My name is Lisa Brenneke, welcome to our MO home where I hope you enjoy our Vintage Christmas on the Farm.
Twelve Days of Christmas Tour
I’m not sure what you would call my “style” or if I really have one! I suppose you could say I love primitive, vintage, eclectic, refurbished or all the above. On a rare occasion, I even throw in a piece of modern. If anything matches, it’s a sheer coincidence.
Christmas is very special to me. I usually start decorating before Thanksgiving (I know some don’t agree) but I like to enjoy it for a while once it’s all decorated.
I collect old Christmas stockings and have a favorite that reminds me of my Dad every time I hang it. It has his initials on it, JW. I even think it looks like his handwriting.
I bought this cabinet from a good friend and used it to display some of my smaller Christmas items.
I love finding old Christmas stuff in the original boxes such as tinsel, bulbs, reflectors, lights, etc. When it’s not Chrismas, it’s used to display old toys.
I love ornaments and lost all my childhood ornaments in a fire we had in the original farmhouse that was here when we bought the farm.
I had three antique ornaments in particular that hung on every Christmas tree I could ever remember. These ornaments were a matched set: a Santa, a dog, and a cat.
I have searched for approximately 20 years in antique stores trying to replace them to no avail. Needless to say, I have found many other vintage Christmas “pretty’s.”
The white wooden farmhouse was a school project of Holly’s made by her and her dad.
Living Room at Nighttime
My dining room table has a vintage Purina chicken feeder filled with antique ornaments for the centerpiece.
Dining Room at Nighttime
Harley says Merry Christmas, everyone!!!
The little vintage boots are another obsession of mine; they were used as candy containers.
The kitchen tree is sitting on an old sugar tin to add more height.
We found the blue wood burning stove in a shop in Poplar Bluff, MO, and I just had to have it. My husband’s mom has always had one of these stoves and still cooks on it from time to time.
Kitchen at Nighttime
Here are two of my favorite German Bells, one from Holly and one is Nellie’s handprint. My husband, Terry taught Holly how to make these when she was very young and it has been a tradition ever since.
On one of my door frames, you can see handmade Christmas cards that I believe were all school projects. A few were even made by me back in the day. There are some made by my son, Derek, my daughter, Holly and my granddaughter, Nellie. The bag was a gift handpainted by Nellie at age 5.
I truly love these.
The paper chain garland on the tree brings back childhood memories.
We have had English Mastiffs for over 30 years. We currently have three males, OH MY!
A small Christmas touch in the guest bathroom.
An old aluminum tree & color wheel makes the office feel like Christmas.
The Farm at Nighttime
We always put the wreaths on the windows with lights.
I spotted the antique Santa, sleigh, and reindeer in the basement at an auction and knew I wasn’t going home without them!
This piece on the front porch is another old chicken feeder.
We inherited the old one-horse-open sleigh when we bought the farm.
I keep candles burning in the windows year-round for a welcoming, cozy feel.
The old bicycle was found on our 100-mile yard sale hunt this summer. When I asked the teen about it, he said it was his grandpa’s bike. How can you do that?? So I brought it home for a good resting place.
We make these swags every year with cedar, berries, and holly gathered from the farm.
Our Flemish Giant Rabbit, Wilbur, got his own swag too.
The chicken house window even got a wreath this year.
My greatest Christmas wish is that my children and grandchildren will always be home and look forward to Christmas at the farm.
A couple of newer traditions that I enjoy are hearing the kids talk about what their mischievous elf did the night before. They truly believe this and it is so fun hearing their stories.
We also decided a few years back instead of buying gifts for the adults to take a family vacation. BEST idea ever!
It should be more about what’s in your ❤️ and not what’s in your hand.
The most important part of Christmas is spending time with family and reminiscing the memories of the ones no longer with us.
You may also like to read about Lisa’s Summer Outdoor Living Tour on Diamonds or Pearls.
Tomorrow on the “Twelve Days of Christmas” tour is Whitney Schaf’s home in MO. Whitney’s style is “modern coastal” in reference to the blend of traditional and modern furniture and she draws from coastal influences in color and texture. She definitely has a talent for interior design and her home reflects that. You are going to enjoy some of her holiday tips and her gorgeous home decorated for Christmas.
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