Given the big part that serendipity played in Christmas this year, I felt compelled to create this post for the last week of December. The live tree looms large for me when I reflect upon this seasonal tradition of dressing the house. It’s the star, contributing so much to the Christmas mood, that we move the furniture out of the sunroom (overlooking the garden) so that this centerpiece’s view is unimpeded from the library and the salon.
But this year, it almost didn’t happen…so many tree farms were either forced to close due to the drought or their Christmas trees had died. A sad state of affairs both for this agricultural island on which we live and for homeowners preparing for their Christmas. But finally, a 12′ beauty was discovered in a distant part of the state. And in celebration, my wonderful stylist friend, Jenna, and I tried something a bit unorthodox. A swath of gold ornaments, in all sizes and shapes, sweeping down in an undulating curve from the tip top of the tree. I love it during the day, when we first turn the lights on.
But especially at night, when the 500+ crystal icicles shimmer and shine, and the tree’s lights are reflected in the windows.
Watching this come together, with all the creative mechanics that made it possible (let me just say that it took a deft hand, lots of wire…and an understanding of the trees growth pattern), was part of the celebration itself!
I can still hear the resounding voices of my Christmas tea guests who were fascinated with this rather “new” design for our tree, made all the more dramatic for the concave feature in the ceiling that we designed just for accommodating a tall tree.
The view from the garden provides another dimension at night — and also adds a festive note for those driving up the street.
I’ll finish with other views of holiday vignettes around Parterre as I wish you all a very special Happy New Year.
Whether you’re just sitting by the fire or dancing the night away, I hope that your New Year’s Eve will be glorious and memorable, an introduction to a year of good health, exciting possibilities, and abiding Peace.