November, 2013

Holiday Decorating with Country Christmas Ornaments

Decorating the home and Christmas tree with ornaments is one of the most cherished traditions of the holiday season. So ingrained in American culture, it’s almost impossible to believe that decorating with Christmas ornaments is a relatively new American custom.

The emergence of the modern Christmas tree actually dates back to 15th and 16th century Germany, where evergreens were used first in church Christmas plays and were hung with apples to symbolize the Paradise tree. Over the next two hundred years, German families brought these trees into their homes, where the trees were adorned with small white wafers and other little pastries cut into stars, angels, hearts, flowers and bells.

Due to the influence of the Puritans’, Christmas wasn’t widely celebrated in the United States until the 1800s. Early American Christmas trees were first adorned with long strands of cranberries or popcorn. Small gifts began to be used to decorate the tree, sometimes contained in intricately woven tiny baskets that were either nestled in the boughs or hung by a thread or piece of yarn.

Ornately decorated trees did not become popular in the United States until Americans saw Continue Reading

The Thanksgiving Table: the Centerpiece of the Celebration

More than any other holiday, an essential part of the Thanksgiving revelry focuses on the table itself − celebrate with family and friends by enjoying time-honored recipes served on a bountiful table.

So much has been written in magazines through the decades, and now online, about setting the “perfect” holiday table that a host can feel more intimidated by the decorations than by preparing the meal itself. This need not be the case! Arranged using just the right assortment of elements, any table can be made festive and worthy of family memories that will last a lifetime.

Make this Thanksgiving special by adorning your table with warm and inviting decorations that will start conversation and encourage people to share precious memories. These touches from Piper Classics will give your table the picture-perfect (Instagram!?) style you are looking to achieve: Continue Reading