Southern Christmas Beginnings

Submitted by Christi

It turned sharply colder here today. Time for the first fire of the season! Our big Christmas decorating blitz will be this upcoming weekend. I have a pretty ambitious project going on that I hope to show you next Monday. In the meantime, our fireplace and my mother’s fireplace (she has a mantle, I don’t).

Christi's Christmas Fireplace

I love the lights in the darkening room with the warm fire.

Christi's Christmas Fireplace

Decorated with ribons and bulbs and sparkling white lights.

Of course, it is going to warm back up tomorrow, but for today, a fire in the fireplace and festive decorations were just the ticket!

Now on to Mama’s.

Mama's Christmas Mantel

Mama's Christmas Mantel

Mama's Christmas Mantel

Pretty, tradtional colors

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

The Lettered Cottage
Today’s Lagniappe:  Cheery Cheese Spread
A yummy little snack for sittin’ around the fire.
* 1 container (16 ounces) cheddar cheese spread, softened
* 2 packages (one 8 ounces, one 3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
* 3 tablespoons butter, softened
* 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
* Paprika
* Snipped fresh parsley
* Assorted crackers


* In a medium bowl, combine cheese spread, cream cheese, butter, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. Blend thoroughly. Chill at least 3 hours or overnight. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley. Serve with crackers.

2 Responses to “Southern Christmas Beginnings”

  1. Gloria Says:

    Great job, both fireplaces look lovely! I, too, love the look of Christmas lights on in a darkened room. So homey and pretty!
    Best regards,

  2. kat Says:

    Beautiful fireplaces both. I love the bells on your wreath, they take me back to my growing up years. I don’t see those bells very often anymore.

    BTW Christi. My Kraft basket arrived yesterday. It was so fun going through it. My daughter happened to be visiting when it arrived. She’s coming over this weekend and we plan to bake a few pies while we have yummy coffee and hot chocolate with marshmallows. Thanks again.

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