It kicked off with a visit to the Old Salem Candle Tea in Winston-Salem, NC. We never attended while we lived there, but this year I accompanied a friend for the tour. Guides in period costumes led Christmas carols, made candles, explained the miniature replica of the village in the late eighteenth century and shared sugar bread and coffee. It was all beautiful and reverent. The best was last--a manger scene set which spotlighted the particular characters as they were mentioned in the Biblical account.
Later that week I celebrated the annual Christmas dinner of my North Carolina book club. Our hostess's house is decorated so beautifully I always come home and chuckle about our mismatched ornaments and the lack of elegance on our dining table.
And last night, we walked Bo through the local bright lights and the minions!
New experiences and old traditions add so much to the joy and wonder I find in this season.
If you're a Christmas fanatic, this one's good enough for your bucket list. If you're within a few hours of driving time--go.
In Wilmington, Delaware is the home of Henry Frances DuPont. It's called Winterthur. I love how grand old homes had names. It's not quite an American Downton Abbey, but it displays how one family in the top 1% lived in most of the last century.
At Christmas time the home is lushly decorated. They use greenery and other materials from the estate. The more rustic barrel at right is filled with common eastern plants.
This tree was my favorite, decorated with dried flowers from the summer gardens.
|cozy tree in an informal dining room|
|splendor in the conservatory|
I wouldn't want to live in a mansion, but I love the razzle-dazzle.
What special Christmas traditions add to your holiday mood?
I encourage you to share. It will enrich all of us.
As Bo would say "Tell it!"