Christmas Outside and On Our Porch

I am so glad that it is December and the holiday season.  I’m delighted to join a fabulous group of blogging friends to share spaces that welcome others to our homes.Welcome Home Christmas Tour


For us, welcoming others to our home starts outside.  We go for a classic southern look with candles in the windows, a lighted garland and trees at our front entry, and a pretty wreath on the front door.

Christmas Lights for Outside 2015


Our neighborhood gets a lot of pedestrian traffic and it is my hope that our neighbors who walk by enjoy our lights.

Outdoor Lighting to Welcome Friends and Guests


We used the same wreaths and lighted garland last year.  A new addition to our Christmas outdoor lighting are two small trees in the front porch urns.  Our neighbors moved to Florida this past summer and I bought the trees from them.

Christmas 2015 Outdoor Lighting


We live on a corner, so people who walk or drive by our home view it from two sides.  We love putting a Christmas tree on our side porch for others to enjoy.Christmas Outdoor Lighting 2015


This is the view of our home at the corner.

Our Christmas Home - Outside 2015

We’ve had a Christmas tree on our porch almost every year since we were married in 1994.  I hope it snows before Christmas so that I can enjoy this view with snow surrounding it.

Side Porch Decorated for Christmas 2015


We enjoy our porch almost year-round since it is enclosed.

Christmas Porch Decor - Lots of Vintage to be seen here!


The glow of the Christmas tree is so pretty at night.  The green shutter is from my mom’s 1910 house.  I’ve used it for displaying Christmas cards in the past and love it decorated with greenery and used as decor on the porch this year.

Our Porch Decorated for Christmas - It looks so pretty at night!


Perhaps since I’ve used Mr. SP’s skis as decor, some snow will soon fall.  Truthfully, it’s been downright warm here lately.  It doesn’t feel at all like winter is coming!

Christmas 2015 Porch Decor

I made this tree long, long ago and haven’t used it for years.  I’m glad that I saved it because I love how it looks on top of this Early Dawn Dairy crate that my mom passed along to me.

Christmas Vignette with Early Dawn Dairy Crate from Waynesboro VA

Thanks so much for letting me share the outside of our home and our porch with you this Christmas season.  I’ll be back tomorrow sharing what I think is my very favorite Christmas wreath ever.  That’s saying a lot since I’ve been wreath making for over 20 years.

Christmas Decor 2015 - Tour a southern home's outdoor and porch decor. Vintage loves be sure to stop here!

December 1 –3 you can enjoy how my friends welcome others to their homes.  Click on the links below to visit each one.


  1. I love your Christmas porches!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thank you, Pamela. I’m lucky to have an enclosed porch that I can decorate with no worries of the elements ruining my things.

  2. Paula, I love your home…the photos at dusk are just my idea of the perfect welcome home…and I’m decorating my porch right now! You’ve inspired me with your super creative touches…everything is just beautiful xo

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thank you, Robin! I enjoyed decorating this year and plan to savor those decorations every second that I’m at home between now and Christmas.

  3. Paula your home is just beautiful!!! Love the candles and wreaths you have in the windows so pretty!

  4. Oh, what a pretty set up! We will definitely bring the boys by one evening. #babyD has been completely enthralled with Christmas lights this year so he will love your decorations!

  5. Hi Paula! Your home looks so pretty and I love the wreaths in your windows and that tree on the porch is wonderful. I may have to borrow your idea!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  6. Paula, Very cozy and welcoming home. I love how you’ve decorated the green shutter from your mother’s home. Happy Holidays!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thank you, Joan! I’m so glad that I spied that shutter in our basement when I was decorating. My mom was thrilled to see me using it, too.

  7. Your house looks so pretty all lit up! I’m still in love with that tree on the porch! Beautiful job!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thank you, Shanna! The tree is my favorite part, too. It’s so pretty when you drive toward our house and see it.

  8. I just love what you did on your porch. From the skis to the gorgeous tree, it is absolutely lovely. Thanks for inspiring me once again. Pinned for when I get a porch once again 🙂
    Make it a very Merry Christmas.

  9. Paula, your neighbours must love driving/walking by your home in the evening. The lights look amazing and I love the tree on the porch. Pinning and sharing.

  10. Your home looks like something out of Saturday evening post featuring the artist Norman Rockwell! Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  11. Your home looks so festive Paula! I love the look of wreaths in each window and the tree illuminated at night on your porch is gorgeous. Now all you need is a good snowfall and it’s a Christmas card waiting to happen.

  12. I love your cozy. Christmas porch Paula! It’s festive and so.welcoming. Merry Christmas!

  13. Beautiful, Paula! I am envious of that side porch of yours — it must be so fun to decorate as well as a lovely spot to sit and enjoy the outdoors from the indoors – ha! LOVE it!

  14. Your house looks gorgeous at night! It looks so warm and inviting. Like if I knocked on the door there would be a warm hot cider waiting for me. 🙂 I need to drive through your neighborhood to look at lights. That doesn’t sound creepy at all…

  15. Nice pictures! My family enjoyed your beautiful décor at Christmas time. Please let me know if you ever decide to sell the Early Dawn milk crate, I am interested as it was my great grandfathers Dairy. Thank you

    • Sweet Pea says:

      That is so neat, Jeremy! I’ll need to ask my mom about selling it as she gave it to me.

      My dad was a dairy inspector. I wish he was still around because there’s a good chance that he knew your great-grandfather.



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