Holiday 2008 Newsletter

Season of Blessings

Greetings from The Porch!

Up here in the North Country we can't wait to come together to celebrate the official Christmas lighting of our hometown, taste the first snowflake and begin the season of miracles. Despite all the hustle and bustle, there's a time for everything, a time for miracles of love, forgiveness, thankfulness, selflessness, generosity, compassion, charity, peace and tidings of comfort and joy.

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat.
Please put a penny in the old man's hat.
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do.
If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you.

~ English Traditional Rhyme

We're about as busy as can be filling shelves with presents to complement the season. Our NEW Christmas patterns are a delight and long awaited curtain tie-back panels keep out the cold. Stocking hangers and Blonder Home Christmas Accessories express the joy of the season and our NEW American Country Porch curtain valances, lined point valances, ceramic pottery, cookie cutters, country quilts, Donna Sharp quilts and lodge bedding give the heart a lift.

Somehow not only for Christmas,
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart's possessing
Returns to make you glad.

~ John Greenleaf Whittier, Quaker Poet (1807-1892)

All wrapped up in ribbons and bows is our NEW Farm Market Kitchen Decorating Theme, Farm Market Home Accessories and Farm Market Ceramic Pottery, all eager to outfit your farmhouse or cabin for the holidays.

Each day has 24 golden hours . . . we invite you to disconnect for awhile and begin to dream. We have many, many NEW patterns to browse. Look for our New Favorites, Quilt for the Season, Candle Club and Seasonal Recipes. Oh, and don’t forget to bookmark us here at The Country Porch so you can find your way back home!

PS The shop is humming with the season and we can’t wait to share. Take a peek inside our NEW Christmas online catalog that’s chocked full of enough ideas to keep you sleepless in your hometown!

Then their most precious gifts they unfold;
Myrrh and frankincense, purest of gold

~ Michael J Urbonas

What's New!

What's New! Our personal shopper makes holiday decorating a snap by coordinating items as easy to find as a click of your mouse.

Snow Flurries Christmas Apron

Santa My Friend
From the Artist's Collection, The Country Porch features Santa My Friend© Christmas Decorating Theme by Teresa Kogut from Park Designs. 100% cotton.

Santa and friends embrace the Christmas season dressed in their holiday best. Moss tone-on-tone star inner border accents adorable rustic red and moss striped outer border. Santa invites an all-star cast of Santa My Friend ceramic pottery to join the mix, making holiday decorating a snap!

Santa My Friend Christmas Decorating Theme

Snow Flurries Christmas Decorating Theme

Snow Flurries
The Country Porch features the Snow Flurries© Christmas Decorating Theme from the Artist's Collection by Betsey L. Cavallo and Park Designs. 100% cotton.

The season has officially started when swirling snowflakes make their debut on a bed of gorgeous Christmas red. Mix it up with adorable Reindeer Games© ceramic pottery who frolic over the snow and make the trip to Grandma's house a memorable event.

There are enough ideas in our Christmas Decorating catalog to keep you sleepless in your hometown.


Winter Berry
The Country Porch features the Winter Berry Christmas decorating theme from Park Designs. 100% cotton.

Rich garnet enters the scene with high drama and plays to a full border of luscious winter berries. Enjoy an encore with antique gold home accessories and Red Ice Glassware. Merry Christmas!

Winter Berry Christmas Decorating Theme
Warm Wishes Christmas Decorating Theme

Warm Wishes
The Country Porch features the Warm Wishes© Christmas Decorating Theme from Park Designs. 100% cotton.

It's a country Christmas right down to the core! Simple strips of country plaid, stripes, calicos and tone-on-tone fabrics come together in the placemat and table runners, while coordinating country plaid napkins and fabric basket add accent. Placemats and runners reverse to plaid. 100% cotton.

Welcome guests to your table set with endearing Holiday Sentiments ceramic pottery and Persimmon Village dinnerware, then capture napkins in Feather Tree iron napkin ring and light the table with Star candlestick lamp or Fir Tree votive candle holder.


Sleigh Ride
The Country Porch features the Sleigh Ride Christmas Decorating Theme from Park Designs. Placemats and runners are Chindi. 100% cotton.

Take a sleigh ride over the river and through the woods with this classic Christmas country plaid pattern. Your decorating options are almost endless with Very Merry ceramic pottery in your choice of Forest or Vanilla, Winterberry Trees home accessories or Christmas napkin rings. Make decorating a snap!

Sleigh Ride Christmas Decorating Theme
Quilted Holiday Christmas Decorating Theme

Quilted Holiday
Set a festive table with luxuriously quilted placemats and bordered napkins in traditional Christmas colors by Park Designs. Softly scalloped border accentuates leaf and cross-hatch quilting. 100% cotton.

Mix it up with Casual Classics Red, Snowflake, Noel and Holiday Stockings Christmas Decorating Themes OR change seasons with Kitchen Decorating Themes, country style tieback curtains, curtain valances and window swag curtains.



Stocking Hangers

And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care . . .

The Country Porch features iron, antiqued brass, and pewter Christmas stocking hangers from Park Designs. Available in Fir Tree, Moose, Snowman, Snowflake, Pine Cone, Christmas Tree AND our newest designs, Snowflake White, Winterberry Gold, Red Painted, Joy, Peace, Noel and picture frame hangers.


Ann Clark, Ltd., Baking Kits
The gift of time! No need to rummage around looking for long lost cookie cutters or checking the cupboard for cookie ingredients. Ann Clark has packaged them very prettily in four different themes. Perfect for gift giving . . . or pamper yourself!

Holiday Baking Kits
Animal Treat Mix

Ann Clark, Ltd., Animal Treats
Don't forget Fido, Prancer or Garfield! Bake up a batch of yummy treats for your favorite four-legged friend with Ann Clark Animal Treat Mixes, complete with cookie cutters. Shop our entire collection of Ann Clark products.


We offer so many beautiful quilts here at The Country Porch, it's difficult to pick which ones to feature. So besides these gorgeous quilts, let us also suggest Cozy Cabin, Timberline, Rose Wedding Ring, Lodge, High Country, Toscana and Courtney for the holiday season. Enjoy!

Snowfall Christmas Quilt

Holiday Quilts and Hooked Rugs

Wait out the snow storm in our stunning Snowfall oversized quilt comforter and bedding accessories from the Williamsburg Collection by C&F Enterprises.

Hawaiian style appliqué snowflakes drift on-point covering gorgeous red background with Irish chain borders and adorable vintage red print dust ruffle. Burrow into mounds of coordinating pillows and pillow shams and call it a day!

Find more holiday quilts in our Christmas Quilt catalog or warm your pinkies on one of our Christmas hooked rugs.


Winning Star
Mastered by few, this exquisite star quilt of diamond patches sewn in a concentric circle radiates out from black corduroy in the center to green, olive, deep reds, paprika, golds and then back again. The star is set on a tone-on-tone print and bordered with a lavish paisley print of tan, olive, paprika and black. Hand quilted flower motifs create a field of texture while quilt reverses to another dramatic black paisley print.

Return to our online Donna Sharp Quilt catalog or find more gorgeous bedding in Country Quilts and our Victorian Heart Quilts catalog.

Donna Sharp Winning Star Quilt
Rustic Pine Quilt

Rustic Pine
The Country Porch features Rustic Pine quilt comforter and bedding accessories from the Kate McRostie Collection by C&F Enterprises.

Sleep tight to the murmur of whispering pines! This cabin style quilt of pine cone motifs in raised embroidery on a cream background is framed with a medium sage border and country plaid of burgundy, cranberry and medium sage green. Woodsy needlepoint pillows, Rustic Pine wool hooked rug and pretty country plaid dust ruffle complete the cabin look.


Chilly Days and Frosty Nights Rug
This chilly trio welcomes in the season with good cheer shared by many kindred spirits in our Chilly Days & Frosty Nights© Seasonal Accessories collection by artist Rebecca Carter from Blonder Home.

Coordinate with our Christmas Decorating Collection or make holiday decorating a snap with Blonder Home Seasonal Accessories.

Blonder Home Chilly Days Frosty Nights Rug
Babies in Toyland Christmas Rug

Babies in Toyland Hooked Rug
Stuffed teddy and puppy patiently wait for Christmas morning with our comfy Babies in Toyland hooked rug by C&F Enterprises. Made of 100% cotton.

Shop our entire collection of Christmas Rugs and Hooked Rugs or find more holiday decorating ideas in our Christmas catalog stuffed full of enough ideas to keep you sleepless in your hometown.


Boxwood and Pine Hooked Rug
A woodsy spray of pinecones and boxwood make our luxurious Boxwood and Pine hooked rug by C&F Enterprises a seasonal favorite. Made of 100% cotton.

Find a match with one of our Christmas themed quilts or change seasons with Kitchen Decorating Themes, country style tieback curtains, curtain valances and our NEW tab top curtains.

Boxwood and Pine Hooked Rug

Holiday Quilts and Hooked Rugs Snowfall

While hands and minds are busy with preparation for the holidays, winter is beginning to drift into our town. Take a moment to nudge yourself gently into a winter frame of mind with this easy and yummy recipe from Gooseberry Patch.

Grandma's Holiday Stuffing

Enjoy this recipe from Christmas in the Country Cookbook (M970) by Gooseberry Patch
Gooseberry Patch Christmas in the Country Cookbook M970
1 large loaf day-old bread, torn
1/2 lb. bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
1/2 c. butter
1 onion diced
3 stalks celery, diced
Optional: 1/2 c. sliced mushrooms
2 tart apples, cored and diced
1/2 c. walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 c. raisins
1/2 to 3/4 c. water
1/2 to 1 T. poultry seasoning
dried parsley to taste
salt and pepper to taste
Place torn bread in a large baking dish; mix in muffins, if using. Bake at 250 degrees for about 30 minutes, until dried out. Set aside. Melt butter over low heat in a large skillet; sauté onion, celery and mushrooms, if using, until tender. Add apples, walnuts and raisins; stir to coat with butter. Mix in water and seasonings; pour over bread and toss to moisten. Add a little more water if bread is very dry. Use to stuff a 12 to 15-pound turkey before roasting; do not overstuff. Or spread stuffing in a lightly greased 9"x5" baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Serves 8 to 10.

PS If there is little time to bake, try our Scent-a-Bun candles that look and smell just like the real thing!

Scent A Buns
Bon Appetite!


Make Spirits Bright!

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
~ James Keller

The fragrance of the holidays comes in the scent of our NEW Brown Sugar, Biscotti, Carrot, and Pomegranate cake candles. Besides being pretty and fragrant, our cake candles burn 92-94 hours.

Tea Light Holders

Create your own festival of lights with lamps, pillar holders, window lamps and candle holders from Park Designs. We love the look of bubble glass votive holders, Sea Breeze tea light lanterns and twinkling colonial pewter candle holders.


It was so good to visit with you and we thank you for your business! Our creative energy is in overdrive and we're all on a mission . . . to bring you the very BEST of everything that we and the shop have to offer.

New and exciting patterns are arriving daily, so visit often, anytime. We're always OPEN on-line. Or call us at our toll free number @ 1-866-664-9182 and chat 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday, PST; we'd love to hear how you transformed your home with decorating themes from The Country Porch!

From our house to yours,

And so, this Christmas season
may our hearts with gladness glow,
As we read the blessed story
That took place so long ago.

~ Alpha L. Buntain (The First Christmas)

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