I got an email today from a reader who lives in Williamsburg about their special way of decorating for and celebrating the holiday season. She had no idea that pictures I saw 10 years ago of the wreaths, swags, garlands, and lighting at Williamsburg transformed my ideas about how to decorate for the holidays. I do so love the Williamsburg holiday style; I find it a great source of inspiration. To follow is her letter.
I happened upon your blog this morning while researching a bit for my holiday decorating. I found your submission about Magnolias, and I agree they are beautiful and are a part of our holiday decorating every year. I wanted you to know about the town where I live, because maybe one day I think you would truly appreciate a visit at the holidays, specifically at our Grand Illumination. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia and the first weekend in December is always a big event as the Colonial part of town (restored area and living history site) decorates in colonial fashion for the holidays. The fife and drum corps play and folks in costume walk around story telling, interacting, selling cider and ginger cakes etc. Here is a link. I hope you don’t find this too off the wall, but it is rare I find others who love to decorate naturally at the holidays, and therefore it is rare that I find folks who truly appreciate Williamsburg at Christmas. Either way, I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and good luck with the holidays! Julie E. Williamsburg, Va
She sent me several pictures of her home in Williamsburg, decorated for the holidays. Has she not done a beautiful job? I especially like the grass spikes that criss cross behind her wreath. The geometric arrangement of fruit I associate with the Williamsburg holiday-this is a beautiful interpretation of that idea.
Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Julie. Many thanks for taking the time and effort to write. Many more thanks to all of you who have taken the time to write-I truly appreciate it.