christmas cabin

I am quite certain I will never tire of Christmases in this beloved little cabin.  The fire heats the entire original cabin portion of our house without much effort and the newer part, where our kitchen and main bath lives, is heated by baking, cooking and bubble baths only.  We are seeing just how long we can go without turning on our propane furnace.  We find ourselves in front of the fire most often.  The chairs we inherited from my grandmother have become worn with constant love and use.  We wake in the dark hours to light the fire and start the coffee.  We ease into our days.  Sometimes we are alone, but often Silas wakes in good humour and amuses us with his antics.  The spell is broken when Mike hops in the shower and I begin to iron his work clothes.

This will be our second Christmas in this house and it is in Winter that I fall more in love with her.  We made the short journey into our woods to pick out our Christmas tree.  It is always a bittersweet moment for me.  Felling a tree is no different to me than killing one of our chickens.  When we find the perfect one, we are always certain to say thank you and I can’t help but tear up a little.  This year’s was in a small cluster and I like to think the others around her will do better with less crowding, but I really don’t know.  To make me feel better, Mike tells me that it must be the highest honour for a tree to be chosen as a Christmas tree.  I wonder if it is up there with being a tree fort, holding a swing, or being known as the best climbing tree.  It is noble and important work.

We brought her in, turned on Elf and began to decorate her simply with orange slices, cinnamon stars, and sentimental ornaments first.  This year I put it in an oversized basket and love it so much more than the ugly tree stand that is always uncovered by children and cats alike.  We may have been a little hasty as it must last 4 weeks, but we so love the gentle glow a Christmas tree casts.  I could hardly wait ’till night to fall so I could run outside and look into the large windows.  Twinkle lights and tufts of smoke coming from the chimney.  The kids laughing and pressing the noses against the window wondering what their crazy mama was doing out in the snow.

Yes, I am fairly certain I will never tire of this; all of this.

go gently + be wonderful


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  1. Posted November 30, 2012 at 8:58 am by rebecca | Permalink

    i love these pictures…enjoy the season!

  2. Posted November 30, 2012 at 10:10 am by shannon | Permalink

    oohhhh! i feel your sentiments! my most favourite time of year. my little ones are counting down until saturday; when we have the day together to find the perfect tree, put her up and decorate her :)
    then we do it all again on solstice outside to “our” tree in the woods with edible ornaments for our furry and feathered friends. ahhh. its very good indeed.
    merry merry!!!

  3. Posted November 30, 2012 at 10:26 am by Kim | Permalink

    I am with you, I love this time of year. I feel the same way about getting our tree, and I think this year we are going to try a live tree and plant it after the holidays.

    Last year we took our tree outside and decorated it with treats for the birds made of pinecones, peanut butter and birdseed…we called it our “giving tree”. We feed the birds all winter from it, adding more seed as needed.

    Your tree looks lovely and your home so very cozy. Enjoy the season and all it has to offer.

  4. Posted November 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm by Danielle | Permalink

    please do tell how you are watering the tree inside the basket — how is it propped up? i love this idea and we’ll be cutting one from our forest too this weekend. I hear you on it being bittersweet!

    • Posted November 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm by erin | Permalink

      Oh sure thing! I put it in the stand then placed it all in the basket and put burlap over it. For added security, it is anchored to the window soil on either side about half way up.
      A friend told us to add ginger ale to the water to help it last longer as well.
      Good luck!

  5. Posted November 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm by aloadofoldtat | Permalink

    So cozy, so romantic.

  6. Posted November 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm by KC | Permalink

    I so look forward to the day when we can get a tree that is not hauled in from Oregon. Right now I can’t with good conscious get a tree from the tree lots. Hopefully next year will see us with a fire place and the ability to cut our own tree.
    Love the holiday card by the way. :)

  7. Posted December 1, 2012 at 9:24 am by Amberlea | Permalink

    Oh my goodness, that sounds absolutely glorious! And how lucky that tree is to be a part of your cozy home! I think all the other trees are jealous. 😉 xoxo

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