Purple, Lavender, Violet........ whatever the shade, it's apparently going to be very trendy (or is already), and, if we follow our European cousins, we'll see it paired with turquoise. Love it, love it! Purple and turquoise are two of my favorite fashion colors - for clothing that is, but, sorry, I just can't see myself buying purple Christmas ornaments. I have to admit, purple did not jump out as being a "hot" color when I walked the Dallas Gift market in January and July this year. The first time I really saw it as being a possible trend, was in the Christmas aisle at my local Michaels store. Michaels buyers are very savvy about trends, but I'm going to reserve judgment on this one until I see that it "sold out". The "proof is in the pudding", as my mum used to say, so we'll see how much purple is left for the after Christmas sales.
My favorite colors for the holidays are red, green, silver and gold. I'm a die hard traditionalist when it comes to Christmas. I still love my wooden ornaments from Germany and the old fashioned, colorful glass ornments. My favorite is a small coffee pot. It's just like the one my dad bought for me about 55 years ago - yup.... it's all about the memories. This weekend I'll be unpacking Christmas decorations. It's a chore getting all the boxes down, but I just love unpacking the boxes of ornaments for the tree. I usually do this on the 2nd Sunday in Advent. We decorate outside first, then inside with the tree being the last decoration we put up. It's not just the wood and glass ornaments, but things we've made over the years that are full of memories - sand dollars sprinkled with clear glitter, clothespin reindeer, oh and RECYCLED candle ornaments! They're the best. I had a whole tree full one year. I melted old red candle wax in a double boiler. Let it cool until it just coats a metal spoon, then used a gravy ladel to pour it into plastic cookie cutters set out on wax paper on a cold surface. Let the wax harden then pop the cookie cutter away from the wax. Voilá, you have a perfect wax heart. The real beauty is seen when they're hung on the tree and the lights from the tree shine thru the wax. Hangers are easy. Light a candle, then thread gold thread onto a needle. Heat the tip of the needle in then candle flame then push thru the top of the was ornament. Thread a whole bunch at once then tie them off one at a time. I made hearts, stars, moons, and small gingerbread boys and girls. Oh, and if the wax was perfumed, your ornaments will be too. Just a word of warning. Store them in a cool place after Christmas....... an attic in Texas was not the best idea. Of course you can always melt them down and re-make them........
Happy Thanksgiving "ya'll"