My husband goes a little nuts over Christmas – specifically, Christmas decorating. When we first looked at our house, one of the selling points to him was that with the staircase and picture molding, it would be a “great Christmas house.” Decorating seems to get bigger every year as well.
This year it involved hanging garlands we made two years before in the dining room and hall and winding around the staircase, making new garlands for the living room (the old ones moved into the hall), hanging wreaths on the downstairs closet door and front door, hanging icicle lights and a garland on the front porch, adding a mantle garland and 6 poinsettias flanking the fireplace, candles with greenery surrounds on every downstairs window, and of course, trimming the tree. It took from Thanksgiving to last Thursday (I never said we were fast). The result is admittedly spectacular and these pictures sadly do not do our hours of work justice.
We started our holiday entertaining on Saturday and will continue one to two days per week through mid-January to maximize Christmas decoration viewing. We’re also hosting Christmas for the first time this year (need more stockings – must put on list), so decorating was a must.
If you have the sudden urge to go do some garlanding of your own, here’s our method: (1) Go to Michael’s or another craft store after Christmas; (2) Stock up on fake (real can’t be reused) garlands – we prefer the thick ones with pinecones – and non-twinkle lights; (3) Buy berries, flowers and anything else you want to put on your garland (for the living room we used red and white poinsettia flowers, red berries and red ribbons); (4) lay out your garlands and wrap your lights around them, working the lights around the branches; (5) add your flowers, berries and whatever else into the garland in a pattern of your choosing (wire in tight) – even spacing is a must; (6) hang; (7) add bow to the corner; (8) plug-in; (9) invite others over to admire your handiwork.
Next year? I’m trying to convince my husband to go on a trip to Egypt – but if we don’t, at least our decorations will ready. Unless of course, my husband creates more . . .