This year we decided it was going to be a semi-tropical Christmas at our house. Just because we don’t live in a warm climate doesn’t mean we can’t pretend, and when better than Christmas to pretend right? Usually the centerpiece of our holiday décor is my vintage silver aluminum Christmas tree. But this year…we have a Christmas Tree Fern! (ok not quite "tree" yet, but someday...at least that's what the tag promised)All my ornaments are vintage; I love the colors, the patina and the metal “hardware.”They’ve been collected over the years at thrift and antique shops. Every year I manage to break at least one of them, so the supply is dwindling. Instead of the traditional Christmas Poinsettia we have a Christmas Bromeliad, and since I haven’t got around to wrapping any gifts yet, Tanuki joined in the holiday display.
You don’t know about Tanuki? He’s a Japanese folk character, rumored to be both mischievous and jolly, but also somewhat gullible and absent-minded. He’s always wearing a hat, carrying a bottle of Saki, and has a large belly and disproportionately large testicles. Andrew purchased this Tanuki at the Togo Shrine flea market, when he lived in Japan. The thing about Tanuki is that when you see him outside a building you know their serving booze inside.
While our clear skies have contributed to the extreme cold temperatures they are also bringing bright beautiful sunny days. Some of my tender potted plants are enjoying the sun-drenched living room, and its warm temperatures. I guess it is obvious we haven’t been using our gas fireplace too much…
And instead of evergreen swags or pine boughs we have Papyrus stalks in a vase. At least inside the house I can pretend we live in a warmer climate. How are you decorating for the holidays?