A Nutcracker Welcome

“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”
Isaiah 9:6

Once again, we invite you to our kitchen porch.  It was first seen here:  In Awe of Autumn.  We occasionally add a new decoration or a new wrinkle to an old standard when preparing for Christmas. Most of us do change out a few things from time to time. Wear and tear gets it’s way and replacements must be found. But, there are those traditions, objects, displays, and items that we hang onto as long as possible. These “old ways” help keep memories alive! It’s amazing too, how each year bringing out the old also stirs our hearts with new thoughts and a fresh awareness of things to come. Yes, Christmas is a celebration of a “one of a kind” past event, but at the same time it is a declaration of a glorious event yet to come. So, doing it like we’ve done it for years is great for both memories and future hopes. In the words of a George Strait song….”So leave the world behind you, let the spirit find you, and have an old time Christmas for old times sake”

The large nutcrackers have welcomed guests to our kitchen porch for many years!


Believe it or not, we bought these wooden nutcrackers at Wal-Mart


We love their bright and festive colors, and they stand almost five feet tall!


Butch always cuts fresh pine for our door.  It smells like Christmas when you walk up the steps!


A simple wreath is all that is needed!


We have to be careful when choosing a door mat, Oreo is very finicky!  I think he approves!


Candle lanterns light the steps at night!


It is almost dark and the candles are burning as Christmas music plays outside when guests arrive!


Photo bombed by Oreo!


Bench offers Christmas cheer


This is a detached garage which is often confused for a guest house.  We have talked about converting it for guests or an office for Butch.  But, where would all of his junk be stored if we made that decision?!  Butch built this building at least twenty five years ago.  For most of those twenty five years, we have decorated its front door and windows for Christmas!  Santa was made by my friend, Delilah so very long ago!

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On our first trip to Colonial Williamsburg in the late 1970’s, we saw their beautiful fruit fans over the doorways.  Southern Living magazine (I am a long-time subscriber), a few years later gave instructions on how to make the fan.  And ever since, Butch has made this beautiful apple fan with a pineapple for its center as a symbol of hospitality!


“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”
-O Come All Ye Faithful

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  1. Karen Skinner says:

    Your doors and porch might be my favorite! Love your brick steps leading up to front door. Love everything thing about your front door! The apple fan is gorgeous, too! You should share how to make one! It looks beautiful on the red door. How long does it take for you to decorate your entire home? Everything is just perfect! One last question. The green garland on the red door is so full, may I ask where to find those? Thanks!

    • Hello Karen! Always appreciate your kind comments! We hope to share a tutorial for the fan. It takes 3 or 4 days to decorate with a lot of help from my husband. He does all the exterior! The garland on the red door was purchased at market in Atlanta and I dont remember the name of the show room! Thank you so much for reading! Blessings, Pam

  2. Everything is so beautiful! Love those huge nutcrackers and I’m sure all who enter through this door gets a thrillin’! 😉 Your fruit fan is just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing with us.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  3. Shenita says:

    Your kitchen porch is so beautifully decorated! I am sure that all of your guests feel welcomed at any time! Love the decor on the detached garage, as well. The fan is beautiful!

  4. Sandy Self says:

    Just beautiful! Could Butch share how to make the Apple and Pineapple fan over the door?
    Thanks for sharing the joy of the season!
    Merry Christmas to your sweet family!

  5. Carolyn ericson says:

    Your front entrance is beautiful and I love that tradition is important to you in this seemingly disposable world. The door garland is lush and beautiful.

  6. Wow those are some fabulous Nutcrackers! I can hardly believe they’re from Walmart- they sure don’t carry stuff like that these days! The garden bench looks wonderful and so does that entry to the garage. That’s a beaitiful fruit fan- love it!

  7. Emily says:

    Hello, I’m visiting you for the first time from Centerpiece Wednesday. The is such a beautiful post, love the message and your home is beautiful. I love the door with it’s nutcrackers, such a warm and festive way to welcome your guests. But, I did fall in love with the Colonial Williamsburg entrance you have on the door to the garage. Stunning.
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

  8. Mickie Ayer says:

    A wonderful welcome! I have to say the Nutcrackers are my favorite with the candle lit lanterns marching up the stairs. But that pineapple fan is just gorgeous, what a labor of love!

    • Shelia, thank you for your comments! Sometimes i wish guests would come to my front entrance, but i am thrilled that they choose to come to the kitchen entrance which is truly the heart of our home! Blessings, Pam

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