Cottage Christmas 2013

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Christmas has arrived at the Pogue Cottage. Come on over for a cup of Candy Cane Tea and a slice of chocolate peppermint loaf. Smells, sounds, and tastes of ‘Tis the Season’ abound.

Each Christmas the general design is the same, with a slight variation of whatever inspires come decorating day. This year, it happens to be tree stumps, silver and gold accents, and woodsy wonder.



At first glance it doesn’t appear to be overly Christmas-y. That’s intentional- subtle touches and whimsy details.

Our home lacks a fireplace {insert sad face here} and a faux mantle {aka book ledges} creates a statement space for decorations and hung stockings. You’re welcome to use the front door, Santa.


The boys have personalized stockings while Bryan and I get these hand-made burlap stockings. Please draw your eye to the huge stitches- my feeble attempt at sewing. So, so unfortunate.




Our Christmas Tree is layered with lights, jute rope strung with jingle bells, paper garland, cardboard snowflakes, and silver ornaments. Then it’s throw caution to the wind and let the boys hang handmade gems and mom and dad’s childhood ornaments on pine needles.



 Sweet moment- Tanner placing his handmade paper angel on the highest branch.


 Nobody puts a one-eyed doily angel in the corner. Hee!


Parent friends, do you struggle with the balance all this season offers? Of reinforcing that Jesus is the Reason for this Season, and Truth in the Tinsel, while embracing the tradition of Santa, blanketed with consumerism anxiety of Do we do gifts? How many? None? A thousand? Throw in Advent activities, Elf on the Shelf and suddenly it’s a tornado of Why is this so stressful?  If so, here’s a tradition we started this year that encompasses all aspects of Christmas with the primary focus counting down to Jesus’ Birthday. All the rest is icing on the Christmas cookies.

 A vintage screen hangs above the nativity.


A Ball Jar wrapped in burlap holds 25 small clear glass ornaments, one for each day leading up to Jesus’ Birthday.


Each morning the boys pick an ornament and write that day’s number and hang it on the screen.


And then they pick out a toy, a new coloring book, or draw a picture for Jesus and place it in the basket below the nativity.


They choose items they don’t play with on a regular basis but are still in great condition. The goal isn’t to give Jesus their leftovers, but what they would like to receive if they were Him.

Starting the morning focused on giving back to our Savior ushers in an excitement for other Christmas traditions that follow. Yes to Santa and opening those Advent Calendars stuffed with candy and Chik-Fil-A cards. After Jesus, everything else really is extra.


On Christmas Day, we’ll put the toys and goodies in a box and mail them to family friends that adopted two sons this year- since we can’t physically give the gifts to Jesus, the next best option is His children.




Enter woodsy wonder. Salvaged tree stumps hold gold and silver mercury votives and holiday hedgies covered in snow.


The addition of our fence post trees and silver sparkle add the perfect touch of whimsy.




Our kitchen buffet showcases a holiday cookbook, a picture of “our first Christmas together”, a Christmas classic, and candles.


Please tell me you’re obsessed with Curly Girl Designs too. “She could not but rejoice in the joy of the small things.” Perfection.


Small touches in the guest bathroom; I love using dishtowels as hand towels.


Snowflake soap? Why not?


From our family to yours, however your home is adorned this Christmas, we hope the memories created ring of adoring Him.



“O, Come All Ye Faithful”

O come all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him
Born the King of angels

O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

Sing choirs of angels
Sing in exultation
O sing all ye citizens
Of Heaven above
Glory to God
O glory in the highest

O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

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