Like many of us, Wichita florist Marleen Valliere puts her Christmas stuff in the same spots every year. But this year, she let two of her friends have at her decorations.
“When they assembled it, it was different from what I do, and I thought, ‘That’s sweet,’ ” Valliere said.
She reciprocated by helping her friends decorate their houses – and each time, there were cocktails and food to make it a party.
“This makes for a nice get-together and a nice party – it pulls people out of ruts of what they do with their homes,” Valliere said. “ ... It gives a refreshing new look to what you have and what you work with every year. It takes the burden out of decorating, which is a gift to friends. When people are being interactive, when people go to each other’s homes and deck the halls, it is festive.”
Seeing Christmas through other people’s eyes can help us have a new appreciation, too. When we asked readers about some of their holiday preferences, we got the same refreshed feeling. Here are some of their responses.
Clear white lights or multi-colored lights?
“Growing up – I was born in 1953 – multi-colored lights on the tree. (Now), in an apartment on the lake, I put clear lights around the balcony.” – Melissa Stephens, Wichita
Real tree or fake?
Ribbons or tinsel?
“Neither tinsel or ribbon. My entire tree is different gingerbread ornaments. I add several new ones each year. I finish the tree with about a dozen red balls.” – Connie Foster
Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
“One package (your choice) on Christmas Eve; everything else on Christmas morning.” – Pat Knoop
Snowy or balmy?
Bing Crosby or Mariah Carey?
Fudge or fruitcake?
“My (late) mother-in law’s fudge! Keeps family with us.” – Beth Landrum