The Christmas Porch

All I have to say is better late than never!

It seems like I had been working on many Christmas trees this year,

that I did not have much time to decorate the porch.

Early in December, I placed the wreaths on the door.

I finally put the finishing touches on the porch, making sure not to overdo it!

So for my last post of this Christmas season, I present, The Christmas Porch.

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The vintage Flexible Flyer sled that I have had for close to 3 decades

made its way back to the porch this year, as Rudy came indoors.

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I have a very large stash of garlands and swags and used one of them

to place on the sled.

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The lanterns return to the porch.

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I was not certain if I wanted to hang the ornaments

from the ceiling of the porch this year, but we decided to do so

as we both love them.

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It has been cold here lately, so this pillow

is certainly appropriate for the porch bench.

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I love the way that the poinsettias give a pop of color to the porch;

however, on very cold nights, they have to be brought into the garage to keep them warm.

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You may have seen a peek of the wreath on the image above that is on the window.

I place large wreaths on each of the windows

(with the exception of the windows on the porch) on the front of the house.

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Even the coach lights above the garage doors get a wreath.

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I was striving this year to make the porch feel warm and welcoming

without being too “overdone”.

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Making the wreaths be the star to welcome family and friends.

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So from my porch to yours . . . .

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I am taking a little bit of a break to prepare for my Christmas festivities 

and last minute shopping.

May your Christmas be Very Merry and Bright and filled with the joy

of being with your loved ones!

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  1. Cindy in NC says

    Merry Christmas. I can not belueve your house didnt sale 5 minutes after going on the market! Beautiful and so well done.

  2. Well you certainly achieved your objective Shirley. Very welcoming. I just can’t help but wonder how conflicted you must be this year with your home on the market. I remember last Christmas feeling that way, wanting to pull back so the house could actually be seen thru all the holiday decor while at the same time wanting to pull out all the stops since it was our last Christmas there. Mercy. We did send our kids home with tons of decorations and then I was brutal going through the rest while packing it back into the bins which paid off when the move happened and I haven’t really missed what was eliminated this year even though our house is actually bigger. God has BIG plans for you, GOOD plans so enjoy and embrace this season with His strength.

  3. Merry Christmas dear Shirley. Your home looks festive, you have decorated it with such elegance and grace. I wish you and your family a beautiful, memory-making Christmas. xo Lidy

  4. Stunning Shirley! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  5. Dear Shirley, your home is a Christmas dream. The entry way is perfect and gets you excited to cross the threshold. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year with your dear family.
    xoxo Jo

  6. Well, I agree about the hanging ornaments, it wouldn’t be your porch without them! I love that pillow, I should have one too! I wish you the BEST Christmas ever, filled with joy, love and all your loved ones. And then a VERY happy new year!!! You are an inspiration all year. I so look forward to next years posts from you. XO
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  7. Just Beautiful and Welcoming!Love the hanging ornaments for extra color. I wish you and your family the Best CHRISTmas ever!

  8. Merry Christmas Shirley! Gorgeous pictures as always. Hope you are keeping an idea folder for your prospective buyer:)

  9. Just gorgeous Shirley! Your home is as welcoming outside as it is indoors! Wishing you the Merriest of Christmases. ♥
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  10. Your porch is welcoming and lovely! Merry Christmas Shirley! 😉

  11. Merry Christmas Shirley!!
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  12. This post is so uplifting! Your porch is so pretty and inviting. I love the big pots of ivy, as well as the wreaths and the hanging ornaments. I’m going to miss this house when you sell it. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  13. Bobbi Duncan says

    It’s all so pretty and I really love the hanging ornament–so festive! Wishing you a very merry Christmas and all good things in the year ahead.

  14. Cheery and welcoming holiday porch and of course we both have the same pillow! Merry Christmas Shirley and to the hubby, too!
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  15. Shirley, what a warm and inviting porch to welcome friends and family! Hope you Christmas was joy-filled !
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  16. Shirley, Your porch is decorated with love and it looks wonderful.
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  17. Your porch is beautiful as always. I know this is late, but Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


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