by Denise Weimer
punch bowl ringed by apples, evergreen or holly
wooden bowl or platter filled with red apples and ivy tendrils
- An apple cone tree topped with a pineapple, filled in with small greenery and placed on a base of magnolia leaves, flanked by pineapples secured on fruit or candle holders
arrangement in a china bowl of white pine, magnolia, holly and cedar – with
cotton bolls as “snow”
- Try a swag of dried apple slices and cinnamon sticks on twine
- Pewter plates, cups and tankards interspersed with holly and evergreen on the mantel
- A holly-topped yule log on the grate. For a party, you might include a nearby bowl of holly sprigs. Colonial English guests tossed a sprig onto the fire to burn up their troubles from the past year.
- Wrap balustrades with evergreen swags and bows.
- Accent a key wall by covering a plaque or serving tray with magnolia leaves centered on a cluster of fruit. Pomegranates look especially festive.
- Early Americans loved mistletoe. A Norse legend credited a cluster with not only commanding a kiss, but guaranteeing luck and fertility as well.
- Tuck holly sprigs behind Old English prints and mirror, and mass it around pewter plates.
Research from Internet and “Christmas in Williamsburg,” The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1970, photos by Taylor Biggs Lewis, Jr.