Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It's Finally Christmas at Linderhof!


Being gone until the first of December, Christmas decorating took a back seat to unpacking and errands on our first day back. Fresh garlands and fresh wreaths were bought on our way home, however -- for there is nothing like the scent of fresh greens and we like the look of them both inside and outside.

In my other life, when I worked, Christmas had to be done Thanksgiving weekend down to the last piece of tinsel on the tree so that when I left the house for work Monday the house was totally decorated from top to bottom.

I now have the leisure of Christmas decorating and enjoying family and company on Thanksgiving weekend. Christmas stays in boxes in the basement. We don't even think about decorating until the Monday after Thanksgiving.

What a change.

And with that change also comes the realization that I don't have to decorate every nook and cranny . . . simpler is better. Fresh greens, poinsettias, the Christmas cactus and the tree.



The bowl, hurricane and antique Asian piece in the silver tray that are usually on the coffee table of late. Fall's pumpkins and gourds have been replaced by pinecones -- both regular and gilded. And a Christmas scented candle so that the aromas of Christmas can waft through the house.
An Asian bowl at the bottom of the stairs -- the fall leaves and twigs are replaced with a real poinsettia.
The pinecone trees have been a fixture on the dining room sideboard for so long that they do have to be brought out for Christmas -- even a simpler Christmas. They were bought ages and ages ago -- one in Kansas City and because we wanted another, our future son-in-law found one in Wichita -- they're perfect and I can't imagine the dining room at Christmas without them!
Fresh greens are interspersed amongst the soapstone on the dining room mantle. The smell is heavenly!


The blue bowl that usually is on the dining room table is filled with poinsettias and I've changed the candles to red ones for Christmas cheer.
The living room mantle has fresh greens as well as some pinecones.


The breakfast room has a Christmas cactus in the blue oriental bowl. Alas, a non-blooming cactus this year -- it should be a riot of color but it didn't have enough darkness in November for bloom!


The nativity set -- my grandmother's which I treasure. It's a bit scuffed from years of being my favorite toy at Grandma's house and when I got it, it was missing a wiseman (until I found a suitable replacement, we just said that he had not yet arrived from the East!) It is probably my favorite treasure of Christmas.



And lastly, the tree -- a big tree (we wouldn't have any other) full of the big old fashioned colored lights and a marriage full of ornaments and then covered in tinsel. It's not a decorator tree but it is an old fashioned tree that suits our old fashioned house. Husband Jim and I wouldn't have it any other way.


It takes up a lot of living room space but at night when I can retrieve the chair from the cat, that chair is the perfect place to admire the tree while sipping some hot chocolate and nibbling on some Christmas cookies from the larder.

It's Outdoor Wednesday at Susan's so come by and visit A Southern Daydreamer and see everyone's outdoor adventures.


35 comments:

Michael Lee West said...

Your home is gorgeous. The pine cone trees are tres elegant. I love the blue-and-white platter between them. We're going to do fresh greenery here and there. I love the fresh, cold, *green* smell, don'tyou?
XX00

Kristine said...

The mantles are gorgeous and so is the tree! I love the kitty asleep in the chair...picture perfect.

luna miranda said...

i love those pinecone trees! and your home looks warm and welcoming. your Christmas tree is gorgeous!

Pondside said...

That was so beautiful.
Like you, I enjoy using the things that are in the house all year round - the bowls, the candle holders etc - and dressing them up for Christmas. Your tree is truly lovely - an antidote to all the turquoise, pink, white and over-scripted trees I've seen this year.

bakinbits said...

Your home is so warm and welcoming, Martha. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Regina

vignette design said...

What a beautiful home! And your tree is exactly how I remember. Colored lights and tinsel. Gorgeous! --Delores

Light and Voices said...

Your home looks beautiful and all decked out for the holidays. Nice job!
Joyce, IL, USA

chubskulit said...

I love the set of pine cone little trees.

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La Table De Nana said...

My mother always sat and admired the lit tree at night no matter how humble..I wondered what went through her mind..Now I think I know..

A little happiness.. a little sorrow..a little nostalgia..a little wonder..a little hope..a little joy..and peace.

I too love to take the time to sit an look.
It all is a lot of work..but wow do I love the effect for the month..the effect it HAS on me:)

It all looks great Martha.. Your tree looks like an old fashioned magazine and I love the fresh greenery~

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

All of your decorations are just gorgeous and I love that you mix your blue and white in with all of it. Everything looks so beautifully done. Elegant. Hugs, Marty

Chris said...

What a treat to view your lovely home! Thank you for the inspiration...

Hootin' Anni said...

Gorgeous....and the kitty on the chair is a pURRfect touch.


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Lori E said...

I love the scent of the fresh greenery. My tree is not real because I like to have it up a long time but I do try to bring in some fresh greens.
You have done an elegant job with your decorating choices. Having less is sometimes the best choice.

Riet said...

What a wonderful Christmashome youi have and I love all your decorations.

Erica said...

Martha......I love your home, it is amazing. I especially like the Nativity Set that was your Grandmother's....... it sure brings memories. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

Cathy said...

Your home is so lovely and festive, Martha. There is nothing like the smell of fresh greens to get me in the mood for Christmas.

bj said...

Your lovely home looks so festive and merry with all the Christmas beauty. Great job!

Carrie said...

Beautiful!! Love your old fashioned tree.

Blondie's Journal said...

Martha~~

I didn't know simple could be so pretty. Your home is lovely and cozy. And I too love big trees smothered in decorations! Your nativity is gorgeous!

Happy holidays! :-)

xoxo
Jane

Gayle (GardenofDaisies) said...

I love your home, the poinsettia decorations, and the gorgeous tinsel covered tree!! But most of all, I love your nativity, with its replacement wiseman. :-)

xinex said...

Just besutiful, Martha. I love your home and I really like that antique Asian guy on a horse....Christine

Queen B. said...

oooooo soooooooooo gorgeous!!!

Joyce said...

Glad you were able to have two pretty pinecone trees. Your tree looks beautiful. I no longer put all the decorations out but alternate them every year. I prefer the house to look a bit more peaceful this way. Enjoy the holidays.
Joyce

ellen b. said...

Whoa! That is one amazing tree!! I like it. I'm glad you are Christmatized :0)

Mary said...

Martha, it all looks very lovely. Much as I pictured it. I can almost smell the cinnamon and evergreen.

Love Bears All Things said...

I enjoyed seeing your simple Christmas. I love your home.
Mama Bear

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

My decorating schedule is exactly like yours now - later and fewer :)

Your poinsettia bowl is beautiful and I love the fresh boughs on your mantel!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Your tree and home is beautiful! Happy Holidays!

eileeninmd said...

Your decorations are lovely! It all looks very festive. Beautiful tree and photos.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Martha, it's just gorgeous! LOVE the old fashioned tree --it's what trees should be. We don't do the icicle tinsel anymore --and I kind of miss it.

And our cacti are opposites! My Christmas cactus bloomed beautifully-- for Thanksgiving! It's still hanging on; I'm hoping I can keep the blooms going till the 25th. Fingers crossed.

Love the pinecone trees; I have made similar ones, they are such fun. Which reminds me -- I don't have one for myself, because I gave mine all away. Must remedy that.

Cass

Eden said...

Those are lovely Christmas decorations. I love your home. It is beautiful.

joey said...

How festive ... your home looks stunning and the luncheon, perfect for the holidays. Merry Christmas!

Linda Q said...

Wonderful and Gorgeous. I almost did our family room tree old fashioned and with ice cycles like we had when a kid. I think next year for sure. Thanks for the tour, fun to see.
I want to see your matching black piece of furniture too to my etagere, can you email me a photo?
Linda Q

Nook Cranny Gifts said...

Your tree looks wonderful. I forget how tinsel can look so elegant with the lights.
Thanks for sharing.
Michele

BumbleVee said...

Your tree is beautiful.... as is your vintage home... but, how do you keep the cat away from the icicles? ...