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.
While our main holiday tree stands in the Palladian window of the second floor hallway so that our neighbors can see it driving by, we also often put a tree in our library/living room so that we can enjoy it while sitting by the fire. Since most of our ornaments go on the big upstairs tree, we decorate the downstairs tree with handmade or natural ornaments. When we hang these handmade ornaments, we often think of all the children who celebrated Christmas at the Beekman in years past. Here’s how we honor them:
For the 1950-70’s Beekman children, we string old, large colored light strings that we found in the attic. In this age of geometric LED light netting, many of us forget 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 make giant hard candy ornaments, and hang candy canes. (Directions in the slideshow.)
For the wee Victorian Beekmans, we fill up our paper “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 decorate with dried orange slices. (Directions in the slideshow.)
Well, maybe we do make a “theme tree” after all.
Except that it’s one that’s more fun than work.