Front Porch Appeal Newsletter
Issue #112 December 2020

From Our Hearts to Yours: Holiday Edition

Brown paper packages tied up with strings

Ah, brown paper packages tied up with strings!

From our home to yours, may you be blessed with peace and joy this season, but even more than that, good health. We know this year has been especially hard as the pandemic has affected so many in far-reaching ways.

We hope this finds you and yours well and looking ahead to a bright new year. The two of us thank you for being a part of our Front Porch Ideas family. Thank you so much!

One thing's for sure. Our porches are our friends. Even in the most trying of times, we can still enjoy our porch, unless it's covered with a blanket of snow.


Inside This Edition...

  • Please Enjoy Our Rudolph Porch
  • Seasonal Thoughts
  • The Story of Santa, a 4-part series, on Tracing the Path Podcast
  • Shopping for Someone Special?
  • Thank You As Always


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Please Enjoy Our Rudolph Porch

May our Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer porch bring a smile to your face this year. Dave and I worked together on creating it - he did the woodworking and I did the painting and finishing touches.


Our Christmas lights on our porch
Our Rudolph porch
Here you can see our porch with a few twinkly lights on our tree, at our entrance and on Rudolph's nose. Dave made the Rudolph with the adorable red nose. The kids in our neighborhood enjoy stopping by to see it.

Our fireplace gets many sweet comments - it's an electric fireplace with the option of heat or no heat. We use the no heat option on our porch as it's mainly for the ambiance and we enjoy keeping it on our porch during the winter months.


Our Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas porch
A close-up of our sweet Rudolph that Dave made



Our Christmas porch 2020
Rudolph on the porch rocking chairs
I painted Rudolph (and his friend) on painter's drop cloth fabric with acrylic paints. These paintings are simply pinned to the back of the rocking chair cushion (since we don't do much porch sitting this time of the year).


Our Christmas door
Our Christmas front door



Our poinsettia wreath
Our Christmas wreath
We purchased an inexpensive wreath at the dollar store and enhanced it with boxwood clippings we had from a previous year plus a dollar store wooden initial that we painted. Really makes a lovely difference.


Our Christmas doormat layered
Fun to layer doormats
So simple to layer doormats. We used our existing door mat and added the rustic red pickup truck mat we purchased last year. Do you like to layer doormats, too? Typically Dave and I do this just for special seasons, such as Christmas time.


Our Christmas porch 2020
One of our favorite Christmas porches ever!



Seasonal Thoughts to Share with You

Be Kind to Yourself

Our Christmas lights on our porch

Our son and daughter-in-love gave us these adorable mugs. Can you guess which one belongs to Dave and which one to me?

We have been enjoying hot cocoa with a dollop of whipped cream probably more than ever. Do you like a cup of cocoa? Or maybe prefer hot tea, coffee or chai? No matter what, please be good to yourself and take the time for little things you enjoy. Light some candles, enjoy some music, read a good book or whatever sings to your heart.

Whether you celebrate Christmas like we do, or Hanukkah, Festivus or any day close to your heart, we hope the season is good to you and that you're not alone. As many folks are staying at home rather than mingling with family and friends, we hope you can call your loved ones or stay in touch on the computer or even by mail.


Don't Wait to Bring Out the Pretty Dishes and Linens

A beautiful Christmas table

Nothing quite so pretty as a festive table. While you may not be gathering with your family and loved ones as you typically would, it's still ok to decorate, put out your special occasion linens and light some candles.

No need to wait because there are a million reasons to celebrate and appreciate our blessings right now.


The Beauty of the Season

Strings of lights in a German village

Lights, enchanting strings of lights. We believe this is a scene in Germany where they refer to a string of holiday lights a "lichterkette". How beautiful and magical! We love lights anytime of the year, but especially now! How about you?


Beautiful Victorian home with wreaths in the windows

What a gorgeous Victorian home decorated with simple wreaths on the windows. The house is beautiful enough alone and such a lovely curved porch, a type of wraparound.


Green evergreen branches with shiny red bulbs

Oh, the sweet beauty of evergreen branches adorned with shiny red bulbs. What simple ideas do you enjoy this time of the year?


The Story of Santa Series

Santa Claus

On the Tracing the Path Podcast, you can listen to the wonderful story of Santa. If you love Christmas or are intrigued by Santa Claus, this podcast will warm your heart. Our son Dan puts it all together. He has researched just about every reference to Santa from books, movies, pop culture and more to bring you this series.

You can listen to the podcast series at Tracing the Path Podcast If you haven't ever listened to a podcast, its much like listening to a radio show but it's on the internet. And it's free, of course. Dan tells wonderful stories on his podcast, so we invite you to listen. Each podcast is around 20 minutes.

Tracing the Path podcast
Listen to Tracing the Path Podcast



Shopping for Someone Special?

hoiday gifts wrapped

If you're searching for a gift for someone special, you can see what Amazon suggests. As an Amazon associate, we may earn a commission from purchases you make, but at no additional cost to you.

We appreciate how Amazon displays gift ideas in helpful ways.


Thank You As Always

cute snowman in snow
We are grateful for you!
From our home to yours, thank you so much for being part of our porch family. While most of us won't be sitting on our porch until warmer weather comes again, it's still so comforting to think of those days ahead.

But in the meanwhile, we hope your can enjoy the beauty of winter and stay cozy indoors or outside.

We appreciate you and are super grateful that in this year of the pandemic, when more people are at home, porch ideas are needed and loved. Thanks for stopping by and know that we strive to be the best porch portal on the internet for you.

From Dave and I to you, may you have peace and joy in your heart.

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