December 20, 2011
Do you find it depressing to take down your Christmas decorations once the holiday is over? There is a way to transition out of the season a little more gradually and our holiday decorating lady, Kris Engstrom shows us how.
"Kris, this living room is beautifully decorated, but I notice it's not screaming Christmas!"
"No, it's not. There's a rationale behind that, and that is this room really has more earth colors, than holiday colors to it. The walls are yellow, so I feel more coppery, goldy in here than I do feel red and green. And I wanted something that was going to give me something after Christmas. I have a problem with un-decorating. It always feels sad."
"Yes, after Christmas I end up taking everything down and it does look empty once you do that."
"So this year, my orientation was a little different, I wanted to have something that could be left behind that would make it feel more cozy and more warm through the dark frozen winter months. Until I was ready for spring, I wanted something that I could still look at and feel good about being inside."
"And certainly owls can last right through the winter, and birch candles can last right through the winter and all of these things continue to work, and I suppose as spring comes you can start to transition in some spring decorations, so it's not quite so abrupt."
"Fill in and yes, just make a nice transition. So, we put the Christmas tree away, put the ornaments away, put the glittery bows away, but keep something that's still nice for the rest of the winter."
"And it still says holidays for right now."
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