There should be no shame in a last minute Christmas. We all have our reasons, whether it’s work, travel, or difficulty finding the spirit. I remember the rush very well. And I was thinking, could we solve the problem online? Luckily, the Internet loves us unconditionally.
First, let’s assume we find a tree somewhere. That’s part of last minute myth-making. One must visit the Tree Guy. One must purchase surrounded by one’s own condensing breath, under sodium street lamps, surrounded by cyclone fencing and Dodge Darts. Maybe a jumpy house, losing air in the corner. We’ll assume the Tree Guy also locates one last wreath, cobbled together from the branches he saws off. But then what?
Never Underestimate The Power Of An Evergreen Garland, Especially With Magnolia Leaves
I like to drape 9 feet over the double doors between my office space and the living room. You can order fresh evergreens, if you order this morning, for delivery by Christmas. Pottery Barn saves the day, as it is wont to do.
Wired Ribbon Is Magic
I attach wired ribbon bows to the hanging points of the garland and to the wreath. And anywhere else I fancy. High WASPs do love a bow, case in point: Ferragamo Varinas, Vera Wang picture frames, and J. Crew tortoise headbands for little girls.
We give extra credit for tartan. This is available at Selfridge’s, in the UK, of course.
Glass Ornaments By The Bushel
Ornaments are easy to find. The base layer on my tree is always little red balls, and they are as ubiquitous as chocolate at checkout, this time of year. Target has them packed like festive bubble wrap.
Let me confess, buried in this post, that I beg to differ with Reggie Darling. and his horror of “Retail Red.” I believe that Christmas should be red and green, with gold and silver thrown in for sparkle. Shades of blue, lavender, and taupe make me sad. That said, holidays are for community, and I will not utter a peep should you greet me at a door outlined in pink and bronze. Or what you will. We can find people to be mean to us penny for a pound, anywhere. Let’s try to be nice, en famille.
Yet More Lights
Even when you’re Christmas-decoration-rich you may find you need more lights. At the last minute, you may decide to grant a childhood wish for more twinkle. I have a white pine cones strand from my grandmother that I love. Many are broken, I hang what remains.
These are LED, but I wonder if the surrounding frosted plastic would warm the glow.
And Finally, A Pan-Belief Nativity Scene
Even atheists like the Christmas story.
It can be used as an allegory of love for your children, or the way politics and jobs, in their best incarnations, make way for family. Visit Novica, a site that offers handmade goods from artisans around the world. They partner with groups like National Geographic, and Kiva. You can have the scene above by Christmas if you order today. And if you throw your hands in the air for 2013, no shame. Decorating is not required of anyone.
But you might like this crêche, of silver and jade, for next year.
Oh, and by the way, you last-minute children, so does the Internet love you that in the final hours of panic and relief, it puts almost everything on sale. Next year, next year, you are going to be so dang ready.
Garlands from Pottery Barn
Vera Wang by Wedgwood Silver Plate 4×6 Bow Frame via Amazon
Wired ribbon from The Container Store, and Selfridge’s
Glass Ornaments from Target
Yet More Pinecone Lights from Macy’s
Nativity Scene from Novica