3 Ways to Decorate Your Home or Office Space with Ornaments Year Round
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Visions of sugar plums danced in my head as I nestled back into my cozy seat, and in a flash the train was off. Reflecting on my trip while munching on the second pretzel I was amazed with my unexpected trip wondering how I’d describe my trip. If only I had a memento. I carefully unwrapped my early Christmas present from the hands of the man himself to discover delightful replicas of each place I visited. Knowing I’d set it up each Christmas, as a magical visual of an incredible trip, I was thankful for the story to go with it.