For those of you new here this is our first Christmas in our new home. We live in the heart of the Paso Robles Wine Country. I would love to take you on a tour. Come Visit My Home and New Hometown. Today I am joining Annie, Mary Ann, and our friends Kim and Kelley.
We actually have a Templeton address, but we live midway between Templeton (pop 7,965) and Paso Robles (31,000+). Paso Robles is a small town with a big heart. They celebrate Christmas in style with festivities beginning in mid November with the Elegant Evening. Attendes stroll and shop the charming downtown and “sip world-class wines, relish good food and take a stroll along one of the most beautiful and romantic places in all of California, downtown Paso Robles. Event features live mannequins by Class Act Dance Studio, dancers, singers, musicians”.
Chicist Downtown Tasting Room Especially at Night
The wonderful Pony Club bar at Hotel Cheval
We did not attend the Holiday Light Parade last weekend because it was raining but apparently many did. Some snaps via the Paso Robles Press.
Last Sunday we enjoyed the Santa Ysabel Ranch Christmas Party held at the much loved Loading Chute in Creston. The party was held in the barn. I did the table decorations. Here is my car filled with the arrangements.
Casey Biggs (the paso wine man) and his band provided the entertainment.
A few of the “outlaws” who attended
This weekend is the Annual Vine Street Victorian Showcase. Vine Street is lined with old Victorian Homes. Here are some photos from years past. This image via KPRL.
This image is from the Paso Robles Daily News
Tin City has an annual Forklift parade. Tin City is a former industrialarea in Templeton that is now filled with wineries, breweries, and the wonderful Etto Pastificio. We will be out of town for this one unfortunately but it looks like fun.
I am sure there are many more events going on. Studios on the Park has its annual Winter exhibition that goes on from November 30-December 30. Mission San Miguel has their Holiday Brass performance next weekend. We are really enjoying ourselves here and feel grateful to have landed in such a friendly active community.
In case you missed it I shared How to Decorate your Courtyard for Christmas here., and How to Decorate a Natural Looking Christmas Mantel in this post. I still do not have a single present wrapped (that will be a post next week), but I can share my decorated tree and the rest of the room. As I said on Instagram I got the tree from Terrain. It was very reasonable and we love it. It is not pre-lit. Our tree is filled with ornaments that we have collected over the years. It looks the same every year.
If you look closely you can find ornaments that my children made in pre-school, ornaments from our travels, from treasured friends & family, and loved pets no longer with us. If you love a collected/heirloom tree, you might enjoy the reel I did on Instagram of my tree here.
Every year, Steve would grudgingly (although not this year) fill the tree with lights. Colin took over that job once he got older. Jenna and I would decorate the tree. She was quite good at decorating a tree at a very young age. Colin took pride in gluing all the broken ornaments together and hanging them in some place where guests could spot them the minute they walked in the door. He also took great pride in rearranging my carefully decorated tree (not-so-pretty ornaments always in the back). Daily he would move them front and center, hoping it would take me a few days to notice.
I think someone else will soon be proficient at decorating her tree as well.
We usually open our presents to each other on Christmas eve (although this year Colin and Lauren will be working). On Christmas morning we open gifts from Santa (Summer) and find the treasures he has left in our stockings (always fun).
Across from the tree is this tavern table that always seems to look good no matter what the season.
I hope you enjoyed Come Visit my Home and my New Hometown, and a peek into the life of our collected family tree. I would love to hear about your family Christmas traditions.Now let’s pop over and visit my other blogging pals. I have a feeling we will be in for a treat.