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Decorating Wisely: Christmas decor Featured

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Written by  Friday, 01 December 2017 17:44
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By Glenda Wise

 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We spent the day at my mom and dad’s farm.

 

We ended it by helping them put up their Christmas tree. My dad just had surgery on his hand, so he needed some help getting the decorations out of the attic and the tree put up. According to my Facebook newsfeed, it looks like many of you have been hard at work putting your beautiful Christmas decorations up.

 

Keep posting! I love seeing them all. We have everything done except for the tree.

 

We’re going back to the Christmas tree farm this weekend to pick our tree and bring it home! Each day we’re bringing a little more Christmas into our lives.

 

Wednesday night, we attended UAFS’s annual Season’s Greetings concert. It was fantastic, as always. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it next year.

 

The admission is free; it’s their gift to the community. Afterwards, we drove over to Van Buren to check out the Hodo House. It was amazing! You need to add that to your Christmas to-do list. Grab some hot chocolate and make the drive. You won’t regret it.


On to Christmas decorating! Maybe I’m getting older, maybe it’s all of the projects I’ve had to complete, I don’t know, but I’ve been in the mood to simplify some of my decorating. Here are my favorite designer “keep it simple” tricks:


• You know how much I love fresh decorations. Fresh flowers, fresh garland, etc. If I had an endless supply of money and time, everything would be fresh, but that’s not the case, so I have to make do with what I have available to me. Here’s a great little trick I’ve learned through the years: start with a faux wreath or garland base and add fresh evergreen trimmings. This gives the illusion that the entire wreath or garland is fresh.


• Pinecones are a great way to add a fresh element. You can wire them and hang like ornaments in garland and wreaths. You can pile a bunch in a bowl or I like to mix pinecones and sparkly ornaments in a beautiful bowl for a simple and inexpensive centerpiece. I’ve also read that you can bleach them to make them white. I tried it, it didn’t work for me. Maybe I did something wrong, if you’ve had success with this, please let me know.


• Adding fresh fruit to a pretty bowl also brings the fresh element to your décor.


• It’s all in the presentation. Showcase small ornaments by presenting on a cake stand and cover with a cloche. This simple trick creates an instant focal point for your coffee table or kitchen island.
The main thing is to have fun with your decorations. Don’t feel the need to make your decorations just like everyone else’s. Make them unique and special to your family.

 

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David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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