Changing From Christmas To Winter

This weekend began the slow process of taking down Christmas decorations. This time always depresses me a little because even though the Spirit of Christmas remains all year long, the baubles and sparkles get put away into plastic boxes.

So that's when I started thinking about re-purposing some of our Christmas pieces for the winter season. Blue, gold and silver are all great winter colors, too, so they can stay out until temperatures warm up.

Here's another example. I adore this wood serving tray, but I don't want to ruin it with food residue. During this Christmas season I used it to hold a collection of inexpensive ball ornaments. I really like they way the lights from the chandelier and the large windows shine on the ornaments.

For winter, I just traded out the ornaments for battery-operated tea lights and glass pebbles. They remind me of how the ice on the ponds shine when the sunlight hits them. The tea lights are even more dramatic in the evening, when the lights are low. Use twinkle lights - trust me!

Before you get all of your Christmas decorations put away, what can you find to use for another purpose? Baskets? Crates? Frames? Garland? Ornaments and other decorations?
So many ideas, so little time!


  1. What nice uses for your wooden bowl. I have been looking for battery operated tea lights but haven't been able to find them. Mary Cline

  2. Our hardware store has them in abundance in the aisle with the candles. You can also find them quite often at the dollar store, 2 for $1. Hope this helps! Laura


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