Christmas, Garden Thyme, Winter

A Surprise White Christmas! Snowy Views Around Our Home and Garden

Merry day after Christmas! Here in Kentucky we have enjoyed the most glorious surprise White Christmas, with picture perfect snowy views around our home and garden. We didn’t get the notification that a big snow was on the way until Dec. 23rd, so it was quite unexpected (especially when it was 63 degrees that day!) It has been over a decade since we have had a real white Christmas, so it truly made our holiday extra special! Here are a few favorite “White Christmas” pictures from today, Christmas Day, and Christmas Eve.

Today the sun came out and the temperature warmed up enough for me to head outside to take a few pictures before things started to melt. I always love the interesting and magical transformations that take place in the garden when it snows, especially the urns and statuary.


 With around seven inches of snow, it has been a marshmallow world around here!



Christmas Snow landscape

When I took most of these photos, the temperature was around 37 degrees, so some of the snow was already melting. Nevertheless, everything still looked so beautiful in the sunshine!


winter garden snow garden holly with snow

Aren’t holly bushes covered in snow just so pretty?



“Snowpiaries” in the Garden and Landscape

Christmas snow winter garden interest urns in the winter garden snowy urns

All of my urns and topiaries magically became “snowpiaries” for Christmas!









Winter Garden snowy landscape snowy urns



It’s “snow thyme” in the garden!



snowy garden statue winter garden



winter garden snow in the garden snowy garden statutes

The children on my antique garden fountain have donned their “snow hats” for Christmas!



Christmas snow icicles yellow brick home Christmas wreaths on windows

All the housetops look so pretty topped with snow and ice, albeit a little dangerous! To quote a line from A Christmas Story, “Those icicles have been known to kill people!”  




The gutters around our side door entrance always have some pretty big icicles that we have to be careful to avoid when things are melting! By the way, I am loving the simple mixed evergreens swag on this door. I am going to swap out the red bow for a neutral winter bow and enjoy this door decor through January.




More views from our Surprise White Christmas!

winter garden holly bush covered with snow winter holly bush

Here is a picture of my holly bush and arborvitae very early on Christmas morning, just after it stopped snowing.


Just when it had started snowing on Christmas Eve, I quickly snipped a few branches of fresh holly. It’s a good thing I did, because by Christmas morning the bushes were covered! I love using fresh holly from my bushes for last minute Christmas decorating and New Year’s decorating too.






Just today I added a couple of sprigs of the holly to the top of the bookcase in the living room. So easy and festive!



This pretty bush near our home has small red berries that the cardinals love. So far the cardinals haven’t shown up, but I know they will soon!


The forest just across the street is beautiful in the fall, but it becomes “Narnia” after a heavy snowfall in the winter!






Our neighbors’ stately 120 year-old Tudor and surrounding landscape looks like a picture from the pages of a Christmas storybook! I love this view!



White Christmas snow winter snowy winter trees



On Christmas evening we sat patiently waiting for the friendly deer to come out from the forest to quietly frolic in the snow and provide us with entertainment through our living room picture window.


They always do!


Beautiful deer in snow Kentucky white Christmas snowy scene winter scene

It has truly been the most magical white Christmas!



Girl Winter Snow Muff Deer Illustration

I hope you enjoyed seeing some special garden and landscape views from our surprise White Christmas, and that you had a very Happy Christmas too!



Did you have a white Christmas this year? I love hearing from you, dear readers! 


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  • Reply Debra Oliver

    So pretty, Amber! love your pics. We didn’t get any snow, but we have tons of cardinals here. They gobble up the bird seed about as fast as the squirrels. We have motion detector cameras outside, and my hubby caught a group of 6 deer in the middle of the night; 2 big bucks and several does. He loved it! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    December 27, 2020 at 10:11 pm
  • Reply Botanic Bleu

    Scenes from a Dickens’ Christmas at your house… We rarely get snow, especially for Christmas. Seeing your photos is a real treat.


    December 28, 2020 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Marilyn

    Just lovely! Happy New Year!

    December 31, 2020 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    How fun. The deer image is like a postcard. I’d love to have some snow that sticks. It snowed for several hours last Sunday but nothing stuck. It’s always fun to take pictures in the snow.

    January 19, 2021 at 9:24 pm
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