Bring the dream inside.
Written by Charlie Thigpen
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas with a thick blanket of snow covering the ground? Well, chances are, you are dreaming. Over the past 100 years of record keeping, the Birmingham area has never had a measurable snowfall on Dec. 25. We’ve had a few flurries but nothing that calls for a sleigh ride! So, if you really want a white Christmas, decorate your home using birch, white candles, ornaments, and flowers for an elegant look.
Blooms with a cream or whitish hue provide a clean, crisp look. In our tabletop arrangement pictured here, we used a Phalaenopsis orchid, a rabbit-foot fern, and a Fittonia. The Fittonia has showy leaves that are green with white stripes. Other popular white blooms for the holidays include cyclamen, paper whites, poinsettias, amaryllis, and Christmas cactus.
Birch is Big
Every year we bring in bundles of white birch logs. They are a fun way to accessorize for the season and afterward, they look nice displayed in the fireplace when you aren’t burning wood. This year we also have ornamental balls and stars made from peeled birch bark. They add interest when placed on a mantel among some greenery or hung about the home. There are also several types of votives wrapped in the pliable white bark. For a natural look this season, incorporate some birch into your decorations.
Flickering flames really do make the holiday season more festive. Include some white candles on your buffet, dining room table, mantle, or windowsill for a warm glow. If you aren’t burning a fire in the fireplace, you can place multiple candles in the hearth to light it up. This creates a wonderful effect as the candles illuminate and stand out against the smoke-blackened walls. If the exposed flame of candles worries you, consider using some of the new flameless, battery-operated candles. Many of these have remote controls with a timer function that turns the candles on and off at a certain time. We’ve found that some of the better ones on the market, made with paraffin, have a “real flame” look without the hazards of an open flame.
It’s fun to decorate with ornaments in unexpected ways. Here we used white and pearl colored ornaments, mixed with silver ones, and scattered them about as a tabletop display. You can also fill a tall glass vase with white ornaments, cut branches, and berries for a festive look. On an evergreen tree or garland, white and silver ornaments create a nice contrast and show up well even in low light.
Don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t snow for the holidays—Remember that you can sit in the comfort of your own home and enjoy a beautiful white Christmas no matter what the weather brings.