A day of Thanksgiving at Our Little Red House.


We are back from a very short trip up north. Had to check up on things before those harsh Winter storms blow in. On our drive in we could already see the differences in the landscape,Winter is fast approaching. The temperature is enough to let us all know that snow will be coming soon. As soon as we got to our place the first thing we did was get a fire going in our old stove.


We don’t have a water heater hooked up yet so the well water is super cold. It is a little harsh but we are used to it. Besides, if we really need warm water, we can always boil water to add to the cold until we get that water heater situation taken care of.

The day we drove in I decided we might as well try to get our traditional family Christmas photo done. My son hates getting his photo taken but once a year we all do this one photo. I picked our old kitchen table for the photos and as always, we all got the giggles trying to be serious for our yearly photo. In the end we finally decided on one that we all were smiling in. My son would not be happy if I shared this photo in my blog ” Somethings should be private mom” he reminds me. The table we set at was the first piece of furniture my husband and I bought when we bought our first home together. I can’t believe we still have that table around.


We had tons of Swedish butter cookies along with hand made gifts to pass out to our friends and neighbors up there. I was celebrating Christmas the day of Thanksgiving because we were not sure when we would be able to come back. That dirt road, high up on a cliff, can be a little rough during the Winter. It is hard to get in and out of town sometimes. There have been times when the road is closed because of ice and snow.So early Christmas gifts it was.



Of course we had to stop off at the hundred dollar store (dollar store to everyone else) before we headed into town. I have posted about this store before because I love shopping there. I only picked up three things this trip, all books. I found the cutest little book on ornaments. The author shares some of her favorite ornaments from her collection of thousands. It reminds me of my post I did on my wooden ornaments which I will be re-posting later along with an updated version on my new purchases this year. It was fun reading the stories behind this author’s ornaments. Plus she had photographs of each ornament. She is definitely one of my people, we both love our tree jewellery.


Later that night after eating roasted chicken (no time to cook a whole turkey), mashed potatoes with gravy, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie with cool whip we all watched a family movie on VHS. Our choices were A Christmas story (was my father-in-laws favorite) Home alone, and Parenthood. We picked Parenthood since my kids had never seen it. Afterwards I did cocoa and crafts. A great combination in my book.


We decorated a little tree and displayed some of my dollar items I picked up the day before, along with a little white horse. It looks very Scandinavian to me. All it needed was some extra detail which I had a lot of fun adding.


I even had some time to make some of my pom pom ornaments. All these crafts I worked on up north will be posted later in more detail. I have my 12 days of Christmas crafts coming up next month and I have lots of little projects to share with you all. Normally we do not decorate this early for Christmas but this year we have a lot to be thankful for and wanted to start Christmas sooner then later.


On the drive back to the city we ran into a herd of elk. Two female and one male ran across the dirt road from the woods. Wow, they can run fast. Thank God my husband hit the brakes and slowed down right before they ran across the road. When we looked off to the side there were about 15 running away in the opposite decoration. I did not get a chance to photograph it, it all happened so quickly. It was amazing to see so many out. Hunting season is over so they are out everywhere now.

In the little town just outside the forest there were all kinds of sales going on since it was Black Friday. I picked up a little tree, lights, ornaments, ribbon and a beautiful hand stitched Scandinavian styled tree skirt all for under $10. I still have my live tree out in my garden from last year but I was in the Christmas mood and thought it would be fun to decorate when we got back to the city. Alley cat was so exhausted from the 3 hour drive back home that as soon as the tree was finished she passed out under it. I also noticed several trucks headed back to the city along with us and their trucks were filled with freshly cut Christmas trees ready to decorate once home as well. We did not have a permit to cut a fresh tree this year. I will have to look into that, that for next year. I do love live plants and will be bringing some into my home to decorate in the days coming.


Hope you all enjoyed this mini trip back with us. Next post will be on frugal decorating at Our Little Red House. A change from my post last year when I decorated here in the city. It was a bit of a challenge up north, so I collected things to decorate with from the forest, along with some dollar store finds. And in keeping with tradition I added another red truck to this years decorations as well.Happy decorating everyone.


© Our Little Red House 2019

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Lovely pictures and post as always! Lovin your decorations. We are watching Christmas movies daily now… VHS must feel all kinds of cozy. Now I wish we had kept ours. Oh well… the movies are still bringing in the spirit well enough. Blessings! 🙏🤗

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    1. Thank you. We are headed out to a Christmas event in an old mining town now, if we can get in, it gets a little crowded. Have a great weekend of Christmas movies (so fun watching them) and God bless you and your family too.

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  2. John says:

    Beautiful pictures!😊 Here we have ten kronor’s shop (10 Swedish kronor is about 1 dollar) But you buy for at least 200-300 kronor, or more because the most cost much more now days.

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    1. I bet there are really fun things to buy there. I think it would be fun to shop at all the different stores in different countries.

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  3. Your house looks so cozy!

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    1. Oh I love that old stove when we are up there and it’s cold. I am not used to the cold growing up in the city surrounded by desert. Up north it does seem cozier because we don’t have any distractions like computers, phones or cable television. My kids have cell phones and they get service in case of an Emergency and we have very nice neighbors too. It is always a nice break to get away from technology every now and then.

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      1. Amen, it sure is! We are thinking about buying a pellet stove where we live in Ohio because our winters are so cold.

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      2. I am not familiar with those, but then I am from the city, so I had to learn country life the hard way, which is to just do it. Our stove up north is wonderful and we heat hot cocoa on the top. My poor cat jumped up on it one year and burned her little paws. She jumped down pretty fast so it wasn’t a bad burn…thank God.

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      3. Awe poor kitty! Yeah, country life is kinda new to me also haha pellet stoves were just the cheapest to maintain

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      4. Nothing wrong with buying cheap, save that money for those rainy days, we all have them from time to time.

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  4. Dandelion B says:

    We use to do Christmas in July at our summer park/home, we did the pre roasted chickens from Costco and instant mashed tatoes lol. one year on thanksgiving we did a street potluck and one of our neighbors did a electric roaster turkey and another one over coals with a new tin can over it, both were so yummy. It’s the 100 dollar store for me too lol. We use to do the family pic and card every year but the kids grew up and out of it, I did get a portrait of all 4 of them a few years ago, all their doing as a surprise to me. I love parenthood! and A Christmas story is a family fave spanning 3 generations now, did you know there is a second one? its alright but we have it on dvd just because, same with a second Lampoons Vacation.

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    1. I loved getting Costco chicken when we were members, we aren’t anymore. We still buy their pizzas and hot dogs every now and then at their food stand. My kids are grown up but I still try to do a family photo. I like to think that someday they will appreciate them. Didn’t know that about a Christmas story having two parts. So funny about Lampoons Vacation, we have that in VHS too.


      1. Dandelion B says:

        we had a bunch of vhs but our player broke. Here you need a membership for the food court, we do love our dogs and pop, fingers and fries and soo yummy pizza. we make a trip out once to twice a month, its no to far but a good 20 min drive with no traffic.

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      2. Most stores you need a membership to buy the food but we have one here where the food area is outside the store and they never ask for a card because they only take cash.

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      3. Dandelion B says:

        Ours only tool cash forever at the food court now they finally take debit..

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      4. I always have to remember to bring cash, maybe they will switch that up too.

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