Home for the Holidays
The holiday season is a time to
step back from daily routines, reflect and spend time
with loved ones. This year, take time to truly feel
the holiday spirit by gathering family and friends together
to decorate the home for holiday festivities.
Try these 10 special yet simple activities to be enjoyed
with loved ones:
* Fill your home with the warm, beautiful light of candles.
During the holidays, candles are available in all shapes,
sizes and styles -- often decorated with glitter and
sequins for an even more glimmering effect. Cluster
them together in a fireplace as an alternative to a
* Create festive table decorations -- a fun and easy
project to do with the kids! Grab some plain salt and
pepper shakers, slather on some glue, then add glitter,
sequins, silver stars and puffy paint . . . voila, these
shining shakers are sure to add decoration -- with function
-- the table.
* Top the tree with something extraordinary. Have an
older guest and a younger one create the focal point
of the room by topping the tree together with an eye-catching
decoration. This season, Swarovski introduces a crystal
Tree Topper, a beautiful large crystal star surrounded
by six smaller stars creating the appearance of a large
snowflake. Available in either chrome or gold plating,
the tree topper creates a beautiful crown for a Christmas
tree, a centerpiece for a holiday table or mantle decoration.
* Wrap silver or gold garland around lampposts, pillars
and staircase banisters and drape tinsel on mirror frames
and mantles. Add bows for some additional color and
* Bake cookies! Use fun holiday-themed cookie cutters
to create different shaped treats and decorate them
with colored sugars and glossy icing.
* Catch the light. Swarovski’s Little Star Ornament
can be displayed anywhere from the mantle to a chandelier
against a window. Fill your home with these miniature
six-point stars to bring cheer into every room. Hang
multiples of the same crystal ornament from a mantle,
interspersed with greenery, colorful berries and candles
creating a personalized holiday display.
* Cover throw pillows with festive slipcovers or purchase
simple ones and add on beads in holiday colors. All
that is required is a needle and thread, some beads,
trim and lots of creativity.
* Fashion napkin holders out of crystal ornaments and
now place them around fancy cloth napkins to top off
a festive holiday table.
* Sprinkle glitter on flat surfaces to make a holiday
table, mantle, shelf, windowsill twinkle.
* To make the new tradition of decorating together even
more special, give memorable gifts to each participating
member this year. Swarovski’s 2003 Annual Edition Ornament
is an eight-point star which beautifies the home by
catching light through its 207 crystal facets. This
collectors item includes a silver plate engraved with
the year is suspended from the ornament’s navy blue
ribbon. The ornament, which is updated each year, is
a perfect gift to mark the years and start a holiday
Fun with loved ones is what holiday spirit is all about.
Celebrate each other. Make memories and traditions this
year that will last forever.
Swarovski is available at department and Swarovski Gallery
Stores nationwide. For local outlets, call (800) 426-3088.
Courtesy of ARA Content