Decorating the Front Porch for Christmas, 2008

Today, I’m sharing a bit of my outdoor Christmas decorations. If you come see me, as you pull into the driveway, you’ll see the Lazy Hill Dove Cote on your immediate left. Sadly, there are no bluebirds nesting there this time of year. But stay tuned…they just may be back in the spring since they nested in there three times this past spring. If you would like to see some cute pics of the bluebirds feeding worms to their babies, click on the photo of the dove cote in my sidebar. Wonder what they would think of this new addition to their home?

As you walk toward the meandering brick walk way that leads to the front door, you’ll pass a gas lantern with an “oak-leaf” flame burning brightly inside.

A Fraser Fir wreath adorns the front door…

A night view…

All we need now is SNOW!

I found these wonderful large bells at Dollar Tree. They are scattered around the garland that encircles the front door.

Welcome to my home, dear friends! Merry Christmas!

Thanks so much for dropping in for a visit!

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  1. imjacobsmom says

    So welcoming and festive! Merry Christmas Susan! ~ Robyn

  2. Beautiful! Our front doorways are decorated so similarly, but last night, about half of the lights went out on mine. So frustrating. laurie

  3. You truly have a beautiful home, Susan and your Christmas decorations make it even more beautiful…so festive and so welcoming!..Congrats on your 100th post!…Christine

  4. Hello Susan & Merry, Merry Christmas!!!

    Your home is sooooo beautiful! I just adore all of your outside Christmas decor…and that darling little sled is perfect!!!

    Warmest wishes…Chari

  5. Susan,
    Congratulations on your 100th post!!! My how time flies.

    Your exterior decorations are beautiful & just a glimpse of the treat your guests will experience when they walk throught the door. β™₯ Diane

  6. I just loved this tour of your exterior–and I loved the sled on the porch. I think your bluebirds would heartily approve of your lovely wreath. I hope you get snow!

  7. Beautiful…love the garland around the door.

  8. Very lovely touches Susan, Very lovely. Deb

  9. Oh my goodness. Your decorations outside are also so beautiful. I just keep looking. LOL

  10. The Graves' House says

    beautiful home. i love the way your front porch looks at night – very welcoming.

  11. Suzann @ Lavender and Roses says

    I love your front porch. It truly says, come on in.
    You’ve got me wanting to paint my front door red!

  12. Pat@Back Porch Musings says

    Susan, this is gorgeous! I love how you’ve decorated your porch! The dovecote is beautiful and I will click to see the birds.

    Thanks so much for the trifle recipe.

  13. Lady of the Mote says

    it’s all so very lovely!

  14. Beautiful, Susan! Love the bells -what a find!

  15. Woo Hoo!! Congratulations on your 100th post! It seems just like yesterday you started blogging! Susan, your home is absolutely gorgeous – inside and out!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia πŸ™‚

  16. Susan, I’m more than happy to send you some snow. However, I think your decorations are perfect even without a wintry mix! I’m going to have to scout out a Dollar Tree. I think I passed one in a little town about 10 miles down the road. Love the addition of those bells to your garland. Thanks for making us all feel right at home.

  17. Everything looks gorgeous! I love what you did around the door, the sled is a fun touch. Great job!

  18. The lamp post is so cute and with the wreath on the bird house it’s adorabl. Please let it snow for Susan. Let me know if you get snow.


  20. Cami @ Creating Myself says

    Your front porch is beautiful! Love the dove cote!!

    I was unable to participatem or visit those who did, in Tablescape Tuesday this week as my grandson was in the hospital. But I’ll get back to see them sometime thsi weekend.

  21. Cynthia's Cottage Design says


    what a beautiful front door you have!! everything looks stunning! and its my Favorite color too πŸ™‚ I adore the sled too, your right , all you need is snow πŸ™‚ gorgeous job decorating!!

    Happy Holidays! Cynthia

  22. Congrats on your 100th post! I love your entry…..very beautiful! And the bluebird house… I may “need” to add one in the spring (LOL)

    Snow in Georgia? Hah you jest. Today in central Georgia it is going to be 75 (oh my)…and in December!

  23. We love your Christmas decorations! Well done!
    Lindy & Lesa Swedeen

  24. Linda/ "Mom..." says

    Simply stated?~~~ "Sooooo stunnnning"!!!~~~ Deliciously warm & so welcoming~~~ so "Y-O-U"~~~ ooo "Sweet Sue"!!! Biggest hugs, Linda

  25. Happy To Be says

    Congrats on your 100th post…how old does that make me now as I have never missed one of yours…it all looks beautiful Susan..and you can have some of my Sunny California snow…I ‘ll send you some..hugs and smiles Gloria

  26. Your front door is amazing!!!!

  27. If Joy is coming home for Christmas, you better keep an eye on that sled. I heard a rumor that she was looking for one.

    I sure hope the Atlanta Metro area is better able to deal with frozen precip than the Macon area. More than a dusting here, and all the schools close, shelves empty of bread and milk, and anyone that can takes off from work. And heaven forbid if it takes the form of ice. So many pine limbs come down and bring the power lines with them, unfortunately. Nature provides some gorgeous ice sculptures to make up for the chaos created.

    I think the bluebirds would heartily approve. It would give them another area to perch and watch out for the (to them I’m sure, crazy)lady with the camera. Everything looks beautiful and I really like your big bells in your garland.

  28. Congratulations on your 100th post. I really, really like the night view of your front door. Wonderful…

  29. Melissa Miller says

    Classic, elegant and simply stunning.

  30. It all looks beautiful. My favorite though is the front porch at night time.


  31. once in a blue moon... says

    ALL beautiful, but the sleigh and topiaries are my fav~

  32. Susan, you have a gas lantern!!How charming and perfect for your home.The red door with the wreath is beautiful and the night pictures look like a picture for Christmas in Father of The Bride.Well at least it evokes that warm feeling.I love the bells,I need another ornament like a hole in the head,but I think they would be a great addition to my mantle with the polkadots.Don’t you?Thankyou again for giving us your precious time, I look at your blog as a daily gift and especially during this busy time of year, I wish I had a gift to give you.I hope my appreciation will do for now.Hugs to you my friend and a Very Merry Christmas to You and Yours, Kathysue

  33. Your home is so lovely! I would love to have a gas lamp like that… Your front door is stunning!

    Love it all!

  34. Lady Katherine says

    How beautiful! Your home is this Christmas! I love the bluebird house! We had the snow for three days. My bluebirds are everywhere! I need to put up more houses. Love the bells, they are just the right touch. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  35. Terri and Bob says

    Beautiful door!!

  36. Lady Katherine says

    The gas latern is so wonderful deco. in Christmas, makes me go out and buy one! No natural gas here in the country! I forgot, sorry! Conrats on your 100th post!! Now you need 100 blue bird house on a post! lol

  37. Ma'dame French says

    First let me say you outdoor decor is beautiful! I love the night time shot! The trifle looks totally yummy! And thanks for a wonderful introduction and so much fun in the tabelscape Tuesday! I can’t wait for this coming one I have a new table all prepared! Hugs French;)

  38. Wow Susan… and this too was magnificent… Love the entry at night… it is awesome… I love the sled… I have an antique one that sat outside my front door when I had a house… Now it sits outside my daughters till we get another house… Love it… Thanks for posting this… Have A GREAT DAY…


  39. what a feeling you must have each evening when you pull in. This screams home to me, come on in. I love your sled leaning against the door. Almost like Chip abandoned it for some hot cocoa, (except for the bow).lol I think the bluebirds will think their home looks stunning for the holidays..
    hugs ~lynne~

  40. Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity says

    Susan, Another example of your wonderful style. It looks amazing!
    I still adore your birdhouse.
    Hugs, Terrie

  41. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Thanks everyone soooo much for all the generous and sweet comments! I appreciate each and everyone so much! πŸ™‚ Susan

  42. these are some wonderful photos!
    and congrats on the 100th post! can you beleive it …I missed my own! lol oh well there is always 200

  43. 9405018--Pat says

    You truly have a beautiful home, Susan….Love the garland around the door….Pat H

  44. Susan, your home looks so festive and inviting. Thank you for inviting us for a visit.

  45. Top-notch decorating Susan…you have such a talent for making anything seem so splendid! πŸ˜‰ Bo

  46. Your home is wonderful! How elegant! Thank you for sharing all your photos. Where did you get the dovecoat? I would love to have one.

  47. Your house looks amazing, as usual. Take a break, and enjoy the season!!! Sally

  48. Cottage Rose says

    Hello Susan; The out side of your home is so stunning. It is just beautiful at night with all the lights. I am sure that the bluebirds would love the new addition to their home.

    Merry Christmas.
    I really enjoyed my visit.


  49. I sure wish I could get here before 10:30 PM!!!! Anyway, Oh, I so love your front porch decorations. Your topiaries are stunning! Are they FAUX materials and up all year??? LOVE the sled, we have one too, that we got at an antique shop. You are such an inspiration to all who come here. MERRY, merry Christmas!!! Pinky

  50. Raggedy Girl says

    The night time door scene is incredible. Thanks for the tour. I would like a dove cote as I have doves here, no wait, hubby said the are small gray pigeons. Maybe I could convince them to impersonate doves and live in the cote.
    Roberta Anne

  51. cottage farm villa (aka cottagecharm) says

    Susan, your entrance is so lovely and inviting! Love your front door. You may want to stop by and see my Red Door Christmas post I did last week. All about Red Doors… Love them! ~Cheryl

  52. I especially love the way you use ribbon in your designs and decorations. Your home is truly lovely and looks so inviting….thank you for sharing. AND I love the poll … great touch.

  53. profenretraite says

    Hi Susan…Your decorations are beautiful! I love getting to see them at night. And…CONGRATULATIONS on your 100th post!That’s quite an accomplishment! …hugs…Debbie

  54. A Hint of Home says

    Your front door is just beautiful and inviting. I love the sled.

  55. I love how you’ve decorated your front entry. It certainly makes a house a home.
    Congratulations on your 100th post. Keep up the fabulous job!

  56. texasdaisey says

    Your home is so beautiful. Your pictures just make me sigh with satisfaction. I especially like the ones of the door & sled lit all up. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  57. Hi Susan, What a beautiful entry! One of the (many!) reasons I love your blog is that you have this incredibly beautiful home and you have the skills to buy things at the Dollar Store and make them look like a million bucks!
    Merry Christmas! Pam (pam25)

  58. jerseygirl211 says

    Hi Susan,

    Your house looks lovely. I’m still working on getting our front door painted red, yours looks so good. I don’t know what’s with me, but evey time I come here to view your latest post, I see your rooms on the sidebar and get lost looking at them. No matter how many times I view them I never get tired of it. Your house is so warm and welcoming, just like you.

    Have Wonderful Holidays My Friend.


  59. Kathleen Ellis says

    Your entryway is lovely…so pretty and welcoming…sigh! πŸ™‚

  60. Your blog is one of my favorites.
    Jean in Virginia

  61. All the ideas are beautiful.I ha e never decorated the out side of my house.How would I attach garland to my brick home

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