The View from Halcyon Farm: All the Trimmings

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Now that it’s December, it’s time to start thinking about trimming the tree. We know people who put it up the day after Thanksgiving, and others who put it up on Christmas Eve! And don’t even get me started about when to take it down!


Trimming the tree is fraught with many obstacles. Should the tree be real or fake? If it’s fake, should it look natural or not? Colored lights or all white? And what about those new LEDs that cast such a cold light? Or do you still use those huge old lights? Tinsel or garland, or nothing?

There’s a happy medium with trimming a tree. You want enough to make it interesting and gorgeous, but not too much that you can’t even see the tree. Many families have ornaments that they have collected and handed down through the years. Others buy new ornaments every year and begin new traditions.

We love woodland ornaments, bright shiny balls, tiny stuffed animals tucked between the branches. Our tree has a lot of personal ornaments given to us by friends and relatives.

At Halcyon House Antiques, we love decorating the shop for the festivities!


We source ornaments from all around the world. These cheery sunflowers would look great tucked in between some branches.


These multi-colored balls have great detailing including a tear-drop bottom and sparkly designs.


We loved these felt foxes in their ironic fox-hunting “pinks”!


These bright sparkly green orbs can either be gathered into a big bowl or put on the tree. It’s always fun to have the balls and ornaments you aren’t using on the tree in a cut glass or silver bowl to bring a sparkle to a room.


A lot of ornaments look terrific hanging from the edges of branches, but you can also suspend them from the arms of a chandelier, or in a door-frame.


Regardless of how you decorate your tree, it will be festive and fun, and most of all, it will be all yours!

Halcyon House Antiques is ready for Christmas and open today from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.!  For more information, visit the Halcyon House Antiques website or call 410.828.8889.

Meg Fielding

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.

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