This family has an old-fashioned Christmas in a Tennessee log cabin.

The property dates back to the 1700s when it was built by North Carolina pioneers. It sits atop a bluff at the end of a densely wooded gravel driveway.

On the porch, a flea market wagon holds a small burlap-wrapped tree topped with a scarf bow.

“Christmas revolved around food in my childhood, and I want my babies to enjoy those same traditions,” says Holly, the homeowner.

She makes her grandmother’s sausage cheese balls every Christmas.

Living Space:

The children gather at the base of the Christmas tree by the fire.

“So much love goes into making a handmade gift, especially one you can use year after year,” says Holly.

Her family’s festive stockings are made from seed sacks and monogrammed with yarn.

The Kitchen:

A green kitchen in this Tennessee Log Cabin Christmas

“Sharing the gift of music with the kids brings us great joy,” says Holly. “My girls could sing ‘Jingle Bells’ before they spoke in complete sentences.”

The Dining Area:

Rustic walls in this Tennessee log cabin are the perfect background for their rustic dining table

A 1960s soda crate filled with bottlebrush trees makes the dining nook feel festive.

Holly scored the antique table at the Country Living Fair.

Dad plays the guitar on the screened in porch in this Tennessee log cabin

A Wreath With Old Family Photos:

In a Tennessee Log Cabin Christmas there is a wreath with old family photos clipped to it

Holly tucks old family photos into a simple green wreath. This allows the family to “celebrate” Christmas with family members who live far away or are no longer living.

The Master Bedroom:

The master bedroom has bright bedding perfect for the log cabin

The corrugated wall is trimmed with a fresh garland.

“It amazes me how this tiny cabin was the average home size for an 18th-century family,” she says.

The Childrens’ Room:

In a Tennessee Log Cabin Christmas the kids sleep on rustic bunk beds.

The bunk beds are just as rustic as the rest of the cabin.

On Christmas Eve, the girls wear their matching pajamas.

The Bathroom:

The bathroom is modern in this cabin but the walls are all log cabin style

“Who said you have to rough it to enjoy a rustic cabin life?” Holly jokes about her refurbished master bathroom.

Here, she installed a deep soaking tub with jets.

The family surrounding a vintage truck.

The perfect vehicle for back-in-time travel: “Albert,” a 1959 Chevy Apache fleetside.

{Photos & details courtesy of Country Living}

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  1. Nice place to share with us as I would not have seen something like this featured in the few magazines I read. She is very lucky to have this place to enjoy with her young family.

  2. This makes me wish I lived in a tiny little cabin in the woods with my pets, books, and a fire. But let’s not get carried away: I need TV and internet also.

  3. Simply decorated and simply beautiful. Warm and snuggly comes to mind. Love the Christmas magic the decorations bring in. I would have loved going to sleep there on Christmas Eve as a kid, all excited for Santa to come!

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