Christmas and All Things Good

Front Porch Appeal Newsletter - Issue #97

Oh brrrr! We had a beautiful autumn in Tennessee and now the colder temperatures have arrived. Our porch is all decorated for the season and we're happy to get to share it with you.

Though the hustle and bustle of this season seems to be the big thing, let's remember to keep in focus those things that are truly important.

Dave and I enjoy spending time with our family and being there for them and with them. We also relish making things, relaxing, and counting our many blessings. Among them, we appreciate you. Thank you for visiting us year 'round. It means a lot to us and helps us to continue to writing for you.

Something to Enjoy: Our 2019 Front Porch Calendar

beautiful 12 month front porh calendar

For yourself or as a special gift, our beautiful 12 month porch calendar is not only beautifully crafted but also wonderful quality. We created this calendar from some of our favorite porches! And among them you will find some of our readers' porches. Please visit our Zazzle Porch Store to get this calendar or any of our porch products.

Be sure to look for their daily discount codes.

Sharing Our Christmas Porch with You

Christmas porch with boxwood wreaths and Christmas tree

This year our Christmas porch has a "boxwood" wreath theme that we carried out in the wall art we created and the pillow toppers.

Our Christmas porch

A bit closer-up. We have our fireplace out which gives our porch a nice cozy feeling.

Christmas packages

For a festive look, we wrapped several empty boxes with sturdy brown kraft paper. But first, Dave put weights into the bottom box so that the boxes would not blow away. We used packing tape to gift wrap the boxes.

Then we used bright red ribbon to tie the three boxes together and made a bow for the top. Beneath the boxes, you can see greenery - which is fresh greenery we got for free from Christmas tree trimmings.

We had a few bright red ornaments to add and some osage apples (hedge apples) that we collected in the woods. They add a beautiful highlight - pop of color - to our package display.

Christmas wall art

We made our own wall art. The "boxwood" wreaths are made from a greenery swag that we snipped into pieces. Dave cut masonite circles for the wreath base and I wrapped red ribbon around it.

Then we tucked in the snips of greenery all around the circle, using the red ribbon to tuck it. The wreaths surely resembles fresh boxwood wreaths.

Front door boxwood wreath we made

We created some boxwood art for our front door too. Simple, farmhouse style. The wreath was made the same as for the wall art. The background is simply masonite painted white with a few colorful red stripes.

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Up close look at the Christmas pillow toppers we made to reflect the wall art. Painted upon a square of painters drop cloth, I used acrylic paints to paint this cute pillow cover.

layered Christmas front door mat

We have seen that this is a "thing" to layer door mats. Funny but we've been doing this for a long time without realizing it was fashionable.

snowman family

Lastly, our snowman family sits in our porch garden. How cute these will be when we get some real snow here in Tennessee. Let's hope for at least a dusting.

Did you see our snowman porch from last year? Admittedly, it was very very cute!

Christmas Decorating: Simple Yet Beautiful

White picket fence with Christmas wreath
Just beautiful!
Decorating need not be fancy or involved. Look at how beautiful this picket fence is with a bit of garland and a lovely wreath. It's stunning!

More Christmas Decorating Ideas

Tis the season to decorate your front porch to welcome family, friends, and of course, Santa. You don't have to spend a lot of money nor take a lot of time to create a wonderful and magical Christmas porch.

Christmas pictures
Take a look at all the Christmas decor ideas we have in store for you here
We have lots of simple DIY projects (for the entire family) along with a multitude of amazing decorating ideas. Make a Santa's mailbox stuffed with Christmas cards, cover your existing pillows with easy to make holiday pillow toppers, or use available natural materials to make colorful arrangements.

Don't Forget the Christmas Lights!

LED lighted holiday tree for indoors or out
Creative outdoor light display
Whether you light your entire home or strategically place lights for maximum effect, our holiday lighting ideas are sure to make this task so much easier.

collage of Christmas light displays by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives and shared on Front Porch Ideas and More
Outdoor Christmas lighting ideas
We even spoke with an outdoor lighting expert who gives us lots of ideas to hang and store you Christmas lights. He gave us great tips for spacing, using the right type of lights, wrapping trees and shrubs, and so much more.

For Pooch Lovers

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Do you wish your dog behaved a little better?

Before You Go

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We hope your heart is peaceful and happy.

This time of the year is more than lights and gifts and parties. Most importantly, it is a time of sharing and caring.

Showing up for other people, being kind and taking time for relaxing moments is advice we like to give ourselves. May you feel that all is calm and all is bright this time of the year. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! No matter the holiday you celebrate, we hope your season is light and peaceful.

Thank you so much for inviting us into your in-box periodically. We truly appreciate you subscribing to our newsletter and we'll see you next time, porch friend.

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You're invited to be part of our Facebook community. We share ideas with one another for decorating and using our porches. We are blessed with over 17,000 followers and would love to count you among them.

Mary and Dave Please enjoy browsing past issues of our newsletters right here. Take a few moments of chill time.

Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary and Dave

Life is short. Enjoy your porch.

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