Pastel Christmas

Every girl needs a little sugar plum in her life, even when she lives in a restored dairy barn.  It satisfies my romantic side.  My sitting room is my pastel Christmas outlet. 

White Mantel Dressed in Holiday Glitz

Pink and rose tones dominate the pallette in the sitting room.  Vintage balls & baubles work well as time mellows reds to frosted cherry.  I frosted several of the balls in the garland and wreath with cut glass glitter snow, adding another dimension of seasonal sparkle.
As I look at this picture, my collection crowds the space.  Rather than remove what is there year-round, I add treasures that only come out to play once a year.  Christmas clutter can be forgiven.   
Tiny Tree Displaying Vintage Treasures

The small tree is loaded with some of my most precious Christmas treasures. 

  • A set of glass balls, circa 1950, with raised scenes & sayings:  Merry Christmas, Silent Night, scene of Santa and sleigh
  • Two vintage white stags
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, circa 1940’s
  • Antique tinsel stars
  • Santa ornaments in cotton batting robes
  • Vintage cardboard Putz houses from Germany
  • Tiny Christmas angels from Germany
  • glass bead garland and ball ornaments, pre-WWII
  • Christmas cards, 1920-30

Small favorite toys and vintage department store holiday boxes sit under the tree, playing the part of presents waiting for Christmas morning.  The Shirley Temple doll in the background is an authorized reproduction.  She wears her classic red and white polka dot dress, looking appropriately festive for Christmas.

Many of the ornaments have been passed down from our families, which makes this tree a memorable part of the season.  The sitting room is like a trip back in time to my Grandparent’s home where the few fragile glass balls on their small tree  were carefully saved year-to-year.  Those ornaments and the cardboard nativity scene that had pride-of-place on grandfather’s T.V. are nostalgic memories.  I relive them every time I see the glass balls sparkling on my little tree and set up the nativity on my own buffet. 

The traditions we practice today become the memories of yesterday for our children. 


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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One Response to Pastel Christmas

  1. Sharon L. Clemens says:

    What are your most vivid Christmas memories?

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