A Southern Charm Christmas in the Kitchen

I have so much enjoyed sharing my Christmas decorations this holiday season. Today I’m sharing how I decorated our kitchen for Christmas.

A Southern Charm Christmas in the Kitchen

I’m joining Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home for a Christmas tour celebrating her home’s 100th Christmas. You’ll find links to each home to tour at the end of this post.

If you arrived here from Let’s Add Sprinkles, welcome.

A Southern Charm Christmas in the Kitchen

In 2009 we added on to our home to get a larger kitchen, breakfast room, and family room. One thing that I knew I wanted was shelves at the end of the cabinets to display my vintage and antique things.

Christmas in the kitchen

The shelves on the left-hand side are decorated with a vintage Santa theme.

Kitchen shelves decorated for Christmas

My mother decorated with vintage Santa boots for Christmas when I was growing up. I started my own collection in the early 1990s.

Mama and I used to spend Black Friday shopping at antique stores and boutiques. One year I purchased these boots in a shop in downtown Staunton.

Vintage Santa boots

These Santa boots were also purchased on a Black Friday shopping day. The Santa was my brother’s first Christmas ornament and is very special to me because he was killed in a hunting accident when he was just 32 years old.

Vintage Santa boots and a 1970 Santa ornament

The Santa candy holder in the middle was my grandmother’s and the other two were more Black Friday purchases in Staunton.

Vintage Santa candy holders

We love to travel to Vermont at Christmas and the candles were a The Vermont Country Store purchase. We leave for Vermont Saturday and I’m already planning to buy these candles when we visit The Vermont Country store.

Vintage Christmas Scene

The right-hand shelves are decorated with Lenox Holiday pieces. I started collecting Lenox Holiday when I was a teenager. You can see my collection displayed in our breakfast room here.

Kitchen shelves decorated for Christmas

All of my Lenox Holiday dishes and accessories were gifts from friends and family. My maternal grandmother gave me this candy dish when I was in high school.

Lenox Holiday candy dish

My friend, Nicole, gave me this star dish. Either my aunt or paternal grandmother gave me the salt and pepper shakers.

Lenox Holiday salt and pepper shakers and star dish

My mother and father-in-law gave me the Mr. and Mrs. Clause salt and pepper shakers and the sleigh.

Lenox Holiday Santa and Mrs. Claus salt and pepper shakers and sleigh

My friend, Marlene, gave me this vase.

Lenox Holiday Vase

Below the shelf is this Christmas vignette. The cookie cutters and red bowl were my paternal grandmother’s. Mama gave us this picture of Sherman one Christmas and I display it here year-round.

vintage cookie cutters in a red bowl, red poinsettia, framed picture of Sherman Skulina

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  1. Paula,
    I loved seeing all your collections. They look beautiful on those corner shelves. It’s always a pleasure to do these tour together. Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

  2. Sweet Pea:
    You and your mama have been on my heart and I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that I will continue prayers for healing and strength for both of you. You have an effervescent spirit about you that I felt through the miles and media waves. May your holidays and trip to Vermont be beautiful and filled with the hope that came on that starry night so many years ago.
    I love how you share all of the memories of each special piece. Every year as we decorate (more just my husband and me) I love hearing my daughter & her husband tell our grand-boys the story behind each treasure in our home. Our youngest daughter,( coming home tomorrow from university WOOT WOOT ) will help us put the finishing touches on our great room tree as she too recites to her beau the cherished memories of each ornament she hangs. Over the years, I thought I must have sounded like a broken record retelling the same stories over and over; however, now I hear my two angels doing the same and my heart just melts. Thank you so much for putting your heart out there Paula. May the blessings of God follow you and yours, over this beautiful holiday season.
    Your Canuck friend (well actually Toronto Maple Leafs fan)from the Great White North,
    Christmas Carol (18th)

    1. I loved hearing about your daughter and her husband sharing Christmas memories with their children. Mama and I really appreciate your prayers and support.

  3. What fun collections. I remember Santa boots like that from my childhood. I’m not sure what would have happened to them. I am always on the look out for vintage Christmas Your have such great pieces. I’m so sorry to read about your brother.
    Merry Christmas. I pray that yours is blessed.

  4. Paula,

    I love that you planned for places to display your treasures. The stories behind them are precious! XX


  5. Love your Santas and china set so much, Paula! You always find the most interesting things and I love how you have so many heirloom pieces passed down to you as well. All the pops of red make the kitchen feel super festive! I can’t wait to follow along on your trip to Vermont! I hope you guys have the best time and take lots of pictures! Big hugs and Merry Christmas, CoCo

  6. I don’t think I’ve ever seen your kitchen before but I love the way you have it decorated! So many fun things! I especially love the bowl of vintage cookie cutters, your brothers ornament and those little Santa boots! So cute. Glad I got to see it. Merry Christmas!

  7. The way you talk about each item in your collections is wonderful – – a history lesson really. Paula, you radiate joy, kindness, and love in all of your writings. You inspire all who follow your blog, a kindred spirit.
    Have a great trip to Vermont! I can’t wait to see what you will be sharing from your trip.
    You and your mama and Mr. SP are in my thoughts and prayers each day.
    Merry Christmas!
    Suzanne from PA

  8. Your beautiful collections are even more wonderful to me because of the meaning behind them. I appreciate the pieces you have even more so because I have never had the opportunity to be handed down anything from my family. I can just imagine how incredibly special these items are because of the history and memories behind them. Thank you for sharing your Southern charm Christmas kitchen, Paula. Hugs and Happy Holidays.

  9. Merry Christmas Paula! Continued prayers for healing for you and your Mama. Your kitchen is beautiful! Love your chairs. My husband makes chairs, and yours look hand made. Thank You for sharing all your vintage Christmas & memories of your brother. Could you tell us your students age. I am a card sender but want to get just the right card. Jesus is the reason for the season!

    1. My chairs are handmade, I think in Pennsylvania. I like antiques but my husband said no uncomfortable antiques for our breakfast room and he was right. Caden is a high school senior. You are so kind to send him a card. My hope is that he will be flooded with cards from all over.

  10. I love hearing about you starting your Lenox collection when you were so young. They’re really beautiful pieces and more precious because they’re from your family. Have a wonderful trip to Vermont and enjoy each minute of this Christmas season. Your in my prayers, Paula. hugs and blessings!

  11. I love your Christmas home tour!!! Everything looks so beautiful!! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

  12. Paula, I’ve never seen your kitchen before…it’s a lot like mine with the black counters and cherry cabinets. I love the little nooks you had designed to display your vintage goodies! The Santa and Mrs. Claus S&P shakers are my favorites. I’m so glad to hear you, Sherman and Mr. SP are going to Vermont this year. Have a wonderful time!

    1. I have never shared my kitchen on the blog, just scenes like this. We leave for VT today and we are very excited.

  13. Love to see all your Xmas pieces everything looks great I continue to pray for you and your mom. Have a wonderful trip and a Merry Christmas 🎄.

  14. Paula I loved your Christmas kitchen tour! All of your vintage collections and their lovely stories make me smile. You have a knack for displaying them too. Praying for you and your mom this Christmas! Merry Christmas!

  15. Your Lenox holiday collection is beautiful. Your Santa over the fireplace looks just like an ornament my mother and I decorated when I was a little girl! I still have it too. Merry Christmas!

  16. Paula as always, you tours are filled with heartfelt and sentimental vintage treasures that make a house a home! I love how you share why each piece is special to you and how you lovingly display them. Of course I love all your vintage finds. The Mr. and Mrs. Claus set is just beautiful!

    I hope this Christmas brings you blessings of health and joy!
    Merry Christmas!

  17. Your collection of vintage Santas is so sweet and reminds me of my childhood! I also collect Lenox Christmas dishes! I think the holly and gold rims are so pretty! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas, Donna

  18. I was just telling Max that I want us to visit the very inn that you go to one Christmas or sometime in December. It looks magical. I hope y’all have a wonderful time. I love your vintage collections. I collect Lenox ornaments. My mother-in-law started me off with them years ago and I continued it.

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