An empty nest ChristmasPublished on November 11, 2017

  • With help from Virginia Vince of Bloomfields Flowers the family room and Muskoka kitchen are dressed with woodsy elements combined with whimsical ornaments
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Photo by: Mark Holleron

Making the transition from having four young children at home to eventually having no children in the house during the holiday season is challenging! It takes the empty nest to a heightened new level. 

I have boxes of decorations that hold memories of the magic of Christmas through the eyes of a child. But with no childlike wonder in the air, I don’t see the need to bring out the Santas and other festive collections for display. However Christmas is still a big deal in our home and my adult kids expect a festive feeling when they walk through the door.

So I balance a more sophisticated approach to the décor with a touch of whimsy by scattering elves on shelves and hanging stockings with a more decorative flair. My holiday decorating incorporates woodsy elements with colourful accents, and mixing traditional pieces with up-todate influences brought in by local florist Virginia Vince, from Bloomfields Flowers. She helps to transition my home into an enchanting space for entertaining adults with a childlike fondness for Christmases past.

Mary Taggart

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