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December 9, 2012

Christmas decor: ornaments, colors and trees galore

PLATTSBURGH — With the countless varieties and colors of Christmas ornaments that are available these days, deciding which to display on one’s Christmas tree can be overwhelming.

To simplify the ornament-selection process, said Beverly Chamberlain, “it’s good to have a theme.”

THEMES

As a sales associate at the General Trading Company in Plattsburgh, Chamberlain helps to decorate the shop’s many Christmas trees, each depicting a different theme with its ornaments.

The shop’s bird tree, for example, is adorned with owl, cardinal and white-bird figures, as well as complimentary wooden birdhouses, red berries, pine cones and long twigs wound together to make garland.

And ornaments made to look like frosted holiday cookies, along with candy-shaped decorations and more red berries, make up the Trading Company’s gingerbread tree.

But Christmas tree ornaments don’t have to depict the traditional holiday images, according to Elizabeth Ward, owner of Plattsburgh’s Cook and Gardener shop.

“Holiday decor is just to enjoy whatever you enjoy,” she said.

Cook and Gardener’s garden-themed tree, complete with handmade wheelbarrow and watering-can ornaments, as well as General Trading’s wine-inspired tree, demonstrate how one’s hobbies or interests can inspire Christmas decorations.

COLOR PALATES

Cook and Gardener also features a peacock-themed tree, which is adorned with peacock feathers and matching cobalt blue, lime green and purple ornaments.

In fact, lime green and other bold colors like hot pink and purple have become very popular for the holidays, according to Dianne Miller, owner of Country Expression Flowers & Gifts in Plattsburgh.

Of course, the traditional Christmas red and green never seem to go out of style, Chamberlain said, and silver and gold are trendy, as well.

When decorating one’s tree in a specific color scheme, however, it’s important to use more than just one color, she noted.

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