Let me take you back, long, long ago when I was a little girl and a dreamer. When I say dreamer, I mean I had very vivid dreams while sleeping and was also a daydreamer. I loved to escape everyday life in my daydreams which were so fantastical, vivid and happy. This vivid dream life has continued into my adult life and is often the source of many of my home and garden designs. In fact, it has inspired me to create theme gardens for large garden shows. Garden shows don’t happen in the winter, but I still decorate outside, especially for Christmas. Come along with me as I take you into one of my dreams and share with you how to decorate outdoors for Christmas.

Welcome everyone from Redesign!

Let me give a warm welcome to all those coming over from Redesign. Today this Christmas post is being featured and I am so very grateful that you have clicked on it. I truly hope you will enjoy it and my thought processes for creating the perfect outdoor Christmas display.

First, let’s step back in time…

Around the age of 6, I spent a lot of itme by our pond (see below) and dream of underwater colonies of interesting creatures. There were kings and queens of these colonies dressed in flowing robes as they rode on seahorses. They tried to stay hidden, but I caught glimpses of them every now and then.

The pond that I day dreamed beside

This made me even more inclined to spend hours quietly sitting by the pond as I wanted to see more. I fantasized that they lived in elaborate kingdoms which were hidden by the murky water above. Underneath the murkiness were glistening and glittering castles and steeples and curving roads. Not sure why they needed roads given that they all rode seahorses? Perhaps they were there to guide them from one place to another?

When winter would come, we had intense snow storms and the winds would whip up and create massive snow drifts. I dug tunnels and caves and imagined I lived at the North Pole.

I longed to meet Santa, not to tell him all the things I wanted but to just be in his presence. A father figure so-to-speak who was jolly and loving and happiness followed him wherever he went was what I craved. As much as I dug tunnels and wandered in the snowy woods, I never met Santa.

What does Santa’s private retreat really look like?

That did not stop me from day dreaming about how he lived when he wasn’t in the workshop watching the elves or out with the reindeer or in the cozy house with Mrs. Claus.

I pictured he had his own spot, a man cave in today’s terminology, but not your typical man cave with stone floors, dark panelled walls and a huge fireplace. No, I pictured him in something bright and cheery.

Definitely warm and cozy with pillows, blankets and fur rugs and of course, lots of Christmas trees all decorated up.

An assortment of treats like special oranges, chocolates, hot cocoa and maybe even mulled cider filled this spot with delicious scents.

It was frosty and white outside as far as one could see with huge bright blue skies.

He even made sure the outside trees were decorated with glittering red ornaments.

And he had lights and wreaths on a picket fence all around.

With all those memories dancing around in my head, I decided to bring them to life this year in our greenhouse named “Annie” as you can see in the previous photos.

Did I achieve the perfect spot for Santa to relax in?

So what do you think? Is my creation something you could see Santa enjoying?

Having spent many hours in it while decorating, I can assure you that it is warm and cozy with the best views. It is so peaceful and a place that you can really rejuvenate in.

I think Santa would definitely approve! I hope you do too!

Thank you!

Thank you for taking this journey through my memories and dreams at this special time of year. I hope you found some helpful tips for how to decorate outdoors for Christmas.

Next up on the blog will be a home tour! Can’t wait to share with you all the changes I have made this year. If you weren’t with me last year, just click on this link to see how I decorated our home and greenhouse.

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2 Comments
  • Leslie Gootee
    December 14, 2023

    I love the greenhouse inside and out and I love the snow photos. I am not a cold person, but I do love the snow, especially on the trees.

    • Crystal
      December 14, 2023

      Thank you so very much Leslie! I hear you on not enjoying the cold, I don’t either. I froze putting this together but it was worth it in the end. Thanks again for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment!