Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!
Decorating your home for the holidays takes time and can be stressful, but the results are oh-so-beautiful! Here are some tips to help make it quicker and more enjoyable.
Limit Your Colors: Choose two colors for accent, such as classic red and green, or blue and silver, or try pink and lime green. Replace silk or fresh flowers, candles, pillows and blankets or throws with the colors. Just for fun, put colored ornaments or candy in clear glass containers of different heights.
- Begin an annual tradition by framing last year's family photo.
- Uncover and frame that old photo of Santa and the kids.
- Gather all the picture holiday cards you sent out over the years and bring them to us - we'll make them festive!
- Winter landscapes can be breathtaking and add a festive feel.
- Frame a pic of fun times you had during the year.
- Nothing warms you heart more than previous pictures of the grand-kids.
- A holiday themed print always works for holiday decorating.
Do you really know the lyrics to "Deck The Halls?" The original lyrics? The melody is older than the lyrics, which were written in 1862 and credited to Thomas Oliphant. It was originally written to celebrate the New Year...the lyrics were revised in 1877. We challenge you to sing it this way while you are out caroling.
Original lyrics / Current Lyrics
Deck the Halls with boughs of holly, / Deck the halls with boughs of holly
'Tis the season to be jolly / 'Tis the season to be jolly
Fill the mead cup, drain the barrel, / Don we now our gay apparel,
Troul* the ancient Yuletide carol, / Troll the ancient Christmas carol,
See the flowing bowl before us, / See the blazing yule before us,
Strike the harp, and join in chorus: / Strike the harp and join the chorus:
Follow me in merry measure, / Follow me in merry measure,
While I sing of beauty's treasure. / While I tell of Christmas treasure.
Fast away the old year passes, / Fast away the old year passes,
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses! / Hail the new, ye lads and lasses!
Laughing quaffing* all together, / Sing we joyous all together,
Heedless of the wind and weather. / Heedless of the wind and weather.
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la! / Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!
*Troul: To sing in a loud hearty voice
*Quaffing: to drink a beverage, especially an intoxicating one, copiously and with hearty enjoyment