thanking the hostesses of all these wonderful weekly parties.  I am so happy you let me join in on the fun.  Please stop by and say hi.

White Wednesday at Faded Charm, Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style,  
LaurieAnna's Farmhouse Friday, Potpourri Friday at  2805, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Vintage Inspiration Wednesday at A Very Merry Vintage Style, Open House Thursday at No Minimalist Here
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound,  
and a new party has joined the blogging world,  Joy of Savvy City Farmer is hosting Thriftn' on a Thursday

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Unknown said...

Congrats to that lucky Teresa! Your bells are fabulous ... but then everything else you shared is also. Particularly I adore the nativity. I shared mine yesterday.

Merry Christmas

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Beautiful decorations you have for Christmas! I adore the wreath on the chair and .....that fabulous view.

Merry Christmas!

Maureen Wyatt said...

That is so very true - anticipation is everything! ~ Maureen

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Lynn, that was so fun! What treasures you have! The sled and yep leave the wreath right where it is!! I hope you have a great Christmas and the kids can join you. My son will be here from DC for Christmas, this is the last year I will not have to share him!!

Merry Christmas!


trash talk said...

It's hard to top vintage and handmade when it comes to Christmas. Both just say "Welcome Home".
Hope you have a marvelous Christmas.
P.S. I like the wreath in the chair. That's my kind of decorating.

Linda Lilly Cottage said...

Love your decorating and love love love the Christmas anticipation too!! I hope I never grow out of even a glimmer of that feeling, that is what makes Christmas special.
Kiss Noises Linda

Blondie's Journal said...

I so remember that Sears catalog!! it was dog eared by Christmas! And I totally agree with you about the anticipation, it's the best!

I love your wreath and it looks perfect on the chair! Outside the box, I'd say!

Hope you are enjoying this holiday season!


d e l i g h t said...

Very very beautiful decorations! I LOVE your red Dickens book!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Gabriela Delworth said...


Love your decor! Is that the porch where you and I will be having lunch in 2012?


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, Everything looks beautiful! Thanks for joining my party and I hope to see you soon.

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Your post was so much fun! You know I love vintage and you brought it to the party, girl!

Have a very Merry Christmas.

Melissah from Country Style Chic said...

So many gorgeous Christmas decorations to put me in the christmas spirit!

Unknown said...

Dear Lynn,
time is almost here my friend...I want to wish you the very best Christmas..You are a special blogger friend and I want to thank you for all your kindness...Wishing you the brightest star ever...
Enjoy the time...

LV said...

A very pretty Christmas post. I remember the old Christmas ways more than the new. I will never for get how and when I learned there was no real Santa.

J.Rylie.C said...

Very pretty!

Beside the Christmas Tree, happy holidays!

Cottage and Broome said...

I like the idea of painting the sleds white. I have several old ones that have no distinctive marks, a great idea for next year. Have a great holiday, Laura

Chubskulit Rose said...

What a delight to see these lovely decors.!

Pink at my page, please come and see. Have a wonderful holiday from my family to yours!

ShabbyESP said...

Your home is decorated beautifully
Merry Pink Saturday

Suzann ~xoxo~

Debbi said...

always enjoy your decorating talent (and awesome photography)Lynn! My list for 2012 is a more than a mile long too, so I hear ya. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas!

Sue McPeak said...

Loved your Christmas Anticipation Memory. Everything so pretty at your Vintage Nest! Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas.

LizlovesVintage said...

I love all the decorations especially, the wicker chair on the porch scene :)
xxx Liz
Congrats to the Winner!

Ellen said...

Love all your festive decorations, and that Dickens Christmas Stories is a wonderful addition. I would love one like it. I usually put out lots of christmas books, but scaled back this year.
Merry Christmas

Bluebirds and Roses said...

Thank you for sharing this season HPS!

Margaret Cloud said...

I knew I would have a treat coming here. You have the best post and always love vintage you show, especially like the manger scene. Hope you have a nice Christmas and Happy Pink Saturday.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Hi Lynn...thought I would stop by and visit your blog. What a treat! You won a pillow cover from my Etsy shop over At The Picket Fence. If you give me your address I will get it shipped out right away. I'm a new follower. Love the bottle brush wreath!

Honey at 2805 said...

Everything is stunning, Lynn!

Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday! May you have a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays!

savvycityfarmer said...

isn't is so fun seeing what everybody puts out?

we have a lot of the same 'stuff'
your home a darling

merry christmas dear friend

savvycityfarmer said...

lynn ... your link did work!!!


I started a thriftn on a thursday party four weeks ago ...
decided to run it early this week...
I may switch linky tools,

come back again!

Town and Country Gals said...

love all your Christmas decorations and the wreath looks wonderful in the chair! I have the same Merry Christmas ornament, it's exactly like the very 1st ornament my parents bought for their 1st xmas in 1949! Everything looks fabulous!
Merry Christmas

Ellen said...

Hi Lynn...... thank you for your sweet comments on my tea room blog...I would have invited you along if I knew.....we will be attending another in Feb for valentines day, where most likely Shirley will be displaying her valentines once again...I will be the body guard LOL
Merry Christmas

Anonymous said...


Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Coming by to wish you and your family a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! Merry Christmas!!
Blogtrotter Two will be waiting for you! Enjoy and have a great holiday season!

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