December 1, 2011
IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS by Kathy Ivan
We've stuffed ourselves with all kinds of culinary delights over the last week, and if you're anything like me you ate way more than you should have and it's time to pay the piper. (Next step—visit to the gym, check.) Then there's Black Friday and all the hustle and bustle, fighting the crowds to find that perfect gift for your friends, family and maybe for that special someone in your life.
Just when you think things are going to slow down and you can finally catch your breath, it's time to decorate!
I think we each have our own sense of style. We dress a certain way. We like a certain type of art. Our homes are decked out with colors and furnishings that suit our tastes. But when it comes to decorating for the holidays, I always say . . . ANYTHING GOES!
Usually the first week in December we put up the Christmas tree. We have an artificial tree (okay, don't look at me like that—most of you probably do too!). Fortunately it already has all the lights on it, because I really, really hate untangling all the cords like we used to. It has multicolored twinkling lights and it's huge. Seven feet tall and enormous in width, it takes up several feet of floor space just to put it in place. It has to be far enough away from the wall, because we have the kind of base where the whole tree rotates. It spins 360 degrees and you get to see the ornaments and sparkling lights from all angles.
We decorate it with a vast array of ornaments we've collected over the years, some bought and some handmade. We'll add ribbons and bows and flowers and have a huge bow at the top of the tree.
Once the tree is up (and trust me it takes hours to get it just right—I'm a perfectionist and everything must be exactly in its perfect spot for me—I probably should go into therapy for that alone), then I start on the fireplace.
We don't have a mantle across the top, but we have a kind of brick ledge that extends about a foot all the way around the base. So we place a long runner of pine branches interspersed with ornaments and poinsettias along the entire base. Then we have two golden reindeer that sit in proud splendor in front of the fireplace itself.
There will be candles throughout the room on various end tables, cinnamon-scented pine cones in a bowl on the console table, and we'll hang the stockings, too. Finally, the table will be set with our Christmas stoneware dishes, with a holiday centerpiece.
Wow, I'm exhausted and I haven't even started all this yet. It will all get done this weekend.
Put a little Christmas music on and let the holidays begin!
How are you decorating this Christmas season? Do you have something special that really puts you in the mood to celebrate? Come and share with the Plotting Princesses.