Christmas At The Barn

Christmas Shopping

Can it truly be over a month since my last post?   The barn is decked for Christmas and my shopping is done.  Would you believe that’s me in the picture?…Didn’t think so. 

I love vintage paper.  It conjures all kinds of nostalgic emotions.  This darling girl is from an antique advertising card. 

Smoked turkey and brown sugar-glazed ham are on the menu for Christmas dinner.  I’ve decided on rhubarb, apple and pecan pie–answering the need for the primary family favorites.  Sides and salads will slowly come together, now that the big decisions are made.  White potatoes or sweet potatoes…or both?  Party potatoes rich with sour cream are a safe choice.  Oh.  I forgot.  I already made chocolate fudge and cut-out cookies with buttercream frosting.  The cookies are in the freezer so I’m not tempted to dig into them…too much.

The paper nativity displayed on the buffet with greens and candles makes me smile every time I pass.  It belonged to my grandparents, a vivid memory of Christmas past, when my young heart was totally attuned to the ecstatic joys of Christmas.  My thoughts are more mature now–focused on visiting family and the true meaning of all the effort.  I’m making new memories, and hope you are too.  MERRY CHRISTMAS!

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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