Sunday, December 2, 2018

Simple Christmas at the Cabin

I left our house in California a few days before Thanksgiving never intending to decorate the cabin for Christmas.  

I left all of the bags with the cabin Christmas decorations in the closet under the stairs.

And then we stopped to eat lunch at Cracker Barrel, and I wandered through their gift shop, at first intending to find a few Thanksgiving and fall-themed things for the cabin-- but forget about that-- their shop was crammed with Christmas goodies and very little else.  

Apparently, if one wants to shop for, and celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving, you need to do it in August.

At that point I succumbed to the Christmas craziness and realized that, yes, I do want to decorate the cabin for Christmas after all, even though we would  be celebrating Thanksgiving there.  

I bought some extra wide red-checked, wired ribbon and a cute little Christmas plaque-- sit about--whatever you call these things-- and I told myself 'keep it simple, use lots of greens (there's no shortage of that) and it will be quick and easy'.  

And it was simple and fairly quick, at least for me.  I ended up buying a few more rustic-looking ornaments from the local grocery store and Family Dollar because just one roll of ribbon and one Christmas plaque was a bit too simple for me.    

So we had a sort of hybrid Thanksgiving-Christmas celebration.  I baked chocolate chip cookies and made a bourbon pumpkin pecan-streusel tart, a Turkey Day tradition, made the stuffing, roasted the turkey, and listened to Christmas music.

Luckily most everything at the cabin works just fine for Christmas, with a few tweaks...   

I had very carefully planned for a quick change to Christmas when I conceived the grand pillow scheme for the bed. 

All I need to do is turn a few pillows around to hide colors that are too 'fall', change a few pillow slip covers, hide a few more pillows in the closet, and voila-- a Christmas-themed bed.

Chocolate Moose-- our Christmas cabin mascot (in addition to the dogs).   I can never resist a cute stuffed animal.  

I got this guy a few decades before we even thought about building a cabin. I must have known even then, that there would someday be a cabin in our lives...

The Fauxplace.  My husband makes fun of it because it isn't a real stove, but I don't care.  It's clean and easy to operate, it warms the cabin quickly, and it was on sale.  

It even has 'flames' that look pretty realistic when it's in operation-- especially when I look at it first thing in the morning without my glasses.  

I'm fine with an electric 'wood burning' stove.  We'll have a real, wood-burning stone fireplace in the main house which I'm sure will be a glorious monument to my husband's fireplace construction skills-- our renovated fireplace in California certainly is (click here and here). 

It sure makes our time at the cabin cozy when it is cold and snowy outside. 

More Christmas details throughout the cabin...

And the kitchen...

Wishing everyone a wonderful, and not too hectic Christmas season...

Here's to keeping it simple-- if you can ;-)

Thank you for visiting!


Most likely linking to the following this week....

Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
DIY Salvaged Junk Projects at Funky Junk Interiors

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  1. Hi Melissa! This is my kind of simple decorating for Christmas. I love the little stuffed moose. We have moose near our cabin so I'm kinda attached to them now. All your little touches of red really make the cabin festive and ready for the holidays. I wish you a wonderful time at the cabin. Hugs, Pat

  2. Your cabin so beautiful warm and cozy! I just love it!

  3. Melissa, I'm always so happy when I see your posts pop up in my feed. I love peeking in your cabin during any season, but it's extra charming during the holidays! So glad you shared...and I peeked at your fireplace posts. Oh my goodness. I am floored, just beautiful! Merry Christmas!

  4. I love it all! Your cabin is the perfect backdrop for your decorations....the new and old. I have about 8 boxes of Christmas I haven't even used and my house is decorated...simple for me! It's hard to do!

    1. Thank you AnnMarie! I seem to have a lot of Christmas stuff I don’t use either.

  5. Melissa, your cabin looks perfectly charming decked out for the holidays! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!

  6. Melissa, I love your cabin! The decorations you chose are just perfect! I would sit in that cabin all winter with that wonderful fauxplace and relax/read to my heart's content! So beautiful! Hope your Christmas season has not been too hectic! Hugs!

    1. Thank you Benita! So far it hasn't been too bad.

  7. What a cute little cabin, it's so cozy!!! I have one of those heaters in my lower level also - it sure saves on oil!

  8. Adore your holiday cabin! It is so warm, cozy and inviting!

  9. Lovely cozy Christmas cottage decor. Happy Holiday Season, Kippi

  10. Hi Melissa, love every detail of your charming cabin. Thank you so much for linking up with The Creative Circle. We are starting up again this week and I'm going to feature your post.
    Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

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