I offered to host Christmas dinner this year. It was just a small group of five, but it was still great fun to take special time and effort to decorate the house in different ways than I have in the past. We have sort-of drifted into two collections of decorations – woodland-themed and bright, jewel-colored glass. The two haven’t really seemed to fit together until this year, when I took each full tilt in separate rooms, and then married them a bit on the dining room table.
Although it was pretty, I felt like it was really lacking something. I expected that the table setting would help, but it didn’t cut it. The solution: More Stuff. But what? Most everything I had was already out in the house, and I certainly wasn’t going to buy anything new for the tablescape.
Looking around, that’s when I realized that the rooms were pretty separate feeling in decoration. No big deal, but it was a perfect opportunity to pull them together. But rather than cannibalize my living room, which I was totally smitten with for the first time ever, I grabbed my pruning shears and a little basket, and headed outside to cut a few things.
Recognize the votives that were also on the Thanksgiving Day table? Here they’re filled with a few bits of floral foam. Then I found some wired ribbon from my saved stash and tied little aprons around each one so the foam and stem ends didn’t show. Each holds a sprig of Douglas Fir, baby holly (still poky!), cedar, euonymus, and boxwood. Then to each one I also added a florist’s pick of something or other from my ancient stash for a splash of Christmas red.
Perfect! Even better than I’d hoped!
Ahhh. SO much better. I’d also remembered a set of glass ornaments I have stashed away that had belonged to my dad. It had been several years since I’d used them… with the dogs (read: Benny), I don’t like to put out anything that I am not willing to part with forever. But it was several years even before his arrival since I’d had these glass ornaments as part of our celebrations. I felt like it was a nice piece of tradition to includethem again this year.
Here are a few other snaps from around the house:
As your holiday season draws to its final celebrations, I wish you joy, peace, and happiness in the New Year and throughout 2011. Blessings!