This type of mini-Christmas Tree is made from a cone of chicken wire filled with slightly moistened sphagnum or wood moss. It is easy and fun to make. Fun for home use, the office and even to Read more
The measured precision of the art of the Byzantine Empire with its exquisite harmony of neighboring colors accented with complementary colors seems the perfect choice for the lyrical tree which would be delightful for a music room.
Select a slender cedar or cypress tree five feet high. Place in an attractive holder. Spray the holder with metallic gold paint to give a lustrous effect sug gestive of the richness of the Byzantine period.
Garland the tree with five strands of gold tinsel cord to suggest a musical staff (Drawing 4). Use blue, blue green and violet lustre Christmas balls to suggest the notes. Vary the size as well as the colors of the balls to suggest the different values of the notes. Place on the staff as shown in the drawing. Hang small musical ornaments, such as a zither, harp, castanets, French hom, piano, clarinet of gold and the Christmas balls at measured intervals between the staff garland. The gold acts as a complement to the cool colors to produce a rhythmic harmony with an accent.
To many of us Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas unless we had a traditional tree, laden with the miscellaneous assortment of trimmings and lights which have been collected and handed down from generation to generation.
We look forward to seeing the angel, yellowed with age, which belonged to our mother, on the topmost spike. Scratched and faded glass fruit forms still find a place on our tree. Ornaments bought so proudly the first Christmas of our married life are not as bright as they once were but we love them just the same. The paper chains which our child, grown now and with a home of his own, brought home from kindergarten are mingled with the tinsel from our last year’s tree.
Because Christmas is a time of remembrance as well as joyousness, deck your trees with the stuff of memories and relive the happy hours when you were young and all was gay and bright (Plate 6).
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For centuries Twelfth Night has been the traditional time for taking down holiday decorations and burning them amid revelry and merrymaking. It is a custom we should adopt, for all too often the discarded trappings of Christmas send a shudder down our spine as we see them tumbling across a deserted street, tossed helter and skelter by each gust of wind. Far better to have a Twelfth Night community burning party or, lacking that, cut the branches, bundle them neatly and place on the curb for collection.
If you are one who wearies of sweeping needles from the rug and floor for months after Christmas, try this when you take down your tree. Spread a large sheet around the tree, making sure one side is wider than your tree is high. After you have removed the trimmings, remove the tree from the holder and lower it gently onto the sheet. Fold the sheet up and over the tree and carry from the room. Prepare for final disposal as stated above.
You will find it a help to check all strings of lights before you store them. If you need new ones buy them when they are reduced for clearance.
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Place all ornaments in divided cartons to insure against breakage. If you run out of divided ones you can use egg cartons for the small ornaments. Wrap the larger ones in several layers of tissue and place carefully in a box, winding with rolls of tissue paper to keep them separated. Tinsel should be wrapped loosely around a piece of light cardboard to prevent crushing and slipped into a cellophane bag for protection from dust.
Don’t forget the area under your tree when you are decorating it.
There must be a feeling of oneness between the tree and the under-tree treatment. If snow is suggested in or on the tree, it would be suitable touse snow under the tree as in the “Christmas Tree with Snow” picture. Here we have a feeling of unity. The same snow which fell on the tree piled up around the tree. A satisfactory snow is achieved by using fluffed asbestos or borax sprinkled thickly over rumpled tissue paper which has been brushed with white art paste.
The scene suggestive of a happy Christmas Day at Read more
The lights on your tree are such important elements that they must be considered as part of the color scheme. We can emphasize the “mood” of the tree through the lights we place on it. Blue lights make us think of a cold frosty night; pink ones are sweet and gentle; white ones are reminiscent of purity and boldness; yellow denotes promise; cream color, a combination of white and yellow, suggests elusive happiness and gentle unity. Red and white in combination are festive while red alone is somber and depressing. Green can be used to impart a mystic spiritual quality or to create a mood of fantasy. Purple radiates a feeling of royalty and wisdom. Lights cannot be passed over lightly for they set up the reflecting surfaces which make your tree come alive. Use your lights to create color patterns.
To accentuate the slender column form tree, start the string at Read more
Allow your tree to remain out-of-doors, protected from the sun and severe winds until ready for use. Rain and snow are good for it. Lacking help from the weatherman, spray the whole tree once or twice to keep the needles moist. About a week before Christmas recut the trunk on a deep diagonal or deep V in order to expose as much surface for water consumption as possible. Place upright in a Read more
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