The Secret Room – Christmas All Year Long!

My Aunt Val is like a real life Mary Poppins character. She has a secret Christmas room, which is decorated all year long.

Lynn Kelley, BBH McChiller, Monster Moon adventuresLast June I got to visit her and my Uncle Ron in North Carolina. Now, their whole house is like a museum, but it wasn’t until the last night when April and my grand darlings, Grasshopper and Ninja Doll, came to spend the night that I got to see the secret Christmas room.

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First, she gave each of the kids a stuffed animal. Then she pulled back the red curtain, and, behold, a magical room decorated for Christmas. This was in June, mind you!

Antiques and Heirlooms

Auntie Val explained what everything was. The room is full of many antiques and vintage decor. For instance, below is a small crib, which my grandfather slept in as a baby.

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The entire time, Aunt Val told stories or sang songs to the kids. For example, “Bushel and a Peck.” Clearly, this special room is her pride and joy. Her delight in sharing it was as precious as watching Grasshopper and Ninja Doll take it all in.

Here’s a short video:

The little chair was my Uncle Lee’s and Aunt Val’s when they were children. How special is that? Her home is full of family heirlooms.

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I don’t know which part is my favorite, but that old-fashioned St. Nicholas ranks pretty high in my secret Christmas room book.

Below, the foo-foo girlie Teddy Bear in the antique baby stroller is quite charming, too, isn’t it?

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I’m enjoying reminiscing about my visit and re-discovering the many treasures of this enchanting room.

What are your thoughts? Have you ever heard of a Secret Christmas Room? Are you enjoying preparing for the holidays? I hope you’re not having as many airhead moments as I’ve had! I’d love to hear from you.

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11 Responses to The Secret Room – Christmas All Year Long!

  1. Like having a museum in your own house. Amazing that everything looked so new.

  2. Eden Mabee says:

    This post brings up wonderful memories of visits to my grandparents, their elderly friends or my many gran-aunts and -uncles as a child. So much wonder… and history. But at the time, it was just delight.

    Thank you, Lynn.

  3. Yvette Carol says:

    Wow, good on her. I think that’s so sweet. Your Aunt Val sounds wonderful and I love the old-fashioned look to everything!

  4. That room is really cool! Especially cool is that she has all these family heirlooms, and is able to enjoy them any time, rather than keeping them packed away. I can’t imagine having a place like that just from the standpoint that in my house, it would be a dust-collecting room!

    • Lynn Kelley says:

      I think it’s wonderful that she displays all the heirlooms. She has others throughout her house, and I was amazed at all the family history she has, plus loads of other antiques, rare books, and her artsy way of displaying everything. It was a neat visit. Thanks for stopping by, Jennette!

  5. Great photos, Lynn! What a cool room!

  6. Pambelina says:

    I love the crib that our grandfather slept in the most…that is amazing that she kept it, amongst all the other treasures! What a special visit for your grandchildren…they will never forget that experience!

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