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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Don't Turn Around; Saint Nick is Gaining On You!

Take a look at your calendars, my friends.
Read 'em and weep.

It is only six months till Christmas!

On Friday I gave you a picture of our bare and dismal looking front porch, so I'm balancing it today with pictures of our porch all decked out for Christmas. Can you hear the carols?

I hope you enjoy my Sunday Favorites blast from the past!

(First posted December 2009)

What's Red And White?
Christmas, inside and out, at That Old House!

On Saturday it started snowing.

Anne ventured out into the cold to take pictures of the front door:

Alida and Anne put up the white pine roping, I tied some big bows for the corners,
and Anne poufed and snaked the ribbon ends down the sides:

It's lovely to have some talented and cooperative Elves to help with the decorating!

No front door wreath this year. Local fresh wreaths were skimpy and spindly looking.
So I took clippings from our conservatory Christmas tree, and the girls and I just
bunched them together, tied them with twine, and added red ribbons.

I like the simple look on the front door, and the free price tag as well.

Now what are you doing still standing out in the snow?

Let's leave the cold white outdoors. It's much nicer to be inside, looking out:

It snowed for a long time.

But we are snug inside, and can enjoy our Christmas reds!

Ribbons on stairs and newel post:

You can see the red dining room from the front hall.
Upstairs, another tree on the stair landing:

There's a little tree, with lots and lots of red ornaments, next to the front door:

In the red dining room, a spiral tree:

Our girls' tree, in the study, laden with ornaments that will someday be in their own homes:

If you read the story of our 1999 Hurricane Floyd flood, you may remember the Noah's Ark that was the only
Christmas ornament to survive. Here it is, on our parlor tree this year:

Look closely, below; you can see a thin dark line, right under the window.
That's where it broke in two -- that line goes smack around the whole ark --
so I could clean and disinfect it and glue it back together.

(Read more, here.)

A Noah's Ark that survived a flood. Where have I heard that before?

Back to the present!

I know it's blazing hot right now in most of the places you live, but it is fun to look
back at Christmas, and realize that those dates on the calendar are closer than they appear!

Now, click on the logo to the left, or on the
highlighted words, to visit other Sunday Favorites
today, at Chari's blog, Happy To Design.

Have a lovely day of rest, and remember . . .
We're halfway to Christmas! --- Cass


  1. Hi Cass,

    How lovely and strange at the same time to see Christmas pictures in June. The only other time this happened is when I lived in Australia. We used to visit a little town in the Blue Mountains where the whole village was decorated for Christmas during the whole month of July. Of course Australia has winter during our summer. The children were delighted. I just adore your front door. Thanks for re-posting and sharing.

    Anne-Marie :D

  2. Oh Honey---
    I love Christmas BUT I just don't think I'm really ready to even think of it.
    I wouldn't mind a burst of snow though since it is soooo HOT here. :)


  3. not so hot here, actually quite nice, thank goodness. Loved the Christmas pics but my vote is with Country Dreaming, don't even want to think about it. Is life treating you well my friend?

  4. I remember these pictures from the past. I loved them! It was nice to "feel" the chill, especially when I have to rely so heavily on our a.c. to keep things comfortable in our "casa" here in deep south Texas.
    Have a great Sunday,
    Ladybug Creek

  5. Your house is beautiful all decked our for Christmas!

  6. I wasn't blogging then so never got to see these! Cass, they're just perfect- you all do that old house proud!
    xoxo Pattie

  7. I love seeing Christmas photos anytime of the year! Very pretty porch! Seeing the snow was a nice treat's sooo hot here lately!

  8. Cass, I recognize this repost too - - - it always makes me feel so good to recognize reposts, makes me feel like we've been LONG TIME blogging buddies!

  9. I just looked at my calendar this morning and realized that 6 months from now is Christmas! Yikes!! It will be here before we know it. Your pictures were so pretty. Love & blessings from NC!

  10. I also remember this post - time is passing by way to fast.

  11. Oh my, so hard to believe that Christmas will be here before we realize. Love all of your decorations and your porch is stunning. Hugs, Marty

  12. I would love to stay and comment but I have to run and go Christmas shopping. Not much time left. Bye .

  13. Geeeeeeez Cass, you gave me a little heart flutter there! I neglected to read the Re-Post part!!!
    Thoughts of the earth leaking into the sea, messing with the weather flooded my mind! WHEW. All is well. **blows kisses** Deb

  14. Isn't it crazy how time flies?! Your comment on my blog made me laugh. There's something about those Golden Girls that is just irresistible, no matter the age! :)

  15. Thanks for the reminder. I better start my shopping now. Lovely indoors and out.

  16. My birthday is June 25, precisely 6 months before Christmas Day. For a few years as I was growing up, I thought that somehow my parents had planned it that way so that I would get presents every six months! Even though I know they couldn't have planned it, I still enjoy getting presents every 6 months!! :)

    Your house (including the front porch) is the house I want when I grow up! Christmas in that house must be fun....actually any day in that house must be fun. :)

  17. Thanks, Cass, these photos are gorgeous, and help me feel a bit cooler for a moment! :-)

  18. Just six months 'til the grandchildren are here - but who's counting?!

  19. Hi Cass...

    Ohhh my goodness...Christmas is sneaking up on us...isn't it? Hehe! Seriously, I love's my favorite holiday and I love, love, LOVE all the fabulous Christmas decor!!! I do believe that I remember this post that you shared with us for Sunday Favorites this week! That Old House looks fabulous in all of her Christmas finery! I think your home is made for pine garlands and big red ribbon, my friend! Simply gorgeous!!! Ohhh, and I love your door decor...simple but sooo pretty! Thank you for sharing this great post with us for Sunday was such a treat!!!

    Have a marvelous Monday, Cass!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  20. The amount of Christmas gifts I need, must be started in summer, if they are handcrafted. I think I hear sleigh bells.

  21. And here I was thinking your house couldn't get any lovelier! i'm a huge fan of your blog! would love to have you visit me over at southern belle simple! xoxo

  22. I love this post. It makes me wonder if you'd be interested in guesting for my Christmas in July series.


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