Photo by @lynneknowlton
Mother-daughter lifestyle bloggers Lynne and Tristan Knowlton both reside in the countryside of western Ontario, where the snow is deep and the winter is long. Their holiday traditions are inspired by the stunning wilderness that surrounds them—they even cut their Christmas tree from the family backyard. As for
“We pay close attention to the needs of the people we love, and take secret notes on our phones when someone mentions something they might be missing,” Lynne explains. “For us, holidays are about taking the time to make the people around us feel loved and cared for,” Tristan adds. From
A classic stoneware mug
“These lovely hand-thrown
Adorable embossed rolling pins
A scented soy wax candle
Clean-burning and long-lasting, a luxurious soy wax candle infused with essential oils is the thoughtful gift that keeps on giving. “We’re smitten with the look of a candle in porcelain stoneware,” says Lynne of this
A timeless set of ornaments
This gift-worthy collection of winter-white porcelain
A streamlined serving board
Striking and practical, a natural wood
Twinkle lights: appropriate year-round, or just for the holidays?
Absolutely year round! We put them everywhere: in trees all over the property, in the fields, and even around the pool. Inside, we love arranging them in vases or big bowls to add softness to every room.
What’s your favorite holiday food of all time?
We have a strange go-to casserole dish of turnips, carrots and Velveeta cheese all mixed together. We don’t eat turnips or Velveeta cheese any other time of the year but we sure love it during the holidays.
What’s your favorite holiday song of all time?
“White Christmas” by Elvis Presley.
Finish the sentence. ‘Tis the season for…
…appreciating the moments together, big or small. This year has been tough, so let’s celebrate and love on our family and friends even more this season.
Photographs courtesy of @lynneknowlton.
Sharon Steel is a writer and editor living in New York City. Her heroes are Jane Austen, Carson McCullers, Lindsay Weir, Shirley Jackson, Lillian Ross, and the renegade crew of the spaceship Serenity. Read more of her work at sharoncsteel.com.