Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hooked on Barns

Via Bristol.com
 The weather today in Nashville is "beginning to look a lot like Christmas".  I'm a little bummed that I couldn't make the trip to visit our new mystery barn, postponed because of the mud.  So to appease that spirit of adventure,  I've grabbed a fresh cup of Joe and am staring at my computer.
I've spent a lot of time lately with one of my favorite bloggers, Julia, at http://www.hookedonhouses.net/.
Each Christmas she pulls out the "Top Ten Best Christmas Movie Houses" post and asks readers to submit their favs.  We watched "White Christmas" at my house last week, and the details of the barn dining room really jumped out at me.

She posts some great stills of the movie and you can peruse all the details.  But you know they embellish those sets way beyond what that "little barn" could actually hold.  Take a look at these real beauties...

Lighted Barn, Lancaster, PA via Post and Beam Living

The Christmas Barn by Billy Jacobs

Snow Barn by Luke Warmwater on Flickr

Source: Pixdaus.com
So now I'm daydreaming about Christmas in the country.  It's a little game one of my best friends taught me.  Pick out a house and label it a holiday.  You know, "That's my Christmas House," or "Thanksgiving House". In other words, the house you would dream of having your family over for the holiday in.  Of course, the house for Christmas is in the country and it undoubtedly would have to have a barn!  (Wow, I could host Bella anytime of year!)
As in the movie, the nearby town would have to be equally as quaint.  Have you ever been to Franklin, Tennessee for their 'Dicken's Christmas'?  Oh, My!

Courtesy Tennessee Home and Farm
Can you see the architecture reflection in the window?  When you're there, you really feel like you've stepped back in time.  Christmas card perfect....

Remember that old Annhauser Bush commercial with the clydesdale horses pulling the sleigh up to the beautiful Inn?  Could Christmas ever really be that romantic?

 Ok, so back to my fantasy.... here's my anytime house.  I could seriously stay the rest of my days in a house like this. 

The Giant Sequoia, Dale Earnhardt Collection
Yes, that is a fireplace on the front porch!  It backs up to the one inside and those are two french doors on either side.  Add a couple of rockers, a throw and a cozy fire...ooooheeee!  How 'bout a Springtime party with the doors open and your guests stroll in and out!   It's hard to tell by this elevation, but that is actually a big wrap-around porch.  The house footprint is like a 'T'.  For more fun, go to their website http://www.schumacherhomes.com/Earnhardt-Collection/home.aspx?mn=gallery

The holidays really bring out the sappy part of me.  My Christmases when I was a kid were a bit lack-luster, so my imagination runs in overdrive because of all the great movie sets and houses.
So what do you dream about at Christmas time?  Bet it doesn't include a barn....
Oh, wait!  Christmas is all about something that happened in a barn, er uh, stable!  Merry Christmas!


  1. I so enjoyed the walk down memory lane. As a kid certain shows and commercials would let me know just how close Christmas really was.

  2. That was part of the fun and anticipation, wasn't it? Nowadays, all you have to do is pull it up on Netflix- but as a kid, I always would stay up late on Christmas Eve to see Miracle on 34th Street!

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