Every Christmas, I pick out a unique ornament for my family members. This (photo left) is Charlie’s Christmas ornament for 2022. It will, however, not be on the Christmas tree because I will not be setting up the tree…again. My naughty little dog would have the time of her life dismantling it one ornament at a time.
Many treasured Christmas memories find their way onto the tree every year. Most of my ornaments are vintage, delicate, one-of-a-kind and made of glass. They will have to be kept safely out of Charlie’s path for at least one more year.
This calls for a new plan!
Since we will be entertaining over the holidays…a few small dinner parties, I decided to set the Christmas display on the dining room table.
I found these metal flower clusters in colours I love, even at Christmas. The muted rusty gold, pink and taupe green may not (aren’t) traditional seasonal colours, but I’ve always felt that Christmas decor should complement whatever else you have in your home.
I raided the greenhouse for most of this tablescape. The urn sits with branches (from the fall cleanup) bare and unadorned, and I brought in a few zinc houses and the bottle brush trees. Potted paperwhite and amaryllis bulbs complete the nature theme, and candles and fresh flowers will set the party mood.
This is a really scaled-back “Charlie Brown” decorating scheme for me. Maybe next year, I can go all out with a truly elegant Christmas…
Oh, and when did you say labradoodles get passed the puppy stage??????????????
As I write this, Charlie is curled up beside me on the banquette with her nose on the table, watching the computer screen. She may be naughty, but she is beyond loveable!