Christmas on the Porch: Special Delivery from the Farm + Giveaway

Noel Farms Christmas Truck Centerpiece with greenery | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #truck #centerpiece

Happy December! We’re kicking off December and Monday Morning Blooms with giveaway to help you spruce up your home and deck the halls for the holidays!

My blogging friends will be sharing their beautiful homes with a special giveaway too, so look for their links at the bottom of this post.

 Christmas on the porch with truck centerpiece, greenery and wellies | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #truck #centerpiece

We are fortunate to have mild weather in December (as a rule :) in North Carolina, and enjoy our porch 10 months out of the year. It was in the mid 60s and sunny last week when I was adding some some Christmas touches to the porch.

Farm Fresh Christmas Trees bucket with evergreen | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas

There’s nothing like fresh, fragrant evergreens. . .pine, spruce, fir or cedar. . . to evoke the feeling of Christmas and to add some cheer! While we no longer have a real tree, a favorite family Christmas tradition for 10+ years was to drive up to the NC mountains to a Christmas tree farm on Thanksgiving weekend to select and cut a fresh tree.

 Christmas tree farm NC mountains | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas

Most years, there were 17 of us that made the trip and enjoyed the tradition of choosing our trees then watching while they were baled, then piled in the bed of my father-in-law’s truck to make the hour and a half ride back home. Lots of memories and miles were logged over the years driving up and down those winding mountain roads!

Noel Farms Truck Christmas Wreath | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #wreath

To ‘spruce’ up the porch for Christmas, I hung a fresh wreath on the porch.

Noel Farms Truck Christmas Wreath | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #wreath

I added a bow and Noel Farms Christmas truck sign to the wreath.

Christmas on the porch with truck centerpiece, greenery, wreath and wellies | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #truck #centerpiece

 Tartan plaid wellies are filled with a mix of fresh greenery, pine cones, red ornament picks and ribbon. . .

 Tartan plaid wellies are filled with a mix of fresh greenery, pine cones, red ornament picks and ribbon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #wellies #porch

Ready to kick off the Christmas season.

Noel Farms Christmas Truck Centerpiece with greenery | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #truck #centerpiece

A Christmas Vintage Truck Centerpiece is courtesy of Lynch Creek Farm, and is delivering a load of fresh and fragrant noble fir, incense cedar, and white pine. Fresh evergreens are accented with natural pine cones, red ball ornaments, red berry clusters and festive red ribbon. Magnets on each of the truck doors say “Noel Farms – Christmas Trees” and can be removed if desired.

 Christmas Truck Centerpiece with greenery | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #truck #centerpiece

Lynch Creek Farm is a small family owned company, dedicated to producing sustainable evergreen products, procured from the forests in their backyard of the great Pacific Northwest. Evergreen boughs are cultivated by trimming the lower branches of younger, coniferous trees in healthy and robustly forested areas, along the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Once a tree matures to 15 – 20 years in age, it is no longer trimmed, prolonging the lifespan of the woodlands, ensuring they will continue to grow and thrive for decades to come.

Noel Farms Christmas Trees Pillow | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #porch #pillow

Treat your centerpieces as you would a potted plant:

After receiving your centerpiece, add 1/2 cup of water to the center of the oasis foam. Mist with water and add another 1/2 cup water every 2-3 days to bring out the fragrance. Place your centerpiece in a cool location, out of direct sunlight. With proper care, your centerpiece should last at least 3 weeks.

Lola and Sophie on the porch | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #porch #dogs

Lynch Creek Farm has offered to give away a Christmas Vintage Truck Centerpiece to one of my readers.

Christmas on the Porch with truck centerpiece and dogs in 'tree-in-truck' sweaters | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #truck #porch #dogs

Lola and Sophie are decked out in their Christmas-tree-in-a-truck sweaters to share the details of the giveaway. . .

Christmas on the Porch with truck centerpiece and dogs in 'tree-in-truck' sweaters | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #truck #porch #dogs

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment telling us how far along you are in your Christmas decorating. . .

Christmas on the Porch with truck centerpiece and dogs in 'tree-in-truck' sweaters | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #truck #porch #dogs

Are you just starting?

Noel Farms Christmas Truck Centerpiece with greenery | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #truck #centerpiece

Overwhelmed and exhausted from digging through Christmas bins and boxes of decorations?

Lola and Sophie on the porch | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #porch #dogs

Looking to the heavens for help with Christmas lights that won’t work on your $$ three-year-old tree?

Christmas on the Porch with dogs and truck centerpiece | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #truck #porch #dogs

Or sitting pretty because you’ve already finished with your decorating?

This giveaway is open to residents of the continental U.S. through midnight December 5th .

Christmas on the Porch with dogs and truck centerpiece | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #truck #porch #dogs

Note: Make sure that you’re using your current email address in the comment field so that I can get in touch with you. Your email address will not be shared, only used to contact you about shipping in the event you’re the winner.

Farm Fresh Christmas Trees galvanized bucket with poinsettia and pine cones | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #porch

Porch Details:

Noel Farms Pillow Cover & Tartan Plaid Wellies / Amazon

Patchwork Plaid Pillow / Pottery Barn

Throw / HomeGoods, several years ago

Noel Farms Sign / Walmart

Tree Buckets / HomeGoods & Antique Mall

‘Christmas-tree-in-a-truck’ sweaters / HomeGoods,  A Visit from Santa Paws, last year

Wellies / Amazon

Christmas on the Porch with dogs | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #truck #porch #dogs

Visit my talented blogging friends this week to see their beautiful deck the halls inspiration and for additional chances to win a fresh centerpiece from Lynch Creek Farm:

Pam at Everyday Living

Shirley at Housepitality Designs

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Thank you to Lynch Creek Farm for sponsoring this giveaway and supplying my centerpiece.

Lynch Creek Farm offers free ground shipping on all their products, from fresh evergreen garland, mini tabletop trees, wreaths and holiday centerpieces, to anywhere in the continental U.S.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Christmas on the Porch truck centerpiece and dogs with Christmas tree in a truck sweaters | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #christmas #truck #porch #dogs

Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

 Between Naps on the Porch

  254 comments for “Christmas on the Porch: Special Delivery from the Farm + Giveaway

  1. Nancy Kaler
    December 2, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Just getting started…reluctant to take down my Thanksgiving decorations.

  2. Traci Jennings
    December 2, 2019 at 6:13 am

    I love your porch decor! I have just started my decorating on Friday after Thanksgiving and I am off this week so I can take my time and enjoy the process. We are getting about a foot of snow today in NJ to make it even more festive! I love the red truck giveaway idea too and thank you for offering it! Merry Christmas!

    • Emmie
      December 2, 2019 at 6:53 am

      I have completed my decorating! I am enjoying the tiny twinkling lights in the morning with my cup of tea and also in the evening! So relaxing to enjoy the lights with the soft sounds of carols in the background. Thank you for the giveway! How adorable are Lola and Sophie in their sweaters! Enjoy this glorious season!!!

      • Stacey
        December 2, 2019 at 11:14 am

        Mary,
        I am just starting to decorating for Christmas I never know where to begin!
        Your pictures and postings are always so inspirational and creative….just what I needed to get started! Thank you!
        Merry Christmas

      • Patti
        December 4, 2019 at 6:24 am

        I have a few finishing touches in the house. My patio is next. Love the inspiration you provided both on the porch and your table setting. Merry Christmas! Will be in the NC mountains for New Years. Can’t wait!

  3. Edith (Penny) Weldon
    December 2, 2019 at 6:18 am

    We finished last night our Christmas decorating, both inside & outside. Boy, it looks good!! We adore colored lights outside and inside our Christmas Tree can do both colored lights and white lights, which we like too!! Just the two of us now in our home. We decorate for us to enjoy our wondrous Birth of our Lord and so many happy family traditions.
    Your two sweet dogs make me smile each month!! Have a great week and we would embrace your beautiful Christmas Vintage Truck Centerpiece at our home. Thanks for remembering your readers as well as Lynch Creek Farm!!

  4. Lynne
    December 2, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Your porch inspires me! I’ve got my outside decorated and my banister. Lots of poinsettias to add too! Tackling the rest of the house and the tree next!

  5. Ruth Miller
    December 2, 2019 at 6:26 am

    I am sitting here smiling at each picture that came up. The plaid wellies? Oh my, they just “speak” to me. You do an amazing job with your decorating. I am decorating Christmas Light here in Florida meaning I only have half of the decorations out. However, when I get to NY for Christmas it will be all out decorating to the rafters. The first time in 10 years our family of 4 kids and 6 grands will be celebrating there.
    Thank you for including me in the drawing. (My Christmas card has a red truck on it)

    • Sandra Barnhart
      December 2, 2019 at 8:58 am

      Half way thru decorating have to do the porch and put up tree. Love all the pictures of the pups in their truck sweaters so cute!

  6. December 2, 2019 at 6:26 am

    I still need to put away my fall decorations, but the boxes are ready to be filled and my Christmas decorations are pretty organized, so it won’t take much to transition to Christmas. We really love the smell of fresh cut trees but we have given in to the convenience of an artificial tree! My husband likes to get a couple of fresh wreaths to help give that “ole time Christmas smell” in the house. So glad to see Lola and Sophie helping out!

    • Joan
      December 3, 2019 at 11:49 pm

      Finishing my Christmas decorating this week! Love your adorable puppies in their Christmas sweaters! The red truck centerpiece warms my heart ❤️Have a wonderful Christmas!

  7. Tardevil
    December 2, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Your home is beautiful, as always. My trees are up but I still need to decorate the dining room. Love the cute sweaters on your babies!

  8. December 2, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Mary, I’m grinning from ear to ear and filled with the Christmas spirit this morning. I always love when you share your furbabies and oh those sweaters, so adorable! I ready for a red pick up truck Christmas now! Thank you for the chance to win and Merry December! 🐾🐾🎄❤️

    • December 2, 2019 at 12:28 pm

      My house is looking very festive and is almost Holiday ready. I love the red truck centerpiece! Thanks for sharing! Have a blessed Christmas!

  9. Melanie
    December 2, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Hi
    I just love looking at your pictures! You have such a beautiful way of decorating. I am (for the first time) all done with my decorating! I usually start after Thanksgiving, but this year I have a new room to decorate (I am so excited about this room!) so I started earlier. We are right now in the middle of a snowstorm and we’ve already received about 18” of snow and it’s still snowing. I live in upstate NY. This centerpiece is absolutely beautiful and would look spectacular in my new room!
    Thank you for all of your inspiration and have a wonderful week!

  10. Diane
    December 2, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Your porch is the best. It should be in a magazine. I have no words for LOLA andSOPHIE. They are the cutest.
    I like the Maine Attraction centerpiece

  11. Claudia
    December 2, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Hi Mary, Our tree is up and the star topper is twinkling. The ornament chest has sat beside it for a week. But every flat surface in this house is covered with 60 years of collecting Santa, Snowmen, Angels, Village, and little trees. I think I’ll put some away. Just got so excited to have the kids coming again for Christmas dinner. Thanks for the chance to win the Lynch floral centerpiece for our table.

  12. Anita S Dixon
    December 2, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Every thing on your porch looks so pretty. I am fighting a cold and still trying to get the fall things put away. Hopefully will have things going by tomorrow and it will start looking like Christmas.

  13. Jennifer
    December 2, 2019 at 6:33 am

    A few finishing touches will complete our Christmas decorating. Excited for the season and all the fun and excitement it brings with it!

  14. Lynn Williams
    December 2, 2019 at 6:33 am

    For the past two days, the Christmas bomb has gone off in my house but very little Christmas decorating remains to be done. My Dogs woke me early this morning so I have had a few extra minutes to sit with my coffee and look at your decorations. As always they are an inspiration. The fresh centerpieces that you have highlighted add such a nice festive touch.

  15. Bonnie Morgan
    December 2, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Mary, your porch looks so festive! Lola and Sophie are adorable in their matching Chrismas-tree-in-a-truck sweaters! The Lynch Tree Farm Christmas vintage truck centerpiece is so pretty with the mixture of greens. Your description of the wonderful scents sounds heavenly.
    I had to chuckle with your questions about decorating. I think all would apply for me except the last one about sitting pretty because I was finished with decorating. I seem to get slower every year.

  16. Susan H Whetstine
    December 2, 2019 at 6:42 am

    We’re just about finished with the decorating. Everything is done except decorating the tree and cleaning up here on the main floor. The tree in the upstairs bedroom needs to be done but it’s small so it won’t take long, the tree and some decorations in the basement living room and bedroom need to be put out but that won’t take long either. After Tuesday we can relax and enjoy the season!!

  17. Emmie
    December 2, 2019 at 6:46 am

    I have completed my decorating! I am enjoying the tiny twinkling lights in the morning with my cup of tea and also in the evening! So relaxing to enjoy the lights with the soft sounds of carols in the background. Thank you for the giveway! How adorable are Lola and Sophie in their sweaters! Enjoy this glorious season!!!

  18. December 2, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Your porch is decorated beautifully!
    I haven’t even begun to decorate….but that’s par for the course for me!
    Merry Christmas!

  19. mary
    December 2, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Oh, I love all those trucks. I have almost finished hanging my outdoor roping but was stopped by darkness and rain. I find not finishing stressful, but am trying to get over myself. I used the rainy day to do my mantel and decorate my dining room tree.

  20. Tracy
    December 2, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Such a cute idea.. I always look forward to your posts.. my family visited Mistletoe Meadows Farm in Laurel Springs, NC Friday after Thanksgiving .. it was my 1st born grandson’s 6th birthday.. he request we go get our trees for his celebration.. what better way to get isn’t the Christmas Spirit.. I love the truck arrangement and I know the GrandJoys would as well.. thanks for offering the giveaway..

  21. Jane
    December 2, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Good morning!
    Your Christmas decor is just beautiful. Such wonderful ideas. Love it all.
    Thanks for sharing…..

  22. Elizabeth Soumaya
    December 2, 2019 at 6:57 am

    I love your decor. Especially fond of the plaid. I’ve always loved the smell of fresh evergreens. My decorating has been complete since November 30 as my Marine son is getting to come from Japan to visit for a few days (first time in 2 years since we’ve seen him) and we will be celebrating Christmas with him while he’s here so the house needed to be ready. Don’t think I’ve ever been done this early before. While I took care of the inside my sweet hubby made sure the outside was all taken care of. I absolutely love this time of year and it’s gonna be extra special this year. Thank you for sharing your lovely decorations with us!

    • December 2, 2019 at 7:01 am

      What a wonderful homecoming to look forward to Elizabeth! Thank you for your son’s service, Happy December and Merry Christmas❣️🇺🇸🎄

    • Barbara Bieber
      December 3, 2019 at 7:08 am

      I love your porch! It is so beautiful. I have finished my 4 day marathon of Christmas decorating.

  23. Diane Dubuc
    December 2, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Love the porch, especially those two little sweethearts!!

  24. December 2, 2019 at 7:14 am

    I’m almost finished. One more tree to decorate-7 are complete! Will finish up tomorrow and then sit back and enjoy! Thank you for sharing such awesome ideas and Merry Christmas to you and yours

  25. Linda L
    December 2, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Almost done! My daughter was here for Thanksgiving and she was a huge help. Seeing the dogs in those sweaters was a great start to my day.

  26. Nancy Edwards
    December 2, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Beautiful porch inspiration! Lola & Sophie’s sweaters are perfect. Only have the tree up so far – big Garden Club event coming up on Saturday so will finish after that.

  27. Kathy B.
    December 2, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Nada, but I will “git er going” in a day or so. I am beyond blessed to travel between two places…a blessing and a curse. I’m waaaaay too old to decorate two homes. Can barely even get one done! Thanksgiving decorations this year were a good example of the craziness. I hastily jerked down an absolute ton of Halloween decorations, threw up a bunch of turkeys and such, then left the next day to spend T-Day at our other home! But I just HAD to do it or I couldn’t have slept. Decorating madness at it’s finest. Ha! I hope the pilgrims and turkeys had a good Thanksgiving without me.

    Oh well, onward and upward. Christmas decorating awaits and I must go!!!

    • December 2, 2019 at 7:25 am

      I laughed out loud at your comment Kathy, I can relate to your “decorating madness”…not being able to sleep, too funny! 🎃🦃🎄

  28. December 2, 2019 at 7:20 am

    Your babes in truck toy land attire is adorable, I made an audible gaffaw when I noticed, PRECIOUS! I love red trucks at xmas, when we bought the beach house I thought our red truck looked out of place in the gray fog and watery blues, we traded it in for gray, now that we have a red barn I miss it constantly! Pretty sad when your car colors become part of your decore…. Adorable setting, I too have lots of red truck props, we are in the midst of two weeks of rain, I start my day saying farewell to pumpkins and turkeys and on to the next, I admire your strength in early decorations!

  29. Helen
    December 2, 2019 at 7:20 am

    I usually wait a few weeks, but thus is the 1st time in many years I brought out my holiday totes on Thanksgiving Weekend! I guess it was the snow yesterday that inspired me to start decorating. And the 1st thing I did was as to put up my wreath on the door…and so it begins hohoho!

  30. Courtney Cloe
    December 2, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Your centerpiece is beautiful! I am almost done with our decorating; but the thought of dragging down three more boxes of ornaments is seriously making me think about leaving my trees naked, lol.

  31. Cheryl Anderson
    December 2, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Your decorating is sublime and you certainly have an eye for taking pictures to share your talent with your followers. Thank you – I really enjoy your posts. This year I retired from a job in New England and moved to Florida. I used to go out my back door to collect various evergreens to decorate – not anymore. We bought an artificial tree because fresh ones are pretty rare in our area of Florida and I must say, it is pretty nice. I dragged out the bins of decorations and set up a work station in my dining room. I am half way done decorating. I hope to have everything in place today and will need to determine what to purchase to complete my design. Evergreens are at the top of the list!

  32. December 2, 2019 at 7:25 am

    OMG-I love that little truck centerpiece!!! I spent a very busy Thanksgiving weekend getting everything set-up, and I’m pleased to say, I ~think~ I’m all done:@) Thanks for the fun give-away Mary, Happy Holiday Season!

  33. Sue Ellen
    December 2, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Our big tree is done. A 3 day process for me (Including trips to the store for more lights) All white ornaments this year. Porch is draped with greenery but the rest of the indoor and outdoor decorating has yet to be done. So I’m at least half way finished if we don’t count cleaning up the mess that decorating brings.

    • December 2, 2019 at 7:29 am

      “Cleaning up the mess that decorating brings…” Amen Sue Ellen! 🎄

  34. Jean Kissane
    December 2, 2019 at 7:27 am

    The truck centerpiece would look great on my front porch. Love your dogs! I do not have a dog, but I keep dog biscuits on my porch.

  35. Robyn
    December 2, 2019 at 7:31 am

    I am slowly decorating. I am hosting a childhood friend weekend starting Friday so I have a deadline. Thank goodness or I think I’d still be decorating on Christmas Eve!
    I would love to add a centerpiece to my island for Christmas 🎄!

    • December 2, 2019 at 7:32 am

      Hi Robyn, I work best under pressure too!🎄

  36. SUSAN
    December 2, 2019 at 7:34 am

    I am finished!!! Not exactly sitting pretty though because my house isn’t clean. I’m kinda dragging around because it’ll just need it again before Christmas 😆. Beautiful post!

  37. Rita C.
    December 2, 2019 at 7:36 am

    How adorable, both your choice from Lynch Creek Farms and the pups in their coordinated sweaters! The porch looks great in its plaids and greens.
    I am finished with my decor, but not without a major workout at the storage unit, lifting and hauling a couple bins at a time. I’m still trying to purge some of Christmas stuff just to lighten my load!
    Thanks for the chance with your partnershio with Lynch Creek, Mary.

  38. Patti Teska
    December 2, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Haven’t really started mine yet, still in Thanksgiving mode, but I did help decorate the Historical Society Museum. Does that count? I look at your porches, and I have porch envy. A we have is a small stoop.

  39. Ellen
    December 2, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Mary, those pups in their sweaters just took my breath away..they are so so cute!! Absolutely adorable!!! I almost forgot to enter….I’m all finished but certainly not relaxing…I had to finish early to help a friend, who is ill, with her decor!!! I miss a real tree but I don’t miss the mess…but, before I leave this earth, I hope to have one more real Balsam tree like we had when I was a kid!! I love Lynch Creek pieces…your porch is just gorgeous and you are very lucky to be able to enjoy it longer!!! GOOD LUCK to all and HAPPY DECORATING!! Love this season!! 🎄❤️

  40. Cynthia Randall
    December 2, 2019 at 7:52 am

    I always enjoy seeing the puppies. Your decorating always inspires me. Thank you for sharing.

  41. Karen reichart
    December 2, 2019 at 7:56 am

    I am 95% done. But still have shopping and wrapping!

  42. Kathy
    December 2, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Just about finished putting away my,fall decor,have our tree set up ready to be decorated and we brought the bins down from our loft in the barn. Some outdoor is done but front porch awaits. Too rainy here for last few days but sun is out today. My new philosophy is to relax,have fun and know it will all get done! It always does.

  43. Sandra Lee
    December 2, 2019 at 7:58 am

    I love your creative designs. I had to check out Lynch Creek Farms website, cute stuff.

  44. December 2, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Oh those precious pups!! Too adorable in their sweaters. I am almost done decorating, just have a few details to attend to before a buffet pot luck lunch on Wednesday, after that a tablescape and I’m done.

  45. December 2, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Outdoor pots and lights done, tree inside done just last night, The rest of the decor should be done in a couple days.
    Sweet porch, love the galvanized buckets and the truck and the boots.

  46. MrsSW
    December 2, 2019 at 8:03 am

    “Looking to the heavens for help with Christmas lights that won’t work on your $$ three-year-old tree?” perfectly describes where we are in the decorating process. Of course bins of decorations are spread all over the living room and dining room floors.
    Great give-away! :)
    Sheila

  47. Linda Kerlin
    December 2, 2019 at 8:04 am

    These arrangements are lively. How far am I in decorating an 18th century log cabin. Well done in the inside…..but the porch area is still in need of some attention……merry Yuletide to each of Thee.

  48. Peggy Thal
    December 2, 2019 at 8:06 am

    You always have such a gorgeous blog. Adore your beautiful babies too. Christmas is just such a wonderful time to decorate and enjoy everything with family and friends. Wishing you and yours everything beautiful. ❤️🎄❤️

  49. Marcia Mitchell
    December 2, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Everything inside and outside is decorated except the tree! We get a fresh cut tree and we haven’t gotten it yet. Hope to get it sometime this week.

  50. Ann Woleben
    December 2, 2019 at 8:14 am

    I am midway into decorating for Christmas, taking time to give careful thought to having a touch of Christmas in every room without going overboard. Your arrangement reminds me of years ago when our son would go with us to a tree farm to find the “perfect” tree. Some were just too beautiful to cut.

  51. Sara Ross
    December 2, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Love your porch decor and those dogs are precious! Love your red truck with the lynch creek farms arrangement! I am about 90% through decorating. Getting older just makes it harder each year and our house Is for sale. Would love to win the truck arrangement to make my house smell like Christmas!

  52. December 2, 2019 at 8:29 am

    What a beautiful blog you have! Oh, it was a real joy to visit with you today! Thank you for the chance to win such a lovely giveaway! We are all finished with our Christmas decorating at our house. We started early, as we could wait no longer! We are minimalists, so we have scaled WAY back from what we used to do. But, it definitely is enough to make it begin to look a lot like Christmas in our household! Our nativity scene is out, our tree is up and decorated, a few Christmas lights on our front outdoor railing, a Christmas wreath on our front door, a few other little reminders here and there, and we are done! Merry Christmas to you and yours and many blessings!

  53. Chris Ott
    December 2, 2019 at 8:30 am

    I Justed Started puting up my Christmas Decorations in my room And Went Shopping for some Christmas Gifts We put up Some Lights on our Deck and Front Fence of our House me and mom is going to A Christmas Party At Sew Chatty Gals. That TableArrangement I Whanted to get my mom for our Tabletop And we get Wreath for my Two Cousin And my brothers Grilfriend and A tabletop Arrangement for my Aunt Eileen & Uncle Mike . Have A nice Christmas Holiday with Family. Give my love to the dogs. Love them, so cute!

  54. Debbie Holman
    December 2, 2019 at 8:33 am

    I am in the mist of moving and can’t wat to get started!

  55. December 2, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Here in upstate NY, we woke up to 12 plus inches of snow! It is beautiful. My fur baby Rosie is not happy and retreated right back to bed after checking it out this morning! I’m decorating my tree today. I put my Dickens village up yesterday. I’m just getting started. Love your photos and look forward to your posts.

  56. Peggy Ott (mOm)
    December 2, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Hello Mary! GREAT Giveaway! They are a wonderful company to work with and their stuff is amazing! So recall, last year I was lucky enough to win the Wreath you gave away. My friend had just lost her husband and she was alone with no children and only a brother to help her along. That wreath made her holidays and it was beautiful. She had it on her back enclosed patio on a pretty wicker glass table with a timed candle. During the evening hours, with her other lights that her husband had just put up the day before he passed, the light in the candle, that beautiful wreath, warmed her heart. I was so delighted to be so lucky to win that for her. Again, Thank you for that great giveaway.
    My daughter and I ordered wreaths from there this year for our family members. Each one has received their gift and all of them LOVE it! They all have said “Best gift ever!”

    Decorating…oh my! That has to happen doesn’t it?? Well, luckily enough, we got our outside decorating done and now when the snow is blowing we can enjoy doing the inside. That will start this week. Age has changed the decorating process year after year, with less and less. Thankfully, I have my daughter who gives me a hand and we make it a good time together. We do a small bit here and there over the holiday season, helps to enjoy the process.

    To all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!

    Peggy

  57. Della
    December 2, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Mary ,I just love your porch and how lucky are you to be able to use it 10 months of the year. That centerpiece is perfect on your porch. Your little fur babies are so cute in those adorable sweaters. May you be blessed this holiday season and thanks for sharing your lovely decorated porch.

  58. December 2, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Done! Exhausted, but done!

  59. Donna
    December 2, 2019 at 8:50 am

    I have a wreath on the front door and replaced the mums in the planters with fresh pine and fir branches, berries, etc. So far thats all! Kind of overwhelmed thinking about getting all the boxes out to start on the tree.

  60. Cheryl
    December 2, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Your porch looks lovely! I, myself, have just gotten started! But I am enjoying every minute of it!

  61. Gloria Richards
    December 2, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Needless to say, I’m just getting started. Trying to recover from a busy Thanksgiving, I needed a few days to breathe and get ready for the bringing down the mass of totes and boxes. As always, I made a promise to thin out my stash but just haven’t had the heart to eliminate so many of my favorite things.
    Have a great Christmas and Holiday Season. Now, as for me, onward with decking the halls and any other part of the house that gets in the way.

  62. Linda Goodyear
    December 2, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Good morning Mary, your decorations are beautiful! Hope to get my tree this weekend, and decorate it, I will be Done! Thank You! Merry Christmas!

  63. Barbara J Heins
    December 2, 2019 at 9:00 am

    It’s all in my head do far..hope to start this week. Love your blog

  64. Bet Stephens
    December 2, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Finished decorating my Brother set my tree up it had been left decorated and wrapped as I
    Am no longer physically able to do.I love Christmas and the lights and glitter.The warmth they
    Make you feel so cozy. Love the blog and those precious dogs

  65. Granny Gay:)
    December 2, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Have not yet begun to decorate, but I have checked the whereabouts of the containers holding those precious ornaments and decorations….will get busy today…after all, it is only 31/2 weeks away from the Big Day! Your puppies look precious in those sweaters! Beautiful ideas via this blog. Guess I’ll go to the local nursery soon to pick up some free greens that have been cut from trees sold…bring them home and “marinate” them in some potion I’ll find on the internet to make them last for awhile before I decorate with them… Have a blessed Christmas season, and many many thanks for the inspirations you share..

  66. Michele Klein
    December 2, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Love love love all your posts! Christmas and Halloween are my very favorite holidays! Your puppies are perfect with their truck sweaters! So inspiring and a great way to wake up!

  67. December 2, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Mary, the girls are too adorable in their tree in a truck sweaters. As soon as I saw this centerpiece, I knew it had your name on it. Your porch is so inviting all dressed in a big hug and Christmas welcome! The theme is so beautifully presented, it just brings smiles and a feeling of wonder! It is always a pleasure to share Monday Morning Blooms with you! May this be a season of joy ❤️🎄❤️

  68. Annette Kelley
    December 2, 2019 at 9:09 am

    I’m so inspired by your red truck decor. I’m in the process of making a red truck quilt. Now I’m anxious to finish it and look for more red pickups. You have such a gift! Merry Christmas

  69. Cindy Moore
    December 2, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Good morning! I am still at my son’s in the cold Pacific Northwest. Seattle. So will have decorating to do once I am home in Atlanta. Thanks for sharing with your readers! You always do such a nice job and inspire many.

  70. Susan B
    December 2, 2019 at 9:15 am

    For the first time ever, we put up our big tree BEFORE Thanksgiving because the holiday was late this year. Surprisingly, we enjoyed having the room decorated for Christmas. Yesterday I decorated the 2nd Christmas (real) tree in the family room. It’s fresh pine fragrance filled the room and it’s so beautiful. The rest of the house is almost done now. I do enjoy every minute of it, even though it’s exhausting! Mary, your porch is so inviting. Living in NJ does not allow us any outdoor living at Christmas, so we make the most of sitting by the fireplace and enjoying all the pretty lights and decorations.

  71. Connie Chandler
    December 2, 2019 at 9:16 am

    I’m done! Or so I think until I see wonderful blogs like yours that inspire me to do something else. Love all the ideas I get from you. Merry Christmas!

  72. Sheran
    December 2, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Almost done – 🙁Monday – I have to go back to work! 🎄is done, fun to decorate an watch the parade and football 🏈!
    Picture tree is next, that takes time as I always get stuck traveling down memory lane.
    Your girls make the porch! Enjoy, and thank you for your blog. I always look forward to seeing what is new in your part of the USA🇺🇸!

  73. December 2, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Taking down my Fall/Thanksgiving today. Starting on Christmas decorating tomorrow.

  74. Linda Haigler
    December 2, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Your porch décor is so festive and your fur babies are darling in their sweaters! I’ve just started decorating…Have tree up and a couple of wreaths so far. Plan on making a large one for the door with greenery from my yard, It brings back precious memories of going with my mother to cut down our Christmas tree, which was just a simple cedar tree from nearby. I never knew anything of a bought live tree till I was out on my own! We also collected holly, running cedar and nandina berries for decorating the mantle and tables. Have a blessed Christmas with your loved ones and make new memories!

  75. Deborah
    December 2, 2019 at 9:32 am

    You are always so inspiring! We are about 75% decorated and need to work on a few more spaces. Yesterday was the big day to turn on the Christmas tree – love all that twinkling. Really like those plaid wellies too!! Merry Christmas!

  76. December 2, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Omg!!!!! Look at the babies sweaters!!!!!! Oh how I wish I could hug and play with them!!!
    I have NOT been able to decorate yet 😳😳😳😳…hoping to do most of it today!
    LOVE Lynch Farms greens. A lot!!!!

  77. Ann
    December 2, 2019 at 9:36 am

    I love red trucks and would enjoy the one from Lynch Tree Farm. Can’t wait to look at their website.
    I have not begun yet but have cleared all the fall from outside and will begin this week. Love your cute porch ideas and the dogs in their sweaters!

  78. December 2, 2019 at 9:37 am

    E V E R Y T I M E … you hit the Ball out of the Ballpark! Another GRANDSLAM!
    Your Christmas porch is beautiful but with Lola and Sophie… it’s Spectacular! Love, love! 🐾❤️🐾💚

    As for me… we travel between two houses and let’s just say… one is decorated for Christmas! However… Here at the LakeHouse… a swag of lights and evergreen made it up on the mantel. That was it! But that’s okay… we visited our beloved family and friends.

    We will return to our Arizona Home soon and it’s all decorated except for a few accents from the Attic… which may not make it out as Guests are arriving as soon as we get back. It’s all good… Family Fellowship is what it’s all about!

    Love your porch! Hugs to Lola and Sophie and well wishes to you and yours for December!

  79. Mary Stevens
    December 2, 2019 at 9:42 am

    I’ve only got one more thing to bring in for my inland and I’m done! I start early because it takes me awhile to get it done! I have been wanting a little red truck for awhile now Love love love them!

  80. Terri Santiago
    December 2, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Merry Christmas
    Iam getting it up slowly.
    My husband is recovering from major jaw surgery.
    It is just him and I and our dog Fiona.
    So between taking care of husband and setting Christmas up, I will do what I can to add a festive touch.
    Would love to win the truck with greenery.

  81. Doris Nollman
    December 2, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Finished indoors this past Saturday. Still need “small smatherings” here and there, but the bulk of decorating is done. Never do I decorate before Thanksgiving until this year. Had to organize my time as I’m hosting my high school gal pals for our annual cookie exchange get together. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  82. Carole Klopschinski
    December 2, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Love your front porch!! Today is the day for my house. I spent the weekend decorating our church and then my 93 yr old mother in laws apartment. So…Christmas comes to me today!!

  83. Annette W.
    December 2, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Your decorating always inspires me for every season. The pups are precious in their sweaters and your porch is so pretty. Almost finished with my decorating.

  84. Clara
    December 2, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Mary, I love the truck theme! Your porch is so festive. Lola & Sophie look so cute in their sweaters. The truck filled with greenery is so cute! I have just begun decorating. The dining room is sporting a new Ralph Lauren Paisley (green, red & ivory) tablecloth from HomeGoods (saw your red, white & blue one & really wanted one) along with new holiday dishware pieces. I bought a couple unique Santa’s & a trio of snowmen yesterday so they are gracing the dining area. Now off to the attic to begin emptying tubs after work! Have a great week Mary! Clara ♥️

  85. Janet
    December 2, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Love your porch! And the pooches too!!
    Running a bit behind with the decorating this year, so just getting started.

  86. Vicki
    December 2, 2019 at 9:53 am

    The tree is up…Hope to get it decorated this week ! Love the sweaters even tho I don’t have a dog.We have a beautiful 16 pound Flame Rag doll Cat.

  87. Jan Connell
    December 2, 2019 at 9:53 am

    I love these arrangements. But the Red Truck is me.

  88. Jan Fusco
    December 2, 2019 at 9:58 am

    I’m just starting today. I’ve got to get busy.

  89. Jo-Ann
    December 2, 2019 at 10:01 am

    A picture-perfect holiday inspirational porch with your sweet pups!~ I loved seeing all! Thank you.
    Haven’t started decorating, but did purchase Led house lights to make the switch from our old lights.~ a beginning.

  90. Terri SantaColoma
    December 2, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Halfway done with the porch.

  91. Laura Laskey
    December 2, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Thank you for the giveaway! I love the Christmas Vintage Truck centerpiece!

  92. Carolyn K.
    December 2, 2019 at 10:13 am

    I have always loved decorating for any season or event, but, Mary, you always amaze me with your flair. Once again I am in awe of your talents. Three years ago I fell in love with little red trucks as part of my Christmas decor; so today’s blog was an all time winner. I am 77 years old ( keeping house with my hubby for 57 years) so decorating for 2 houses is especially challenging. I completely turned 1 into a wonderland; but sadly my body is telling me “no more”. Today I really need to return all fall decor to the many totes that house it. If that is accomplished I’m sure the emptiness will inspire me to carry on soon.
    Happy holidays to you and yours.
    Carolyn K.

  93. Debbie Shumaker
    December 2, 2019 at 10:21 am

    I have bits and pieces of my Christmas decor up. We had family visiting for a week and they just left today. Today will be the start of the rest of the decor. Merry Christmas!

  94. Kelly Hawkins
    December 2, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Done with Tree and will get started on rest of house and porch/yard this week. I normally wait until the weekend after Thanksgiving ( I like to keep up my fall decor for Thanksgiving day and weekend) to get started but decided to get a head start this year since grandbaby and mom are temporarily living with us while dad is away.

  95. Cyndi Raines
    December 2, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Ho ho ho , what darling sweaters for the precious fur-babies!! I wish I could love on them! ♥️♥️🐾🐾. Your porch is perfect and I’m happy to say ours is lighted, swagged and wreathed with lights on the picket fence which leads out to the garage and it has lights across it as well. But the house, …well, hopefully I will start taking down Thanksgiving today. Hard to put away my Tom Plate (Thank you Mary), but need to get started. Saturday was decorating our church sanctuary and so now it’s time to start on my house. The little red truck is darling and reminds me of my grandpa’s, but his was even an older model. Thanks for a beautiful start to a decorating day. Hugs to the pups.♥️🎄

  96. Suzy
    December 2, 2019 at 10:37 am

    I am just beginning. I had my carpet cleaned this past Saturday and needed to wait for it to dry to begin. I love your front porch theme. You always have the best ideas.

  97. December 2, 2019 at 10:37 am

    I LOVE this! The girls are the cutest in their red truck sweaters! As for your question: I am done! It is a new tradition here now that our son comes up for Colleens bday on 11/20 so I get it all done by then since he isn’t here for Christmas. It feels so good especially since Thanksgiving was so late this year. Wishing you a joyous holiday season, Mary!!!!

  98. Denise
    December 2, 2019 at 10:40 am

    I am just getting started! The house is a mess…full of Christmas bins. It usually takes a few days to finish the inside but I’m determined. We are dedicating this Christmas to Penny and Stella, our two family dogs that left us this year. Their stockings will be hung “by the chimney with care”. Thank you for your many inspirational posts. Merry Christmas!

  99. Sandi Allen
    December 2, 2019 at 10:41 am

    I have just started decorating. So not to far along with it.
    Your decorating is Beautiful as always. I’m loving red trucks & the buffalo plaid this year.
    Loving your pups! So adorable in those sweaters ❤

  100. Linda
    December 2, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Such a happy porch and the furbabies add the special touch, I am just starting and getting such good ideas

  101. Linda Mittleider
    December 2, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Still working on my decorations here in my winter home in Arizona. I was excited to see the beautiful greenery from HOME..Washington. I miss that here. Love your porch in another place close to my heart..North Carolina, especially Mount Airy, the home of my father’s family.

  102. BonnieBee
    December 2, 2019 at 10:57 am

    I was in AWE of your porch decor.. until Lola & Sophie hopped into the pictures.. then my heart just melted… so adorable in their holiday sweaters .. they stole the show… :-) I have been scanning the Lynch Creek Farm’s web page for a week.. too hard to decide which of their fabulous Christmas pieces to order.. wising you and your family a fabulous Christmas

  103. December 2, 2019 at 10:58 am

    I love Lola and Sophie’s sweaters , they look so cosy, and the tartan wellies! Beautiful post.

  104. Jill Miglin
    December 2, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Absolutely love the pups in their matching Christmas themed sweaters. I’m pretty much done with Christmas shopping but just starting with the decorating. Waiting for friends to pick up a huge piece of furniture, that’s taking up a good portion of my living room, so I can get my brand new flocked artificial tree up. We had started our outside decorating this past weekend but got hit with a snow storm (that’s still going on) and currently have over 18″ of snow on the ground.

  105. frenchgardenhouse
    December 2, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Mary, your porch is filled with the holiday spirit! What a cheerful welcome, especially with Lola and Sophie wearing their truck sweaters. {I couldn’t get Bentley to wear a sweater if I tried! He already fusses to the max when he’s wearing a “scarf.”} You always inspire me, dear friend, and your post is such a happy way to begin the day.

    I’m still decorating, we had Thanksgiving here this year and I just didn’t have room for a tree since the weather was stormy and wet. But the elves and I {read=I, myself, and me} are getting it done. It’s such a joy to meet on our Monday Morning Blooms, friend. xoxo Lidy

  106. December 2, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Well, it looks more like Christmas outside than inside here at our house! We got 10” of snow yesterday and more to come today. There is a wreath on the door and some candle, wreath, lantern planters, but not much happening indoors, as we leave tomorrow for the German Christmas Markets! Seemed like a good ideas last year when we planned this trip, but now…not so much! Will be a simpler holiday when we get home—which isn’t all bad either. We never put up our tree until about the week before Christmas, and leave it up till Epiphany, Jan 6th. Love the truck centerpiece! Delightful! Merry Christmas to all!!

  107. Cheryl King
    December 2, 2019 at 11:14 am

    I’m almost there, only the tree left to decorate. Then the baking begins….
    Merry Christmas, Mary!

  108. Anne
    December 2, 2019 at 11:25 am

    I’m finished decorating my house. My next project is to decorate my tree.

  109. Julie Bishop Hogan
    December 2, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I look forward to reading all your blogs and seeing your pictures. You have a wonderful gifted talent. I like getting ideas from you for all the holidays. I love to decorate for Christmas and can always find a spot for another decoration. Thank you for always brightening my day!

  110. December 2, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Just beginning…I have only put the “candles” in the windows so far. A wreath from my favorite local nursery will be added this week. I love your greenery & plaid; my favorite decorating…fresh & aromatic! The red truck is so pretty & nostalgic! Merry Christmas and thank you for your beautiful posts!

  111. Joanne Ward
    December 2, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Oh my, you have definitely inspired me. I just finished putting away my fall decor and cleaning the house, so now I’m ready to start bringing the totes out with Christmas decorations. I like to start with the outside first, so can’t wait to use some of your ideas today.

  112. Martha Franks
    December 2, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Just getting started! I always wait until after Thanksgiving to start. Love the truck! All of the trucks on your porch! And the babies are adorable in their little sweaters!

  113. Donna Milazzo
    December 2, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Sadly, we won’t be decorating this year. Our home is in the midst of a catastrophic remediation and we will be spending Christmas week in a VRBO with our kids. We do hope to put up a small tree t the rental with them. One of the few things keeping me sane is all the beautiful decorations I enjoy in blog-land and looking forward to decorating next year when this will be behind us. Your front porch is always one of my faves.

  114. Susie
    December 2, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Hi Mary; Trying to get up the enthusiasm to finish decorating here! Seems like the weight of the world is on us this year, so I’m heading to Merrifield Gardens to get some Christmas spirit. It’s impossible to not be happy when surrounded by all that beauty. Thanks, Mary, for all your wonderful ideas.

  115. Jean
    December 2, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Everything is decorated for Christmas and my theme this year is red trucks and buffalo plaid. 80% of my shopping is completed too! Next thing to do is bake cookies. You inspire me with everything you do and thank you for sharing all the wonderful details of how you do it!

  116. bamacarol
    December 2, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Just getting started here in central Alabama. Hard to get into the spirit when temps are in the 70s but it has cooled off some today so it is time to get going!

  117. Sheryl R
    December 2, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Having spent Thanksgiving week in the mountains of Tennessee, I haven’t started my Christmas decorating yet! We loved our trip but it has put me behind in my decorating. Hope to begin the process tomorrow. I do, however, have my Christmas wreath on the front door – does that count as beginning the process???

  118. Lou Ann Potito
    December 2, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Starting today UN-FALL-I-FYING. My daughter and family have headed back to Florida from here in the mountains in beautiful Blue Ridge Ga. We were very fortunate the weather held up for us to actually have our Thanksgiving dinner OUTSIDE in our pavilion down by the water. The outdoor fireplace kept us warm enough. I’ve been dreaming we could have our dinner out there, and it actually happened. 😁Then it got too cold, so headed inside for desserts. Now a few snow flurries, but no accumulation. We had a candy cane scavenger hunt for my 4 yr old grandson! He had a great time finding all 60! They were hanging all around the woods on trees and lower branches! He filled up his turkey basket and the start of him waiting anxiously for Christmas began! Hope everyone has a blessed Christmas season. Now I’d better get started putting away Fall, so Christmas can appear….also looks like the deer are eying all the corn and pumpkins!

  119. Denise R
    December 2, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    I have not started decorating for Christmas yet. I just put away the Thanksgiving tablecloths! All of Lynch Creek items are lovely! Winning would be a grear way to start Christmas decorating our home.

  120. Grace
    December 2, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    I have not started decorating yet. Too much going on this past weekend! The truck cenerpiece reminds me of our old 1948 pickup. It was dark green. We kids had so much fun hauling hay to the livestock and taking lunch to Dad in the fields with it. My uncle could have used it to bring us a Christmas tree from the woods of northern Michigan; I was too little to remember. For many years, we used it for hay rides where we sat on straw bales with the dog! We were sad when that little truck was sold as it held so many wonderful memories for my brother, cousins and me!
    Always enjoy your posts and your little fur babies.

  121. December 2, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Mary, you have such style, and those wellies are adorable. Having hosted Thanksgiving (and with it being so late this year), I am doing quite well. I have my hutch decorated, table set up for photographing, and the great room tree is up and decorated with all of my mother’s ornaments. Lots of emotion here because this is my first Christmas without both of my parents.

  122. Debbie Joens
    December 2, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Haven’t started my Christmas decorating yet after hosting Thanksgiving and then heading to Georgia to spend the remainder of the weekend with my 97 year old Aunt. The trip is short but it’s worth it – she is my treasure and in fact still delivers Meals on Wheels!! I’m behind now so I better get those pumpkins put away and the snowmen brought out. Your blog always inspires me to get going! We will have Christmas at my daughters as she has a new baby. I know she’d Love the red truck centerpiece – she already has a few in her decor. Thanks Mary for your generosity! I love Lynch Creek Farms. I sent a wreath to my Aunt last year and she said it was beautiful. Your porch is always warm and inviting. Merry Christmas!

  123. dlatany
    December 2, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    I pulled everything down from the attic yesterday and still trying to find pieces of the tree, so at the very beginning.

  124. Betty
    December 2, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    I truly fell in love with your porch…it’s so inviting! I have completed my decorating including my new sunroom which transformed into a “White Christmas”. A movie poster, skis, sled, ice skates and a couple of small pine trees soon were in place. Now it’s time for some hot cocoa and maybe movie time. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  125. Dana
    December 2, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Based on your recommendation last year, I purchased a centerpiece. I couldn’t have been more thrilled with my purchase. They are a wonderful company and have beautiful things. Though your pictures are beautiful, the smell and freshness of their things is amazing. My arrangement lasted 6 weeks, and I am super fussy. I will be ordering again this year!

  126. December 2, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Well, thank you very much! (ha!) I thought I had finished my decorating until I see your blog post today! I save your posts to read when I can take a few minutes to enjoy as I know YOURS is always right down my alley. You are always so inspiring and since we really DO have a RED TRUCK, I have lots more to decorate now. The porch is a welcome to all our guests, and we southerners always love our porches…but yours is over the top! The two precious babies with their sweaters on just melts my heart. As always your never disappoint with your posts…oh my, you raise the bar high!!
    blessings to you and yours for a wonderful spirit filled Christmas.
    Kindness, blessings & warm hugs,
    Alda

  127. Maree Sperle
    December 2, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Your photos are the best ever! My favorite centerpiece is the Home Sweet Home centerpiece. Stunning!

  128. December 2, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Oh WOW!. Love the Christmas tree truck – I NEED IT! Hope I win. I’m almost through decorating for the Holidays, BUT could always find a place for that cute truck.

  129. Gail Gibson
    December 2, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Are you kidding?! I haven’t even started. It’s been sooooo cold and rainy here in California– I haven’t wanted to even go outside to get the decorations. By the way, not only do I love your blog but your two furry friends as well. I’m mad for their sweaters!

  130. Vicky
    December 2, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Help!!! Oh my goodness I’m so far behind!! We went to Colorado to help our son celebrate a “big” birthday before Thanksgiving and returned yesterday. It’s panic time!!! So much to do and so little time to get it done!!

  131. December 2, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Oh Mary, you have really outdone yourself this time!! OMG that photo of the sweater backs sniffing the truck is toooooo cute! I LOVE all the clever touches and it’s all so adorable! My house is still in the transitional phase, the holiday depends on which room you’re in 😂 I hope to be sitting Christmas pretty by the weekend! What a fabulous giveaway you girls are giving, so glad Shirley is back ❤️🎄🐾🐾
    Jenna

  132. Norma Wagner
    December 2, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I just love your front porch and especially your potting shed.. I have gotten so many ideas from your posts ,I’m finished with my decorating inside and out. I’m baking cookies today. Your fur babies look so cute in their little sweaters. You are such an inspiration to so many of us that follow your blog. Where do you find all your wellies?.

    • December 2, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      Thank you Norma! I’m still sorting bins and boxes over here, so I envy your baking in the kitchen today. You can find any design of wellie /rainboot in all prices ranges on Amazon or at Zappos.🎄

  133. Ali Celestino
    December 2, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    I’m getting there hung the stockings and the wreath on the door today. Work in progress but it will be done soon!

  134. Eloise Fitzsimmons
    December 2, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    I’ve got the outside done, with lots of help from a daughter. What a nice giveaway !

  135. Sandra Brown
    December 2, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    I have a tree up with no decor! Thanksgiving and Christmas are colliding at my house! My house is not big enough for 2 holidays! Im not finished with fall nor ready for Christmas so i NEED to win a prize so i’ll at least have 2 decorations!!😂😂😂😂. Love everything you do Mary!

  136. Colleen
    December 2, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Done. Done. Done. Decorated in one day….a 12 hour marathon day after Thanksgiving. So worth it. We are enjoying the season now. So appreciate your blog..and LOVE your fur-babies.

  137. Kathleen
    December 2, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    It’s raining and I don’t feel like decorating outside so I am enjoying yours. Your decorations inspire me! Love the truck giveaway and love the truck sweaters for Lola and Sophie.

  138. Donna
    December 2, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Trying to finish up so I can start activities with grandkids. We do lots of crafts and baking. The porch is so cute and cozy. You are so talented. Love the red trucks. I have a couple of rooms with that decor. Would love to win! Anxious to see your dining room decor. Need some ideas for that. Your dogs are precious. Makes me want a dog!

  139. Marilyn
    December 2, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Just putting up the tree in the bedroom.
    Marilyn

  140. Marion
    December 2, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    We will go and purchase our big tree for the parlor tomorrow or Wednesday.
    Marion

  141. Joan
    December 2, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Right now I am taking out the Fall dinnerware and placing the Christmas ones in. Later I will take out the tableclothes,pot holders,aprons and towels and display them.
    Joan
    j

  142. Sharon Johnson Elsberry
    December 2, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Wow…I Love your decorating!! I have not started due to a back injury while pruning a tree just before Thanksgiving. Praying daily that I can get to my attic tomorrow. Thank you for sharing your many talents…so inspiring!

  143. Gina Buffum
    December 2, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    I’m halfway there.
    I gifted my family my village. I feel so good hearing my 13 year old granddaughter enjoyed setting it up. Christmas is meant to be shared.

    GinaBuffum@aol.com

  144. December 2, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    I haven’t started yet as my decorating means downsizing all that I have to what will fit in our new cottage, downsizing isn’t for sissies!

  145. Donna Cheek
    December 2, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    I love your porch decorations for Christmas. I am very happy to say that mine were done two weeks ago. I wanted a lot of time to enjoy them. I also love your dogs. What kind are they, and do they shed? Thank you for this opportunity.

  146. Polly
    December 2, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    I am just getting started – but oh how I did decorate for Thanksgiving! I hated to throw away all my pretty pumpkins! The older I get the slower I pull out and decorate at Christmas – but those of us who decorate are really celebrating life, aren’t we? I feel sorry for anyone who doesn’t feel compelled to decorate and celebrate this blessed season! I love the little red trucks as well as the precious puppies!

  147. Raylene DeSanto
    December 2, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Today I am just putting all my fall decorations away and getting all my Christmas and winter decorations out of storage.

    I love, love, love all your seasonal decorations and look forward to seeing what new duds the dogs are sporting! Where did you find those adorable sweaters? My 3 Poms and 2 Yorkies would look adorbs un them, especially for their annual Santa photos.

    Such beautiful fresh green arrangements! I need to check out their sites.

  148. Kitty
    December 2, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Your porch looks so festive, Mary, and Lola and Sophie in their darling sweaters, are the cutest decorations of all! I’m done with my decorating, but am always tweaking something or other. Happy December!! ❤️🎄❤️

  149. Martha
    December 2, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    I got out my five stuffed Christmas bears. Phew, I’m bushed! Read a few ideas on Christmas cookies. That really made me tired. Thought about how much time I have left to do everything and it seemed like a long way off so I put my feet up and relaxed after all this. The holidays are so taxing. If only I had a cute centerpiece I could call my decorating complete. Have a safe and happy holiday.

  150. Linda
    December 2, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    IAM almost finished…..I have presents wrapped and just a little more shopping left

  151. Lynn Sheehan
    December 2, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    The pictures are beautiful as always. We, too, are blessed to be recently living on a lake. Hopefully, I can put a few fresh Christmas decorations around on the front porch. Yours are always so pretty. Very nice of Lynch Creek to offer such a nice giveaway!

  152. Franki Parde
    December 2, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    WE HAVE BEGUN!! 9ft tree this year with 950 lights just installed…had 1,000 but 50 went out…my “light house” fixer quit…so we have 950 lights. It’s in the middle of the floor and the reflections EVERYWHERE is a mini fantasy land!! Lots of trips to my “she shed” for lots more….franki

  153. December 2, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Your porch decor is great! The vintage truck centerpiece was one of my favorites. There is something so special about those trucks and bringing home the Christmas tree even though we never had a truck.😀
    I am in the beginning stages of decorating. We put our tree up on Thanksgiving and the grandkids and my daughters use to decorate it. But this year for the first time our grandchildren who are all adults now had other obligations with significant others. So this old Granny is having to go a lot slower than I would like. But I’ll get it done. I leave it up a good while after Christmas because I love it all s much.

  154. December 2, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Mary – As ever, you never fail to inspire…That Tree in a Truck centerpiece would feel right at home
    in our home …. We will bid fond farewell to our final Thanksgiving guest on Wednesday and then on to storing Autumn décor and opening the bins to Christmas. Excitement galore.. short recovery
    time in between holidays this year. Inclement weather postponed exterior decorating until tomorrow.
    Best laid plans etc. Will garland the mantels in the interior, decorate the dining room table and side board, and place classic tree in the entry hall across from the table holding the Nativity set. I called
    it “simplifying” this year ..lol. But you have my creative juices running and I must find that darling
    sweater for our little four-legged spoiled one. Your fir/red globe-filled wellies are ingenious and
    spark the imagination. Many thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas…..

  155. Raida
    December 2, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Just finished decorating today. Love your porch decorations and your doggies are so adorable!

    • LeAnn Harbert
      December 2, 2019 at 7:52 pm

      I’m almost done just waiting for my granddaughters to help me finish up.

  156. December 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    You came along with this post just when I needed it! I can’t put up Christmas decor until after Thanksgiving and since I decorate heavily for Fall it takes a full two days to take all that down. So finally got to my decorating on Sunday (1st) and now have after two days my tree up and all the decorations in the living room, I am NOT a minimalist and enjoy all my decorations saved for over 45 years! I am tired and your post really ignited my energy again. Tomorrow I am going to decorate the kitchen, bathrooms, office, hallway and sunroom! So very merry!!! Sure love that truck, living on a farm it is definately my country style!

  157. Donna
    December 2, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Got my tree out this weekend to find that many of the lights no longer worked. Went to Hobby Lobby today to buy replacements only to find their shelves empty of lights as well as many other shelves. It’s only Dec. 2!!! Will try Lowes tomorrow and hope to have the lights on by tomorrow night. Love your blog, it’s always so inspiring. I’ve used to many of your ideas and recipes. Sweet fur babies.

  158. David and Bette
    December 2, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Your porch is beautiful! I have finished my decorating for the moment. It seems that I change things around or find something new to add right up until Christmas. Hope you have a lovely Christmas season.

  159. Sue
    December 2, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    As much as I love your Christmas decorations on your porch, your “girls” won me over with their Christmas red pickup sweaters. So cute!!

  160. JANE K.
    December 2, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    I’ve enjoyed your wonderful tablescapes for years. So many wonderful ideas! My own decorating is well on its way. The boxes of ornaments and decor have come out of storage and I’m in the process of unpacking and reminiscing about Christmases past. I’ll have it all done in the next day or two so we can enjoy the seasonal beauty of it all. Thanks to you and the other lovely ladies and Lynch Creek Farm for the generous giveaway.

  161. Yvonne Pace
    December 2, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Yikes! Just starting. Haven’t cleared away Fall/Thanksgiving yet. Did get the pre-lit tree up Thanksgiving day.

  162. Emily
    December 2, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Your front porch looks great! I haven’t started decorating yet. I have some bah-humbug types at my house who always tell me it is too early!

  163. Peggy Parsons
    December 2, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Your porch decorations are so inspiring, you do an amazing job!!! We have some very different weather conditions in MI than you have in NC!! Thank you so much for sharing your talent and your adorable doggies, Love everything!!

  164. Sandy Sandberg
    December 2, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    I’m exhausted from hunting for garlands and dragging out boxes. So glad I put things where I knew where they were! Lol. I’m finished for now but know I’ll give in and do some more later this week. Love that truck centerpiece!

  165. Sherri Schulze
    December 2, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Not very far along. Haven’t planned to do much this year so I hope I win. :)

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing.

    Your porch is beautiful.

  166. Marsha
    December 2, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Main tree up and decorated! Kitchen mostly done. Finishing living room, dining room, guest bath, basement and outdoors this week! Ho, ho, ho!

  167. Ann H
    December 2, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks Mary for a great giveaway.
    I’m feeling good about my decorating this year. Before going to our cabin in north Michigan for Thanksgiving I did all my vignettes around my house. So now I’m home and only have to put up two Christmas trees and outdoor decorations.

    Love the truck centerpiece it would go great with the rustic decor of my family room.

  168. Donna Norman
    December 2, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Just getting started. Love your porch and puppies. You are so creative!

  169. Linda L Hovgaard
    December 2, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    With the knowledge that there was not much time between Thanksgiving and Christmas I cheated this year. I bypassed Thanksgiving decorations even though I hosted the dinner and started on my Christmas decorating before then. Another reason for this is the last two weekends my husband and I planted 125 three foot arborvitae down our fence line after we removed the grass sod. What a project which took up many of my decorating days. So I’m going more minimal this year. I just finished putting up my first snow flocked artificial tree and I must say it is stunning! I still need to put the ornaments on and put out a few more decorations but I’m actually loving less and like the idea of switching things out year to year. Happy Holidays Everyone.

  170. Jamie_on_main
    December 2, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    So cute! I am reading this at 9 Oman’s I can say that the inside is 90% finished.. if it had been 9 am it would have said 0% finished!! The outside is a discouraging 0%.. it may be Saturday before that changes!! Love all the fresh greenery!! Wish this were scratch and sniff!😂!! Thanks for sharing and oh yes… the girls look so cute!

  171. Linda
    December 2, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    I am happy to say that my decorating is complete (except resetting some of my battery operated candles so they all come on at the same time). My hubby took our two German Shorthair Pointers pheasant hunting in South Dakota, so that allowed me to have free time to make our house pretty and festive. It even allowed some very special time with my two grown daughters enjoying dinner and a Christmas movie by the fireplace. Oops!! Here comes my hubby and our pooches!!

  172. Chaya Salinas
    December 2, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Mary. Almost finished with outside. Cleaning up and removing Thanksgiving decorations inside. I love your porch décor.

  173. Laura Harrie
    December 2, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    I have to say as we started decorating today, we are 1/3 of the way! We have had to improvise this year since we have a 4 month little Basset Hound, who is into everything. We have blocked off the entry way into the living room in order to preserve many Christmas decorations. Your porch as always is just charming, I wish I was your neighbor, I’d come over to visit all the time!

  174. Carol
    December 2, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Happy to say my decorating is done….tree up, nativity scene up, tables decorated….only need to go purchase five poinsettias to place here and there. Your photos bring such joy, and love those sweet pups. Thank you for the opportunity to win the beautiful arrangement.

  175. December 2, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Mary, your Noel Farm theme is adorable! The doggies even have truck sweaters. How do you always find the perfect details? I visited Shirley earlier and it was the Noel Farm Truck arrangement that immediately grabbed my attention.
    I would be thrilled to add this darling arrangement to my Christmas decor. Thanks for the opportunity!
    Where am I in decorating? I’m at ground zero!!! Between the month long hospital journey and the remodel of part of our home, I’m still looking at pumpkins and autumn colors. But last night I ordered a new tree and picked it up late today. Hope to get started tomorrow! I reasoned that digging out our tree from the back of a storage closet filled with things from the remodeled area would be a major project, and it would be my luck that the lights wouldn’t work. So a new tree it is!
    And by the way, where did you find those adorable wellies? I need a pair!
    Happy December to you and the girls!

  176. Victoria Nuckols
    December 3, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Hi Mary, Wishing you and your beautiful holidays!!! Normally I would be able to say I am just about finished with decorating!! But like and behold I caught the bug going around here in Georgia , sick all through Thanksgiving, couldn’t be around others to make them sick. So please send prayers that I will get much better and be able to decorate. I would love to win this adorable centerpiece and it could very well be all of my decorating for this year if I don’t get well soon🤣❤️🙏🎄🎄

  177. Betsy
    December 3, 2019 at 12:34 am

    We’re not quite done because…drum roll, please…the amazing husband said it was time for all new decorations this year! I think I’ve earned front row parking at several shops where I now know all the employee’s names. At this point, I may have to start dressing incognito…

    We have a new 5 year-old rescue lab, and this will be her first Christmas and winter as an indoor dog! I cannot ask for anything more than watching her enjoy a home filled with love. It’s as though Christmas arrived early!

    Now, I’m undecided on a kitchen island centerpiece so I must head out to check your prior year posts for inspiration!

  178. Suzanne DeVeau
    December 3, 2019 at 5:44 am

    Everything is just beautiful as always! Love Lynch Creek Farms arrangement! Happy Holidays!! 🎄🎅🏻

  179. Suzanne DeVeau
    December 3, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Everything is just beautiful as always! Love Lynch Creek Farms arrangement! We are just starting our decorating this week. Trees are up! Happy Holidays!! 🎄🎅🏻

  180. December 3, 2019 at 6:10 am

    I am just beginning my Christmas decorating. I have started by making my first boxwood wreath.

  181. December 3, 2019 at 6:16 am

    Just started. Can’t find my icicles (bummer) so had to order new ones and waiting for them to arrive.
    I am a native Northerner now in the South and need something to remind me of winter. Love your blogs
    I get a lot of great ideas. Thanks.

  182. Bonnie Shafer
    December 3, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Loved the southern traditional centerpiece. And your dogs!!

  183. Lauren S
    December 3, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Your truck decorations are adorable! I just love them. Sadly, I’d call my house Camp Chaos right now. Hopefully I’ll get it organized in the next couple of days. I’d love to win the darling truck centerpiece. Thank you for always making me smile with your wonderful posts.

  184. Jean Tucker
    December 3, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Had unexpected trip over Thanksgiving, my brother had emergency open heart surgery. I just got home and am behind in my Christmas decorating. Would love to be the winner!

  185. Cindy Dunn
    December 3, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Love the Red Truck Christmas arrangement!!! I am decorating with red and delft blue China this season, fresh greenery, and red & green color schemes, and the Red Truck Christmas arrangement would go perfectly with my country, kitchen tablescape! Thank you for all of your seasonal inspiration thru out the year!!!!

  186. Shannon
    December 3, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Super fresh and cute!! Love your blog!!

  187. Catriona
    December 3, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Good morning, Mary, and greetings from
    snow covered Toronto. Before I left home in
    Maryland on Sunday, I succeeded in removing
    Thanksgiving decor and getting through
    about 3/4 of my Christmas 🎄 decorating. Can’t
    wait to get back home in a few days to finish, off, particularly after seeing your beautiful
    inspiration. Thank you!! Lola and Sophie are simply precious!! Merry Christmas!!

  188. Patricia Caulder
    December 3, 2019 at 7:50 am

    I am just getting started with my decorating, but candles are out and I have already ordered my Lynch Creek wreath for my front door. I get one every year and they are the best. Love the red truck!

  189. December 3, 2019 at 8:24 am

    I love your porch decorations! Your posts always give me inspiration! I’m just starting my decorating and would be so happy to win. Thank you.

  190. Karen Moore
    December 3, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Everything is beautiful. Love all the decorations. I started 2 weeks ago. I go a little overboard with a house and apt on our property, but I love it!

  191. Julaine Durdil
    December 3, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Just getting started here. Had family over for Thanksgiving so now I can concentrate on Christmas. I really enjoy all of your posts especially when I get to see Lola and Sophie!

  192. June in the Woods
    December 3, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Fresh tree is cut and up but not decorated yet. I’m trying to cut back on the decorating so that it’s a delight and not a chore. We want to enjoy the season without stress. Thank you for offering this fun giveaway!

  193. Donna C
    December 3, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Finished decorating and enjoying all of my decorations!

  194. Kathleen Keyes
    December 3, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Everything is absolutely beautiful. I can almost smell the pine and fresh air! Right now my living room is full of boxes of generations of decorations. I’m hoping to get most of the decorating done today but I know I will hold and remember every piece of decoration! Most of which will go back into the boxes as I no longer live in a big house in the country. But it is fun to look anyway!

  195. December 3, 2019 at 9:38 am

    I love your front porch! We recently roofed the “portal” on our Pueblo style house in New Mexico and I am having fun with the Christmas decor which will now no longer need to be hauled into the house when it snows. We haul our tree and the greens for decorating St. Mark’s Episcopal church with an orange Kubota and a trailer which hardly evokes the nostalgic charm of a red pickup truck, so I painted a watercolor one for the front portal, but would love to win that Lynch Farm red truck centerpiece to keep the painting company! Portal and chandelier decorated, hot chocolate station ready, the Christmas dishes out and in use, and the Advent wreath has pride of place in the living room. However, it still feels too early to bring in the tree. Trying to celebrate Advent before Christmas!

  196. chloe Ward
    December 3, 2019 at 10:10 am

    What a beautiful Christmas porch.. Love all fresh greenery. Especially LOVE the little red truck.. Thanks for the inspiration.. MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  197. june fisher
    December 3, 2019 at 10:16 am

    This is a beautiful post – all things fun nostalgic and beautiful) (pups are so adorable, I just want to squeeze them).
    Nice job❣ June

  198. Brenda
    December 3, 2019 at 10:24 am

    I can’t believe you even found dog sweaters in your theme! I love how you pull it all together, such inspiration!

  199. December 3, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Love your decorations and the plaid boots are so cute.
    I have finished my decorating, but I have a tendency to continue to tweak it right up till Christmas Eve!!

  200. LINDA KEMP
    December 3, 2019 at 11:20 am

    All my kids and grandkids flew in for Thanksgiving so I am still recovering and have only put up a few Christmas decorations. I love all the Christmas decorations. I hope your Christmas will be lovely.

  201. December 3, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I haven’t started decorating yet. But I did peruse the local garden center and drooled over all the fresh greenery. There is nothing better than the smell of it! Lynch Creek looks like an amazing place.

  202. Theresa R Keller
    December 3, 2019 at 11:56 am

    love this post!! The Truck center piece is so cute and your pups in their sweaters are adorable…. I am 3/4 of the way through decorating still need to do a few things and I will be done. Your porch is to die for!! Happy Holidays Mary!

  203. Barbara
    December 3, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    I am ready for Christmas with our tree decorated and white lights everywhere!
    Just waiting to put out some fresh greenery and for family to arrive.
    Fa-la-la-la-la!!

  204. Kitty Miele
    December 3, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Love your beautifully decorated porch. The girls certainly add to the fun!
    I have not even begun my decorating as we just returned to Seattle after spending Thanksgiving in Virginia. This will be a minimal Christmas, decor wise but not in joy or gratefulness!
    Always enjoy your colorful decorating, Mary!

  205. December 3, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Oh how I wish our winters would be mild enough to enjoy our front porch. I suppose it’s the price I pay to live in Illinois. I just started decorating last night. I am giving myself this week to get everything completed but I’m limited to night time hours! The little red truck centerpiece is adorable as is your entire tablescape!

  206. LINDA CUNNINGHAM
    December 3, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Mary, Your post is just what I needed to get started. The fur-babies are s-o-o-o-o-o-o-o adorable surrounded by all that red. Your porch looks so inviting and festive, and of course the best part is those fur-babies!!!!! Thank you for ALL your posts throughout the year. They challenge me, inspire me and warms my heart. Merry Christmas.

  207. Tina
    December 3, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Well, let’s just say that I’m not sitting pretty! I usually like to have it all done by now, but with our son’s graduation from college, and me participating in a holiday craft show, I am only just beginning! Love the cute photos, and would dearly adore the centerpiece if I won it! Thanks Mary and Merry Christmas! Tina :)

  208. Mayanna
    December 3, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Mary, I have a red plaid tablecloth which I got a couple of years ago at a Williams Sonoma outlet. Each year I strive to do something a little different, but still using that tablecloth as my inspiration. I am an artist and paint a lot of buildings. Last year I cut out 2 dimensional gingerbread house cookies and decorated them with white icing to accent the architectural details. They were scattered around the table on the red plaid tablecloth. The truck would be a welcome addition this year.

  209. Penny Meade
    December 3, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Love the pup’s sweater and truck wreath!

  210. Coleen Blaylock
    December 3, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Unfortunately, I’m just getting started.

  211. Denise Carlson
    December 3, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Cute, Cute, Cute, I love your porch and the pups in their holiday sweaters match perfectly. I have started the holiday mayhem and loving every minute of it! It will take me about a week to get it all just right. Christmas decorating is my favorite and I always dread when it has to go away. Please enter me into the drawing.
    Thanks, Denise

  212. December 3, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Oh, my stars! Between the beautiful Lynch Creek story and your girls in their holiday sweaters, this was a great post Mary!! I love it all! I have a live, decorated Christmas tree among the turkeys and fall pumpkins here at my house!!

  213. Janet
    December 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Hard to believe another year has gone by, and your beautiful decorations look beautiful as usual!
    Spent the day with my older sister who went on about every truck holiday decoration she saw today. What a surprise to see all the trucks in your decor!

  214. Sue
    December 3, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Sadly, I have not begun decorating for Christmas yet. The bins have been moved from the crawl space (a nightmare) to the garage where I have easier access to them. I already feel stressed over my lack of progress! Hopefully it will begin this weekend!

  215. Bonnie Keearns
    December 3, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Love your decorations, they are always so festive and inviting! Christmas is my favorite time of the year…I decorate early just so I can enjoy the memories longer. I have a Foil Tree that is decorated with auction finds of ornaments that would remind me of my childhood with my parents. Also, decorated with my grown children’s “master pieces ” when they were little. There is nothing more wonderful than a smile on a child’s face, no matter how old❤

  216. Allen
    December 3, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    I just finished all the outside decorating of Christmas lights and blow-ups tonight! It has been too windy here to get it done, and we have been super busy anyway! Thanks for the chance to win that great red truck centerpiece.

  217. Rhonda Steelman
    December 3, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Just got the boxes down and carried into the living room. Hoping to get the outdoor decor going while the weather cooperates. Hosting a party on Dec. 15–so gotta get this decorating DONE.

  218. Maria
    December 3, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    I am not very far along at all with my decorating except for having my boxes of decorations hauled downstairs, still unopened. And to think that last year by this time I was completely done, with wrapping, cards, everything! I’ll be home from a trip to Florida in a few days and will catch up. But I am amazed at how much everything here is decked out and totally in the holiday spirit already! Your blog and others have given me some wonderful ideas for decorating!

  219. Kim Campbell
    December 4, 2019 at 3:08 am

    Just getting started on my decorating, but am inspired by you beautiful posts. And those precious dogs — they are adorable!! I’d absolutely LOVE to be the winner!

  220. Rebecca Joan Reavis
    December 4, 2019 at 10:20 am

    I’m just getting started. I’ve got the tree in the house. Now to decorate! Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous prize.

  221. Liz S
    December 4, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    I have completed decorating for Christmas!!! Also, shopping is complete, gifts are mostly wrapped and some goodies made and frozen. I plan to enjoy December!

  222. Gina
    December 4, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Almost done! Still need to hang the stockings and decorate a few more areas! Would love that centerpiece on my table this year!

  223. Patricia Miller
    December 4, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    90% done. I just need to finish up my table and drink cart, and maybe put out a couple more pieces (but maybe not). Love the dogs’ sweaters.

  224. December 4, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Yaayyy!! Thank you. I love your porch especially the two adorable puppies in their matching winter sweaters! Yes, I am halfway finished! Excited! Can’t wait to finish everything up this weekend!

  225. December 4, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Yaayyy!! Thank you. I love your porch especially the two adorable puppies in their matching winter sweaters! Yes, I am halfway finished! Excited to put up our Christmas tree and to finish everything up this weekend!

  226. Kay Hogan
    December 4, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Just starting, love to see what you and the other ladies are doing. Inspires me to get moving.

  227. Cindy
    December 4, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    I love your porch in any season and here in NC we are blessed to enjoy all 4. As always you have decorated the porch beautifully.
    I have finished decorating, this year for several reasons I put up a 4.5 table top tree and I love it. So easy, I was able to do it all myself from start to finish.
    Next is wrapping presents.
    Thank you for sharing, would love to win this fun arrangement.

  228. Darlene
    December 5, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Haven’t started and frothing at the bit!
    Rain Rain and more Rain here in So. California has flooded our back yard making it impossible to get to the shed. I have gotten linens out and Christmas dishes washed so it’s a start!
    Wish your table cloth was still available would be perfect with my dishes the green is a hard shade
    To blend with plaids as they are way off.. someday!!
    Everything is put together beautifully and the girls are sweet as ever.
    Merry Christmas to you Mary and your family.

  229. Darlene Gardner
    December 5, 2019 at 12:50 am

    I am about 1/3 done. Our outside is just about finished (some details to add to the porch, but outside lighting is up and on). Still quite a lot to do inside. I am taking it slow and actually enjoying my decorating.

  230. Sharon S
    December 5, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Your porch looks so cozy and inviting. I love everything about it, including your pops. I am in the early stages of my Christmas decorating. I hope to get most of it finished this weekend, but it takes me a couple of days just to decorate our tree because it is so huge. Hopefully I will get things under control soon!

  231. Michelle J.
    December 5, 2019 at 11:51 am

    I am almost done!

  232. barbaramantelandtablecom
    December 5, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Such a fun porch – looks like the doggies like it too! ;) I’m just getting started. The tree is up and halfway decorated, but the mantel still has my harvest look on it! It’s fall on one side of the room and Christmas on the other!

  233. Bernie
    December 5, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Your porch looks beautiful! I am done, I have a special needs son who is on point when it comes to decorating and all must be completed no later than by the weekend after Thanksgiving lol.

  234. Tracie Cooper
    December 5, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    I am done decorating! I would love to gift this to my mom because it reminds of a truck my dad had when I was a kid!

  235. Jacky
    December 5, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    I’ll be starting my decorations over the upcoming weekend. So much to do, so little time to do it! Your decos are lovely as always!

  236. Rachel Hill
    December 5, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Love your beautifully decorated porch. I started decorating the day after Thanksgiving and am now done!

  237. Cynthia
    December 5, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    I’ve started but still have more to do. Listening to Christmas music all afternoon while putting out decorations helped put me in the mood to get more done. Thank you for all your inspiring posts!

  238. Mary Gardner
    December 5, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    I have most of my decorating done. I do have a few small things I still want to add but should be completely done this weekend. Your decorations are gorgeous by the way.

  239. December 5, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    I am almost finished with the decorations! Just a few more finishing touches on the outside and it will be complete! I love this time of year and especially excited as all of my children and grandchildren are able to visit over the holidays!

  240. Andie Ashley
    December 6, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Merry Christmas! We have just started…..everyone here had the flu for 3-4 weeks and now the mad decorating rush begins. Thank you for the opportunity! Your decor is beautiful!

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