Holiday Decorating Ideas For Christmas - Home Decor Trends
Holiday Decorating Ideas For Christmas
- (Holiday decorations) Displays erected on a seasonal basis in observance of religious, national, or state holidays, which are not intended to be permanent.
- The annual Christian festival celebrating Christ's birth, held on December 25 in the Western Church
- The period immediately before and after December 25
- a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ; a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland
- period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6
- "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" is a song by Darlene Love from the 1963 Christmas compilation album, A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector.
- A thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action
- (idea) the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"
- A concept or mental impression
- An opinion or belief
- (idea) a personal view; "he has an idea that we don't like him"
- (idea) mind: your intention; what you intend to do; "he had in mind to see his old teacher"; "the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces"
holiday decorating ideas for christmas - Decorating for
Decorating for the Holidays
What would the holidays be without a fresh book from Martha Stewart? Remarkably, she manages to come up with something new every year. Decorating for the Holidays shows off some amazing, almost lifelike snow figures of greenery-clothed polar bears, a full-skirted girl and her lively dog decorating a live tree, and a sharp-nosed, skinny Santa leading a lone reindeer across a field. From there, Martha moves on to instructions for fairly standard, though lovely, wired greenery and fruit wreaths and swags; a set of velvet stockings trimmed in gold and silver ribbon; satin balls and mini-stockings of felt for the tree, and finally to the kind of beautiful beaded ornament that makes it worthwhile to buy the book long before December. The heirloom beaded wreath is utterly gorgeous, the kind of craft project that can consume many months, yet will be enjoyed for years. Martha never neglects edible treats, and offers as a family project a Gothic gingerbread mansion and gingerbread snowflakes and animals for the tree. Don't worry, they'll keep for a while--and she does warn that "gingerbread is meant to be eaten, so be sure to make an extra batch or two." The remainder of the book is dedicated to tabletop ornaments, like silvered pine cones and topiary fruit trees, and to more seductive treats: tuile cookies in the shape of holly leaves, chocolate petits fours, a gingerbread Yule log filled with a creamy semifreddo mixture, and tiny angel-food cakes cut in the shape of stars and piled up on dessert plates. Transitory though the festive season may be, creating beautiful and tasty things to help celebrate it is one of its greatest pleasures. --Barrie Trinkle
Dec 2009 Day 3 in Gdansk started with a wander to follow some Christmassy music - a local church was hosting a St Nicholas Day fete, including a guy dressed as St Nicholas. There was also food available in the form of bread, some sort of spread (herring?) and gerkhins (eugh yuk! not for me!), as well as cake. After this distraction we headed to the Gdansk shipyard gates and the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers 1970 which we had promised to take mum too. We stopped off at the pieces of the Berlin Wall and Gdansk shipyard wall for quick photos. Whilst at the Monument we heard and almighty noise of engines and horns honking. We had seen an unusually high police pressence as we walked by and wondered what was going on but we had no idea what to expect. Curiosity got the better of me and Paul (and mum and dad followed) and we came to see hundreds of people on motorbikes dressed as Santas (turns out there were 2300 bikes and 2900 participants - according to a Flickr source). The noise was unbelievable (although Paul tells me not as noisy as race days). Everyone dressed up was very festive. It is a charity event, collecting money for children's charities. We stopped one guy dressed in a City of Westminster flourescent jacket - I asked if he was English and the answer was no. I asked if he had worked in England and again the answer was no. Somehow he had acquired a City of Westminster Keep the Streets Clean jacket. Very bizarre. Paul and I very, very briefly toyed with whether we could come over next year on his bike. We quickly rejected the idea as (a) there were no other nationality's bikes and (b) it was freezing cold, and travelling across West and Central Europe on a bike in December wasn't that appealing! Mum and Dad left us to watch the bikes and went off to the Solidarity / Solidarnosc Roads to Freedom exhibition and Paul and I spent some more time bike spotting and then headed for drinks and more gorgeous cakes. After meeting with Mum and Dad and them having cakes too, we all headed to the bus stop as we intended to go and see Westerplatte where WW2 began. We looked at the bus times and unfortunately there was just one bus, which ran every 40 mins and which ran a limited service in Winter. Due to the time we couldn't guarantee getting back into Gdansk and we couldn't guarantee there would be taxis available, so sadly we had to opt out of the visit. Instead Mum and Dad headed into Gdansk for a wander and Paul and I headed to the Christmas Market (which turned out to be a market, which only a slight Christmas flavour) and did some Christmas shopping for Paul and shared a Polish sausage which was yummy and filled a gap. In the evening we headed out for food at the Sphinx restaurant which served, well, we weren't sure as the menu was entirely in Polish. Case of guess work and checking with the waiter who then served whatever we pointed to! After food it was to Cafe Ferber once again for more drinks - Paul had a Bubble Gum shake which he said was too sickly. It was nice for a sip but I think he was brave to drink the lot. I stuck to Vodka. Then it was a final few Christmas light photos and a relatively early night. We got up at 3am the next morning in order to catch a minibus which didn't turn up. So we took a taxi to the airport for our 6am flight home.
Decorated Organic Butter-Sugar Holiday Cookies (DSC07327)
hey Aaron, here is the recipe, just for you: Decorated Organic Butter-Sugar Holiday Cookies 1 ? cups (12 oz/375 g) organic unsalted butter, at room temperature ? cup (6 oz/185 g) organic granulated cane sugar 1 large organic egg yolk 2 teaspoons organic vanilla bean extract 2 cups (10 oz/315 g) organic enriched unbleached white flour ? teaspoon sea salt In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on high speed, cream the butter until fluffy and pale. Add the granulated sugar in 3 additions, beating on low speed for 2 minutes after each addition. Beat the egg yolk and vanilla into the butter mixture until well blended. Sift the flour and salt together into a bowl. Add the flour mixture into the butter mixture while mixing on low speed until blended. Scrape the dough out onto a work surface and divide into four equal portions. Shape into disks, warp in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or for up to overnight. Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Prepare baking sheet(s) with Silpat or line them with parchment (baking) paper. Remove the dough disks from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes. Working with one disk at a time, roll out between two sheets of waxed paper to a thickness of 1/8-1/4 inch (3-6 mm). Use cute cookie cutters to cut into fun shapes. Repeat with remaining dough portions, then gather up the scraps and reroll them. If the scraps of dough have become sticky, refrigerate them for 10 minutes before rerolling. Using a spatula, or anything else you can find that will lift them up carefully, transfer the cookies to the prepared pans. Refrigerate the cutout cookies for 15-30 minutes before baking. Bake the cookies until they are lightly golden on the bottom, 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool briefly on the pans before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely. Cookie Icing (Royal Icing) 3 large organic cage free egg whites, at room temperature (absolutely no egg yolk must get in) ? teaspoon cream of tartar 4 cups (1 lb/500 g) organic powdered sugar, sifted In a large bowl and using a mixer on medium speed, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until thick and foamy. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in the powdered sugar until blended, then beat on high until thick and glossy, about 2 minutes. Use the icing in a Pastry Bag with a fine tip for decorating the completely cooled cookies. Hold the pastry bag at a 45-degree angle to the cookie and squeeze the bag gently and evenly to pipe icing lines onto the cookie. Let set completely.