Decorating And Celebrating An Old Fashioned Christmas

December 07, 2017
Good Morning and welcome to our little spot of simplified living in the country where we are celebrating an Old Fashioned Christmas! I am combining vintage and treasured ornaments from the past with red and gold baubles to create a timeless and traditional Christmas for our family. Our little 2 acre lot is a perfect spot to create the magic of days gone by.

When my husband and I discovered our 2 acre lot three years ago on the edge of the DFW metroplex we were ecstatic! My husband said it reminded him of Mississippi and I told him he felt like we were in Idaho! We chatted up a storm on how we were going to build our dream home, have space for a craft room, plant a garden, watch the wildlife and grow a mini flower farm. My husband and I felt as though we were returning to the way of living that we had both grown up with, a little country, a little simpler and a little Old Fashioned.

Well once I had decided the theme of an Old Fashioned Christmas I began to choose what items I would need to use to decorate for an Old Fashioned Christmas. I began first by making a traditional woodland wreath and then adding some greenery to my vintage Scandinavian sled.

Many years ago it was customary to decorate for Christmas using traditional red and green hues. I suppose there weren't a lot of choices then, but it is a warm and classic look.

I have the best memories of glowing lights in shades of red, green, blue and even orange on our Christmas Tree! So I have taken this perfectly basic tried and true theme and spun it with just a whisper of white and a dusting of fluff to soften it a bit.

I purchased this fabulous and affordable pre-lit garland from Walmart and I used two strands for our mantle. It is very full and is just what I needed for the depth and size of this rustic cedar mantle.

(Sometimes I just don't like this rustic mantle, don't tell my husband...shhh)

Before we go any further with this post I'd like to share with you my delight in being able to celebrate the Holiday season with this group of 22 creative bloggers, for the Cozy at Christmas Home Tour.

All of the links to their pretty Holiday homes can be found at the end of this post.

I have included so many things from the past in my Christmas decorating this year, including this adorable handmade BE GOOD FOR GOODNESS SAKES sign made by my daughter, she blogs at Crafty Texas Girls

Of course all Old Fashioned Christmas décor must have a few vintage Christmas ornaments. These red glass ornaments are the real deal. I picked them up at a resale shop when my husband and I were visiting his family in Mississippi a few years ago. This precious 1978 Hallmark ornament was given to my son, by my Mom, it is still one of my favorite ornaments of all time. Don't you think surrounding yourself with these sweet tokens just makes the season so much merrier and meaningful.

In the dining room I have incorporated Owls, real and faux topiaries and white. Did I mention that I love owls!

If you like owls too check out my online shop!

We have a cute flocked Tree in the dining room, it reminds me of the snow in Idaho, where I grew up. I love snow and just maybe next Christmas I will be spending it in the snow! (A girl can dream, right...)

Of course this blog post wouldn't be complete without my pompoms (my obsession) or my daughter's angel Christmas ornament which Grandma gave her, or the very special red and white quilt that my Mother made me. So much of my Christmas décor has a story associated with it and as I vacuum and dust I hold those stories close to my heart.

I have enjoyed sharing some snippets of the Season with you today, thank you so very much for sharing your day with me. I'd love to hear how you are styling your home this season too.

Merry Christmas from Jemma's Family with love!

You might also enjoy a Snowman Christmas.

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  1. Good morning! I still love traditional Christmas decor and colors. Your home looks so festive.

    It was so nice to finally meet you in real life this week.

    Merry Christmas

  2. Jemma, I love your classic traditional decor and your home is so warm and inviting! I've been admiring your pom-pom wreaths too ;) Happy to be touring with you this Christmas season! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  3. Your home is amazing! Everything is adorned in the prettiest colors and I love all the twinkling lights. The best part is the picture of that precious little blonde grand boy. ♥

  4. It's adorable. I love your vintage and classic touches. So pretty. Thanks for sharing at our tour.

  5. Looks fabulous. So warm & inviting! Who wouldn't want to wake up Christmas morning in this beautiful place?? I love the stories! They keep loved ones & seasons of life fresh in our minds! They anchor us in who we are & how we got to this day! Thank you for sharing your gift of making a house a warm, stunning home!

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  7. I wish I had a big mantel but mine is puny puny puny! Love all of your old fashioned Christmas touches - everything is beautiful. It was a treat reading what makes you tick and smile. I look forward to stalking you! LOL. Merry Christmas new sweet hilarious fun filled friend!

  8. Absolutely gorgeous Jemma! I adore your vintage sled and other sweet and cozy touches. The last Christmas picture of your grandson is truly a delight. He exemplifies Christmas JOY!

  9. Good morning Jemma. I love seeing your sweet grandson in the picture too cute. Your home is gorgeous and I love that you did up your decor to bring back precious memories of when you were growing up. Doing up your decor in the traditional colors of Christmas is really pretty. This is such a beautiful time of year and bringing up great family memories makes it even more special. Enjoy the days ahead as we head on down to the big day.

  10. Your home is just overflowing with Christmas joy and charm! Thank you so much for inviting us inside and making us feel so cozy and welcome.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  11. I love red at Christmas. Maybe because it's a favorite color or it's cheerful or it reminds me of childhood Christmases. But I adore red (and green) at Christmas. Your home looks cheerful and cozy. How wonderful to have reminders of happy times.
    Blessings for this Season,

  12. I'm sure glad you didn't ask us to pick which photo was my favorite because I would be stumped. It's so beautiful -- that fabulous fireplace, the wonderful table, all that fantastic red and green. I think it's just perfect -- warm and homey and yet elegant, too. I'd love to see it in person; if it's possible to be prettier, I know it would be!

  13. Jemma,Your home is gorgeous. I loved hearing about finding your lot and dreaming with your husband about building a home. Everything looks like a magazine. I love your decorations and the sentiments attached.

  14. Your house is always so beautiful! So many things to look at, it’s hard to choose a favorite. I love traditional Christmas colors! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Everything is so welcoming and lovely. There are special treasures everywher look.
    This is just lovely!

    Merry Christmas!


  16. I love your traditional Christmas decor! Just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing. Have a Happy Holiday Season! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  17. Everything looks amazing...
    love your gorgeous fireplace

  18. Oh, you got the red balls too! I just bought some and put them in my mother-in-law's glass bowl. They remind me of my mom, as she had them on her tree every year. And you found the vintage ones, wonderful! Your fireplace is so cozy with the wreath and garland. And Jemma, the ornament with the poinsettias is so lovely and looks vintage. Your grandson is precious looking at the tree with eyes wide open. What a treasured picture. This is such a magical time of year. Thank you for sharing bits of your beautiful home with us.

    love, ~Sheri

  19. Wondering how you got the deer head to stay on the mirror with "Believe"? Such a wonderful look. I've been here three times to see all your homey decor. Just can't get enough of it.

  20. I love all different colors at Christmas...but my favorite is still red and green. You have created a lovely, cozy home.

  21. Jemma,
    What a wonderful cozy family Christmas! Your treasured ornaments with their special memories are perfect for creating your old-fashioned Christmas of red and green. And, the last photo of your precious grandson before the tree and the stone fireplace bring your Christmas decorating full circle from the past to the newest generation in your family. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and seeing your old-fashioned Christmas.

    Merry Christmas,


  22. Beautiful, Jemma! It's a treat to see your lovely home dressed for the holidays. Thanks for the tour!

  23. Although I have a love for the red and aqua Christmas combination, the old fashioned red and green are truly what my childhood memories are made of! Your home feels very warm and cozy Jemma. Love those heirloom ornaments. I sometimes don't love my rustic mantle in our family room either. Shhh, don't tell hubby! lol!

  24. I love Christmas at your house!

  25. Jemma, your old fashioned Christmas is so warm and uplifting, especially with the fire in the fireplace. Your decorated sled looks perfect among all the merriment. Love your daughter's sign is perfect and so is your grandson decorating the tree!

  26. How sweet this is Jemma. Your precious blond grandson is adorable. The twinkling lights a re so pretty. Loving your beautiful mantel. A traditional Christmas is always wonderful. Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas. xo

  27. So very pretty, Jemma! Hope you and your family have a beautiful Merry Christmas!
    Warm hugs,


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