Family, Friends, & Festivities

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year at Peggy Browning’s Wooster home! With nearly every room adorned for the holidays, the family can enjoy a cup of cocoa around one of seven Christmas trees.
Peggy, a Faulkner County native, is married to Tommy Browning. She has a son, Tommy Lynn Browning, who is married to Tammy, and a daughter, Christy Wallace, who is married to Mike. Her grandchildren include Kayle Thomas, who is married to Brad,and Paxton and Cayden Wallace. The Brownings are co-owners of Browning’s Welding and Machine Shop, Inc., along with their son.
Peggy has always enjoyed extravagant Christmas decorations. “I love everything about Christmas, including celebrating our Savior’s birth, the lights, music, decorations, and holiday food. I especially enjoy sharing it with family and friends. I love hosting special get-togethers for our large family. We usually have up to 50 people, including guest appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus at our family party,” says Peggy.
In addition to large family gatherings, she enjoys hosting community events. “I love to entertain. My husband and I usually host some event every weekend during the month of December. We have our grandsons’ ball teams, our Sunday School class, and other church groups.”
Impressively, Peggy does most of the decorating herself, with help from her daughter, Christy. Guests are greeted by a life-size snowman on the front porch. The green porch swing holds holiday pillows and blankets, and there is a huge garland over the front door at the entry. “My daughter decorates it, and she changes things a little each year. We use deer antlers from family hunts, pine cones and other outdoor decorations. I like to keep cider or Christmas candy on the large snowman to great guests as they arrive,” says Peggy.
Peggy and Christy take a similar approach to the mantel and bookshelves in the living area as far as changing up the look. “We use deer antlers, pine cones, and touches of the outdoors but dress it up with ribbons and Christmas ornaments.” Peggy browses local shops throughout the year for holiday decor and ideas.
Despite having seven total trees in the home, Peggy calls the sunroom tree her favorite. This particular tree is a flocked tree decorated in a whimsical theme with snowmen and Santas. “It is probably my favorite because it is where the kids tend to gather,” she says. The sunroom also houses Peggy’s collection of nutcrackers. Many of these were gifts from her brother and his wife, Bobby and Denise King, while they lived in Germany.
Her kitchen features several Santas and holiday platters. “One of my favorite holiday traditions is making Christmas candy and serving it on the island. I make pecan and peanut butter divinity, buttermilk and chocolate fudge, peanut brittle, buckeyes, and a lot more. My husband, daughter, and granddaughter like to help me bake and sample the finished products.” The dining table centerpiece includes a quail provided by her son, driftwood, berries, pine cones, candles, and greenery.
The décor in the master bedroom and bathroom features shades of gold, chocolate, and cream with touches of ice blue. It includes angels and poinsettias and uses faux fur in the ribbon and on the tree skirts. “I love going into my master bath, listening to the fountain, and looking at the lights while Christmas music plays in the background,” she says.
Another favorite area is Paxton and Cayden’s room, also known as the blue room. “This tree is decorated in a sports theme, including ornaments, flags, banners, and pendants. Some are from Wichita State, where Paxton plays baseball; others are Arkansas Razorback-themed, which is where Cayden has committed to play baseball; and others are USA Shooting themed for my granddaughter, Kayle, who shoots for Team USA. We also use Greenbrier Panther décor, which is where all three grandkids attended school and played sports,” she says.
Other decorated areas include the man cave, which is in the basement. This tree features an outdoor theme with shotgun shell lights, fur garland, and hunting/fishing themed ornaments to coordinate with the trophy mounts throughout the room. Kayle’s room, also known as the pink room, is decorated in a pink, cream, and lime green Victorian theme. The guest bath features purple decorations with peacocks.
Peggy adds, “I like to use fresh poinsettias around the house. I also like to have apple cider simmering to add the smell of Christmas along with the look. I decorate my entire home to share with friends and family. We hope they enjoy it as much as we do!”