Christmas will soon be here, and I’ve done some decorating. The amount of daylight, this time of year is decreasing, and the amount of darkness is increasing, so what better way to brighten the dullness of Winter, than with Christmas lights and decorations. This post shows some of the things I put out this year to celebrate the holiday period.
Let’s start out front. The above three photos show what passersby see as they drive down my road. I like lights in all the windows and on the bushes, but I feel that you must have something out on the lawn to add depth to the display. This year I’ve covered the bear topiary, that I’m creating, in white lights, and then folded a string of red lights in half, and tied them around his neck to suggest a scarf. (click on photos to enlarge)
The above photos show this year’s Christmas tree. For years I’ve collected Santa Clauses, and because friends and relatives know I like them, they’ve also gifted me with many. In past years I’ve put up a big artificial tree in my living room, and even sometimes had a second in the dining room, but because the trees were not view-able from the road I only lit them when visitors came. In more recent years, instead of a big tree, I put up my 32 year old “slim Canadian spruce” in the TV room, and the branches and top of the big artificial tree are re-purposed throughout the house as greenery in all of my vases.
The Santa collection continues in the living room on the mantel, and on the two trees that flank the hearth. The vases on the mantel are filled with the bottom branches of the big Christmas tree that I no longer use.
In the space between the living room and the dining room, a large floor vase is filled with more branches from the big Christmas tree, silk poinsettia flowers and white-painted branches and snowflakes.
The dining room table is set for a holiday meal. A cherished Santa in sleigh, a gift from my mother, sits on a silver tray. Glass bead garland, found at a local garden club’s holiday tag sale, and a pair of small iron planters, found at another tag sale in Salisbury, Ct create the centerpiece.
The two vases, that I made in college, seen on the pedestals, are filled with silk poinsettia flowers and branches from the artificial tree. A Santa dummy-board that I made in 1984 continues the Santa theme decorations.
This year, a needle point Santa’s Workshop / North Pole, a wonderful surprise gift made by friends Marilyn and Bill Tucker decorated my maternal grandmother’s buffet. The skaters and some of the other characters are made of metal, and were bought at Woolworth’s in the 1960’s.
My little holiday decorating tour ends in the kitchen, where more Santas are displayed on the windowsill over the sink, and snowflakes decorate the sliding glass door to the deck. This year I put out a lot of Santas, but I still have more in storage. Maybe next year I’ll dig them out ;-}
I hope that you liked what I’ve done, and maybe were inspired in some way. I want to wish everyone reading this post a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Joyous, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year!
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