By Invitation Only….an old fashioned Christmas!



Before I begin, just want to mention again that I am guest posting over at TG Interiors. I was asked to speak? about my blog, how and why I got started, what’s happened since and about my online store. I think you might find it interesting! I was honored to be asked to guest at one of my favorite blogs so please do visit us there, click here to visit!

H there! It is time for our monthly By Invitation Only which by now you know, is when a group of talented bloggers get together to post on an agreed upon theme and it is so much fun to see each others interpretation,? I must say it’s an honor to be part of such a truly talented and accomplished group. This months theme was a lot of fun……to create a perfect fantasy Christmas day. Fun, fun fun!

I cannot help but think of going back to simpler, less chaotic times, a time when families sat down to talk and didn’t rely on texting to announce dinner is ready or that your chatty teen needs to call it a night? and you can still hear her talking, a time when friends socialized by sitting down face to face over a cup of coffee not by email, a time when kids were out on the neighborhood streets just hanging out playing ball, breathing the fresh air, when moms beckoned to their families at 5 pm for? dinner which the whole family would sit down for! So a perfect Christmas? It didn’t take long to figure that out………

This? brings me to my fantasy….. an old fashioned country Christmas. And my fantasy guests? My family, that’s all I want for this special Christmas!? I would love to transport my family back in time just a few decades when the only technology might have been a new cool TV or maybe a cordless phone and that’s where I might be happy to call it quits on technology. In my “fantasy Christmas”? we are spending it for the first time in our newly bought and fully restored country farmhouse. And it will be nothing but quality family time.? So welcome to my old fashioned country Christmas……….

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As we drive into town, the distant glow of twinkling lights greet us……..

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And look at that, the carolers are already strolling through town, singing our holiday favorites!


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I always cannot help but get giddy with excitement when I get my first glance of our beautiful country home, standing proudly on a hill looking majestic in the white pristine snow…..



Its all lit up, and our beautiful Christmas tree fully decorated greets us when we enter (as long as I am getting to make this up…my dear husband drove to Vermont the weekend before and chopped down the tree, then fully decorated it and got the house all ready…yea, I know fat chance:)

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We are all exhausted and have a few busy days ahead so we all decide to retreat to our rooms and call it a night. A few shots of our country abode……

? Its light, casual, elegant but above all inviting (dogs included)!

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?I light the fire in my toasty bedroom and dream of homemade waffles in the morning with the fresh Vermont syrup I got just down the road on our way in…..

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The next morning we all wake up, happy to put on our cold weather clothing and decide to go ice skating….no better old fashioned activity than that, so we head to the town pond which is in full swing….

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We walk through the winter wonderland to get to town for the festivities that await……


After an afternoon of skating and catching up with new and old friends alike…..our family returns later that afternoon to a homemade lunch while I have been busy putting the finishing touches on all the holiday decor…….

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And a warm bowl of hearty chili is the perfect answer to those ravenous appetites…



? My motto while we are here is “leave your diets at the door”, you have entered comfort food heaven people!

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We soon settle down for an late afternoon? of board games..oh yes we do love our board games. Christmas in the country is practically synonymous with board games. Fierce games of

Monopoly and “every man for himself” Scrabble marathons are commonplace over here!

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And of course we make time for some of our ol favorites…….

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After all this fun, I look at the clock and it’s nearly 6:00 when we are finishing up a long Monopoly battle royale…..time for dinner!

? Looks like my mini chicken pot pies are ready to come out of the oven! Only prerequisite..you must come to the table in your pjs and robe. Comfort food calls for being comfortable!

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? No one objects to crawling into our cozy pjs, cashmere robes and socks..this is about as “high fashion” as things get around here and that’s just how we like it!

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? We are all wiped from a fun and full day, but not too tired to? grab one more bite of the fresh apple pie we picked up from the farm in town…..

We all go to bed dreaming of Christmas the next morning! We wake up to heavy falling snow..it could not be more perfect, it is truly a winter wonderland!
I hear a knock and sure enough, there’s my trusty milk delivery…ahhh nothing like fresh milk in the bottle!

?But before I can get out of bed and touch my feet to the floor, my husband surprises me with coffee in bed, even with a small votive of flowers and a local paper!!!!! (remember this is a dream)

Before long we have all gathered around the tree and spend the next few hours, opening up each others gifts, reminiscing about past holidays and just lounging in our pjs while the snow continues to pile up outside.
? I start preparing our special Christmas dinner and all kinds of wonderful scents permeate the air……
Breakfast is casual and country but delicious (robes are welcome)!
After breakfast we spend a few hours in the kitchen baking delectable pretty Christmas cookies that look almost too good to eat! Almost being the key word :)?
After taking a long afternoon walk in the cold wintry air, we head back for our Christmas early dinner, as we are heading home, snow starts gently falling once again……
Before long we are sitting down to a wonderful country Christmas dinner, with a roaring fire as our backdrop, softly playing carols filling the air, all the while ensconced in our beautiful cozy home while the snow rages on outside…….
J. Hobick
After feasting on all of our tried and true holiday dinner staples until we literally cannot move a muscle…we all head into our own cozy nooks of the house to “recuperate”, mine is my bedroom where a large roaring fire welcomes me and lulls me to a much anticipated snooze……….

?Of course the perfect ending to a perfect day is sneaking into the kitchen for a few yummy bites of leftovers…..

I take one last lingering look outside my window to take it all in and hope to keep a little of the magic with me as we head? back home tomorrow and out of the corner of my eye, you will never guess who I see……..

Thank you for joining me on my fantasy Christmas day! Hope you enjoyed it….ho ho ho!

If you want to see other bloggers ideas of a perfect fantasy Christmas day click here. I assure you it will be well worth the time, as the talent is breathtaking! Thank you so much for joining me for my special fantasy Christmas, I had so much fun putting this together and would really love to be able to recreate this one year! Who knows…….maybe I will add it to my Christmas list:)

Don’t forget to visit me at TG Interiors, click here.




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By Invitation Only….an old fashioned Christmas!


Before I begin, just want to mention again that I am guest posting over at TG Interiors. I was asked to speak  about my blog, how and why I got started, what’s happened since and about my online store. I think you might find it interesting! I was honored to be asked to guest at one of my favorite blogs so please do visit us there, click here to visit!

H there! It is time for our monthly By Invitation Only which by now you know, is when a group of talented bloggers get together to post on an agreed upon theme and it is so much fun to see each others interpretation,  I must say it’s an honor to be part of such a truly talented and accomplished group. This months theme was a lot of fun……to create a perfect fantasy Christmas day. Fun, fun fun!

I cannot help but think of going back to simpler, less chaotic times, a time when families sat down to talk and didn’t rely on texting to announce dinner is ready or that your chatty teen needs to call it a night  and you can still hear her talking, a time when friends socialized by sitting down face to face over a cup of coffee not by email, a time when kids were out on the neighborhood streets just hanging out playing ball, breathing the fresh air, when moms beckoned to their families at 5 pm for  dinner which the whole family would sit down for! So a perfect Christmas? It didn’t take long to figure that out………

This  brings me to my fantasy….. an old fashioned country Christmas. And my fantasy guests? My family, that’s all I want for this special Christmas!  I would love to transport my family back in time just a few decades when the only technology might have been a new cool TV or maybe a cordless phone and that’s where I might be happy to call it quits on technology. In my “fantasy Christmas”  we are spending it for the first time in our newly bought and fully restored country farmhouse. And it will be nothing but quality family time.  So welcome to my old fashioned country Christmas……….

 
 
 
As we drive into town, the distant glow of twinkling lights greet us……..

 
 
And look at that, the carolers are already strolling through town, singing our holiday favorites!

 
I always cannot help but get giddy with excitement when I get my first glance of our beautiful country home, standing proudly on a hill looking majestic in the white pristine snow…..


Its all lit up, and our beautiful Christmas tree fully decorated greets us when we enter (as long as I am getting to make this up…my dear husband drove to Vermont the weekend before and chopped down the tree, then fully decorated it and got the house all ready…yea, I know fat chance:)
 
 
We are all exhausted and have a few busy days ahead so we all decide to retreat to our rooms and call it a night. A few shots of our country abode……

  Its light, casual, elegant but above all inviting (dogs included)!
 
 I light the fire in my toasty bedroom and dream of homemade waffles in the morning with the fresh Vermont syrup I got just down the road on our way in…..

 
The next morning we all wake up, happy to put on our cold weather clothing and decide to go ice skating….no better old fashioned activity than that, so we head to the town pond which is in full swing….
 

We walk through the winter wonderland to get to town for the festivities that await……

After an afternoon of skating and catching up with new and old friends alike…..our family returns later that afternoon to a homemade lunch while I have been busy putting the finishing touches on all the holiday decor…….

 

And a warm bowl of hearty chili is the perfect answer to those ravenous appetites…

  My motto while we are here is “leave your diets at the door”, you have entered comfort food heaven people!
 

We soon settle down for an late afternoon  of board games..oh yes we do love our board games. Christmas in the country is practically synonymous with board games. Fierce games of
Monopoly and “every man for himself” Scrabble marathons are commonplace over here!
 
 
And of course we make time for some of our ol favorites…….

 
 
After all this fun, I look at the clock and it’s nearly 6:00 when we are finishing up a long Monopoly battle royale…..time for dinner!

  Looks like my mini chicken pot pies are ready to come out of the oven! Only prerequisite..you must come to the table in your pjs and robe. Comfort food calls for being comfortable!
 
  No one objects to crawling into our cozy pjs, cashmere robes and socks..this is about as “high fashion” as things get around here and that’s just how we like it!

 
  We are all wiped from a fun and full day, but not too tired to  grab one more bite of the fresh apple pie we picked up from the farm in town…..

We all go to bed dreaming of Christmas the next morning! We wake up to heavy falling snow..it could not be more perfect, it is truly a winter wonderland!
I hear a knock and sure enough, there’s my trusty milk delivery…ahhh nothing like fresh milk in the bottle!

 But before I can get out of bed and touch my feet to the floor, my husband surprises me with coffee in bed, even with a small votive of flowers and a local paper!!!!! (remember this is a dream)

Before long we have all gathered around the tree and spend the next few hours, opening up each others gifts, reminiscing about past holidays and just lounging in our pjs while the snow continues to pile up outside.
  I start preparing our special Christmas dinner and all kinds of wonderful scents permeate the air……
Breakfast is casual and country but delicious (robes are welcome)!
After breakfast we spend a few hours in the kitchen baking delectable pretty Christmas cookies that look almost too good to eat! Almost being the key word 🙂 
After taking a long afternoon walk in the cold wintry air, we head back for our Christmas early dinner, as we are heading home, snow starts gently falling once again……
Before long we are sitting down to a wonderful country Christmas dinner, with a roaring fire as our backdrop, softly playing carols filling the air, all the while ensconced in our beautiful cozy home while the snow rages on outside…….
J. Hobick
After feasting on all of our tried and true holiday dinner staples until we literally cannot move a muscle…we all head into our own cozy nooks of the house to “recuperate”, mine is my bedroom where a large roaring fire welcomes me and lulls me to a much anticipated snooze……….

 Of course the perfect ending to a perfect day is sneaking into the kitchen for a few yummy bites of leftovers…..

I take one last lingering look outside my window to take it all in and hope to keep a little of the magic with me as we head  back home tomorrow and out of the corner of my eye, you will never guess who I see……..

Thank you for joining me on my fantasy Christmas day! Hope you enjoyed it….ho ho ho!

If you want to see other bloggers ideas of a perfect fantasy Christmas day click here. I assure you it will be well worth the time, as the talent is breathtaking! Thank you so much for joining me for my special fantasy Christmas, I had so much fun putting this together and would really love to be able to recreate this one year! Who knows…….maybe I will add it to my Christmas list:)

Don’t forget to visit me at TG Interiors, click here.

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A vintage country Christmas……and you’re invited!

Hope everyone had a great weekend. This will be my last official “big” post about Christmas, folks. The pressure is officially on, the kind of pressure where I look at the clock and know I need to make every single minute count. You are going to continue see a number of amazing guests posts from uber talented blogging friends and a few fill ins from me but ?I could not wrap up my Christmas season posts without doing one on something I have always dreamt of doing……. having a big old fashioned elegant country Christmas get away. I was so ?excited to create this post!



Yea, you know that kind where you go and cut your own Christmas tree of course while wearing the cutest chic outfit, and your kids are all dressed out of a J Crew catalog as you drive around in the perfectly aged vintage vehicle, and naturally its snowing all the while, just that perfect white crisp snow, not too heavy, sticky or wet, doesn’t wet your hair just glistens and coats it ever so that it looks like it sparkles, nightly toasty fires, cups of hot chocolate and marathons?of board games, no cell phones or laptops well maybe a designated tech hour or two at a mutually agreed upon time slot so I can check out my favorite blogs, yea I have always dreamt of an escape to the country for a Christmas?like that.?




Where we are going to do this Christmas makes for an interesting debate since we don’t exactly own a country house but a friend does so ummmmm…if by chance you are reading this, hopefully you are getting the hint! Just kidding (well, kind of, I mean I won’t exactly turn you down if you really absolutely insisted on allowing me to fulfill what’s only been a ?lifelong dream of having a country Christmas)!



OK, so as long as we are dreaming……allow me to show you what this perfect country Christmas might look like. This post is all about how that Christmas?would play out, ?what the house would look like, the decor, us getting our tree, the activities we will partake in, your guest room,the foods we will indulge in, no holds barred here so all you lettuce eaters, skim milk only people please don’t judge,lol the whole atmosphere,etc…….so this way you get the whole “flavor” of what I am after. Ever dreamt of something similar? Want to be my guest? Country Christmas bloggers retreat? You are on!



It doesn’t run but its the first thing to welcome us as we arrive “home” to the country, Highwood Studio
The more north we drive, the harder it snows….a winter wonderland it is!
The minute I spot the old beautiful barns resting peacefully in the fresh snow I know we are near!
Down a long road, which resembles an enchanted forest covered in white, ModernHepburn
Yep I have arrived! There is the horse drawn carriage, kids heading to the neighborhood ice rink and the all American wholesomeness I have been craving! BNBfinder
Driving up to the quaint but understated country home might look like this, CT.cottages and gardens
I know I have arrived in the country when I see my delivery of fresh milk in the bottle waiting for me……YES!!!!!!
Rustic but welcoming beyond words, Hometrenddesign
When I see the first deer….I know I am home! Flickr

My first official purchase in the country…Vermont maple syrup! VT country store website
So I can make these delectable little treats, ?maple syrup scones…yum! Pinterest
One of my favorite spots is right in front of the big fireplace in the great room, DIY Network
A casual but charming breakfast room has lots of big windows to bring the outdoors in!
I have looked so forward to being cocooned in my beautiful rustic elegant oasis of a bedroom, particularly charming when its snowing furiously outside! IMG Fave
The first guest bedroom will be all white and ooze casual elegance….Country Living
My kitchen might resemble something like this, charming, country-ish but elegant! Brunch at Saks
And in that very kitchen we will make delectable home made goodies like old fashioned gooey chewy fudge!
And since I have nothing but the?luxury of time, I will make my coffee the good and old fashioned way…with a French coffee press…yummy! Can I pour you a cup?
The living room is large, open, warm and rustic, Country Living
We will have tons of time for this…..yummy hot chocolate, Napa Style
And baking tons and tons of these……..
Punctuated with many breaks of serious wine and cheese sessions! ?Wit and Delight
Never once not getting out of these!!!!!! Uggs
I will have an assortment of toasty cashmere robes waiting….becuase 90% of the time, this is what we will be wearing! Its all about comfort my friends:) Pinterest
At night, I enjoy sitting by a crackling fire with?a glass of wine, soft music and catching up with a great book or playing a board game…
We will enjoy a big great old fashioned country breakfast on Christmas morning!
You know a big stack of flapjacks is getting served up with fresh maple syrup, milk in a glass bottle and apple bacon! ?Honey and Jam
Our Christmas tree will not be filled with a surplus of shiny perfect ornaments but instead will have an assortment of framed vintage prints and photos, Martha Stewart
My big boys will feel like little guys again when they sleep in this oh so cozy room of bunk beds built of massive tree limbs, Littlenooks
This is one of my favorite spots in the entire home, my little reading nook, The feathered Nest
Even the barn at dusk is illuminated with the seasons magic, Pinterest
For Christmas?dinner, I will place a large assortment of white lillies in a beautiful cast iron antique urn, Country Living
On snowy mornings, we will sit on the covered porch, with fresh java in hand and take in the splendor of natures gifts. Frenchbydesign
I am fortunate to have two guest rooms…you my dear friend get this one! Complete with fireplace!! Country Living
There will be plenty of down time for some serious baking……Paper Mulberry
For the overflow of guests, I will put them up in the charming neighboring Woodstock Inn…lucky you!
We dont’ have a lot to do (just the way I like it) but one of my favorite things is the old fashioned book store with its dim lighting, ?its a wonderful stop…
Love the crickety floors, and waxed paneling, who needs techy gadgets when you have THIS! MIragebookmark
And of course?skating over at the local pond, will be a must do every afternoon!
And we will find time to visit a few of the local antique shops of course!
We will venture downtown to visit the local shops and maybe grab an intimate dinner, Colorado blogging
Its not fancy but with its aged brick walls, its charming, cozy and inviting and the foods fabulous!
As we drive home after dinner, the air is crisp and in anticipation for the evenings expected snowfall, the homes and bridges are aglow in white twinkling lights! Wallpaperstock
And naturally when you visit we will go for an old fashioned sleigh ride………right out of Currier and Ives!
It will be such fun….I can hardly wait. I am already planning on what I will wear, what I will bake, and what board games to pack! We will be cooking, sleigh riding, baking, reading, ice skating, game playing, drinking hot chocolate and indulging in super decadent sweets, marshmallow roasting, to our hearts content. No pressure, just an old fashioned country Christmas…..ahhhhh, I think my blood pressure just went down a few notches! Wishing you the merriest of holidays and may the spirit and magic be alive in each of us!
I love this and how true it is…..
Keep calm and jingle on!

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A vintage country Christmas……and you’re invited!

Hope everyone had a great weekend. This will be my last official “big” post about Christmas, folks. The pressure is officially on, the kind of pressure where I look at the clock and know I need to make every single minute count. You are going to continue see a number of amazing guests posts from uber talented blogging friends and a few fill ins from me but  I could not wrap up my Christmas season posts without doing one on something I have always dreamt of doing……. having a big old fashioned elegant country Christmas get away. I was so  excited to create this post!

Yea, you know that kind where you go and cut your own Christmas tree of course while wearing the cutest chic outfit, and your kids are all dressed out of a J Crew catalog as you drive around in the perfectly aged vintage vehicle, and naturally its snowing all the while, just that perfect white crisp snow, not too heavy, sticky or wet, doesn’t wet your hair just glistens and coats it ever so that it looks like it sparkles, nightly toasty fires, cups of hot chocolate and marathons of board games, no cell phones or laptops well maybe a designated tech hour or two at a mutually agreed upon time slot so I can check out my favorite blogs, yea I have always dreamt of an escape to the country for a Christmas like that. 

Where we are going to do this Christmas makes for an interesting debate since we don’t exactly own a country house but a friend does so ummmmm…if by chance you are reading this, hopefully you are getting the hint! Just kidding (well, kind of, I mean I won’t exactly turn you down if you really absolutely insisted on allowing me to fulfill what’s only been a  lifelong dream of having a country Christmas)!

OK, so as long as we are dreaming……allow me to show you what this perfect country Christmas might look like. This post is all about how that Christmas would play out,  what the house would look like, the decor, us getting our tree, the activities we will partake in, your guest room,the foods we will indulge in, no holds barred here so all you lettuce eaters, skim milk only people please don’t judge,lol the whole atmosphere,etc…….so this way you get the whole “flavor” of what I am after. Ever dreamt of something similar? Want to be my guest? Country Christmas bloggers retreat? You are on!

It doesn’t run but its the first thing to welcome us as we arrive “home” to the country, Highwood Studio
The more north we drive, the harder it snows….a winter wonderland it is!
The minute I spot the old beautiful barns resting peacefully in the fresh snow I know we are near!
Down a long road, which resembles an enchanted forest covered in white, ModernHepburn
Yep I have arrived! There is the horse drawn carriage, kids heading to the neighborhood ice rink and the all American wholesomeness I have been craving! BNBfinder
Driving up to the quaint but understated country home might look like this, CT.cottages and gardens
I know I have arrived in the country when I see my delivery of fresh milk in the bottle waiting for me……YES!!!!!!
Rustic but welcoming beyond words, Hometrenddesign
When I see the first deer….I know I am home! Flickr

My first official purchase in the country…Vermont maple syrup! VT country store website
So I can make these delectable little treats,  maple syrup scones…yum! Pinterest
One of my favorite spots is right in front of the big fireplace in the great room, DIY Network
A casual but charming breakfast room has lots of big windows to bring the outdoors in!
I have looked so forward to being cocooned in my beautiful rustic elegant oasis of a bedroom, particularly charming when its snowing furiously outside! IMG Fave
The first guest bedroom will be all white and ooze casual elegance….Country Living
My kitchen might resemble something like this, charming, country-ish but elegant! Brunch at Saks
And in that very kitchen we will make delectable home made goodies like old fashioned gooey chewy fudge!
And since I have nothing but the luxury of time, I will make my coffee the good and old fashioned way…with a French coffee press…yummy! Can I pour you a cup?
The living room is large, open, warm and rustic, Country Living
We will have tons of time for this…..yummy hot chocolate, Napa Style
And baking tons and tons of these……..
Punctuated with many breaks of serious wine and cheese sessions!  Wit and Delight
Never once not getting out of these!!!!!! Uggs
I will have an assortment of toasty cashmere robes waiting….becuase 90% of the time, this is what we will be wearing! Its all about comfort my friends:) Pinterest
At night, I enjoy sitting by a crackling fire with a glass of wine, soft music and catching up with a great book or playing a board game…
We will enjoy a big great old fashioned country breakfast on Christmas morning!
You know a big stack of flapjacks is getting served up with fresh maple syrup, milk in a glass bottle and apple bacon!  Honey and Jam
Our Christmas tree will not be filled with a surplus of shiny perfect ornaments but instead will have an assortment of framed vintage prints and photos, Martha Stewart
My big boys will feel like little guys again when they sleep in this oh so cozy room of bunk beds built of massive tree limbs, Littlenooks
This is one of my favorite spots in the entire home, my little reading nook, The feathered Nest
Even the barn at dusk is illuminated with the seasons magic, Pinterest
For Christmas dinner, I will place a large assortment of white lillies in a beautiful cast iron antique urn, Country Living
On snowy mornings, we will sit on the covered porch, with fresh java in hand and take in the splendor of natures gifts. Frenchbydesign
I am fortunate to have two guest rooms…you my dear friend get this one! Complete with fireplace!! Country Living
There will be plenty of down time for some serious baking……Paper Mulberry
For the overflow of guests, I will put them up in the charming neighboring Woodstock Inn…lucky you!
We dont’ have a lot to do (just the way I like it) but one of my favorite things is the old fashioned book store with its dim lighting,  its a wonderful stop…
Love the crickety floors, and waxed paneling, who needs techy gadgets when you have THIS! MIragebookmark
And of course skating over at the local pond, will be a must do every afternoon!
And we will find time to visit a few of the local antique shops of course!
We will venture downtown to visit the local shops and maybe grab an intimate dinner, Colorado blogging
Its not fancy but with its aged brick walls, its charming, cozy and inviting and the foods fabulous!
As we drive home after dinner, the air is crisp and in anticipation for the evenings expected snowfall, the homes and bridges are aglow in white twinkling lights! Wallpaperstock
And naturally when you visit we will go for an old fashioned sleigh ride………right out of Currier and Ives!
It will be such fun….I can hardly wait. I am already planning on what I will wear, what I will bake, and what board games to pack! We will be cooking, sleigh riding, baking, reading, ice skating, game playing, drinking hot chocolate and indulging in super decadent sweets, marshmallow roasting, to our hearts content. No pressure, just an old fashioned country Christmas…..ahhhhh, I think my blood pressure just went down a few notches! Wishing you the merriest of holidays and may the spirit and magic be alive in each of us!
I love this and how true it is…..
Keep calm and jingle on!

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