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Christmas in Zoar

December 8th, 2008

Yesterday Mr Chiots and I and some friends headed down to Christmas in Zoar. The whole town is decorated up for the holidays with fresh greens on every fence and every door decorated with wreaths and fruit. Several of the houses are open for touring and they are also decorated up with trees and other decorations. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season.

We started off the day at our home with a delicious brunch of oatmeal and lemon pancakes with blackberry syrup, local sausage from the farmer’s market, roasted local potatoes and some farm fresh eggs. After filling up we bundled up and headed down to Zoar. It was a cold cold day, 20 feels like 5, BRRRRRRR.

It didn’t feel too cold as we walked around enjoying all the decorations and the beautiful gardens in the winter (I really need to go down there in the summer to walk around). Since the houses were all built in the 1820’s many of them have been restored and have traditional gardens surrounding them. It’s always interesting to see how others decorate their gardens for the winter.

Touring the insides of the homes is also very interesting. Each year there are different houses open, which is nice so it’s not the same each year. Most of them are decorated with vintage feather trees and glass ornaments.

You just can’t beat a day like to that for putting you in the Christmas spirit.

What kinds of things do you like to do to kick off the season?

9 Comments to “Christmas in Zoar”
  1. Carolyn on December 8, 2008 at 7:51 am

    What a pretty little town.

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  2. Billy Goodnick on December 8, 2008 at 11:13 am

    I’m sitting here in Santa Barbara, CA, palm trees moving in the breeze, our “low” hitting 40 last night, and trying to get in the holiday spirit. Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ doesn’t quite kick it into gear, but your blog pics did the trick. I’m going to link to this from my blog, send a little traffic your way. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Susy on December 8, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Thanks Billy. Glad to help you get into the Christmas spirit. It is the perfect way to kick off the holidays. I’m a big lover of snow and cold weather. All you need is a warm coat and some mittens.

    Thanks for linking!

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  4. Billy Goodnick on December 8, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Hope you don’t mind me extending the reach of your delicious post. I created a link from my recent post to this one.

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  5. Allie on December 8, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I love the fruit decorations on the door!

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  6. Stephany on December 10, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    How lovely.

    We have some of our decorations up but we will be heading out to get our real tree this weekend.
    The bakers in my family get together and do a cookie exchange as well.

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  7. Kelly on December 11, 2008 at 8:44 am

    BEAUTIFUL, you took some amazing photos! The decorations are wonderful!

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  8. Christmas in Zoar at Chiot’s Run on January 8, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    […] here’s my post about our trip this year: Christmas in Zoar Holiday Decor Filed under Festivals […]

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  9. deedee on January 24, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    those are beautiful pictures! my sister is planning on moving to zoar later in the spring… i didn’t realize it was so close to you guys… hmmm. i’ll have to visit her and you often!

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