I remember my grandmother always making swags of Balsam pine and white pine tied with a very effortless-looking red ribbon, so I use those a lot myself, although I am not as good at the ribbon tying!
I have used a sled my grandfather made many years ago along with a garden basket filled with fresh greenery. The lantern is a vintage Southern railroad lantern one of two found here on the property. Balsam is 3,315 feet above sea level, and the highest standard gauge railway east of the Rocky Mountains crosses here. The Asheville to Murphy branch of the Southern Railway was constructed through Balsam Gap in the mid-1880s.
The plaid coat was my grandmother's and I wear it frequently.
Notice in the background the little guest house...
The sign was on my great grandfather's house I featured Friday...
This beautiful candy cane was made by a dear friend of my mom in Mountain City, Tennessee at Forge Creek Farm! This is just one of several that she brought back.
I am loving the red doors this season! These wreaths are just some faux ones I bought several years ago. I hang wreaths on all the windows.
Here are evergreens in the shape of a cross from Forge Creek Farm. I saw this on their facebook page first and fell in love with it. I have never seen anything like this! It is so beautiful and lush in person. I will post contact info for them at the end.
The cross inspired me to put a nativity underneath...
I also tucked bunches of fresh greenery in the candle sconces.
A few night pics...
These were taken before I finished with the red ribbon and the greenery on the sconces.
A few random shots...
I cannot be here at Christmas without thinking about and missing my "Granddaddy and Isabelle Knight." I am surrounded with things that belonged to them, and they bring back so many precious memories. Knowing that I am walking where they walked, enjoying the land and things they loved is such a blessing and brings so much joy to me.
Thank so much for letting me share those memories with you:-)
Please go by and check out Forge Creek Farm and more beautiful wreaths at their facebook page:
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