Decorating for the Holidays...
Deck the Halls with boughs of Holly!
It always seems to just creep up on us – suddenly the stores are full of items for the coming months celebrations. Every year people say it is ‘too early’ for retailers to present their Holiday items and we are not in the mood to get ready for the upcoming celebrations, however, every year when the Holidays finally arrive, we say just the opposite “it seemed to come just too fast and we are not ready”.
When it comes to decorating, why not just enjoy the fun and anticipation.
Step back in time to when things were much simpler. Come up with new ways to showcase your treasured, current decorations along with adding new, simple refreshing additions. Have fun decorating!
There are many places to purchase décor items where you are not spending large amounts of money. One of the most inexpensive decorating sources can be in your own back yard or nearby parks – pinecones, fallen branches, anything organic is environmentally friendly and looks warm and cozy. You can re-purpose items you already have in a new and different ways. Since it is only seasonal, the look or theme can change each year without purchasing an entire new collection of decorations. What fun! Here are some different themes to ponder –
Natural Rustic/Organic Theme
Greenery and pillar candles on kitchen counter
Tree decorated with fruit in urn on kitchen table
Small trees in baskets
Grapevine or natural evergreen Wreaths in all windows
Tray on kitchen counter, which holds a small live Rosemary tree, paper whites and candle
Large flat basket of greens filled with green apples, limes and pillar candle.
Christmas tree decorated with strings of cranberries, gingerbread men, twigs, dried fruit – apple
and orange slices, etc.
Trays with greenery, and small votive & tea lights candles
Collect fallen branches, trim your own evergreen bushes and perhaps some thicker birch type
pieces and arrange in a tall glass cylinder
Fill different sizes of glass containers or baskets with pinecones
Fill several different size glass containers with cranberries and then add some fresh flowers or
Bowls of fruit, nuts, pinecones
Groupings of candles, especially battery operated for safety, among evergreen branches
3 large glass candles with greenery, cinnamon sticks and oranges
Light Fixture decorated with greenery
Burlap wrapped presents in a basket on porch
Urns filled with greens, sticks, fruit and lights
Collection based theme – Santas, Nutcrackers, etc.
Santas or Nutcrackers grouped with greenery and twigs around them
Group of Santas or nutcrackers on a bakers rack or shelving
Christmas Tree with small nutcrackers mixed among the other treasured ornaments you already
Greenery on table with large candle
Sugared fruit on buffet
Large glass with greens, cranberries and floating candles on Dining Table or Hall table
Vase of greens, sticks and amarylas on counter
Wooden (olive) trough with berries and votive candles
Amaryllis in glass with moss and cranberries
Greenery lit up on top of kitchen upper cabinets
Row of boxes on counter with greens
Amaryllis, orchids, paper whites, greens and candles in arrangement on kitchen island counter
Sleigh with greens, soldiers, green moss, trees and balls
Christmas Tree with a color theme of treasured ornaments you already have with perhaps a few
new ones added
Tray filled with round Christmas Balls with pillar candle in center
Tall glass cylinders filled with small Christmas Balls
Suddenly, the Holidays will be upon us. We all have traditions and memories of what our own
special celebration should be like. Create new traditions with simple decorating ideas that will both impress and leave more time for the fun part of these upcoming celebrations –
entertaining family and friends; community events; walks in the woods; sitting by a cozy fire;
making cookies with your children; decorating the tree or whatever your heart desires.
by Jeannette Wisby
Bronte Villager, December 2008