Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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December 18, 2013

Christmas past, Christmas present and Christmas yet to come

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There are those things we save for years, but never use due to their poor condition, one of the most common being old quilts. Tattered and worn yet filled with memories we bag them up and put them in storage. One of my friends, who decorates her home in primitives, shared an idea with me that is so simple, yet so genius.

I have always loved the huge fireplace in her family room that she decorates with a different theme each Christmas. This year, my attention was drawn to four beautiful stockings that I had never seen before. “Look closer,” she urged, and when I did, I saw that they had been made from the worn and tattered quilt that had been her grandmother’s. Now each year that quilt will be appreciated as it hangs on her mantel in the form of Christmas stockings.

Sprucing up the guest room for the holidays? Why not pull down that old family rocker from the attic to add extra seating? Pictures of the ancestors somewhere in a trunk? Set out a few in your best antique frames. Then, open up the cedar chest and pull out great-grandma’s handy work. Nothing makes your overnight guests feel more welcome than a bedroom that has been dressed with vintage linens.

Let your tree display your favorite collectibles. Store bought ornaments are no match for the sparkle of vintage jewelry hung from pine branches. Kids of all ages will enjoy your collection of vintage Hot Wheels and Match Box cars from your childhood; or indulge your feminine side with miniatures, doll house furniture, vintage tea cups or small Victorian hand bags.

Christmas is a time a when the memories of those who are no longer with us blend with the blessing of those most recently added to our families.

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