Dec, 2007 Contest: How are you decorating your home for the holidays?

Congratulations to our contest winner!
Cindy Goldman of Birmingham, AL

Decorating for the holidays means traditions in our family.
My daughter has her collection of nut crackers that we place on our mantle, and I have my collection of nativity scenes decorated throughout the house. The tree is adorned with clusters of green and gold hydrangas with feather accents all tied together with red and green checked ribbons. Big green glitter balls are scattered throughout the tree as well.

Over the years, we have collected ornaments from cities we have lived in or visited on vacation. As we place them on the tree, we are reminded of the times spent in the various places, the people we met, etc. Live garland with poinsettias tucked in them adorn the staircase bannister and family room hearth. A big mistletoe ball is always hung in the foyer! Dicken homes are placed together for their own city complete with snow. The dining room table is dressed with the Christmas china and antique pins with magnets placed on them are placed on the knives for a festive look. Embroidered holiday napkins are placed with each family member’s name on their special napkin. The kitchen island centerpiece is a large clear vase with real green apples in the base. Paperwhites are placed in the vase and the apples act as an anchor for the flowers. The living room holds photos of my daughter and Santa through the years. She is now 19! Christmas songs are played on the piano for Christmas eve and Christmas day.
Each Christmas, we find the time to remember fun times we have had through the years, as we place the ornaments on the tree. A good story is always told about Santa and my daughter, as we place the pictures of them sitting together, around the house.

For me, Christmas is all about family and our decorating theme helps to enhance our memories of friends, relatives, and travels.