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Carol Perkins: Making our homes special for Christmas

'Making our homes look special for Christmas is what we have grown up doing,' she writes, but the urge to do so had waned until a visit to an inspirational Glasgow florist and another trip by a beautiful Christmas scene in Hart County, seen on the way to Horse Cave to Chamber Banquet, inspired her to go all out this year.
The next earlier Carol Perkins column: Carol Perkins: The Concert

By Carol Perkins

Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh, over the hills we go, laughing all the way.

I romanticize about Christmas in the Rocky Mountains where snow blankets luxury cabins and spruce and cedar trees sag with snow. Lights flicker down ski slopes and skiers, snug in knitted sweaters, stroll through cozy resort lobbies where fireplaces crackle with tree size logs. They sip hot chocolate and toast the holidays.

If I could live in a Christmas village, I would do so from December until February. When I painstakingly spread my "snow" on a table and meticulously place my collection of mix and match cottages, trying to simulate an Aspen city, my imagination takes me to a pretend world in which I feel peaceful.

Even though we seldom have snow to complete the total effect, I like to decorate my house to capture the feel of a mountain retreat. This year I candles burn in windows, bright red lights lie along the green garland, and silver bells dangle here and there. Guy bought LED lights that go up and down (the only way I can describe them) and strung them along the top of the porch. He really wanted to find some giant ones to hang in the tallest tree in the yard, but by the time he bought enough lights we could have taken a two-week trip to Europe.

I am more inspired this year to decorate than I have been in a long time. One trip to Jeff's Florist will inspire Scrooge to create a centerpiece and jump out of the decorating box. Another inspiration comes from looking at what others have done.

Not really knowing for sure where we were going, Susan Chambers and I were on our way home from the Hart County Chamber Banquet and noticed a farm lit up with lights. We turned in that direction and drove down a lovely lane that opened up into a winter wonderland of all winter wonderlands. I think we were on Bear Wallow Road, but it was too dark for to read the sign clearly. We were both immediately filled with joy! Every building, it appeared, was lit. I was inspired.

That inspiration led me to spend Tuesday finishing my decorating. Fluffy barked each time I went outside, and placed his paws on the windowsill and watched me string lights. He followed me from room to room as I placed Christmas keepsakes on mantles, the piano, and side tables. Now all I need to do is wrapped gifts and make some candy and cookies-doesn't everyone?

Making our homes look special for Christmas is what we have grown up doing. My parents made Christmas special for my brothers and me and it started with a tree the week before Christmas. Our lights were multi-colored and the bulbs were huge. We used the same set as long as I remember. The top of the piano was adorned with real cedar, which gave the house and festive smell.

I won't be in Aspen this winter, but I have tried to bring that snow globe feel to my own home. With any luck, maybe we'll have a little snow on Christmas Eve and gather 'round the fire (gas logs), and toast to one and all. - Carol Perkins

This story was posted on 2012-12-16 05:20:57
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