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It’s no secret our lives have been thoroughly disrupted by Covid-19. Not one part of it has been left untouched. We wear masks, hoard toilet paper and line up to get a vaccine. The way we live, move and work has changed. But, when any challenging circumstance arises, also arises beauty too. We see neighbors connecting and helping each other like they never had. We watch kids spending time at home with siblings and parents, becoming more grounded and centered after surviving crazed schedules from pre-Covid times. And, for those who had a daily commute, the only traffic you face is a few toys on the floor on the way to the coffee pot. Much has changed, but it hasn’t all been bad. 

To add to the silver lining, Old World Christmas has always believed the Christmas spirit should be alive year round, and we think that since you’re at home, we have some ideas on how to incorporate the Christmas spirit into your home and home office in ways that don’t require red and green. Red and green was so December. Obviously for us, Christmas spirit dwells in the beauty of a well-placed or well-gifted ornament, so our ideas all include decorating with Christmas ornaments.

1. The Year Round Tree

Most people pack up the faux Christmas tree or haul the dried-out tree to the street in the short weeks after Christmas. We’re not suggesting you leave it up year-round (unless you want to be like this Christmas all-star), but there are many wire or bare-branch trees that could display ornaments pertaining to the season any time. This simple tree would look great on a sideboard in a dining room or on your home-office desk. It could hold sparkling ornaments from all the major post-Christmas holidays: New Years, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother and Father’s Day and July 4th. Significant celebrations can also be decorated for: graduation, birthdays and commemorative anniversaries. 

Easter Wire Tree with Ornaments

2.  Ornament-Filled Vase

Along the same lines as the seasonal branch-like tree, a large, clear vase would make another eye-catching decoration. On the table or in the office, this vase could be changed out seasonally with new ornaments. If changing out for the seasons feels high maintenance, collecting all of our ornaments from one category like birds for the bird watcher, fish for the angler or destinations for the traveler make the ornament-filled vase into a vessel of inspiration. Working hard today ensures a trip overseas in six months. Closing the deal this week means more fishing this summer.  

Goldfish Bowl Ornaments

3. Garland 

Garlands have traditionally been Christmas orientated, but thankfully have branched out into all holidays and celebrations. Nothing says “let’s party!” like a festive banner with dangling, dazzling baubles. We think that a garland in your home or home office swathed with ornaments would add sparkle, pizzaz and the Christmas spirit to your interior without being overly Christmassy. A simple twine or thick ribbon can be tacked up and well-themed ornaments can dangle from it. We have industry ornaments like a smartphone, typewriter, doctor coat and teacher mug that could get your collection off to the perfect start. 

Type Writer, Cell Phone, and Mug Ornaments

The Christmas spirit is alive and well, all year round, Covid-19 or not. We just have to look for it, create it and decorate. Don’t underestimate the power of an Old World Christmas ornament thoughtfully given in the “off season”. And with our ornament hooks and stand you'll be able to put these ornaments anywhere!

March 11, 2021 by Rachael Mitchell

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Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.

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