Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snowed in and a Christmas tour.

Friday late afternoon it started snowing here in Virginia -- and it snowed---and it snowed---and it snowed!

Saturday it was still snowing and the side woods looked like a winter wonderland.

I didn't do much decorating outside this year -- just a Christmas wreath, a garden flag and my mailbox cover --- but the snow helped make a pretty picture of a White Christmas.

Finally today the sun came out and I headed out to get the paper -- here's the mailbox in the snow.

I got new snow boots this year (just in time) and I noticed the snowflakes imprinted in the footprints.

Well come on in and warm up! Here's a look at my dining area -- this is where you see most of my inside pictures from my tablescapes -- but today we'll look around. This little table has a couple of snowbunnies and their Christmas tree,

Shelves above contain my Christmas tea set, a cookie plate, angels and an antique Christmas postcard with some holly sprinkled about.

My sideboard has the Christmas village my dad gave me a couple of years ago when he downsized. He loved this collection and now I enjoy putting it out at my home.

We have some pretty homes. Wouldn't I love that porch!

A skater and some ice fishing.

Another pretty Victorian home in the neighborhood.

Now you know how much I enjoy antique hunting. Oops, looks like a little tree fell over! Dang beavers!

Must be a seaside village with this lighthouse.

Look at this big house -- I'll bet someone is inside baking Christmas cookies while the children are trimming the tree.

Let's head on over to the pub for a bit of Christmas "cheer". There are even more houses under my tree I showed you last week.

It looks like we may have startled these two. Their sign says "Chris Moose Is Here!"

Sorry this is dark -- it's on the bottom shelf of my wash stand.

My mother made gingerbread houses and decorated her sideboard with them.

I didn't make this one -- but it reminds me of hers -- this was purchased years ago at the Hallmark store where I worked. I put in an application one year to work part time for Christmas.....and ended up staying for eight and a half years.

This tray of Santa mugs and candle are on the kitchen counter. Care for some egg nog? My daughter used to call it "Christmas milk". Below you'll see some of the "faces of Santa" -- I have eight of them -- so take your pick, they're all different.

Well after all that egg nog -- perhaps you'd like to visit the necessary room.

It's hard to find pink Christmas towels -- these were found years ago at Bed Bath and Beyond.

The shelf above the towels -- I decorate this for winter and leave it just like this until Spring.

Snowey trees and a little bunny in the garden, hiding behind the watering can.

A closer look.

A lantern for an evening walk in the snow covered woods.

More snow bunnies.

And a closer look.

My Autumn angel now sits on an old desk with candles, magnolia leaves and holly.

Our stockings all hung by the chimney with care. The ones With the initials are our dogs. Spunky and Clapton -- it just so happened that when I hung them I realized that they would be Santas initials too! On the mantle is my nativity set.

I took three pictures of the set because I couldn't get a close up of the whole scene.

Here's the stable with the holy family and angels and animals.

This side has the shepherds who were the first to hear the news from the angels.

And finally, the wise men bearing gifts for the Christ child.

What's this I see on top of the antique victrolia?

Why, it must be playing a winter waltz -- our snow couple is dancing!

Aren't they so romantic as he dips her? I'll bet he's going to steal a kiss too....let's leave them to their romance.

This antique secretary is the perfect place to display the pictures of our children and grandchildren's pictures with Santa. There's also one of my husband and his sister when they were children. Santa's been listening to Christmas wishes for a long time!

I hope I'll get some new ones this year of the grandgirls.

Here's our big tree in the great room.

I love the trees all lit up at night --- don't you think that they look magical?

Santa's waaaaaay up at the top!

This tree is filled with Santa's of all sorts of variety.

This year I purchased my first White House ornament. Now I want to find all the previous year ornaments too!

Do you hang candy on your tree?

....or pickles?

This Hallmark ornament reminded me of our vacation in Florida this year. We often like to collect ornaments from places we've visited.

Years ago we went to San Francisco and I got to celebrate my birthday there -- it was late in June and the coldest I've ever been on my birthday! But it is a beautiful city.

We've spent several vacations in Charleston, SC. We're planning a trip again this Summer.

This fish ornament came from the Eastern Shore.

The outer banks.

Williamsburg where we spent our honeymoon and many anniversary trips.

Of course I had to bring one back from New York a few weeks ago!

What do you suppose this little mouse is working on so diligently?

Ahhhhh! She's writing to tell Santa all her Christmas wishes! I'm glad you joined me for my snowy Christmas tour today. And I hope that Santa brings you lots of goodies from your Christmas wish list! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

See ya!


  1. Oh girl its all just beautiful....You really outdid yourself with all this Chistmas decorating and who would of thought to put ribbons on the snow bunnies...I just got bunnies not I need to go to my ribbon bag and dress my poor Rabbits ha ha!! I loved how you put all the olden pictures of your family on the cabinet door...Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful and special Christmas tour with us...Many Blessings to you and your family my friend....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  2. Hi Martha! You house looks so pretty in the snow! I love your decorations...especially all of your cute bunnies! But my favorite is the little mouse!! Love it! Merry Christmas!...hugs...Debbie

  3. wow everything is beautiful and the snow is breathtaking. Thank you for sharing and you better keep those boots handy!

  4. Your snow is what we call 'Christmas Snow' and perfect timing! Thanks for showing us around!

  5. Oh Martha, everything looks so pretty and so festive! Your nativity set is beautiful, and your village on sideboard looks like a place where I'd love to live. Your tea set and cookie plate look so pretty on the shelves, and your powder room even looks pretty. Of course, I especially love your pretty Santas on the tree, and how cute is that little mouse writing to Santa? I enjoyed seeing all of your beautiful decor in your beautiful home. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas! laurie

  6. Martha, I also love your village on your sideboard! I like that you leave some of your winter decorations up past Christmas...I leave some of mine up as well. It gets me through the winter doldrums!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving such a nice comment. Hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas!!

  7. I just loved the Christmas tour! Your home looks delightful! That village, all the pretty ornies, The Christmas walting couple and of course the snow!!! My Mom's sister, my aunt, lives in Winchester and we plan on visiting next summer! Merry Christmas, Cindy

  8. I love the photos--the snow, the santa cups, the Christmas trees, ornaments, everything. What a treat for the senses!

  9. Love all your Christmas Decorations Martha! What a beautiful home you have! It is all sooooo wonderful and very festive!! xxoo

  10. Martha, it's all a wonderland at your house.
    I wanta live in one of your christmas houses.
    Merry Chirstmas and a Happy New Year. Looking forward to blogging with you again next year.

  11. How lovely you home is for Christmas. Though you may not have put out a lot of decorations for the outside of your home, you have done a fantastic job inside. And you are talented despite what your profile may imply.

    Merry Christmas and visit my blogs at

    Thank you!

  12. Many Blessings at Christmas, from my mountain top to your home….Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

  13. Wonderful tour of your beautiful holiday decor! I enjoyed all the touches such as the Santa photos, Santa mugs, tree trimmings and Santa ornaments.

  14. FAB to see SNOW at Christmas time!!! Someday I would love to take off to the snow for the holiday... le sigh!
    Merry Christmas... ENJOY!

  15. Your house is beautiful, inside and out. Love the snow! What a classic picture. Thanks for the tour. I posted my friend's house. Stop by if you get a chance. Merry Christmas! --Delores

  16. Thanks for the tour of your lovely home! Your Santa mugs are fun! I can't believe all the snow you got! Merry Christmas!

  17. Everything is just beautiful, Martha. It is obvious you have spent many hours making your home look so festive. I really love the snow village...and the REAL snow photos since I'm a Florida girl and have never seen snow! :)

  18. Martha, your home is lovely and decorated with so many fun things. Love the snow bunnies! Too cute. The Santa's on the tree and especially the little mouse. Touches like that are a sweet surprise,


  19. Your home looks so cozy and inviting. Nancy
    PS: I covet those little snow bunnies!

  20. Wow what a post! Beautiful and festive... You went all out... Your mother's gingerbread house are the best I have ever seen! Stay warm there...
    Merry Merry
    ~Really Rainey~

  21. Wow - real snow! Lucky you! Your village is adorable - my MIL gave hers to my daughter. And I love all those Santas - great collection. Merry Christmas. Linda

  22. Goodness gracious, you WERE snowed in! You home looks beautiful surrounded by the snow. Thanks for the tour...I love all your decorations, especially the little village!

  23. Greetings from the Emerald Isle where last Christmas for the first time in 50+ years we had weeks of snow just like at your home. I stumbled upon your blog by accident and am I glad I did! I wanted to take down my Christmas decorations straight away (even though it's mid-May!)The love you have for Christmas and your home just shines from all your special touches and makes us all want to to be invited to your house! Really beautiful, well done.
    Irish Colleen