We decided to purchase a locally grown live Norway Spruce to decorate our mudroom this Christmas. It is about 4 to 4.5 ft tall. After Christmas we planted it in the front yard. It was very cute and welcomed our guests to the farm for the holidays.
Next year we might try a blue spruce or maybe a white pine. We also plan to try a cut tree for our main tree in the living room. The bigger and prettier that artificial trees get, the harder they are to put together. This year we used a tree that we have had for a while but were never able to fit it in our old living room. It took me two days just to assemble it not to mention a day or two to decorate.
As a side note… The after Christmas clearance sales on Christmas merchandise is a great place to stock up on all Christmas supplies for the next year, especially the expensive LED light strands. This year we found 25 count C7 LED light strands for $1.45 per box and miniature 65 count LED light strands for $1.98 per box.
This was the first Christmas that we were able to celebrate at the farm. Last year we had just closed on the property and were busy painting and making ready for our move right after Christmas. Many wonderful people blessed our home with their presence on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and for a late holiday party. We hope that this is just the beginning of many wonderful holiday gatherings of friends and family to the old farm.
As we settle into autumn with its shortening of daylight hours, we needed a little brightening up around the farmhouse. The mantel seemed like the perfect place to start. I like to choose fall decor that works for both Halloween and Thanksgiving to get the most bang for the buck. Choosing pumpkins and fall colored leaves and accessories easily does the trick!