Log Cabin Wintertime Holidays
The smell of a log cabin can be enhanced with baked goods in the oven, whether chocolate chip cookies, a cinnamon-laced apple pie, or a yeasty loaf of braided challah bread. Or welcome family, friends & guests with mulled apple cider warmed on the stove with cinnamon sticks, cloves, a lemon and/or orange — rind and all. Or get venturesome and stir in some red wine and call it holiday wassail. Or just steep some holiday spices in a pot of water for that welcome home aroma.
We love the Christmas season holidays. Inviting around 100 people over for a Holiday open house is a lot of work but also great fun for foodies like us who love to entertain. We started in October making and freezing cookies, chocolate truffles, and other finger foods. One year, I even made a fun gingerbread log home as the centerpiece for the open house.
For the food table, we put some sturdy cardboard boxes in the center of our dining room table and drape a couple of old sheets over that. Then we cover the entire dining room table with kale (decorative frilly leafy greens). I get a case of kale from our local wholesale produce vendor for around twenty-bucks. Then we arrange platters of hors d’oeuvres on the kale and decorate around them with apples, oranges, grapes, and assorted nuts.
Decorating a log home for the holidays can be fun and rewarding. A real Christmas tree is a must for us. Over time we have collected log home-appropriate ornaments that we hang on the tree and we adorn it with white lights. We have a nice fireplace which of course begs for stockings to be hung with care! We don’t do much for decorating the outside of the cabin since the natural surroundings seem to take care of that for us.
If you have ideas for decorating a log home for the holidays, we’d love to have you share those ideas with us so others can benefit. Most importantly in having a log home during the holidays is to invite family and friends to share it with. Enjoy!