“Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.” Rainier Maria Rilke
2015 has been a difficult, tragedy-filled year from Paris to Charleston, and I am struggling to find the Christmas spirit. It even seems trivial to post the décor of the front porch although it is my readers’ favorite. Then I stumbled upon this quote by Norman Vincent Peale: “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” and thought, if I can brighten even one person’s world, I should.
In a large elevated planter which is always on our porch I created a story corner. Our sons have all been away at college and a mother is never complete again until all her children return home. The planter showcases a twig tree topped by a red star layered with a heart. On a blanket of snow, I created a village with our family’s narrative: a university building, a village clock tower and a little house. Above this I hung an old frame recently painted red in which I framed a chalkboard message for my sons. Waiting nearby for the boys’ return in a red wicker chair is our family’s first and favorite Santa, nestled on a faux fur throw with fresh greens and red velvet cushions. Elements of this natural-red and spakle theme continue throughout.