Christmas in every nook and cranny
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.