Nouvelles

News and Opinion from Anne Barone to Keep You Chic & Slim

|| 21 december 2014

Joyeux Noël

Decorations make the home festive for the holidays. Photographing them helps preserve the special memories.

Thursday’s Nouvelles gave you a link to a article/podcast on holiday photo tips. One of the tips recommended was that you photograph your holiday decor as a way to preserve memories of the holiday festivities.

Last year when my chic Canadian friend sent photos of her Christmas decor, neither she nor I had any idea how well her photos would demonstrate photographer Derrick Story’s advice.

Sometimes a year-round part of the decor takes on special holiday features. Light shining up through the icy prisms of the chandelier make a large snowflake design on the ceiling above.

chandelier with light reflecting snowflake pattern above

Attaching the bows, balls, and angels to the chandelier below required becoming something of a acrobat, she wrote in the email accompanying this photo. But when you have a vision of how you want particular decorations to look, completing that vision sometimes requires a bit of daring. When she looks back at this photo years from now, it will be fun to remember the dismayed admiration of the other family members when they discovered that Mummy had been able to hang those decorations “way up there.”

chandelier decorated with red bows, red balls, and angels in red tunics over white gowns

Odd Angel and the Missing Wise Man

Though the years sometimes a new figure is allowed to join the originals in the Nativity. Moving or accidents can sometimes break one of the figures beyond superglue salvation. Notice below the odd angel to the left of the Nativity’s original angel. One of the Wise Men is missing, but at the left we have a Dickens-style character, of the same porcelain, but dressed in the style of 1800 years forward. No doubt there are stories here of which this photo will be a nostalgic reminder.

nativity scene with porcelain figures

When I was growing up, our family Nativity was a simple little scene, the manger and the traditional figures made of painted wood. Sometime in the 1970s, my mother replaced this Nativity with a much more elegant one. The figures were of white bisque (fired unglazed pottery, not the French soup). She displayed the figures on draped red velvet on the oval top of her antique oak library table.

My brother has the Nativity now. But I am so glad that my mother photographed the Nativity. Though I do not have the bisque figures, I do have her photographs of them to remind me of the beautiful Nativity and the pride and care with which my mother displayed it every Christmas.

be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone

images courtesy of my chic Canadian friend — and her iPhone camera