Today's blog comes from Linda Bolstad, staff Central Library:
I used to really like decorating my home for Christmas. But the kids have grown, I have grown older and it no longer seems to be a priority. Indeed, along with many of you, I’m trying to simplify my life and this applies to the hoopla around Christmas too.
Last year I looked through the boxes of decorations I had accumulated over the years and gave away a good portion of it. But I still want to participate in the festive spirit and a few seasonal items placed around the house sure help to set the tone.
Other years, I have cut boughs from our overgrown junipers and arranged them in containers at our front and back doors; but this year I’ve decided to just hang a large metal star on each door.
Inside I know the feeling that I want to create – I would like a cozy, mellow atmosphere (totally reflective of my personality—not!)
I’ve seen and like the idea of a glass bowl filled with silver balls—probably on my dining room table. I’m planning on placing two silver star-shaped dishes on the sofa table, and two white mini Christmas trees on the living room credenza. Maybe a bowl of pinecones near the front door. I think that might be about it.
For inspiration I’ve been perusing a few of the Christmas books and magazines in the arts collection.
Christmas Details by Mary Norden -- simple, easy-to -make, attractive decorations. I like the small bags made from remnants of elegant fabrics.
Merry & Bright from the Editors of Country Living –lots of decorating ideas, including crafts, cookie recipes, and gift wrapping ideas. Check out the stockings made from old sweaters.
Style At Home 100+ Favorite Holiday Ideas (Special Issue magazine) – I think the silver and glass ornaments hung with ribbons from the banister look lovely, and very easy to do.
Now I just might have to add a few more items to my decorating list.