Wherever you live, delight in bringing the elegance and calm of white to your Christmas decor.
White gives serene sophistication to the whole house, one room, an entryway or tabletop.
Welcome the season with a gracious wreath — white with perhaps a touch of glistening silver.
Place your wreaths above a console table in the entryway, or on an inside door. You can even use the wreath as the basis of a centerpiece of flowers, or a display of candles.
From the White House to your house, the Christmas tree is the centerpiece of a holiday home. This year, the Blue Room of the White House has a tree encircled with white ribbons that might inspire you.
Who doesn’t love the look of tree branches lightly kissed with a snow white? Such trees can be purchased, or get the effect by caressing branches with bows of baby’s breath. The tree becomes a canvas for a lovely selection of ornaments in white, natural hues and silver.
Choices for ornaments for your white Christmas tree and home decorating are almost endless and very personal. When shopping with white as your guide, it’s easy to assemble a lovely collection. Ornaments may also make special displays about the house, gathered together in a bowl or arrayed among a garden of greens.
All the amenities of a Christmas in an English country house are here beginning with the gracious Tyncastle Pedestal Table. Use white to compliment such a mellow setting–crisp white napkins, fresh flowers as a centerpiece or in a tiny arrangement at each place, and of course, candles–tall and white as snow. Choosing white tableware allows you to mix pieces from different collections, perhaps a collection of antique pieces.
To delight all the senses, don’t forget to bring the taste of Christmas to every table. Cookies dusted in white are a tribute to the season.
Russian Tea Cakes
These buttery melt-in-your-mouth cookies go by many names but they are always twice rolled in powdered sugar and filled with finely chopped nuts.
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
2. Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla in large bowl. Stir in flour, nuts and salt until dough holds together.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool slightly on wire rack.
5. Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool on wire rack. Roll in powdered sugar again.
Happy, Merry, White Christmas!