Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Christmas Cheer with Father Christmas and Friends

Hello Everyone, can you even believe we're heading into December and the official start to the Christmas Season? I've been busy for a couple of weeks making the changeover from Thanksgiving to Christmas and I'm so excited to be a part of a fun holiday gathering today, hosted by our friend Chas from Chas Crazy Creations. Thanks so much to Chas for putting together this fun Hop!

We're celebrating the start of the Holiday season by sharing some of our individual fun Christmas ideas and inspiration. You'll see a lot of variety here on the Christmas Cheer Holiday Hop, so if you're coming from Amy's blog, My Recipe Treasures with her Whipped Topping Candy, I'm so happy you're here. So let's get started out in my Sunroom/Garden Room where a lot of my seasonal decorating fun takes place.

The Garden Room is at the back of our house and faces southeast so we have a lot of wonderful light early in the day. It's the perfect spot for all (well, some) of my chippy white vintage furniture. That includes our casual family eating area and a sitting area with wicker seating, and lots of display space with an old pie safe dubbed "The Holiday Cupboard", and an old baker's rack. This is where I have the most fun decorating for the seasons. 

Back in the mid-eighties my mom, sis, and I did a lot of crafting with a vintage theme and during this time my mom made amazing one-of-a-kind Santas. I was fortunate and received this handsome gentleman from her and I have treasured and displayed him each and every year. I call him "Father Christmas" because instead of a traditional red suit like Santa, he's dressed with a more European woodsy theme. 

For the last several years he's found a seasonal home here in the goat cart in the Garden Room. Last year he shared this space with a small lighted faux evergreen tree. But this year he also has a few friends that are joining him to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

This is such a fun spot next to the glass doors that you can see from the kitchen and Hearth Room and even from outdoors on the covered porch. I love seeing the little tree lit up in the evenings and enjoy Father Christmas presiding over the Holiday room.

These little concrete mom and baby squirrels are well behaved, unlike the real guys that live around here. We live in a heavily treed older neighborhood so we have a crazy crop of marauding squirrels. Needless to say, we have a love/hate relationship. The real ones are darn cute, but way too smart and totally wacky and naughty at times. 

Another friend joining us this year is my sweet little goosey decoy dressed up for Christmas. She's here on my little white desk watching over the Holiday cheer. Last year she nested in the Kitchen niche, but this year she's joining the fun out here. She's a heavy molded plastic and probably not that old, but still fun and very Christmas-y.

Faux "Candy Cane" poinsettias in a vintage watering can, Tartan Plaids, and red transferware help make the Christmas decor fun and varied. The old wire garden gate has been a great vintage backdrop for seasonal decor. This year a vintage Santa Jingle Bell door greeter is hanging from the top of the gate.

One of my favorite vintage friends is also showing up to celebrate. This antique rocking/glider horse was mine when I was a toddler. My mom and dad bought it for me and yes, it was an antique way back at that time. My mom and dad located it for me up in their garage attic about 30 years ago. It was a little worse for wear, and mice had eaten it's tail and the cold and heat destroyed the saddle, but the wood was still solid and the paint patina is beautiful.

A sprig of boxwood from our yard adorns both my horsey and Goosey,
held by a fabric gold edged Tartan ribbon.
Each different season brings a new color coordinated ribbon and floral adornment.

For all you that are new here today, 
I'm so glad you came by, and I hope you'll come back again soon to visit.
You can sign up for an email reminder of a new post on the sidebar,
and also keep track on Instagram and Pinterest.
I hope you'll continue the Hop with the links below,
going by to visit with Wendy at The Inspired Eater.

Here's the Linky List for the Holiday Hop:

Chaz Crazy Creations    Easy Christmas Crafts to Make and Sell
Thrifting Wonderland  Christmas in the Dining Room
Saved From Salvage  Twine Tree Tutorial
My Recipe Treasures  Whipped Topping Candy
Penny's Vintage Home  Snowmen Bring Cheer to the Fireplace


  1. Debra,
    This is just absolutely darling!! The horse is lovely and the whole vignette is just so enchanting!! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Love your wagon and that cutie Santa. Love the swan and the horse too. Just beautiful.

  3. I love your tartan ribbon on the goose. I'm going to do that. What a lovely scene. It looks so cozy. Very inspiring! Thanks for being in the hop.

  4. No matter what the season, Debra, your creativity never ceases to amaze me! I love this so much. All the festive touches you've added feel like the best collection of extra special pieces to remind us what the season is all about - the gifts of family and friends. Loving and pinning, CoCo

  5. I adore your cart and your vintage horse from childhood. What a treasure. Decorating for the holidays is like a long overdue visit with dear friends!

  6. Hi Debra, lovely mix of new and vintage. You have created such a welcoming space for the holidays. Enjoyed hopping with you today.
    Lynne, Thrifting Wonderland

  7. Your Father Christmas is so cute and I love you beautiful vintage vinette. Looks amazing and so festive. I'll be sharing with my mom, as I know she would love this. Thanks for sharing and wonderful hopping with you.

  8. I love Vintage Christmas decorations and your decorations are darling. They bring back such good memories! Thank you for blog hopping with us.

  9. Debra, I so love it all. The beautiful Santa in the cart and the twinkly tree. That candy cane poinsettia is gorgeous. I have never seen one like it. But my most favorite is that beauty of a horse. I have a lot of vintage horses but nothing like yours. I love it..Happy Tuesday..xxoJudy

  10. Hi Debra, I'm a little late getting by today to visit everyone that joined the Christmas Cheer Holiday Hop. I look forward to seeing your posts sharing the vintage horse that you had as a toddler....what a wonderful piece to be able to still have after all these years. Your creativity is always an inspiration to me....thank you for sharing!
    This is my first time to join a hop and wouldn't you know my post got messed up....the place to leave a comment was so far down the post that it couldn't be seen Luckily I had two commenters that were persistent and led me to the problem. I wasn't able to fix it, but I now have a note at the end of my post with directions to the comment section....lol! Penny

  11. Lovely lovely and love your beautiful antique horse. Lucky you, to have such a beauty to decorate with. Best wishes!

  12. What beautiful vintage treasures you have! I cannot imagine the work that went into your beautiful Father Christmas! He is a work of art, for sure! I love how you display him in the charming goat cart! What a fun piece that is to get to style for holidays and seasons throughout the year! I am happy to have "hopped" with you!

  13. You have a truly wonderful collection of Christmas decor. Love Father Christmas!

  14. Debra, he looks so cute surrounded by his friends! You can always pull a look together with such style! Have a Merry Christmas! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  15. What a treasure to have Father Christmas made by your mom. Merry Christmas!

  16. I adore your childhood rocking horse, Debra. The way you have it displayed with your wagon and Father Christmas looks really good. You may remember my history with chasing Canada geese on our riverfront property, lol. I have a love/hate relationship with those, but they look so handsome, resting as a decoy! I also have one, reminding me of years past. ;) Happy December.

  17. What a treasure to have Father Christmas from your mom and that is a fabulous gift from the parents. All my mom ever gives me as a Groupon or a sleep shirt I'll never where. Not kidding! Loved the tour and fun ideas for Christmas decorating. Pinned

  18. Wow. Your mom made that?! What a treasure. I love what I see of your home and the way it is decorated. I have garden gate envy! Thanks for hopping :)

  19. Adorable. Your horse is absolutely amazing. What a wonderful treasure.

  20. Absolutely gorgeous Debra but your displays always are! I love hearing the history behind them too. Such treasures and you bring it all together beautifully! Have a wonderful season and thanks so much for sharing!

  21. Always a lovely post from you, Debra. Loving your Santa, I'm supposed to be culling Christmas items this year...and it's really hard. Keeping only what has family ties is easy, but goodies from 50 years, sometimes is harder. Lovely post, Happy Holidays! Sandi

  22. Debra, I love your old rocking horse! He is beautiful just as he is... It's a wonder that you still have him! My father-in-law made a wooden rocking horse for my daughter and I think it might be up in our attic... If it is, I'll pull it down for Milo to use while he is here this Christmas. I think he'd enjoy riding it! Amy I think has her doll cradle at her apartment, so no go there...

    Lovely post and I'm glad you have one of the Santa's your mom made, too. <3 Beautiful lifetime treasured gifts,
    Barb :)

  23. Love that your mom made the Santa and absolutely love that horse! Wish I could fine myself one of them. . . . .thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen


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