Beau­ti­ful dis­plays cap­ture Christ­mases past and present


What’s red and green . . . and gold and sil­ver and blue and white? If it’s got sparkles all over it, it’s prob­a­bly some­thing for the hol­i­day sea­son. In this is­sue, we show you what’s new – and old – in Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions.

The an­nual HopeSpring Hol­i­day Tour of Homes, a fundraiser for the lo­cal can­cer sup­port cen­tre, will show­case mod­ern dec­o­rat­ing. We’ve got pho­tos from last year’s tour that show a tall slen­der tree decked out all in white, as well as more tra­di­tional green trees with colour­ful lights and or­na­ments. The tour is a great way to get ideas for your own home. Fire­places, din­ing room ta­bles and cheery bed­rooms pro­vide in­spi­ra­tion for all dec­o­ra­tors.

If you’re more in­ter­ested in tra­di­tional and vin­tage dec­o­ra­tions, we in­tro­duce you to Tom Reitz, who has been fas­ci­nated with her­itage Christ­mas or­na­ments since he was a child. Glass or­na­ments from the mid-20th cen­tury are the fo­cus of his col­lec­tion and he dis­plays them through­out his Cam­bridge home. Their del­i­cate and time­less beauty is breath­tak­ing.

If you’re look­ing for de­light­ful host­ess gifts or a present for some­one spe­cial, look no fur­ther than our Grand Finds fea­ture. From el­e­gant tree or­na­ments to dec­o­ra­tive planters, you’ll find the per­fect gift.

We also have some wine “finds” you should pick up now be­fore the hol­i­days. Your friends will be im­pressed with your selections and you’ll have one less thing to shop for dur­ing the last-minute crunch.

In the midst of all the hol­i­day hype, how­ever, we need to be mind­ful there are peo­ple who strug­gle with sen­sory over­load. Spe­cial pro­grams, such as the Sen­si­tive Santa event at Cam­bridge Cen­tre, see shop­ping malls cre­ate a wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment for fam­i­lies with chil­dren who need a qui­eter visit with Santa Claus.

For read­ers who would like to hop on a plane to es­cape the hol­i­day sea­son al­to­gether, we have two des­ti­na­tions for you to con­sider. First, there’s Bordeaux, a beau­ti­ful place that of­fers the ap­peal of Paris but on a smaller scale. And then there’s In­dia and Nepal, a great ex­pe­ri­ence if you need to be re­minded that North Amer­ica isn’t the cen­tre of the uni­verse.

No mat­ter where you are, we wish you the best.

Grand read­ers will re­mem­ber multi-tal­ented An­drew Dol­son. His ap­pear­ance as our Septem­ber-Oc­to­ber 2016 cover and fash­ion model led to him be­ing dis­cov­ered by Cana­dian clas­si­cal gui­tar great Liona Boyd. The duo has been tour­ing to­gether since last fall and will bring their Win­ter Fan­tasy show to Kitch­ener’s St. Matthews Lutheran Church on Nov. 19. The con­cert will also fea­ture the Cam­bridge Ki­wa­nis Boys’ Choir.

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