Thursday, December 17, 2009

Santa is supposed to come down the chimney, right?

But then there are all these questions that kids seem to have about that mode of arrival. For instance, if he is delivering a bike, how does he get it down the narrow chimney? Or what if there was a fire earlier in the evening, how does he avoid landing on hot coals? Or what if they have no chimney? I can understand their concern. Really, I do but the obvious thing to me is how does that jolly man get himself down the chimney? I know these burning questions have you stymied like me.

That brings me to this.

Over the weekend, my husband and I sloshed through wet streets and off and on drizzling rain to take a candlelight tour of some historic homes here. It is an annual event that we finally succumbed to last year and had such a great time; we decided to go again this year.

What does this have to do with Santa getting down the chimney?

I’ll tell you.

When he lands in this neighborhood, I think he takes one look at the front door and thinks to himself, “Well, I’ll be! That is such a fine front door – decorated so wonderfully for Christmas, I must let myself in that way and stay out of the flue.”

Now it may not seem obvious to you, since you weren’t there, but the conditions for taking photos were not optimum. Not that I needed an excuse to go back you see, but well, sunlight is so much better at showing details in some instances. So we returned in the sunshine and travelled up and down the streets admiring (and photographing) the decorations. If you want some ideas for next year, there are plenty here to inspire.

I ought to add that if you are ever in the neighborhood this time of year and you like that sort of thing, you know, peeking into people’s living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms . . . (it’s part of the tour – don’t get any strange ideas), you simply must go. I’ll go with you. You might need a guide after all.


Notice that these are double doors.  How will Santa get in?  This wreath is split in the middle and each side moves with the door it is hung on. 

ssc_2I think the skates hanging on the front door with the sled leaning nearby are a lovely touch.

ssc_3Most of these homes are from the late 1800’s and have gorgeous porches on the front.  Many have fences around the front too.

ssc_4This home stood out because of its color.  I have just now noticed the understated message on the banner.  Sweet.

ssc_5 I think you are going to have to click on this one to see it larger to be able to fully appreciate the greenery.

ssc_6I liked this one for its simplicity.

ssc_7On the other hand,I liked this one because it was elaborate. 

ssc_8 They decorated the fence here, which it kind of cool.  We saw several fences decorated.  I like that they are flying two flags – one for the USA and one for NC.

ssc_10 Last one.  See how the roping coordinates with the garland over the door which coordinates with the wreath?  This house is for sale.  It can be yours for the right price.


  1. Oh! These are so beautiful!!!

    Images like these always make me wish I owned a home.

  2. Thanks for sharing the special decorations on your street! They are all so beautiful! Warm hugs, Esther

  3. Hi ginger! Those homes are beautiful, I love the wreath split in two, that's a great idea..The elaborate one with all the red ornaments, Now that is my idea of a decorated front porch!.. The last one is beautiful too, I like that it has a country feel to it...Thank you for sharing your trip with us, it was fun! have a great day!! Hugs, Jennifer

  4. I am shocked because were I live is not so commom. Wonderful decorations!

  5. Fabulous! Lovely to see! Unfortunately we don't have porches like you do in the USA and the weather would wreck such lovely decorations here in the UK at this time of year (wet and sometimes windy).


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