Sunday, December 4, 2011


This is the World's Longest Christmas Post.

Come inside Orchard Nursery where they have been busy trimming trees for the last 6 weeks!

You should have seen my mom upon entering.


All I heard for the next hour was, "Terri! Look at this!"
Many of you have seen her house at Christmas.

It's over the top.

She pulls out all the stops.

She starts the process in early November.

Although she won't decorate the outside until the day after Thanksgiving.

People have always referred to her house at Christmas as Macy's Department Store.

But I think now we should start referring to it as Orchard Nursery!

It's not often we see decorations that rival her own.

It was fun to see her as excited as her friends and family are when enjoying her home during the Christmas Season.

Believe it or not, I had a difficult time pulling her out of here which is why I took so many photos!

She was having such a good time, begging me to take photos of this and that.

It was magical to see her in the midst of so much Christmas splendor.

 I, on the other hand couldn't help wondering how in the world one place could stock such an extensive selection.

One employee told us they buy year round for Christmas.

 I'm dying to know how much of this stuff they will sell this season and plan to definitely come back for the after Christmas sale to see for myself.

Every once in a while my mom will show me a Christmas decoration that she wants to buy and I'll say, "seriously?" and by golly she'll get it and bring it home and find just the perfect spot for it.

 I really feel blessed to have a mom, at age 76, who is still so excited about Christmas.

I love and appreciate her so much!

This was her favorite section.

She has been collecting these Christmas Carolers for years.

She buys hers at estate sales and thrift stores whenever she sees them.

 We found out that the older/vintage ones are a bit more expensive as they had a special case for those.

Thrifting and patience pays off!

OK, you're on your own now...

Continue at your own risk...

You've been warned.

Remember, I was in here for an hour!

Even though I experienced sensory overload in the first 15 minutes, my mom could have stayed in there all afternoon!

 Have fun!


Happy Decorating.

(I did purchase several of these small velvet pumpkins that were 50% off for my Thanksgiving Table next year)

Believe it or not... my mom did not buy a thing, although she wanted to!

I was proud of her:)


Pamela Hunt Lee said... whew again. Would love to visit this nursery.

Unknown said...

OMG! That's all I can say. I had to scroll back up to the top, and take it all in again. That is such a cool place. Love your great pics. My favorites are the stuffed snowy owls, perched in the trees. So sweet!

La Brocanteuse said...

Goodness me, I called my 8yr old to look at the pic's and even she just couldn't follow right to the did warn us ha ha! are you sure it is not the MAIN source in the world for Christmas decorations! bet your mom had a lovely time. have a lovely week, hugs Colette

Acquired Objects said...

I am so laughing every time I thought I was at the bottom of your post it just kept going. All I can say is WOW! I would have never in a million years guessed your Mom was 76 and I want to know her secret for looking so amazing. I bet you both had fun at that Christmas shop looks wonderful.

Enjoy your evening!

Elizabeth said...

127 photos, must be a record amount of photos on a post :) I always visit orchard at least once during Christmas time.

Bring Pretty Back said...

I enjoyed this beautiful post while enjoying a cup of peppermint tea. What a wonderful way to spend some time today. THANK YOU! And your Mom soinds absolutely fabulous!
Have a pretty day!

The enchanted home said...

Whoa you werent' lkidding..if THIS doesnt' get someone in the Christmas spirit...nothing will! Just fun to browse around and see so much beautiful inspiration!

Theresa Cheek said...

WOW! Everything from a sock monkey chef to Sinatra!! I got a lot of great ideas!!! Thanks.

vignette design said...

Talk about sensory overload. Especially on top of a day spent at Alameda. Sunday Sensory Overload! I looked for you! Didn't buy a thing, which is good! Loving my doggies!

Anonymous said...

this is really gross --I love decorating for Christmas --but this is just gross

Burlap Luxe said...

Eye Candy wow-ness!
Terri I just loved those owl trees, owls are making this come back remember the 70's with all the owls and mushrooms :) well thought I would never like them again, but I do :)

How did you survive that shopping day:)

Merry Christmas to you my friend.
Ps, If I were shopping with you I would have been yelling out your name to come look as well :)


Kathysue said...

Omgosh you were right Whew!! Now I feel as if I don't need to go and visit, I think I saw it all through your eyes, Thanks Terri,
Merry Christmas,

cj said...

Is this the Orchard Nursery in Lafayette?

D&G ESSEX said...

you were not kidding!!! i love shops like this.we have one like this called Merrifield Gardens. and it is amazing.. thank you for sharing..