Is your home dressed to “kilt” for the holidays? Traditional plaid is a great way to decorate for the holidays. The word “plaid” comes from the Gaelic language meaning “blanket”. Also known as Tartan, this classic and distinctive cloth is arguably the best known cloth in the world. Tartan is generally defined as a fabric woven in bands of colored yarn that repeat in sequence, not only across the width, but along the length of the cloth. Tartans can be found in many cultures across the globe, but in Scotland and Ireland, their specific colors and patterns represent clans, sects, families, and institutions. As it turns out, this print style goes back as far as 100 BC, created by ancient Celtic populations. For modern looks, incorporate these traditional patterns of color into curtains, pillows and tablecloths. Big pieces, such as chairs, rugs and couches containing plaid can make a big statement. Station 8 has many options if you choose to decorate in plaid, on a large or small scale.
Not sure you want to use plaid? Well, where do you start? Categorize decor into size, textures, colors, metal, and woods. I like to mix as many of these as I can to achieve the desired look. The Christmas tree will definitely add texture and color to a room. Do you desire glass ornaments and garland or would you prefer cloth? Do you tend to lean towards a country feel as found in Country Living or is your style traditional modern like Restoration Hardware? Do you appreciate small detail? Add tiny lights to inconspicuous places. Bring the outdoors inside with fresh cut pine boughs. Fill various sized glass vases with glass ball ornaments or with peppermint candies. Fresh flowers or evergreens look beautiful in a glass vase full of cranberries. Color, texture and size are achieved!
Evergreen plants, like holly, ivy and mistletoe have been used for thousands of years to decorate and brighten up the long dark winter. Greenery reminded people that spring would come and that winter would not last forever. In many parts of Europe during the middle ages, plays were performed, often on Christmas Eve. They told Bible stories to people who could not read. In these plays the “Paradise Tree” in the Garden of Eden was normally a pine tree with red apples tied to it. They represented the fall of Adam. Red is also the color of holly berries, which is said to represent the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross. Of course, there is no set rule saying to use traditional colors. Add touches of sparkle with gold and silver.
Children are an integral part of Christmas. The wide-eyed countenance of their sweet little faces can be enjoyed here at Station 8. A great tradition to start with your children or grandchildren is our Children’s Christmas Market. This is something that I have enjoyed with my children. We section off a special area where just the children can shop for family or friends. Get your children into the holiday spirit of giving to others. Regardless of how you choose to decorate, remember what the true meaning of Christmas is. Pace yourself and take time to enjoy the little things. Don’t get caught up in the non essentials of life. To catch the real meaning of the spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the Spirit of Christ.
On behalf of Team 8,