If you happened to be in a one-horse open sleigh and you took a left at Tennessee, past the chicken barn, past the cows chewing their cud in the pasture, past the gas station with the most amazing pizza and turned left at the barn with all the hay bales, at the end of a winding country road….
….you’d see the farmhouse with its twinkle lights on.
And if you tied up your horse to the hitching post.
And trudged through the snow.
And knocked on the door.
You might see this.
Five Christmas decorators almost ready for the holidays.
(Buddy and Bonzai helped, too).
With grins on their faces and hot chocolate on their upper lip and happiness in their hearts.
(total aside: can you believe we are all the same height now and my hair is oddly so much blonder than theirs now?)
And right inside the door, you’d see this.
A blue and white living room ready for Christmas.
With red ornaments spilling out everywhere and a blue gingham rug.
(total aside: It’s just this rug flipped over).
There’d be a tree decorated with rag garland and a sleigh full of ornaments and plaid ribbon.
With blue dishes stacked everywhere with evergreens and pops of red.
The tree would be decorated with tiny felt houses and plaid poinsettias and painted “merry” and “believe” and “joy” ornaments.
And my Christmas helper would rest his weary head waiting for Santa to hand him a treat.
The tree skirt would be plaid and trimmed with fur, ready for presents wrapped in polka dots and stripes and tied up with ribbons and bows.
The red cable knit stockings trimmed with fur would be hung by the fireplace.
Snow tipped trees would line the mantel.
Tucked in the corner of the room would be a vintage advent calendar ready for December 1.
Outside on the porch, there’d be a little pop of red.
And a tiny truck ornament and an evergreen wreath.
Tucked beneath the bench would be a galvanized tin filled with greenery.
We’d sing carols and pop popcorn and drink hot chocolate and laugh and giggle and the dogs would snore and we’d top it all off with a Hallmark movie.
The best kind of movie. You know. Where you know the ending before it even starts.
The and they all lived happily ever kind of ending.
When it was time to go, we’d raise a cup of hot chocolate to you and wave Merry Christmas as you drove away in your sleigh.
And wish you the joys of the season.
From our house to yours. 🙂