No rush to take the Christmas tree or red table decorations down yet. Keep them out in January. Leaving a Christmas tree up for Valentine’s Day is now becoming a trend. And white twinkly fairy lights are used for various holidays and events throughout the year. Adding a pop of red on a January tablescape will surely brighten your home as well on a wintry day.
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January 8th is my birthday (yes, that was Elvis Presley’s birthday, too). My honey totally surprised me on my birthday with this gorgeous rose bouquet:
Christmas decorations are taken down by some folks after January 6th so that they won’t have bad luck. Last year, I left my Christmas tree up until after Easter. I did, however, have a reason for leaving it up for so long. I was recovering from a major surgery.
The tree had been set up beforehand, and for Valentine’s Day, I left some of the Christmas decorations on and added hearts.
When my grandchildren came to visit, Valentine’s gifts were waiting for them (and they were all very excited) under the tree.
I left the tree up for Easter and surprised our grands again with gifts under the tree. Of course, all the littles loved receiving all the presents under the tree for each occasion.
Year Round Christmas Tree
How many people do you know that have a year round Christmas tree? My mother left her Christmas tree up all year round for years – with all the holiday ornaments on it. The tree was in the living room, separate from the den where family and friends usually gathered for visiting.
Small Christmas trees are fun to decorate year round as well. Set them on coffee tables, dining table, dressers, or side tables.
Decorating with Lights
Coming to my parents’ home for Christmas was always exciting as we pulled up. The first thing we would notice would be the Christmas lights, and there were many so the house would be lit up with festive bright lights. It does seem crazy, I will admit, to drive by houses that keep their Christmas lights up – and lit – all year round. White fairy lights, on the other hand, look beautiful any time of the year for all types of special events.
The fairy curtain lights below are USB and battery powered, or plug in with an extra charger and can be ordered from Amazon:
I like to decorate with battery operated fairy lights on a fireplace mantel, in jars, on a table, and on miniature trees. Of course, fairy lights look gorgeous in weddings.
The battery-operated fairy lights below are 6.6 feet and come in a pack of eight:
Red in a Kitchen Tablescape
Discover the beauty of including splashes of red in a kitchen tablescape. Eager to ditch all the Christmas decorations? Then at least place a few twigs of berries in a vase with greenery.
Or if you like plaids, do a table setting with red and black plaid dishes (one of my favs is at the website, cornerofplaidandpaisley.com).
During the Christmas holidays, I decorated my kitchen table with a set of festive round white placemats with “JOY” on one side. The other side is plain, no words, so I can use them at any time throughout the year. And you can see the mini Christmas trees that my little granddaughter helped me decorate:
Like some families do, my husband and I are celebrating Christmas late with part of our family. Our youngest daughter, her husband, and their three sweet littles are coming on February 1st to exchange gifts with us.
When schedules don’t allow for any of your family members to attend family Christmas celebrations, extend the holiday fun for them on a different date. What worked for families twenty or thirty years ago may not be feasible in your family.
Way back in the day, families usually lived closer together than they do now. So be willing to bend a little on holiday traditions as far as the day or time that you get together to open gifts.
Red Centerpiece Ideas
Need red centerpiece ideas for a January kitchen table? Perhaps, you’ve decided to keep your Christmas decorations up longer this year but are tired of red and green. Consider the following ideas:
1. Fill a red decorative dish with homemade peppermint bark candy and set it on the table as after-dinner treats.
2. Place a candle in a red festive candle holder on your table.
3. Arrange wintry mini white birch logs, greenery, and a cardinal perched on a twig in a red or white vase or colander.
4. Use a bouquet of red roses as a centerpiece.
5. Set your table with white placemats and red dishes – or red placemats with white dishes.
6. Choose white placemats, a red table runner, white dishes, and red cloth napkins.
Splashes of Red for Valentine’s Day
Carry your splashes of red into February for Valentine’s Day. Have fun by coming up with various ways to display bursts of red such as scattered red heart candies on the table. Or bake mini Bundt cakes and serve on a white platter set on top of a red decorative placemat like this:
You could change the place settings with different plates. Add a different colored table runner.
Use another set of placemats and napkins.
Adding touches of red with your table decorations can lighten the seasonal winter blues. Serene white or elegant gray table decor looks beautiful and is a tonic for the person easily overwhelmed by all the holiday colors. However, decorating with all white, light, and gray in the month of January could very well send a person experiencing cabin fever (due to constant rain or snow) into a deeper abyss of depression. Go with what you love, though – even the color of gray, as in an elegant table runner, on your dining table.
And if you can’t stand the thought of keeping the red going on your table throughout January, choose an accent color that inspires you.
For a fun idea on vintage table decorations, see Kitchen Southern Hospitality’s mix and match vintage tablescape.