When I came downstairs to start breakfast this past Friday, Edie our house elf was already busy putting up Christmas decorations. I had barely gotten a cup of coffee in me and she was already done putting up the Hokie tree in our dining room. We’re just minutes from Virginia Tech so we have to have a Hokie tree. All of the ornaments are orange and maroon and many of our Hokie guests have added ornaments to it over the years.
It takes us a couple of days to get the house fully decorated for our month long celebration of the holiday season. Edie had the parlor tree up and decorated in just a few hours. It’s 9 feet tall decorated with pearl and gold balls and about 80 counted cross stitch ornaments that took me a little over a year to make. The turret corner of the room is the perfect spot for it. Woodland Santas, nutcrackers, shelf elves, snow people and more greet you in every room. There’s even a little Chanukah Teddy holding a dreidel and Chanukah stockings hung by the Library fireplace. This year two new nutcracker soldiers flank the parlor fireplace and garland with red ribbons adorn the banister of our grand staircase. Saturday, December 5, I hope to find more fun stuff at our Lions Club annual Holiday Craft Show. Last year I bought a couple of gingerbread dolls. They’re a charming couple that you can find on our Facebook page.
Join us Friday December 11th from 4pm – 9pm on Hickok St for our inaugural Christmas Market. This is the same night as the Town of Christiansburg’s Christmas Parade so make plans to head downtown for the evening! In addition to our regular Farmers Market vendors, there will be local artisans, crafters, food trucks and more! Over 40 vendors have already signed up. The parade starts at 7 and marches right past The Oaks. Rain date is Monday December 14 but I don’t recall it raining for the parade since we bought The Oaks in 2010.
Ho Ho Ho, Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas