The Stocking Were Hung by the Chimney With Care


Go to bed in your fireplace and sleep like a log

The “Cottage for Two” has plenty of charm and comfort, but it doesn’t have a fireplace. I grew up in a Georgian house with a fireplace in the living room, dining room, master bedroom and one more that had been covered up in my bedroom. Seated round the fireplace, there is a black and white glossy photo of my parents, my mother holding a black cocker spaniel on her lap, and me reading a book. It looks like a set piece from a film in the late 1940’s and remained the same long after I had married and moved away from home.

Now without a fireplace I will miss the mantle the most, especially at Christmas time. It’s back to my current dilemma  of ‘stuff’ and what to do with it now that we have sized down. The fire screen photographed above has been left behind, given to a dear friend who found it for me in the corner of a antique/cottage style store while we were out on an adventure. I was delighted to gift her with what we both fell in love with, but unhappy  nonetheless to have parted from this screen with my colors! Looking for the silver lining in things, it occurs to me that I can turn the counter top between the living room and kitchen area into a Christmas mantle. This miniature Nativity must have a new home, mantle or not.                         DSCN2387

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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3 Responses to The Stocking Were Hung by the Chimney With Care

  1. pbmgarden says:

    There is something special about a fireplace, but your solution will make a perfect Christmas display come December Stepheny. I frequently fill my counter between the kitchen-LR with a row of vases of flowers. Maybe containers of different heights filled with greenery would give you a good backdrop for your Nativity.

  2. Or….boughs of greenery layered with things tucked in like the little mice. Thank you, you’ve got me thinking!

  3. lynn rollins says:

    excited about the counter chimney…. tons of possibilities. that lady’s post, we both watch her, will have ideas come holiday time. can’t think of her name. i’ll remind you of it later. and i’ll be thinking. XO

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