Rituals are an important part of our lives, even if they can be boring at times. My official marker for winter is an appointment to get the tires changed on our car. It's happened. Winter is officially here, even if we only had a dusting of snow followed by torrential rain.
Each year as I approach the end of November, Christmas creeps into my thoughts.
While I love to look at all the seasonal additions other people make to their homes, and I marvel at the time and creativity it takes to decorate, I keep things as simple as possible. I'm a vicarious decorator, enthralled by others' efforts and the numerous possibilities without the physical work and outlay of cash.
Here's a good example.
Every time I visit my daughter's house I am greeted by her inviting red door (now there are boxwoods in the planters) ...
|2013 Wreath made from her garden shrubs|
|2012 Sparkle and glam wreath|
|2012 Glowing snowballs and white sparkle twigs|
This is a "what if" post... what if I had that porch. If my daughter is reading this now, she's rolling her eyes. I'm always on about something, and in the end she'll do her own thing as daughters usually do.
Let's start with the boxwood planters on either side of the door.
I have the cedar and my daughter has lots of silver balls. Anchoring things because of the high winds is always a challenge. I use tree ornaments and stick a wooden skewer through the top and down into the soil.
Following the dictate that simple is best, here's an idea to build on. This is an easy look to achieve and it invites modifications. Not sure where you would ever find gigantic pinecones in our neck of the woods, but you could certainly carry off the rest of it and make some bright additions.
How about a plaid blanket or plaid pillows for a nice splash of pattern and colour? A definite considering plaid is very in this year (so I've been told). I'm thinking about the red plaid scarf my daughter just purchased. It could be folded around a summer pillow and pinned. A piece of fabric would achieve the same look. Presto! Job complete - one plaid pillow.
Then there's always lanterns and greenery for the tables. Get the spay paint out if you already have black lanterns.
Love the idea of skates in a swag for the front door. This would be super easy with a red door and lot of accessible greenery on one's property. And I just found my daughter's little white (now yellowish) skates in the storage room clean out! Ideas! Ideas!
What are you doing with your entry for Christmas?