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 11, 2012

All But The Tree

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Linderhof

In the living and dining rooms

Christmas on the tabletops 
Christmas on the mantles

The living room with fresh greens and pine cones

The dining room also has fresh greens and pine cones

And the living room tabletops?

To the left of the sofa is the German pyramid.
Which is always lighted on Christmas Eve

To the right of the sofa, pomanders in a bowl of greens

And between the wing chairs, a vase of real holly

The game table was moved to the window to make room for the tree
It's the perfect place for a real poinsettia

The seasonal centerpieces?

A huge poinsettia -- a birthday gift from Husband Jim

And on the breakfast room table, the Advent wreath.

And the most important Christmas decoration
The "Manger Scene" as we call it
It was my grandmother's and was a dime store purchase in the 50's
It was one of my favorite "toys" as a child
Which is why Joseph has lost his staff, the dog has lost his muzzle, and the camel has a broken leg.

I could find perfect pieces at flea markets, I'm sure.
But then, those wouldn't have the patina of memories, would they?

I prefer patina to perfection!

The tree will be put up and decorated by the weekend.

We don't like to rush the season.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Everything is looking so pretty. Love the nativity scene, I so agree, memories are the best. Hugs, Marty

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I'm sure it smells nice in your home too with fresh greenery. The nativity set must bring back fond memories each year when you put it out.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Good Morning Miss Martha!
Your pictures look as if they could have come straight from the pages of one of your cherished Christmas books! Gorgeous.

One thing missing: No dinosaur in your creche. :-)

Howard and I brought 15 boxes of holiday STUFF up from the cellar this morning -- he was leaving for work and I'm afraid went off in a suit liberally sprinkled with basement schmutz. Hopefully it will rub off on the subway.

15 boxes ... and I'm pretty sure I've got a few in the attic still.

I see your big blue bowl! Mine is waiting for its Christmas bling -- undecided yet, but probably ... a poinsettia! What else?

Say Hi to Jim from us, and tell Dolly that Dylan says HEY.

Love, Cass

Pondside said...

Like you, I much prefer Patina to perfection! Your house looks lovely and must smell heavenly with all the greenery!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

It looks nice!
My parents have the same nativity set! Mom talks about buying all the pieces for it at the 'dime store.' I played with it as a kid which is why the dog has a bandaged leg.

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Yes, patina is always preferable to perfection I think. Your home is so gracious and always charming...I always enjoy when you share it with us.

On Crooked Creek said...

Linderhof is shining like the gem she has become under your loving care! This post reminds me of the song..."Hang High The Holly"!!!

Reggie Darling said...

We have the same German pyramid at Darlington House (although I believe ours was actually made in Taiwan!). Your decorations are very pretty and festive! I am looking forward to putting up our creche later today. Similarly a dime store one from the 1950s. I love it. We've added figures to ours, including a little pug, in honor of ours, and a little elf, too (for some inexplicable reason). Reggie