Well, I have to admit that we are a bit behind here at Darlington in our decorating. As I mentioned in an earlier posting we are having a cocktail party this year, on the 29th, so our primary focus has been on getting Darlington ready for the party, as opposed to having everything buttoned up by Christmas day. We succeeded in having the tree decorated by Christmas, but we’re still working on finishing up the rest of the decorating for the party.
Rich and Junior hanging the roping on the portico
Our goal this year has been to make the house festively “Holiday” rather than “Christmas”, since the party is taking place after Christmas and before the dawning of the New Year. Neither Boy nor I particularly care for houses decorated for Christmas so abundantly as to replicate a retail experience: themed rooms smothered in artificial garlands covered with baby’s breath, twinkling lights, teddy bears and miniature ballerinas. I don’t aspire to live in the Christmas Shoppe at Macy’s. What I do like are rooms that are, if anything, under-decorated. Real greens, vintage ornaments, candles, and not too much of them. And where the colors of the decorations, rather than imposing a relentless theme of red and green, complement the rooms in which they appear. That is what you’ll find at Darlington.
Polishing the brass andirons and fire tools
Setting up to decorate the pruned tree
Decorating the tree, thinning as we go to make room for more ornaments