It’s that time! I know we still haven’t had Thanksgiving and I’m usually very very strict about posting Christmas ideas until after Turkey day, but I just can’t resist this year. Partially because I’m so excited about my theme and partially because I may have already decorated some (guilty!) and am just too excited to wait.
You all know that I have a somewhat historic home. It’s historic in the sense that it was built forever ago, but with all of the generations of updates and upgrades, it can hardly be considered in historic shape. I’ve always had a bit of a struggle to decorate the nineteenth century home in a way that doesn’t feel, well, old. For this reason, I’ve always stuck with a neutral and sparkly decor palette. There is something about the neutral palette at Christmas, however, that can seem underwhelming. When ‘Good King Wenceslas’ or ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ wafts over the speakers, I wish my home was decked with everything decedent and richly colored with bountiful cakes and sugared fruits adorning my table and mulled wine drunk from pewter. Isn’t it funny how just a song can put you in a certain frame of mind?
So, this year, I’ve decided to succumb to the deep rooted desire of my home to be dressed in old world holiday cheer. And where else would I look for inspiration that to Colonial Williamsburg. You know how I absolutely loved my trip there this fall and I was so intrigued by their holiday traditions, that I wanted to use the colonial decor as my framework.
I had a general idea for how I wanted to take the decorations, but I wanted more information on the how and why behind style, so I reached out to Liza Gusler, the licensing manger for Colonial Williamsburg’s product line, who was so welcoming and informative during our trip in October. I am using her guidance and advice as the basis for our decor, and I was shocked by some of her insights! We asked her some of the burning questions we had about the history of the holiday in Colonial times and loved hearing her insights! It’s a long-ish interview, but it will definitely frame how we decorate and give a little insight into some of our current traditions! [Read more…]