"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke

Saturday, October 29, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmastime.....

.....everywhere you go.
Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again.
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.....

Well, not everywhere but it is in the little village of Diever in Holland. This village is such a lovely place but made even lovelier when Lejo and Christy took over the shop called 'In de Lindentuin'. It was my first time to visit this shop as we always visited their shop in Havelte. Lejo was working on setting up for their Christmas open house tomorrow morning. I asked the lady in the shop if she would tell him hello from me and she told me to just go through. He is doing an amazing job in this beautiful room and it is going to be a real treat! He will be making soup in the little kitchen area to serve while people shop. I am so glad that I was at least able to get a sneak peek and told him that if he stopped now with what he has done it will be perfect as he is working so hard to get it ready in time.

Come have a look...

But we really have to have a closer look so come around the corner and into the shop...

This is a corner of the Christmas room which will be revealed tomorrow morning at 11am. If you are Dutch and able to get here tomorrow, it is well worth the visit!

I am not connected to the shop other than being a customer who enjoys the wonderful way that Lejo en Christy set up their shop. I think they have a wonderful eye for setting things up. If you cannot go there, you can always look at their webshop which does mail orders. Lejo also keeps a blog for the shops.

Just in case you are wondering, I am still loving my pumpkins and autumn but this little glimpse of Christmas has me itching to start the season in my own home. *sigh* We have been out today enjoying all the pretty fall colors. This poncho on my handwork blog kept me warm. After having been sick last week and unable to get out, it was such a pleasant day. In fact, I have to go now and peel my roasted chestnuts for dinner. If you are interested in roasting your own, stop over at my other blog to see how to do it.

12 comments:

Nancy said...

It sure does look like a fun shop to visit. Are you eating one chestnut and saving one for dinner?
Glad your poncho kept you very warm today too.
Love you, Mom

Kathy A. said...

Oh that looks like such a wonderful shop. And I so love Christmas!!!

Jenny said...

I really love the looks of this shop! When I come to Holland we can go together and have a wonderful time ;) I hope you are having a good day, keeping warm with your new poncho and being able to work on all the things that you love. Hugs from CA.

Willy said...

Hej Heidi, wat jammer dat je ziek was afgelopen week. De poncho kwam dus al goed van pas. Mooi model en kleur.
Leuke winkel, ik noteer het voor als we eens in de buurt zijn. Mooie foto's.
Fijne zondag, lieve groet

Cass @ That Old House said...

I just got into the Christmas mood today -- because we are having snow here in New Jersey -- near New York. Crazy October weather here, for sure!
Cass

Betty Lou said...

Wish I could just step inside that little Christmas shop but think I will check out their web site instead. I love Christmas shops.

Susan in SC said...

Lucky you to get to visit such a special shop!

Ginny said...

Christmas. Well, I'm not looking forward to snow, but I love getting out my snowmen, although I'm going to put my thinking cap on and try to figure out how I can display them all over the house, and not just in the great room. We don't have any of those cute little shops in our town (there may be some in some of the towns we don't visit), but I love to see the winter displays, even in the larger stores. Oh! Here is a Christmas ad on TV. Guess it does put me in the mood!

Alix said...

Ah - lovely! There is something very special about the anticipation of Christmas, and all the warm feelings it evokes...
x

Vicki said...

Ooh, how I'd love to be able to see a shop like that again! I live in small-town America; our little Main Street USA has fallen on hard times with no industry or tax base. The restaurants and shops have slowly disappeared, one by one. We had a wonderful shop in "the old days" called a "general store" and the owner would order specialty-Christmas items from all over the world. I am lucky to have treasures I bought from this store, some 30 years ago, although it seems like yesterday: small soldiers made of lead, a little hand-carved wood choochoo train from Germany, a creche from Switzerland, my doll from France in her red pinafore. The owner, very similarly to the owners of the nice shop you describe in this post, displayed all the new and well-made, modestly-priced items in a tantalizing way, almost a museum vibe or a style tour, like a design house. I'd go again and again. It would make the worst Ebenezer Scrooge feel happy about the coming holidays. There's never snow here in the river valley where I live...it only falls high in the mountains...but we could pretend it was a Dickens-snowy holiday, surrounded by these eclectic, somewhat-European holiday decorations! As a young, single, working woman out on my own, I began to amass my holiday collection...lovely little things to bring out every year, revisit and enjoy; traditions born.

So sorry you have been feeling unwell. Hope it's not your eyes. I, too, am the first of my family to get a nasty cold this year, and it was a bit of nuisance last week! Our weather isn't even cold - we were 82 degrees-F today - but the warm, dry winds must blow in their own germs. The U.S.'s Northeast is suffering significant early snow for October this weekend. So interesting to learn that the reason they've lost so many limbs off branches, and entire trees, is because the fall/autumn leaves were still plenty on the trees instead of the ground and, as the leaves become saturated with wet, heavy snow, the tree becomes too overcome by the weight. Things I couldn't even begin to understand in a Southern California coastal environment...of palm trees!

Celestial Charms said...

Looks like a lovely shop, and a place to spend lots of time admiring all!
Maureen

Rowan said...

It looks the kind of shop I would enjoy looking round, pity I'm not close enough to visit.