Some old Bayfields Christmas cards of long ago remind us of the changes to Bayfields; a greenhouse added in the 1940’s, 2 bay windows added in the 1960’s, extended porch and balcony…
For ages my grandparents held a neighborhood Christmas party each year, but it’s been over 35 years since Bayfields has invited the neighbors in to see it decorated for the season.
This year, thanks to an invite from the Galesville Holiday House Tour, Bayfields was inspired to deck the hall, the tree, the sleigh, the mantles, the bedrooms, and even our grandfather’s old Santa suit made an appearance!
My sister, Holly, collected greenery outside to create window swags and dozens of vases filled with fresh cut greenery. While Mom and I decorated the tree and bedrooms, Kurt cleared the lawn of leaves and carried the ladder around.
I had wrapped empty boxes to load up the old sleigh(yes, we still use it on snow days) and we even put the garden gnomes to work.
We had several dozen visitors for the house tour, here below is 30 second speed tour of the house from that night.
Since the house was already decorated, we hosted a dinner party for a church group caroling to the homebound the following weekend. Of course we’ll have a big family gathering here for Christmas dinner so they can also enjoy the old family home with a few new traditions.
A feast, birthday wishes for Ivy, and of course, singing Christmas carols into the evening as my brother Rick plays the piano.
From our house to yours, have a very merry Christmas!