Fes­tiv­ity

> A take on non-tra­di­tional hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions to dress in­te­ri­ors

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decor) can be made with wooden blocks in­stead, and then painted with bright pas­tel colours and metal­lic sil­ver and gold paint. Wreaths are also a com­mon Scan­di­na­vian hol­i­day fea­ture, but in­stead of one large wreath placed on the door, a few small to medium-sized ones are hung from a long tree branch to cre­ate a wall dis­play. The wreaths are typ­i­cally bare and the rib­bons used to hang the wreath are in reds or neu­tral tones. Some, how­ever, dis­play an odd­ity of baubles or hand­made felt dec­o­ra­tions in shapes of rein­deer, baubles, hearts or trees. Mounted deer heads are prom­i­nent in Scan­di­na­vian homes. In­stead of look­ing for a real one that might scare the day­lights out of the chil­dren who will be vis­it­ing, look for faux mounted deer heads in white for a modern feel. Ex­tra fes­tive points are awarded if the antlers are painted in gold or a wreath has been placed around the head. The geometrical out­line of a full body deer is the modern take on this tra­di­tional decor. Usu­ally in black, the geometrical el­e­ment fits in well with modern-themed rooms. hol­i­day scenes around the world. The usual minia­ture green trees and grass are sprin­kled with fake snow to recre­ate a snowy for­est. White for­est crea­tures are added to the scene.

A snowy Scan­di­na­vian vil­lage is an­other scene that is com­monly recre­ated for fes­tive ter­rar­i­ums. Lit­tle wooden or brown card­board houses are placed among minia­ture trees in fake snow. String lights are added for the fes­tive at­mos­phere. For a fun twist, paint and dec­o­rate the lit­tle homes to look like gin­ger­bread houses and add mini candy canes next to it.

Th­ese are only some of many ideas to help in­spire you to make the home live­lier and brighter this hol­i­day sea­son. Get the fam­ily in on th­ese to foster closer fam­ily ties and bonds this fes­tive time. Rule of thumb - there is no right or wrong in be­ing cre­ative, so be open and “don’t get your tin­sel in a tan­gle”.

The look­ing glass.

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