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Tisthe Season

Put holiday spirit in
every room of your home
Why limit your decorations to the living
room when you can spread Yuletide
cheer throughout the house?
By Nancy Mattia from years past,” says Laws-
Andrews, “remove one of your
If you’ve been putting up a everyday framed pictures of them.”
Christmas tree in the family room Below, more ideas on spreading
and a garland on the mantle in the Christmas cheer:
living room every year, consider
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simple as metallic deer antlers on a It’s classic to drape the fireplace
shelf in the kitchen. mantle or a banister with a green
To keep the look focused and not garland but what if you don’t have a
over the top, follow this tip from fireplace or banister? Drape it
Kade Laws-Andrews, owner of Kade around a door frame instead and
Laws Interior Design ( “This kind of thing works best by the using them as the dining décor.
you’ll be singing Christmas carols fireplace,” says Sandra Funk, “Stacked boxes may get in the way
in Magnolia Springs, Alabama: every time you walk through the
Remove one everyday decor item for founder and principal designer of of eye contact across the table—
doorway. House of Funk, an interior design then again, some may prefer less
every holiday item you add. “For zz Wrapped stacked boxes
example, if you display Christmas firm in New York and New Jersey eye contact with certain family
Use your prettiest, most glittery ( She advises not members!”
photos of your children and family wrapping paper to cover the boxes.

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Let your home say ‘holiday’
without red or green
Other colors capture the magic of the Christmas season, too
By Nancy Mattia

There’s no dispute that red and green are the iconic colors of Christmas
décor — they’re as much a part of the holiday look as Douglas firs and
gingerbread houses. But who says you can’t change up the palette if you
want to? Maybe your style is more sparkly than standard. Or you just want
to try something new. Whichever colors you end up using, choose those that
work well with the existing feeling and design of your space, says Claire
Morgan, marketing coordinator for Baker Design Group (baker-designgroup.
com) in Carrolton, Texas. While there are no real rules, the following style
tips will help you pull the look together.

Metallics (gold, silver, copper), whites, and creams make a beautiful
statement for the holidays, says Kade Laws-Andrews, owner of Kade Laws
Interior Design ( in Magnolia Springs, Alabama. The
metallics add shimmer while the whites and creams exude sophistication.
Metallics go well with a rustic look too. “For a mantle or living room coffee
table, group two or three glass vases, fill halfway with metallic marbles or
clear iridescent beads, and add branches from your backyard, a few of
which you’ve spray-painted metallic or white,” Laws-Andrews says. Mix
metallics with rustic materials such as burlap and jute. “Just a few yards
of burlap material make the perfect Christmas tree skirt,” says Laws-
Andrews. Hang metallic ornaments to finish the look.

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and simple glass Christmas balls in shades of white, blue, or silver metallic.
Balls should vary in size from two or three inches to eight to 10 inches (the size
of the decorative balls and spheres depend on the size of your table and bowl).
Add a few fresh magnolia or pine leaves, cotton bolls, pinecones, and shells.
For extra seasonal flair, add battery-powered white twinkle lights.

Blue and gold Similar to how people love an all-white kitchen, there’s a lot of love for all-
These colors are pretty when used alone but pretty amazing when paired white Christmas décor too. Set the table with white dishes, tablecloth,
together. “The gold adds a pop of color,” says Morgan, who suggests silver napkins, and candles with a few gleaming hits of silver (flatware, napkin
as an alternative to gold if you prefer. holders, candle holders).
The colors are so versatile, they work with any style from traditional to
modern, including glam and industrial. Pink and green
It’s not a look that only appeal to little girls. This colorful duo has lots of
Coastal colors fans who appreciate the fun, modern spirit that has none of the intensity or
If you’re wanting a coastal Christmas theme, Laws-Andrews suggests using boldness of red. Since artificial trees now come in many colors, including
driftwood, cotton, and other natural materials, which go well with whites and pink, you can make a customized seasonal statement before even hanging
shades of blue. To incorporate this look in a dining room centerpiece: Get a one ornament.
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4 hot holiday
Add sparkle, pastel colors
and back-to-nature pieces

By Erik J. Martin

Before long, it will be time to get in that attic or

crawlspace and pull out that box of beloved
Christmas decorations. Problem is, many of those
beloved baubles and adornments are worn,
weathered, and likely seriously outdated. They’ve
got you through many a Yuletide season, but it’s
probably time to deck the halls with something
different — a new approach that calls for fresh yet
festive décor.
“Upgrading your holiday décor is a fun way to
incorporate your current design style with a
holiday that is largely based on traditions,” says
Stephanie Purcell, interior designer and owner of
Redesigned Classics in Los Angeles. “I love my
grandmother’s handmade ornaments, but not Tender festivities clean lines, like tall vases and simple glassware.”
everything from the 1940s is going to look great This movement is meant to evoke a calm and
in my current home.” peaceful mood. Christmasworld’s website Essential ceremonies
Fawn Ostriak, vice president of concept and describes tender festivities as being inspired by Want to convey an authentic and natural look
development for Bristol, Pennsylvania-based “moon, moonlight, stars and stardust” and post-Thanksgiving? Invoke this design scheme.
Lenox Corporation, says it’s smart to stay current “moving structures, delicate transparency, “It’s all about a connection to nature. Essential
with Christmas decorating trends. amorphous forms and reductionist designs.” ceremonies is a great way to slow down and
“While it’s important to incorporate those family “This style uses delicate pastel colors and the appreciate the beauty around us and bring the
or sentimental items that are part of the yearly features of pool to convey a celestial, otherworldly outside into our homes,” explains Ostriak.
decorating tradition, it does tend to get stagnant feel — like how it feels walking into a fairy tale Jennifer Stagg, owner of Stagg Design in Salt
year after year. You want to keep things fresh and realm,” notes John Linden, a Los Angeles-based Lake City, envisions an essential ceremonies
create a new twist each year,” says Ostriak. interior designer. He recommends keeping your esthetic as “natural, rustic, raw and unfussy —
Curious what creative styles are in vogue this color scheme subdued and avoiding clutter to emphasizing materials in earth tones and
year? Christmasworld, the leading international incorporate this trend properly. unfinished edges like burlap and raw cut greens.”
trade fair for seasonal decorations, has identified Additionally, “choose light neutrals with To achieve this look, gather natural-found
four worthy trends to pursue this upcoming materials that shimmer,” recommends Purcell. objects like branches, pinecones, and berries to
holiday season: tender festivities; essential “Try white snowball ornaments, silver and gold use in table centerpieces, on your gift wrapping,
ceremonies; sweet traditions; and luminous garland, and soft shimmery fabrics for table and with simple white candles on a tray or bowl,
celebrations. runners and tree skirts. Stick to elements with Ostriak suggests.
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Sweet traditions mixing and matching of patterns, your home will “I love the sparkle and drama of this trend,
be anything but boring.” which is great for creating a sophisticated,
Christmasworld uses two words to best describe
One recipe for successfully implementing sweet memorable celebration. Think holiday cocktail
contemporary theme No. 3: effervescent and
traditions is to choose traditional Christmas parties and glitzy New Year’s celebrations,” says
colors in a more vibrant hue. Ostriak, who advises pairing moody dramatic
“Sweet traditions focuses on the nostalgia of
“Instead of just green and red, think about a dinnerware with glittery linens, iridescent glass,
tradition and adds creative charm through cute
bright cherry red and a lime green. Mix Christmas and heavy cut crystal.
motifs and Norwegian patterns. It’s a new take on
plaid with festive polka dots. You can also line Additionally, “don’t be afraid to mix metals and
the old, using traditional colors and themes like
tree skirts with rickrack and pillows with pom- go for gold, copper, silver and any combination
red, green and gingerbread but implementing
poms,” adds Purcell. you can dream up,” adds Stagg.
them in new ways,” says Linden.
Lush fabrics like velvet, satin and jewel tones
Purcell appreciates this trend’s whimsical
appeal. Luminous celebrations such as royal blue, deep purple and emerald
If you crave a more unique and glamourous green can help top things off, Purcell notes.
“If you are into more eclectic Bohemian design
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Don’t discard those old decorations
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Feel guilty about not using those old tried-and-true ornaments
and decorations?
Instead of tossing all of them out or relegating them to the eternal
dustbin, why not tastefully include some of those pieces in your
new holiday design scheme?
“Christmas is a perfect time to incorporate older décor, especially
that which holds meaning to you,” says Fawn Ostriak with Lenox
Corporation. “For example, mix old sentimental dinnerware pat-
terns with new pieces, such as chargers, accent plates, drinkware,
and linens, to blend the best of old and new.”
You can start small with this approach by keeping a favorite throw
pillow from the past, adding in a few cherished old ornaments to
the new tree, and tacking up a handful of classic decorations that
aren’t too timeworn.
“Don’t feel like you have to go all in with any one trend. You can
mix in a few classic elements from Christmases past and start
slowly to get a feel for what works in your home,” interior designer
Jennifer Stagg says.
Remember: “You can always repurpose certain items by changing
their color with some paint or adding some glitter to transform old
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How to pick a perfect
artificial Christmas tree stored and there it is, ready to go! Many are now earth- then check it against the widths of the trees you’re
friendly too and have a more favorable effect on the considering.
environment than real trees if reused for at least five Determine the type of needle to get.
years, according to the American Christmas Tree With so many needle varieties, how do you decide?
Association. Interested in buying one? The following Many people buy the same type of tree they remember
are pointers on what you need to know: from childhood. “If you grew up on the West Coast you
Decide where to put the tree. probably had a Douglas fir or Noble fir that was
First, you’ve got to pick a good spot. Is it in front of a trucked down from Oregon,” says Harman. “East Coast
window, in the corner of a room, or in a place where it families may have had a Balsam fir or a Norway
can be seen from multiple rooms? Where not to put it: spruce.”
in a well-traveled area where it could easily get Consider the lighting.
bumped and ornaments broken, Also avoid a spot If you find stringing lights a hassle, buy a pre-lit
that’s less than three feet from a heating source, such artificial tree with clear or colored lights already
as vents, radiators, and fireplaces. installed. All you have to do is plug the tree into an
Figure out what size to get. electrical outlet and you’re done with lighting duty. Pre-
How tall a Christmas tree to buy is determined by lits come in several lighting sizes: traditional mini
By Nancy Mattia the ceiling height of the room you’ve chosen to display bulbs, LEDs (Balsam Hill ‘s LED lights can now be
In some ways, buying an artificial Christmas tree is
it in. Get a tree that’s at least six inches lower than the synched with an app to control colors), and fiber
similar to buying a real one: In both cases, you need to
ceiling and whose tip doesn’t touch the ceiling. optics, which make the trees look like they’re decorated
find a tree that you love and will fit in the space you’ve
According to Thomas Harman, founder and CEO of with thousands of lights. Whether or not you choose
allotted it. But that’s where the similarities end. Unlike
Balsam Hill, an artificial tree manufacturer, if you have pre-lit, “the recommended number of lights [bulbs] per
live trees, the artificial variety never sheds needles,
a standard eight to nine foot ceiling, you should buy a foot of tree is 100. A standard seven and a half foot
needs to be watered, or dies. They can’t be beat for
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twinkly, fiber optic, and ultrabright rated for weather-resistant outdoor
LED lights as well as programmable use.
units that change color — all designed Know your power needs. “Most
for outdoor use, Peterson adds. outdoor displays that use blow-up
“There are a variety of lighting decorations exceed 100 watts. Before
elements available nowadays for you start plugging lights and
creating a magical look — including decorations into a single socket
playful and whimsical lights, simple outlet, be sure you’re not exceeding
spotlights that focus on a favorite that outlet’s safety threshold,”
outside decoration, tree lighting that cautions Boylen.
intricately wraps around interior Stay away from staples or nails.
branches, and creative elements like These could damage your light strings
mason jar lanterns and light-lined and cut through the wire insulation,
porches,” says Henriksen. creating a fire hazard. Instead, use
Holiday light projectors are growing UL-approved light clips or hangers.
in popularity, too. Use ladders safely. “Make sure your
“These provide a safe alternative ladder is stable. Get someone to
that allow you to project decorations assist you while climbing the ladder.
Fortunately, technological traditional incandescent lights, but rather than installing them around And avoid climbing on a wet roof.”
improvements have made it safer and they use significantly less energy — your home manually,” explains Docia Choose a good day. “It should be
less expensive to achieve a showier one kilowatt each hour per LED bulb Boylen, co-owner of Handyman sunny, dry and not windy when you
lights display — primarily thanks to the versus 12 kilowatts for each Connection in Golden, Colorado. install your holiday lights.”
increasing affordability of LED lights. incandescent bulb. And they can burn The most important step in creating Remove the lights within 90 days.
“LED technology is the biggest up to 50,000 hours compared to a crowd-pleasing holiday light display “The longer they stay up, the more
influence on homeowners choosing to 3,000 hours for an incandescent. is ensuring safety. Boylen offers the likely it is that wires will fray and
put up larger quantities of lights They are less likely to break and pose following tips: critters can chew on the cords. Coil
today,” notes Jennifer Petersen, less of a threat of fire because they Inspect the lights. “Evaluate light each string loosely around stiff
spokesperson for Balsam Hill, the don’t heat up.” strings for any frayed or exposed cardboard and store the lights in a
Redwood City, Calif.-based makers of LED innovations have made it cords. Check for empty slots or sturdy container.”
artificial Christmas trees. “LED colors possible, too, to incorporate different burned-out bulbs,” she says.
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A Full Menu for Fun-Filled
Holiday Festivities
When holiday gatherings turn into all-day events, having meals
ready from morning to night becomes an important part of sea-
sonal hosting. Starting with breakfast through the main course fol-
lowed by a savory dessert, a full day of celebration calls for a vari-
ety of dishes.
To help keep your crowd fueled for a wide range of activities,
consider these recipes for Hot Cocoa Pancakes to get your morn-
ing started, Browned Butter Smashed Potatoes with Butternut
Squash to pair with a holiday ham and Black Forest Cake to end
the festivities on a high note.
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can help set your family on the path to enjoyable moments Buttermilk Complete Pancake & Waffle Mix
with loved ones. 1/4 cup water
These Hot Cocoa Pancakes require little time in the marshmallow spread (optional)
kitchen, leaving you more time to spend with the family chocolate syrup (optional)
before hitting the road or working on decorations for Aunt Jemima Syrup (optional)
seasonal gatherings. Made with Aunt Jemima pancake mix, Heat skillet over medium-low heat or electric griddle to 375 F.
containing no artificial coloring or flavors, this recipe makes In microwave-safe bowl, mix cocoa powder, sugar,
it simple to put breakfast on the table quickly while still milk and vanilla until well combined. Heat in microwave
achieving a meal full of flavor. 30 seconds, or until warm. Stir again to ensure mixture is
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Combine cocoa mixture, pancake mix and water. Stir
until large lumps disappear (do not beat or overmix). If
Hot Cocoa Pancakes batter is too thick, add additional 1-2 tablespoons water.
Prep time: 10 minutes Pour slightly less than 1/4 cup batter onto lightly greased
Cook time: 2 minutes per pancake skillet or griddle. Cook 90 seconds, or until bubbles appear
Yield: 12 pancakes (3 per serving) on surface. Turn and cook additional 30 seconds. Repeat
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder with remaining batter.
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar Top pancakes with marshmallow spread and drizzle
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Party-Perfect Potatoes
Almost every holiday meal calls for side dishes to In 3-quart saucepan, cover potatoes and squash with water;
complement the main course, and as one of the most
Browned Butter Smashed add 1 teaspoon salt.
versatile base ingredients available, potatoes often Potatoes with Butternut Squash Bring to boil over high heat; reduce heat, cover and
provide home chefs with a multitude of options. Prep time: 25 minutes & Cook time: 15 minutes cook until tender, 12-15 minutes.
In small saucepan over medium heat, mix 2 table­
Served mashed, fried, scalloped, sliced, diced, boiled, 1 pound (3 medium) Wisconsin yellow-flesh spoons butter and sage. Tilting pan and watching closely,
roasted or just about any style in-between, potatoes potatoes, cut into 3/4-inch chunks cook about 3 minutes, until butter foams and begins to
are ideal for matching with the centerpiece of your 1 small butternut squash (about 1 pound), brown; keep warm.
family meal. These Browned Butter Smashed Potatoes peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks Thoroughly drain potatoes and squash, return to
with Butternut Squash call for Wisconsin yellow-flesh water pan and shake 1-2 minutes over low heat. Using hand
1 teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste, divided masher, roughly mash to create chunky mixture.
potatoes to achieve a dense, creamy texture with their 3 tablespoons butter, divided
just-buttered appearance. Over low heat, gently mix in remaining butter and milk.
8-10 fresh (2-3-inch) sage leaves, stacked and cut Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
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1/2 cup 1% milk and sage.
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Serve Up a Savory Sweet
No holiday gathering is complete without dessert, and Stabilized Whipped Cream:
you can take your sweets to the next level with this rich, 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
creamy Black Forest Cake recipe. 2 tablespoons cold water
Tart cherries and whipped cream are combined 2 cups (1 pint) heavy whipping cream
with Domino Golden Sugar – a less processed option 2 tablespoons Domino Golden Sugar
which is made from pure cane sugar and works cup-
for-cup just like white sugar, but with a golden color chocolate curls or shavings, for
and distinct hint of molasses flavor – for a contrasting garnish (optional)
profile to put a spin on a seasonal classic. To make cherry filling: In medium saucepot, whisk sugar
Find more holiday dessert ideas at and cornstarch with water or juice then bring to boil
over medium heat. Stir in cherries and cherry brandy, if
desired, and boil 2-3 minutes, stirring, until sauce is thick
Black Forest Cake Servings: 8 and translucent. Drain cherries from sauce and set both
Cherry Filling: aside.
1/2 cup Domino Golden Sugar To make cake layers: Heat oven to 350 F.
1 tablespoon cornstarch Line bottoms of three 8-inch round cake pans with
1/2 cup water or unsweetened cherry juice parchment paper. Grease and flour bottoms and sides.
2 cups fresh or frozen pitted tart In medium bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, baking
(Montmorency) cherries soda and salt.
In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar 2 minutes on
2 tablespoons cherry brandy (optional) medium speed. Add eggs and vanilla; beat 1 minute.
Stir in flour mixture and buttermilk.
Cake: Pour batter evenly among cake pans and bake 20-22
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out
2/3 cup cocoa powder clean. Prick tops of two bottom layers with fork and brush
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda Cool and remove layers from pans. cherry filling over layers. Sandwich bottom layers with
1 teaspoon salt To make stabilized whipped cream: In small pan or a 1/4-inch-thick spread of stabilized whipped cream.
1/2 cup butter, softened microwaveable bowl, combine gelatin and cold water; Sandwich second and top layer with same whipped
1 1/2 cups Domino Golden Sugar allow gelatin to bloom. Heat until gelatin melts and cream. Spread remaining whipped cream over top layer
2 eggs dissolves; set aside. and sides.
1 teaspoon vanilla In chilled bowl, whip cream with chilled beaters until Garnish with shaved chocolate, if desired, and
1 1/2 cups buttermilk soft peaks form. Add sugar and gelatin; beat until stiff. decorate with any remaining whipped cream.

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Saturday, December 7, 2019 | Cadillac News - Tis the Season 2019 13
POP UP Holiday Traditions
New & Old
From decorating the tree to carving the turkey, there are many
time-honored holiday traditions observed by families around the
country. However, the holiday season is about more than just cele-
brating old traditions.
A perfect opportunity for creating new memories and, in turn, tra-
ditions, popcorn can serve as an ideal ingredient to bring family
time to life. Whether wrapping the tree with garland made from the
light and airy treat, filling clear ornaments with freshly popped ker-
nels or simply popping up a bowl as a nutritious alternative to
other holiday noshes, popcorn makes it easy to get hands-on while
you deck the halls.
These seasonal recipes for traditional treats like peppermint bark
and popcorn balls plus edible trees and a more elegant take on a
simple snack highlight low-fat, non-GMO, gluten-free whole-grain
popcorn as the main ingredient. Find more modern takes on tradi-
tional holiday recipes at
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Easy, Elegant Holiday Popcorn

Cranberry Popcorn Balls

Yield: 18 balls
2 cups sugar
1 cup whole berry cranberry
sauce, slightly mashed
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 quarts unsalted, popped popcorn
White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn Bark
Yield: 1 pound In heavy saucepan, combine sugar, cran­
berry sauce, grated orange peel, cranberry
5 cups popped popcorn
12 ounces white chocolate baking chips juice, corn syrup, vinegar and salt.
1 cup crushed hard candy peppermints Bring to boil; lower heat and cook
until temperature reaches 250 F on candy
Cover baking pan with foil or wax paper; set aside.
Place popcorn in large bowl; set aside. thermometer.
In double boiler over barely simmering water, melt Slowly pour cranberry mixture onto hot
chocolate, stirring until smooth. popcorn; mix until well-coated.
Stir in crushed peppermints. Let stand 5 minutes, or until mixture can
Pour chocolate mixture over popcorn and stir to coat. easily be formed into balls.
Spread onto prepared pan; cool completely. When Butter hands and form into 3-inch balls.
White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn Bark
chocolate is cooled and set, break into chunks.

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candy sprinkles Line baking sheet with foil.
Line baking sheet with wax paper. Spray hands with nonstick cooking
Spread popcorn in thin layer on spray then scoop about 1 cup popcorn
prepared pan. mixture.

Place chocolate chips in microwave- Shape mixture into cone, keeping
safe bowl. Microwave on medium 30 base flat to form tree.
seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave in Sprinkle tree with decorating sugars;
additional 10-second increments, stirring place tree on baking sheet.
after each heating, until chips are melted Make nine additional trees.
and smooth. Drizzle over popcorn. Using decorating tip, pipe frosting on
Place white chocolate chips in trees to make garland then decorate with
separate microwave-safe bowl. sprinkles and silver dragees, as desired.
Microwave on medium 30 seconds; stir. Serving suggestion: Place each tree
If necessary, microwave in additional on sugar cookie and decorate serving
10-second increments, stirring after tray with shredded coconut to resemble
each heating, until chips are melted and snow.
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3 Holiday Activities
to Engage with Loved Ones

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Any time can be the right time to enjoy desired lengths. Put the branches in a vase or notes from the year.
memorable moments with family members, but decorative container. Punch holes at the tops of If you’re patient enough to wait, try leaving the
the holidays present a special opportunity to fall-colored paper to be used as tags then contents undisturbed at least five years to give
have meaningful conversations and interactions instruct guests to write what they’re grateful for the memories even more meaning when the
with loved ones. on each tag. time comes to relive those special moments.
One of the best ways to spark creativity and Take turns reading the tags and tie them to the
generate memories is through activities that get branches then keep the handwritten tags in a
the conversation started, whether it’s safe place until they can be read again each
Memories Tablecloth
To help keep important family footnotes front
remembering favorite moments from the past or holiday season. Over the years, as the tree fills
and center during future celebrations, a
simply sharing notes of appreciation. This up, you’ll have a lifetime of memories to share.
memorial tablecloth provides each person an
holiday season, consider these activity ideas
opportunity to personalize a piece of popular
from the Funeral and Memorial Information
Council, which created the “Have the Talk of a
Time Capsule decor. As you gather around the table for holiday
Making a holiday-inspired time capsule can meals, ask each family member to jot down a
Lifetime” initiative to encourage families to
help strengthen family bonds while preserving favorite memory or something he or she is
facilitate conversations that become invaluable
treasured memories and creating opportunities thankful for along with a signature and date.
when the time comes to honor a loved one.
for future holidays when it’s time to reopen the You can make it an annual event by using the
While these conversations can be difficult to
contents. same tablecloth each year and, before long, it
engage in and even harder to begin, the natural
Use a sealed container or plastic bag to will be filled with personal memories as a way to
bonding moments that stem from activities like
protect items from moisture and mold then cherish relationships as time goes on. Just use
these can help make the process easier.
place the container in a box that can be an appropriately sized, inexpensive white canvas
decorated and stored in a safe place with drop cloth. Place fabric markers in the center of
Gratitude Tree related holiday decorations. Mark on the the table before inviting guests to participate,
Start a new tradition by creating a gratitude container the date it was created for future and to help distinguish each year, try using
tree, a simple decoration you can look forward reference, and pack it with items like family- different colored markers.
to using each year as a reminder of what you favorite recipes; notes about significant events Find more ways to celebrate the holidays with
and your family are thankful for. from that year like births, weddings, graduations your loved ones at
To make a gratitude tree, collect twigs or and more; copies of newspapers detailing high-
branches, dry them out and cut them to the profile happenings; and pictures, drawings and Family Features

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