Most folks prefer our side door, and you know what they say about 'back door guests are the best'! The snowflake lights may be the only snow we'll see this Christmas!
This is our old wooden baby sleigh filled with fresh greens, white lights, gold sprays and a cheerful crimson velvet and gold ribbon bow.
The theme is continued on the mantle where painted tin birds and snowflakes nestle in the branches, snow sprays, pinecones and berries, right in front of the birdhouses where they might make their winter home.
This is our new artificial tree - a first for us! We are attempting to sidestep the Christmas tree allergies that our sweet Dreamer often suffers from. We named the tree Goliath - can you guess why? It looks a bit sparse this year, but I'm planning some ornament crafting in the near future to help fill in the bare spots! We have angels, snowflakes and precious ornaments that are meaningful to the children.
We'll make our last stop the playroom, decorated by The Dreamer herself! We don't have alot of wallspace where we 'do school', so the schoolroom decorations are relegated to the playroom!
That's the end of our tour for now!
I would love to give you a more complete 'tour' of our home, all ready for Christmas! Unfortunately without high speed internet, downloading even a few pictures takes hours, so I'll just give you a glimpse! I wonder if there is a faster way for those of us still driving on in the slow lane? I'll have to look into it.
In the meantime, I just found my menu from our last 'real' Christmas Open House, and I thought I'd share it with you! I made everything from in my own little kitchen and served about 45 people. It was a cold December night and everyone was joining us after trudging through big drifts of snow to various homes in our neighbourhood and singing Christmas Carols! Wonderful memories!
Hot Spiced Apple Cider in the big Cider Urn
Hot Coffee - regular and decaf
Sparkling Cranberry Raspberry Punch with Mint Leaf & Raspberry Ice Ring
Christmas Shortbread Squares
Brownie Bites with Candy Cane Icing
Peanut Butter Balls
Gingerbread lads and lassies
Homemade Caramel Corn
Phyllo Wrapped Baked Brie
Spinach Dip in a Pumpernickle Bread Bowl
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
Mini Bacon Cheddar Quiches
Mini Tortiere (French Canadian Meat Pie)
Three Cheese Triangles in Phyllo Pastry
Cheese Ball and Crackers
Veggie Tray and Dilly Dip
Chilled Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce
Strawberries & Fruit Slices with Honey Yogurt Dip
I think that was it! I had the advantage of a consistantly very cold garage to store the baked goods in so it acted as my extra refrigerator. We actually put an alarm out in the garage next to the food in case it warmed up past 37 degrees, but it never did! It was so much fun! I love to cook for others, but I have pretty simple tastes, so it was fun to venture forth a bit into richer foods at Christmas!
Thank you for visitng my blog! I do hope that your Christmas is blessed with the abiding joy found in knowing Jesus Christ as your dearest Friend. Blessings!