I stubbornly wait until early December to begin decorating for the holidays.
Now I don’t have a chandelier to embellish
or a mantle to drape with greenery
or a bannister to festoon.
So, what is a girl to do? First, I go to the closet and pull out the wreaths that I use year after year. They suit the house, and as long as they hang together I see no reason to change them. Looking at them, can you guess that the traditional reds and greens are not what you’ll find inside? No, here the palette is slightly off but still reflective of the season.
Next is my favorite thing: creating a centerpiece for the dining room table. I should tell you that these days I don’t buy much new but use favorite familiar pieces in different ways. These metal holly leafed trees are a good place to start, and the cranberry table runner is a perfect background.
What makes the runner special are the details at the ends. I’m a sucker for tucks.
I was delighted to find the same color candles at Michael’s when I went there to pick up some gift boxes. They are in brass candlesticks that were given us as a wedding present so many years ago. It took a little Brasso to get them gleaming again. The ribbons were an afterthought, and not being able to decide which to use, I used them both. How’s that for not being able to make up your mind?
I look for any opportunity to use bells from my extensive collection. Most are clear glass and crystal with a few colored ones thrown in. While the ones here are not the same color, they are close enough and I like their differing textures.
Well, this is the beginning. Next I will choose a few more favorite things to sprinkle through the house. I like the picking and choosing which makes everything seem new again.
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