We’re not very “fussy” tree decorators. You’ll probably never find us laboring over something like an “All Paisley Bow Tie Hollywood Regency” theme tree. We like our trees to be fun. Not “textured” or “conceptualized.”
Our main tree stands in the Palladian window of the second floor hallway so that our neighbors can see it driving by. But we also put a tree in our library/living room so that we can enjoy it while sitting by the fire. This year, we decided to decorate it in honor of all the children who have lived in the Beekman throughout the ages.
For the 1950-70′s Beekman children, we started with the old, large colored light strings that we found in the attic. In this age of geometric LED light netting, we’d forgotten how fun these big ole’ bulbs look.
For Beekman kids who lived in the 1920-30′s, the era of the “Good Ship, Lollipop,” we made giant hard candy ornaments, and hung candy canes. (Directions in the slideshow.)
For the wee Victorian Beekmans, we filled up our Victorian Horns of Plenty with popcorn and candies…just like they might have found on their tree. (Directions in the slideshow.)
And for the original Beekman children, who celebrated the very first Christmas in the Beekman Mansion, we decorated with dried orange slices. (Directions in the slideshow.)
Well, maybe it’s a “theme tree” after all.
Except that it’s one that’s more fun than work.