Christ­mas in ev­ery nook and cranny

The Covington News - - COVCRYPT - ~ By Les­lie Nel­son

If you’re look­ing for the home of the Rev. and Mrs. Tom White around Christ­mas time, you won’t need the ad­dress.

Just the street name will do. Along with the knowl­edge that the Whites en­joy lots of fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions for the hol­i­days.

Any­one can eas­ily spot the White home on East Street by its large front door wreath and can­dles glow­ing in all the win­dows.

And in­side, ev­ery nook and cranny is filled with dec­o­ra­tions that Mrs. White has made over the years.

It all be­gins about the first week in De­cem­ber when Mrs. White starts prepa­ra­tions for en­ter­tain­ing the women’s cir­cles — about 100 guests — from First Pres­by­te­rian Church, where Rev. White is pas­tor.

And out of the at­tic come the trea­sures.

There is the old shoe sprayed sil­ver that con­tains a brandy snifter and an ar­range­ment of holly and berries. Filled with cook­ing oil, the glass holds a glow­ing can­dle that floats on its own.

And there is the mantel ar­range­ment of green­ery in a white fruit bas­ket. Flank­ing the ar­range­ment are white can­dles made by Mrs. White and trimmed with hand sewn felt birds sparkling with se­quins. Hang­ing from the liv­ing room mantel is a Christ­mas stock­ing for her hus­band Tom, who shares Mrs. White’s en­thu­si­asm for Christ­mas.

Both from Sa­van­nah, the Whites con­tinue to cel­e­brate the hol­i­days in as big a way as they did as young­sters.

“Sa­van­nah is a party town,” said Mrs. White. “We grew up in an at­mos­phere of fes­tiv­ity. Christ­mas was a big day with us.”

Rev. White, raised in Bethesda Home for Boys in Sa­van­nah, still par­tic­i­pates in the ac­ti­vates of the or­phan­age, which is al­ways elab­o­rately dec­o­rated for the hol­i­days.

“Christ­mas to the boys was a big event. They made all the dec­o­ra­tions. Even now we get to­gether for Christ­mas din­ner with some of the boys Tom was raised with,” Mrs. White said.

This year, in ad­di­tion to pre­par­ing con­gealed salad, party sand­wiches, am­brosia, fruit cake and cook­ies for the women of the church, Mrs. White fash­ioned 100 fa­vors out of marsh­mal­lows. Each was in­di­vid­u­ally dec­o­rated with bits of rib­bon, glit­ter and minia­ture fig­urines to re­sem­ble a hat.

Other dec­o­ra­tions in the White home in­clude a sil­ver Christ­mas tree made by cov­er­ing card­board cylin­ders with foil and stack­ing them to form a tree.

Col­ored or­na­ments are sus­pended from in­side each cylin­der, and the whole tree rests on a wooden ruler painted gold and at­tached to a base of scrap lum­ber and a sawed- off broom­stick.

She even dec­o­rated a shoe by plac­ing a can­dle in­side and let­ting it glow. Mrs. White painted the shoe sil­ver.

For the hall, Mrs. White has fash­ioned an­other tree by shap­ing card­board into a cone and at­tach­ing tis­sue pa­per flow­ers. Nes­tled among the white flow­ers are tiny red bells, with a perky elf sit­ting at the base.

Even the win­dow ledge above the kitchen sink gets its share of at­ten­tion with a Christ­mas ar­range­ment to lift the spir­its of dish­wash­ers.

DE­CEM­BER 19, 1974

Through the years, Mrs. White has made a whole host of Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions.

A sil­ver tree is made by wrap­ping card­board cylin­ders with foil.

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