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.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Reprise - Linderhof In Her Christmas Finery

I'm joining Sunday Favorites with Chari at Happy to Design.      This was originally posted on December 5, 2010 when Linderhof was decked out in her Christmas Finery.      

We spent the day "decking the halls" for I had masses of greens and pine cones galore.     The wee little trees in the breakfast room are on the sideboard and a new "little" tree is up in the sunroom.      

The pumpkins have been banished both inside and out and the bowls that once held pumpkins and gourds now hold pinecones and pomanders.

We're waiting, alas, for the poinsettias.    I've ordered them from a fundraising group and they've yet to deliver.      But three red ones will soon brighten the dining room table at Linderhof!

As is our custom, on "decoration day" we slip into the kitchen in the afternoon to make the first batch of cutout cookies.

One tray of Christmas trees . . .

Sprinkled with green sugar.   

And one tray of stars sprinkled with red sugar.

All baked and cooling -- to be eaten today for our first Christmas tea . . . and for teas throughout the holiday season.

The trees are one of our favorite cookies . . . . and both make a good nosh for December teas.

This, our first Christmas tea of the season is served in the breakfast room with carols softly playing and tea in the silver pot!

One big red star and two little green trees.     Served with . . .

A cup of Christmas tea . . . bought in Bar Harbor from the Bar Harbor Tea Company.    It's a great tea, I'll order more for it is perfect for Christmas tea.

It's December and Linderhof is decked out for Christmas!!!! From the living room tree to the master bedroom mantle touches of Christmas abound.

Our "masterpiece" is the tree -- a labor of love by Husband Jim for it does take a full day to decorate our floor to ceiling tree!
With big old fashioned colored lights, 41 years of Christmas ornaments, some so old that they only shine from memory and tinsel!!! It touches the ceiling and we wouldn't have it any other way!
The downstairs hall with an Asian bowl holding a poinsettia -- a bit of Christmas color.
The nativity set which belonged to my grandmother and it was a favorite "toy" when I was a child -- which explains why when I received it one wiseman was missing, the dog's nose was broken, the donkey had no ears and Joseph had lost his staff! I replaced the missing wiseman, added some sheep and shepherds and a camel. But I like the imperfections in the pieces that were hers and so our dog has no nose, the donkey is earless and Joseph is missing his staff. This nativity absolutely glows -- with sentiment!
The living room mantle with fresh greens and a few pinecones. The green of the evergreens goes well with the green of the living room.
A game table in front of the windows with a cloisonne vase with pine branches and cones.
The living room coffee table -- pine cones in the potpourri bowl with a few sprigs of evergreens
The living room is ready for Christmas -- and for company!!!! We're planning to entertain a lot this Christmas!
The blue Asian bowl on the dining room table full of poinsettias. A strong blast of red!
And the dining room mantle has more real greens -- this time without pine cones.
The dining room table and the fireplace.
The table at the top of the stairs -- a vase holding some "faux" (and I must admit that there isn't much "faux" Christmas at Linderhof) -- some mistletoe stalks and some red berried stalks.
More real greens on the bedroom mantle.


Pondside said...

A lovely glimpse at a beautiful setting for the Christmas festivities.

Blondie's Journal said...

Your home is just beautiful, Martha, and it's a treat to see your holiday decorations! I admire your traditions!


Southerncook said...

I too love a tree decorated with colored lights. Are we the only ones in America decorating with colored lights?????? And I love the old fashioned lights, big fat ones. We try each year to revamp our "old" colored lights, you can't find them anymore probably because???? I use to have some of the bubble lights and I loved them because they reminded me of some we had on our tree when I was a little girl, they went by the wayside, but I so loved them. Your repost has gotten me in the spirit of Christmas. I have begun to do a little decorating and hopefully will finish this week.