Talk of the Town

A BEAU­TI­FULLY DEC­O­RATED HOME DOESN'T STOP THE LUTSCHES FROM GET­TING OUT TO SEE ALL THE CHARM­ING CHRISTMAS SPEC­TA­CLES MARY­LAND HAS TO OF­FER. THEIR FA­VORITE PLACES (AND TREATS) IN­CLUDE:

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1. Vis­it­ing the Hamp­ton Man­sion in Lutherville dur­ing their can­dle­light tours with pe­riod mu­sic and reen­ac­tors, and then fin­ish­ing the out­ing with cook­ies and warm cider at the Orangery next door.

2. Walk­ing down the “Mir­a­cle on 34th Street” in Ham­p­den. “This is a highly dec­o­rated old neigh­bor­hood that is sec­tioned off and toured ev­ery Christmas sea­son by many peo­ple from all around,” Lisa says. “The night usu­ally ends with hot cho­co­late and marshmallows.”

3. The Val­ley View Farm Store in Hunt Val­ley, which is ar­rayed with var­i­ous Christmas trees and or­na­ments of ev­ery sort. “From there, we go off to see the mag­nif­i­cent Train Gar­den setup in Ke­nil­worth Mall in Tow­son, where we lick yummy ice cream cones as we sit and gaze,” Lisa says.

Above. Rather than feel­ing the need to drown her ev­ery­day dé­cor in hol­i­day style, Lisa em­pha­sizes al­ready-ex­ist­ing pieces, like th­ese el­e­gant red cur­tains, with sub­tle Christmas ac­cents like poin­set­tias.

Left. As her dé­cor scheme has be­come—some­times quite lit­er­ally—"old hat," Lisa keeps things fresh by con­tin­u­ally ex­per­i­ment­ing with new com­bi­na­tions of items.

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