23 responses

  1. RS
    December 19, 2013

    Two of your points cheer me greatly:
    1) one can still be “in good taste,” while differing from Reggie on the matter of “retail red”;
    2) atheists can have Nativity Scenes! I am the first and I like the second–but I have stopped putting one out, for fear that it might give my evangelically Christian MIL the wrong idea…

  2. Tabitha
    December 19, 2013

    I wish I could find magnolia leaves here, they are beautiful.
    I just hung my mistletoe, at least I can but that locally. My goose is coming from the local farm too.

  3. Tabitha
    December 19, 2013

    Oh I do hate typos, I need to hire a sub ed for my comments.

  4. Bungalow hostess
    December 19, 2013

    I ‘ve never seen those cute pine cones lights. In my youth we had candle lights that had bubbles moving around in them…so fascinating and mesmerizing when one is young and lying under the tree waiting for Santa!
    I have only bought one gift online…moccasins for wee Henry from Fresh Daily, all the rest have been found at the smaller shops nearby and most are locally owned. I love the personal touch and the shopkeeper interaction….

  5. lauren
    December 19, 2013

    the feral cat nativity out in brooklyn comes closest to warming my heart of tar; i can get behind animals in need borrowing warmth from a fictional child.

  6. RoseAG
    December 19, 2013

    I’m not buying any LED lights unless I have seen how they look turned on. I have two strings that claimed they’d cast a warm light but turned out to cast a cool light. They’ll do for distant illumination, anything that will cast it’s glow on me has to meet higher standards.

  7. M
    December 19, 2013

    We do pinecone lights as well…contribution from my husband’s childhood. We also add lots of painted pinecones here and there, gold mainly. Got married 2 weeks after Christmas and family friends hosted an ornament shower which launched what has become a most eclectic collection 31 years later of all shapes, sizes, colors, materials. Merry Christmas to all!

  8. Philippa
    December 19, 2013

    I also believe that Christmas should be red and green, with gold and silver thrown in for sparkle – and a whole rambunctious mix of colours from homemade and hand-me-down decorations (my favourites are the little Jesus-in-a-walnut-shell* decorations my mum made for Christmas when we were small, with scraps of our favourite fabrics, and my granny’s pink glass baubles, brought back from America in the 1950s). The worst thing of all, if you ask me, is a theme.

    (But then being British perhaps hotchpotch is our theme …).

    *like this only minus the eyelashes, with a little scrap of cloth for a bonnet instead of hair and a chickpea for his tiny head, and the whole a bit more decorated, with thin gold ribbon or red rick-rack around the edge of the walnut shell:

    11:34 am
    Lisa said...

    I completely agree. No theme. Theme is Christmas. And hodgepodge is us, High WASPs do like their Britishisms:).

  9. Jen on the Edge
    December 19, 2013

    As much as I adore a red and green Christmas — which, luckily for me, matches my family’s tartan — red and green clash with the bright blue of my front door, so the evergreen wreath is decorated with silver and white.

  10. Tracey
    December 19, 2013

    Naww that little baby sleeping in a walnut shell just made me go all gooey! And I’m an expat Brit. Here in Oz, peeps don’t go much for a well set table with finery, but I do. I formally set the table 3 times a year: Christmas, Easter and my birthday. xxx

  11. Duchesse
    December 19, 2013

    I used to go to one store (Pottery Barn, Pier One, a department store) and get it all done in one place. A few glasses of eggnog, the place looked pretty good.

    Now it’s a foot-high felt tree from Ikea, my collection of antique Santa figurines and a box of chocolates.

  12. The Preppy Princess
    December 19, 2013

    Oh, now you’re talking ‘Princess Zone,’ it is almost all last minute here, if not last second. We embrace our inner hodgepodginess, obvious from the tiny wooden singing nuns band (really) to our pine cone carolers, almost all of it showing its origins going back at least one, if not two, generations. But I should so love some of that Selfridges ribbon to wind amongst the nuns and carolers and Rudolph. From the drug store Rudolph. Sigh.

    This one was bliss on a monitor Miss Privilege,

  13. Candace
    December 19, 2013

    Excellent finds! Wired ribbon is truly a Christmas miracle, providing perky bows to adorn my gifts. My decorations are up, it’s the cards I am behind on this year, for which I’m thinking of sending Happy New Year cards to those I don’t get to for Christmas. What a sweet nativity you have, and a lovely shade of red for the ornamanents. We are almost there!

  14. Murphy
    December 19, 2013

    I love red, especially red and white, but red and green are good too, and even better if glitter is included! I have a hodgepodge of decorations: a combination of gifts, inherited ornaments from various decades, and treasures handmade by my family members. I once put up a tree that was completely color-coordinated, but it wasn’t me – in fact it made me feel sad. So instead, it’s a riot of colored lights and decorations!

  15. Reggie Darling
    December 20, 2013

    Dearest Lisa,
    I was enjoying this post until I came across the photo of the ornaments in the box, and said to myslef “Oh, no, she’s not advocating use of red in this story, is she?” Then, imagine my horror (and, I admit pleasure) in seeing your polite disagreement with my (personal) abhoration of anything “retail red” in one’s house at Christmas! I am sure, m’dear, that red looks perfectly marvelous in your SF house, and I am even more sure that your Christmas will be a lovely one this year. With fond regards (and a tiny bit of teeth gnashing) your admiring friend, Reggie

  16. Rubiatonta
    December 20, 2013

    I’m missing my feather tree and collection of medium-sized blown glass ornaments that I still haven’t managed to bring to Spain. Next year, next year. (Plus next year I’ll have a sideboard to put it on…)

    This year we’re going cheap and cheerful, modern and minimalist. For an example, please pop over to the blog to see my Xmas Stix in action.

  17. Susan
    December 20, 2013

    We are going to a local tree farm to get our Christmas tree tomorrow. It is a bit last minute, but we just arrived at the farm tonight for the holidays. We have thousands of trees at the farm–but only the cedars would look right—and they are not good trees indoors.

    I have scaled way back in my decorating. This year it will be only the tree and our stockings.

  18. Eleanorjane
    December 21, 2013

    Yay for pre-Christmas sales! I snapped up a half price wreath for our front door yesterday – it’ll only be up for a few days this year, but there’s always next year.

    (PS – our tiny fake tree is covered in green and gold decorations… and I managed to find some holly with berries so I triumphantly picked a bunch to bring home.)

  19. Patience
    December 23, 2013

    I confess, I find the traditional Christmas red and green to be a bit ponderous, unless diluted with a lot of white. I steer toward pinky reds and pale greens punctuated with lots of silver.

    8:05 pm
    Anon said...

    @Patience, I really love pinky-reds too. I just couldn’t find any ornaments I liked in that color.

  20. Anon
    December 23, 2013

    Yikes. Lots of red at Christmas gives me hives.

    My ornaments are turquoise/gold balls, silver acorns, lime green balls, gold/silver owls, squirrels, deer, clear snowflakes, and smaller amounts of red balls with pinecones painted on them.

    For me, a touch of red spices up the tree, but relentless red and green depresses and agitates me.

    Besides, what about aquas for people who live by the water? Seems appropriate. I also don’t think it looks quite right when people impose red and green Christmas decor in rooms that are otherwide devoid of those colors. Looks better when the colors inthe room at least show up somewhere on the tree.

  21. Susan@Flattering50
    December 30, 2013

    Magnolia leaves–what a great idea! I’ll make a note for next year. Thanks and warmest wishes for 2014 ~ Susan

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