It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas. There is snow on the ground, the wreaths are hung and candles are in all the windows. The trees are trimmed, the house is decorated and the Christmas cookies have been baked. I thought it would be the perfect time to give you a little house tour.
We don’t use the original front door of our 1730’s home, as it is exposed to all the elements, but enter our home by way of the front porch we added to the newer addition. Dust the snow off your boots and come inside out of the cold. Let’s go into the old hall and hang your coat and hat on a hook and head into the kitchen. Since we don’t use the old front door, I like to place some Christmas decorations in front of the old entry door.
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I’ll make us some hot chocolate and we can have some cake and cookies in the parlor but not too much since I want you to stay for dinner.
I just finished baking, you can probably still smell the gingerbread cookies. I love the way the cookies fill the kitchen with their spicy sweet aroma.
I have some of the cookies that I decorated drying in the dining room or we could have had dinner in here. Did you happen to notice that the painted murals depict some of the historic buildings in town that you passed on your way here? I love the way the carolers gathered around the little feather christmas tree seem to fit right in with the painting.
Now let’s go into the parlor and enjoy some sweets, then I will show you the more modern part of our home. We will walk back through the kitchen and pass the original keeping room hearth with its beehive oven. Can you imagine doing all your cooking in this historic hearth? We have a collection of the cooking utensils that would have been used by the early owners of our home such as the tin meat roaster and kettles.
Did I mention that the set kettle on the far right is very rare and it is where water was heated for cooking and washing in the 1730’s. Cookie, a reproduction doll has her legs dangling inside the kettle. You may have noticed that she was the inspiration for my gingerbread men cookies. Do you see her own little gingerbread man cookie cutter? Now let’s head into the main foyer where you entered our home from the front porch.
The addition to the original house was started thirty years ago but was never finished. When we bought our home and had it restored, we added the front porch and finished the addition. We now have a family room, den/library and bath downstairs and our master bedroom is upstairs.
If I’m not in our kitchen, you will usually find me in our family room. I have a small tree decorated in sparkly burgundy and gold, a wreath hung above an antique washstand used as a cordial bar, and beautiful Christmas stockings made from recycled antique fabrics and decorations. One step up from the family room and you are in our den. This is a lovely room where I like to sit and read during the winter as it has sun most of the day. As you may have noticed by now, I have at least one Christmas tree in each of the rooms on the main floor of our home along with a collection of Santas and snowmen. I believe after visiting my home, you now know how much I enjoy the Christmas season.
It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in New Hampshire especially now that our home has been decorated for the season and there is snow on the ground. I have had many requests from readers who wanted to see the inside of our 1730’s house and I hope you have enjoyed the little tour and the way I decorate our home during my favorite season of the year.