The week after Thanksgiving is a very busy time for me! That’s when the Fall decorations are put away and the Christmas decoration boxes are brought up from the basement. I really enjoy taking my time to unpack each box and deciding how I want to do this year’s displays. Even when I’m using the same pieces year after year I try to set my displays in different ways or in different rooms of the house. Sometimes the Fontanini Nativity set will be in the dining room and the next year it will be in the our library or the Department 56 North Pole Village will be in the family room bookshelf and the next year is will on the mantel over the fireplace. This keeps everything interesting and it is fun to use different ideas or techniques to set up the displays.
In upcoming December posts, I will take you through all my preparations of the different Christmas displays I create in our home, such as: Fontanini Nativity Display and Department 56 North Pole Village. Some other December posts detail my other Christmas decorations, such as: Themed Christmas trees and Christmas wreaths. All of these Christmas decorations are created to make the holiday season a special one for my family.
Now, I wanted to discuss how to use some of the same materials for both Fall and Christmas. When this is done in a creative way it can save time and expense when changing over the decorations from one holiday to next. (Who doesn’t want to have extra time and save money at this time of year!!)
Pine garlands are a very versatile material for this purpose and I will show how with some simple changes it can be used for both Fall and Christmas decorations. One of the most traditional ways to use pine garlands are on a mantel over the fireplace. Below are two photos showing the same garland decorated for both holidays. Keeping the same pine garland on the mantel, I switched out the fall decorations and replaced them with the Christmas decorations. For Fall, the pine garland is decorated with colorful ceramic fall leaves and red berry sprays scattered throughout. For Christmas, I used several ceramic snowflakes, large green glass pinecones ornaments and red berry sprays.
Small tabletop Christmas trees can be used in the same versatile way. In my dining room I create a “Memory Tree” and placed it on a tea table. This special tree is decorated with family photos in small bronze photo frame ornaments. (Please see this week’s Craft post for more information on the Memory Tree or Wreath) Below are two photos showing the “Memory Tree” decorated in two different ways for Fall and Christmas. For Thanksgiving, the tree is decorated with golden feathers and oak leaves with acorns. For Christmas, I replace the golden feathers with burgundy feathers and small glass pinecone ornaments.
As you can see, all it takes is a little creativity and by simply using different decorations to accent a pine garland or a tabletop Christmas tree the look can reflect the different holidays.
I would love to hear from you so, please write me to share your own ideas or comments.