DECEMBER 8, 1957 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
'DECK THE HALLS...'
Home DecorationsCapture Holiday Spirit
Green Sprig Remains
For Kissing Tradition
By SUE ROBINSON
The kissing custom has made
mistletoe a favorite. decoration
and topic of amorous conversa-
tion during the Christmas season.
This tradition has come down
to us from an ancient Roman fes-
tival, celebrated in December with
feasting and unrestrained merry-
Later, churches banned mistle-
toe, but the plucked branch flour-
ished it ervants' halls at Yule-
By CAROLYN MILLER
"Deck the halls with boughs of
Why not follow the advice of
this old English Christmas carol
and decorate your home this holi-
day season. A good procedure to
follow is to start with the outside
and decorate to the inside.
Wrap up the Door
The door is the first part of any
home to catch the public's eye. To
show the cleverness of its owners
you can cover the entire door with
shiny red plastic, tack on a big red
bow with sparkles to make a
Or if inhabitants are traditional,
variations can be made on the
wreath. Pine cones painted white,
blue and bright pink tied with a
shocking pink bow add a welcome
feeling to a Georgian type home.
Most popular is the large green
pine wreath with a wide red satin
In the hallway of homes this
Christmas, mistletoe and holly will
take the spotlight. If you are
"lucky enough" to sill have a
steep staircase in your home -
modern homes don't have them-
the handrail can take on a look
of forest by entwining it with
trailing pine and dogwood berries.
Bright Christmas balls hung here
and there add color to this decor.
Living Room Theme
The living room of course needs
most attention at this holiday sea-
son. Why not take one theme and
carry it out throughout the room.
This will prevent an overdone look.
Maybe your family background
is Italian. If so, search through
the attic for gilted bowls and
tapestriesand build your theme
An'(English descendant will want
the Yule' log and, of course, a big
bowl of eggnog to offer guests.
This year especially, fancy punch
bowls and cups are for sale. So -if
the cups are broken to the family
set, now is the time to get those
Gold can offer a regal atmos-
phere to your home. And since
gold foil looks like the "real thing"
it's lots of fun to make your own
designs for the living room.
Snowflakes, made from blue soap
powder are easily painted on the
windows. Make a paste of the
powder and with a fine brush paint
sparkling designs on the window.
You can carry this theme to the
mantle. The dime store provides
inexpensive gold and silver paper
which can be cut in flake designs.
Of course, the traditional star on
the top of the tree will be in this
Christmas trees are beautiful but
often they all look alike. A color
scheme of red lights gives a warm
atmosphere to your living rooms
and is also a break from the mon-
otony-and often cluttered look-
of all different colored lights.
That Mysterious Look
Blue lights add a mysterious
feeling to a Christmas tree. By
using silver balls, the room turns
into a "quiet night" atmosphere
with all the lights, but those on
the tree, turned out.
Dining roonm tables are the site
of a good portion of our time at
holiday time. A bright red table
cloth, which can be made from
inexpensive muslin and trimmed
with fringe and very small tree
ornaments is a good start.
Or if preferred, a sparkling
white .linen table cloth can be the
background for Santa and his
reindeer. A small sled with fruit
and greens can also answer the
problem of how to put color on
Wreath for 'Milkman
Even the back door should have
a wreath at this season. After all
the milkman likes Christmas too.
So when you cut the bottom limbs
from the tree to make it fit into
the holder, save them and tie a
big ribbon on them. Canned snow,
which can be bought at the drug-
store, makes them seem as if they
were still in the snowy forest.
The bedroom, too, is cheered by
decoration. All upstairs rooms
looking out over the street can
stand some ornament. Just a can-
dle or a small wreath cheers a
person passing by.
Throughout the house, make
every room ring with decoration
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. . it all began with the Romans
tide. If a female servant wasn't
kissed while standing under it,
superstition held that she wouldn't
be married that year. From the
kitchen it invaded the parlor and
Englishmen and women of all
classes and ages partake of the
lornRestablished custom In many
old-fashior ed houses, ar. elderly
gentleman wearing a los; waist.
Boat and ruffled shirt advances to
the object of his immed ste dev,)-
tton and makes a low bow. The
lady, young or old, arises and
hand in hand they approach the
mistletoe where he kisses her on
the cheek and escorts her back
to her seat.
The younger set treats the sym-
bol quite differently. Women
romp, scream, titter, pretend to
run away and stand boldly under
the mistletoe. Little children, spin-
sters,pand baldheaded bachelors
also participate in this tradition.
Americans have also enthusias-
tically adopted the custom. If they
don't have any mistletoe, holly,
the usual decoration, is used as a
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holiday season this year.
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