A woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates." (Proverbs 31:30b-31, NASV)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas at the Hampton

Following our Halloween makeover at the hotel, I was excited to dress it up in celebration of Christmas. The GM ordered the tree, and we were tasked to decorate it. Here's what it looked like in the box.

A 7 1/2 foot artificial in "snowy white." 

The decorations we chose embrace contemporary colors: midnight blue, chartreuse green, silver, and charcoal grey. Mixed with the tree's red berries and brown pine cones, the look is bright and gorgeous, capturing a sense of the rainbow without being gimmicky.

The ornaments are a combination of plastic and glass baubles in two different sizes to add variety, four white ceramic ornaments in the shapes of holidays characters, a dozen whimsical silver and green mushrooms, snowflakes, a glass dome church, large silver garland and coordinating beads that loop the entire tree. When a tree is heavily flocked like this one, it can begin to look a bit two-dimensional; the addition of 300 blue lights provides a much needed sense of depth, enhancing visual interest. And the addition of wrapped gifts with ribbon around the base of the tree finishes the look (if you find yourself decorating an office or other business, wrapping the boxes that the ornaments came in is both easy and practical).

We set up the tree in the middle of the night, and it was so neat to hear about the guests' reactions the next morning when they came down for breakfast. Christmas trees, quite simply, rock.

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