Don't Decorate for the Holiday, Decorate for the Season!

Decorate using natures bounty and enjoy your displays well into the new year.

There is a new trend in holiday decorating and I'm finding that it has less to do with Santa and his reindeer and even more to do with the actual season of winter.

Last week I was watching a daytime talk show, and it was the set designs, not the chatty host, that was holding my attention. The background looked so beautiful...so natural and wintry.

Of course they had the standard Christmas trees, which were lovely, but the real show stopper were the moss covered "hills" with paper-whites and amaryllis sprouting up. Branches sprinkled with snow, log tables, woven twig ornaments, textural baskets, burlap and greenery all worked in harmony.

The look, while definitely holiday with twinkling lights and Christmas trees, could simply become "winter" decorations after the tree and lights come down.

Some of the elements for this trend can be found right outside your back door. Clip and bunch evergreens, display dramatic branches, gather pine-cones and stack wood by the fireplace, all without spending a dime.

A trip to the produce department also provides plenty of materials for budget friendly winter decorating. Citrus fruits can be slice and dried to create garlands or just stacked in a bowl with greens and berries tucked in. Pineapples, artichokes, pomegranate and cranberries all look right at home in a wintry display as well.

In a way you can say we've come full circle. Back in the 50's we had "new age" design, with modern lines and modern materials being all the rage. Who amoung us hasn't watched "Charlie Brown's Christmas" and thought "what's with those crazy pink and metal trees?"

I am happy to see that finally, more then a half a century later we are now once again embracing the simplicity of the "rustic and natural." The best part is, in just four weeks you won't have to take it all down as these seasonal displays can be enjoyed well into the new year. Better still, all of these "naturals" are bio-degradable, which means one less tinsel tree in a landfill...a gift for us all!

Enjoy your holiday season and have a very happy New Year!

Brought to you by Jennifer Napolitano of JNdesign decorating.staging.redesign

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Susan LaVopa Hollandsworth December 06, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Jessica, I think you are missing the point. JNDesign is not suggesting doing away with Christmas decorating, rather she is suggesting extending your decorating beyond Christmas and embracing the season. No one is trying to 'muzzle' Christmas or be 'sneaky'. How someone decides to decorate their home should be of no consequence to you. You write 'Be proud of our tradition', news flash...Christmas is not everyone's tradition. Perhaps JNDesign intended to speak to an audience that celebrates something other than Christmas. I find your response passive aggressive and extremely close minded. I don't know you, but from your response to this blog I am guessing you are of a Christian faith and as such you should find Christmas in your heart, the spirit is within...seems you need to revisit the message of the Grinch... It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes, or bags! Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more." Folks, keep those decorations wintry and seasonal if that is what you choose. Heck, call it Xmas and celebrate the season with Buddhas dappled in jingle bells! Be proud of your tradition, whatever that may be. Have a very Merry season everyone!!
Paul Shipman December 06, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Nice ideas, Jennifer. And a very nice reply, Susan.
Jennifer Napolitano December 06, 2011 at 09:24 PM
Thank you Paul...Enjoy your holidays.
Jennifer Napolitano December 06, 2011 at 09:25 PM
Jessica, I'm so sorry you misunderstood my intention. Susan has it right and I very much appriciate her response...it's perfect. Merry Christmas to you...I hope you enjoy your seaon.
Vicki Clark December 16, 2011 at 07:18 PM
Nice ideas!


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