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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Five Favorite Christmas Snaps This Christmas

Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. Christmas carols play on the car radio. Billboards proclaim peace on earth. Television commercials are filled with beautiful scenery and heart-warming messages instead of reasons to buy. Catalogs come in the mail with cover photos of red pick-up trucks with Christmas wreaths on the grills in a snowy scene. Red, white, and green everywhere. 

Oh, the most wonderful time of the year for beautiful images everywhere. Beautiful images inspire us to create beautiful scenes in our own homes as we listen to the latest Pentatonix album and bake snickerdoodle cookies for a cookie exchange. 

Here are five of my favorite small scenes created around my house this week. They may not become a television commercial or catalog cover, but they create some Christmas magic at my house. 

1. Sunlight on white poinsettias in a rustic blue box

Poinsettias, paperwhites, and fresh evergreens abound at my house every Christmas. 

2. Hand-carved wooden Russian Santa 

Santa also abounds at my house. From small Christmas tree ornaments to large hand-carved wooden Russian figurines, Santa is one of my favorite Christmas figures. 

3. Noël stamped vintage silver plate spoon 

One of my favorite new Christmas ornaments this year is a Noël stamped vintage silver plate spoon. Stamping silver is harder than it looks. Even though I measured and marked where to stamp each letter, the O is jumping for joy instead of marching in line with N, E, L. 

French inspiration abounds throughout the year, not just at Christmas, in my house and garden. At Christmas time, there is an extra abundance of Noël inspiration. 

4. Paperwhites and French silver plate vintage forks 

Each year in November I plant several pots of Ziva paperwhites to bloom during the Christmas season. This Christmas, the paperwhites are in French-style ceramic pots. The vintage French silver plate fork tines are repurposed as card holders for place cards or for identifying cheese varieties. 

5. French script star 

Even upside down the new glittered-edge papier mâché star on the living room mantel adds French inspiration to the mantel's Christmas decor. Soon there will be a post with several snaps of the white Christmas mantel decorated with ceramic white trees (the edge of one tree is visible above), paperwhites, and French-script stars. 

I love this time of year when the whole world seems to honor the beauty and the spirit of Christmas past, present, and future. May your world be brighter with beautiful Christmas images.