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.
“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.
“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:
A 1960s soda crate filled with bottlebrush trees makes the dining nook feel festive.
Holly scored the antique table at the Country Living Fair.
A Wreath With Old Family Photos:
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 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:
The bunk beds are just as rustic as the rest of the cabin.
On Christmas Eve, the girls wear their matching pajamas.
“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 perfect vehicle for back-in-time travel: “Albert,” a 1959 Chevy Apache fleetside.