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Merry & bright Christmas outdoors

It is the Friday before Christmas.
Which means last minute running around.
Shopping. Wrapping. Sipping more coffee.

Or maybe... a little more decorating before company arrives.
Ahem. I am doing all of the above.
And a double dose of the sipping more coffee.
And an update on that coffee maker that gave notice on Wednesday...

Well, it appears that pour over coffee is it for the next couple of days.
Which is good. Pour over coffee is great.
But I am waiting not so patiently for the new coffee maker to arrive.
Because... coffee and I... well
we go together like a horse and carriage.
Sourdough toast and peanut butter. 

And garlic with...almost everything.

But while I am thinking about another cup of liquid fuel to give me that added burst I need
to wrap up the wrapping up, baking and decking the halls...
today I am sharing a peek at the outdoor areas decorated for Christmas.

From the front door- which I shared here

To the back patio.

When I was a wee girl, I used to spend hours dreaming about Christmas.
And one of my favorite things aside from the twinkling trees,
stockings on the fireplace mantel by the warm fire
and the Christmas parties with all the treats you could eat
was that my grandparents would always drive down for Christmas.

And I would get so excited to see them and know that when they arrived
that meant that Christmas was here.

And one of the things I love about Christmas now is that time spent with family
and memories being made.
Did I ever tell you that we do Karaoke at Christmas at my moms?
We do. And we are SO NOT GOOD that it is awesome.
Good times.

Back to the outdoor tour- just because the patio is outdoors and may not be used every day
in winter- I always love to sprinkle a bit of Christmas cheer out there.
The rock fireplace waits for evenings spent outdoors.

Wrapped up with chunky knits, warming hands, 
roasting marshmallows and sipping warm you up drinks by the fire.

I am in love with a 'naked' tree on the patio.
Meaning- one with nothing but pretty branches and pretty twinkling lights.

And something new on the french doors that just arrived...
snow covered flocked garland.
And between you and me...
that is about the only kind of snow I am a fan of.

I have a crush on flocked and frosted greens at Christmas
and faux works perfectly for me.

I love the chunky planters 
and pretty garland wrapped around the doorways.

And of course my favorite lanterns are the perfect way to light the steps
as nighttime falls.

I am a little obsessed with Christmas lights twinkling through windows and doors.

I am also obsessed with outdoor greens that twinkle.
These are battery operated, have a remote and on timers.
 And as I sat on the sofa editing photos this evening
they popped back on all by themselves- which is a big bonus in my book.

I haven't done much other than fresh greens on the french doors before
but these flocked garlands and wreaths are so pretty.

And they definitely make the patio feel Merry & Bright.
And one more stop today- the fire pit in the orchard.

An outdoor tree twinkles away while a warm fire glows.
This is a great spot to escape to if you are looking for a quiet place to sit 
and sip on coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening.

That is about it for the outdoor tour today.
You can shop the look here
 (and these are all on sale right now so you can shop now and be ready for next year) 

I'm joining Balsam Hill today as part of their Countdown to Christmas campaign
and they are giving away a gift card to do a little shopping.
You can find more details here:

See you tomorrow for another
 look at Christmas appearing around the house this year and a giveaway
for a chance to win one of 
Balsam Hill's 10 year anniversary ornaments.

Just leave a comment for a chance to win.

 Happy Friday everyone.

I work with Balsam Hill as their ambassador- 
but all opinions and insane love of all things Balsam Hill and Christmas 
are my own.

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  1. Sometimes I think twinkling lights and evergreens are just the thing. You've given me so much inspiration -- I'm doing this next year. We don't have an outdoor fireplace, but we do have a chiminea that I think could stand some Christmas love ;-) Buon Natale, to you and your family!

  2. Breathtakingly beautiful! Merry Christmas~