We do like to see Christmas Villages, and lighted houses as we drive around the countryside, but with a 198 year old house, our outdoors will not be entered in the Great Christmas Light Fight. Our front door is welcoming with wreath and greens. The front is simply lit with flood lights, and the windows adorned with ribbons and greens, much in the way of yesteryear.
Bells and greens decorate the sign and lamps of entry, while Santa Claus flies nearby in his sleigh. Another whimsical sight guests see on arrival, is Santa giving Mrs. Claus a kiss underneath the mistletoe.
Christmas trees from inside don’t have to retire at our B&B, they just become a member of the lighted grove around the driveway. Although the trees are not real, the birds find cover and the cats enjoy a new playground among the lower branches. When the December Christmas snows are falling, these trees create a winter wonderland.
Let us not forget the real reason for the season, our vintage Nativity reminds those passing by of The Wonderful Gift:
On the second day of decorating take a look at some of the boughs of green. I like to add the special touch of live greens both inside and outside. Have you ever thought about what to do with “too heavy” to move planters when the summer flowers have long faded and froze? Brighten the outdoor holiday decor with cut greens and a fresh bow. You can use almost any type of evergreen to make these outdoor gardens, whatever is available. The branches can be cut to create different heights. Push them into the dirt in the pot and if the soil is dry water well, when the ground freezes it preserves the greens to look nice all winter. I also look at some of the other available plant leftovers that might make nice alternate textures. The tissle weed seed heads are beautiful when spray painted, and this year I tried some spray paint on the hydrangea heads that had dried in the fall. Even the hanging baskets make good winter gardens. Mine were also brightened with some water proof Fairy Lights which look like magic after dark.
Inside tucked among the Santa Claus decorations, on the hall table, in the guest rooms, and assorted other places it’s very easy to brighten the house with poinsettia plants. They come in so many colors and varieties from the greenhouse I like to place two or three together. Cut greens are also filling empty crocks to add that wonderful Christmas aroma to the sitting rooms. Again, a variety of cut evergreen boughs pushed into some floral foam will keep the greens through the holiday season.
And don’t forget to spruce up your houseplants with some whimsical, glittery embellishments from the Christmas decorations department of your favorite store. I will splurge on a centerpiece from a very artistic florist for the dining room table. Each year Kathryn’s creations from Fox Hill Farms astound me, and instead of getting sad when the fresh flowers fade, I pull them one by one and replace with some silk flowers. The greens last a long time and only I know the arrangement didn’t come that way! This is the original creation, isn’t it stunning?