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Embracing nostalgia for the holidays

  • This elegant mantel tableau started with a simple pine garland, decked out with picks, ornaments and ribbon. Mary Carol Garrity

  • Faux berries, swirling ribbons and nostalgic glass ornaments — from Santas to balls — add colorful oomph to this pine garland. Mary Carol Garrity

  • A Christmas tree dressed in gold, silver and bronze makes a regal statement. Mary Carol Garrity

  • Creating displays in a few key spots imbues the whole house with holiday warmth. Mary Carol Garrity



Tribune News Service
Friday, November 30, 2018

What are some of your favorite memories of the holidays? For me, as a kid it was secretly unwrapping all my gifts, playing with them, then wrapping them back up and sneaking them back under the tree. As a teen, it was working at my parents' clothing store, making bows for customers' packages. As an adult, it's my robust family packed together around the table, laughing, toasting, loving.

All of us have wonderful holiday memories that fill our hearts with joy and make us smile at the remembering of them. So this year, as we approached how to dress for the holidays, we decided we would do a full embrace of nostalgia. These days, we can all use an extra dose of feeling good! There is nothing more regal or awe-inspiring to me than a Christmas tree dressed in gold, silver and bronze. Or mantels, urns and florals that exude the pageantry of the holidays. The baubles and ribbons we have this year celebrate the best of traditional holiday decor, yet are fun and fresh, a brand-new look for a brand-new year.

When we first started dressing our store for the holidays over 30 years ago, the trend was to do Christmas BIG. Many of us had displays in every corner of our homes and numerous trees. While many people still like a big Christmas statement, the trend now is to have high-impact displays in a few key spots.