A Traditional Tablescape for Christmas
Here in America, and in the British Isles, it usually means using red and green as the basic color scheme. Then we add metal elements to the design in gold, copper, brass, silver, or pewter. Often mixtures of all the different metals are incorporated into the design for a highly charged table setting.
Bringing natural floral and fauna elements from the outside in to create our tablescape centerpieces are also considered to be part of traditional Christmas designs. Nuts such as walnuts, pecans, and almonds are often painted with metallic paint to add to the designs.
Pine boughs, pinecones, holly, mistletoe, Christmas berry, bittersweet, walnuts, apples, and oranges are just a few of the most popular natural elements used to decorate American homes and dining tables.
Adding figurines of natural fauna such as reindeer, elk, moose, beavers, polar bears, and a wide variety of birds are also considered traditional on American tablescapes. These animals can be made of a variety of materials from hand carved wood to metallics, and add interest to the Christmas tablescape.
Immigrants to America from every country in the world have brought in many cultural ideas which have been added to the melting pot. This has made our American traditions a bit muddled as we adapt to the many traditions brought to this great American country.
Pineapple designs brought in from the Caribbean were a sign of wealth during Victorian times and continue today in many “traditional” table settings. Tartan plaids from Scotland, crystal from Ireland, English fine bone china along with sterling silver are all considered part of the traditional mix as is Saint Nicholas from the Netherlands.
In America, a traditional tablescape can also border on rustic or primitive, depending on the point of view. There are many who think of the pioneer days using primitive folk art with rustic, primitive decorating styles are the makings of a traditional Christmas tablescape.
Others will mix in traditional Native American Indian, Mexican, and Latino decor.
Just for the sake of argument, I am calling Traditional Christmas Tablescapes as those using green and red as the traditional color scheme.
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