Most folks are familiar with the Williamsburg Christmas “style” which traditionally incorporates dried flowers, fruit, and greenery. However, with a bevy of creative folks in this historical village, there are bound to be some charming adornments that tilt a bit off the conventional axis. So I searched out some of the whimsical and quirky, and have brought them to life for you here.
This beautiful arrangement was suspended right outside the door of the shoemaker’s shop. It’s the traditional look with a twist! A handmade leather shoe is presented front and center, filled with a scoop of scarlet cockscomb flowers.
The Williamsburg settlement is just a stone’s throw from the coastline, and there is an abundance of seafood in this region. So it is logical, though unexpected, to sometimes incorporate seashells in the local displays. Two ingredients – wheat stalks and a scallop shell – are all you need for this ornamentation.
Oyster shells find a convenient home with wheat, dried strawflowers, and reindeer moss for another window arrangement.
Hanging over a tavern’s door, this display shows off metal beer tankards, hung with cinnamon sticks and overflowing with hops, reindeer moss, and dried orange slices. Bottoms up!
Even the blacksmith gets into the spirit with his primitive wreath of forged metal tools and charcoal briquettes. Dabs of greenery and some red berries make it obvious that he is celebrating the Christmas season.
This wreath announces that you have arrived at the shop where dyeing, spinning, and weaving arts are done. On a coarse burlap base, purple globe amaranth flowers punctuate handfuls of cotton balls. Rustic rosettes, fashioned from hand-woven fabrics, give the crowning touch.
Taupe colored yarn balls accentuate greenery in another textile-related display. Did you notice the red apple tucked in a tiny brick alcove to the right of the doors? The story about the apples at the Palmer House can be found HERE.
During a Christmas Decorations Tour, I got to see a darling little cottage that is tucked away from the general public. An employee rents and lives in the house, and she consistently wins a blue ribbon in the decorating contest, year after year. Co-workers joke that perhaps they should just go ahead and paint a blue ribbon on her cottage! She did not disappoint this season. Matching wreaths hang on the front door and windows with a honeybee theme. She baked and decorated each bee “cookie”, including details such pine straw antenna and clove eyes. The queen bee sits right on top of the hive, surrounded by her minions and directly below two amorous bees poised to kiss.
She also tucked in greenery and a jar of honey in each window corner. Critters reportedly snack on her cookies now and then, and she fills in replacements during the season. And yes, she won another blue ribbon this year!
And here is a decoration that reminds you that Williamsburg is a sacred place where American history was made and our founding fathers gathered. In the center of the American flag, made with dried flowers stripes and cotton ball stars, is a copy of the Declaration of Independence. The flag hangs from a banner that proudly proclaims “In God We Trust”. It took brave souls to form our country. They risked their lives, their families, and their fortunes to secure the liberties and freedoms we have today.
This time of year, Colonial Williamsburg reminds us all that Merry Christmas is celebrated and lives in America!