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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to decorate, with families decorating their homes both inside and outdoors.
From putting up the family Christmas tree to decorating a fireplace mantle, it just seems to put a big smile on everyone’s face. Some families take hours and hours turning their homes into show places, while some are content with a wreath on the door and a Christmas tree in the den.
A lot of smiles and oohing and aahing were evident at the recent Wonderland of Trees featured at Three Star Mall. The event featured decorated trees, wreaths, holiday centerpieces and various holiday vignettes. They were all donated to Caring Hearts United, who presented the holiday decorating preview. The time-honored tradition of decorating a tree in our homes didn’t gain popularity in America until the late 19th century, with most decorations being homemade. But todays decorations include anything that suits the owner’s fancy.
The classic design adapts to seasonal changes, with holiday accessories blending into a room’s decor. This style has a more traditional feel and usually uses red and green tree decorations and ribbons.
If you want a soothing mix of holiday decoration, try an all-green wreath with a subtle colored bow. Mixing it with white decorations makes it easy on the eyes and looks great throughout the winter. Fresh greenery such as magnolia, evergreen boughs and nandina can also add a nice touch.
Old-fashioned Christ-mas trees are filled with glass ornaments, beaded garlands and tiny crystal lights giving a elegant, homey appearance. This is a great tree to feature those handmade ornaments from the children and grandchildren, or those heirloom keepsake ornaments.   
Have some fun using lots of color in your holiday scheme. Choose a fun theme focusing on decorations that inspire, such as peacocks, stars, tea pots or cups, animal prints or even a vintage tree filled with lace accents such as doilies and small antique frames painted in gold and silver. A specific sport or hobby can also be featured on a tree.
 Give traditional colors a break and use the rainbow to inspire you. Add bright blue, pink, green and gold ornaments to your tree, and nestle brightly wrapped gifts under the tree. Hang colorful beaded garland on the tree and around the room to keep with the theme. Wrap your red or white poinsettias in blue or pink foil paper. The whimsical look is still popular, with lots of lime green mixed with red and fuschia.
Red and green are traditional Christmas colors that we love to use. A special touch can be attained by hanging green wreaths in each window of an indoor room. One idea is to add a decorative holiday plate to the center of each wreath and hang from red ribbons.
If you don’t have room in your home for a floor-to-ceiling tree, try a shorter version instead. Place it on a table in a focal point in the room, and cover with your favorite ornaments. They may need to be a smaller size, just to keep the proportions in scale.   
Whatever style you choose for your holiday tree, just make it one you and your family enjoy. Christmas is the time for family gatherings, and it seems much of the activities take place around the tree. 


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