Thursday, December 26, 2013

A White Christmas?

If we're going to be living in a place with a long winter, I said to Mr. Red House, we'd better have snow for Christmas!  


So far this December we've had an ice storm and a couple good snowstorms that have dumped over a foot of snow at our house.  This has been rather exciting for us after living in North Carolina for so long!  My kids love playing in the snow and have declared that they want to live here forever.

ice coating some pine branches
Of course, all the snow melted just in time for Christmas. 

snow on all of my winterberry holly bushes
My family who came up from Georgia hoping for a white Christmas was rather disappointed, as was I.  On the day after Christmas, however, the sky was full of big fluffy snowflakes.


We are enjoying our belated white Christmas, and I hope you all and your families are enjoying the Christmas season as well, no matter what color it is outside.  I hope you all are staying safe out there!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Red House Garden!

24 comments:

  1. Another benefit to living in Boston - you actually get winterberry hollies that a.) last into the winter, rather than having the berries eaten by birds by the end of October, and b.) are covered with snow, just like in the pictures! Mine never, ever look like that!

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    1. I am actually surprised the birds haven't eaten our berries yet! I think it might help that the bushes are right next to our front door. We have some native winterberry bushes in the woods that I was planning on cutting for Christmas decorations, only to find all the berries were gone by December. I love how the bushes with berries look in the snow!

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  2. Loved that photo of the ice on the pine branches but I miss the red house. Are the two houses about the same size? Did your rellies stay the day after Christmas to enjoy the snow?

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    1. I miss the red house as well, so very, very much! Our new house is actually bigger, though the layout is not quite as functional as our red house. Our new house does have an unfinished basement, though, which has been invaluable for storing all my husband's tools and all our boxes and junk!
      My family did get to see the snow before they left, so they were delighted! They don't often get to see snow in Georgia.

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  3. What an incredible house! Beautiful snaps too :-)

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    1. Thank you! It is a very pretty house, even if it doesn't have quite the character of our former Red House. I'll just have to give it more character with the garden ;)

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  4. Your house is stunning! I would want to live there forever, too. Happy New Year! P. x

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    1. Thank you! The house just begs for a pink and pastel garden theme, which is very different from my former Red House, so that will be a lot of fun to create! Happy New Year to you as well!

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  5. I can only dream of a white Christmas! Yours was close enough to count! Your photos are great, especially that last one. Thanks for letting me enjoy your snow vicariously. I hope you have all the very best in 2014. Happy gardening!

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    1. I definitely count it! We're supposed to get another good foot of snow or so this weekend, so that will be fun :) Have a wonderful New Year!

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  6. Ah, good. I'm glad you had some snow, even if it was the day after Christmas. Doesn't it seem magical this time of year. Happy New Year!

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    1. It does! It's been a long time since I've had a white Christmas, so I am enjoying it!

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  7. Coming from Tennessee, I am of the belief: if it's going to be cold, then there might as well be snow!

    I'm glad your guests got to enjoy the snow. Your pictures look great!

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    1. I agree! Thanks, and I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

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  8. Glad to hear you got the snow you wanted, even if it was a day later than hoped for. Over here in London it is a green Christmas as usual, and a very wet one this year, the stormy weather seems to just go on and on. It was my 15th Christmas in London and none of them has been white, snow is a rare thing here.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. That is too bad it has been so stormy. In North Carolina we just got brown Christmases - definitely not the prettiest. I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

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  9. You have a very stately house! I like the winterberry with the white snow. Happy New Year. And lots of snow fun!

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    1. The winterberry has been so cheery, especially with the snow. The birds have started eating them, but I still have a good amount of berries. Happy New Year, and happy gardening!

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  10. Hope you had a very Merry Christmas as well, Indie. The winterberry covered in snow is beautiful. We didn't have a white Christmas either--lots of snow the week before that melted a few days before Christmas. But we're getting our fair share now; I suspect before winter is over we'll both be wishing for no more snow! Wishing you all the best in the New Year.

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    1. That's what everyone has been telling me, that winters here are very long. I do wonder sometimes, what have I gotten myself into? :) I'm sure we'll all be ready for spring after another month of this! Happy New Year to you as well!

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  11. I too hope you had a wonderful Christmas. You got your snow, even a bit late! Happy New Year to you and all the best in all your gardening endeavors.

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  12. Happy New Year! Unlike we adults, kids never seem to mind the snow. They can play for hours and never mind the cold. All the best for the new year!

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  13. So pleased to see how well you have settled in. Hope the current storms haven't hit you too hard.

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  14. Indie I am finally catching up. Your house is gorgeous in the snow. Wishing you a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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