Flower Magazine

NOV-DEC 2018

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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PHOTO BY BECKY LUIGART-STAYNER 8 | N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 WATERING CAN wateringcan@flowermag.com or Letters to the Editor Flower magazine P.O. Box 530645 Birmingham, AL 35253 Please send your comments, triumphs, challenges & questions to: Get the Flower email newsletter! Sign up at flowermag.com/news. Follow us Margot Shaw EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SDG, and I would sneak a gumdrop every time we passed one, so by Christmas Day, the trees were just solid green. The tree was always decorated within an inch of its life. If my mother could see any green when we all stepped back, she would immediately remedy that with another ornament or two. It was as if she couldn't bear for the poor thing to be exposed in any way. Then, after my parents played Santa and made merry till the wee hours of Christmas morn, they would hang our stockings on our bedroom doors so we would be occupied for a while once we awoke and they could snooze a little longer. We were always thrilled with this magical prelude to the main event. I have carried on all the same traditions except the boxwood topiaries with gumdrops. I now hang a boxwood kissing ball instead—less caloric, and who doesn't love a kiss at Christmas or anytime, really? There's something so lovely and grounding about holiday traditions. They set time apart, define our families and ourselves, and evoke memory and a sense of continuity. But they're also a way of sharing who we are with others. So, in this issue you'll find unique gifts, décor, food, and floral ideas; traditions from tastemakers hither and yon; a Birmingham artist's home and her innovative holiday decorating ideas; a Christmas setting in rural northern Louisiana; a feast of festive table settings; and a dreamy French country holiday house. May your days (and nights) be merry and bright, and may you be inspired to continue your traditions or even initiate new ones. MY PARENTS LIKED TO DO THINGS IN A BIG WAY AND WITH A LOT OF STYLE, so of course, Christmastime was always memorable. Wreaths and garland hung everywhere; mother's chic Rigaud cypress candle glowed throughout Advent; Birmingham's classic Barber's eggnog flowed; and boxwood topiary trees with red gumdrops for ornaments adorned tables. My brother Haul out the holly; Put up the tree before my spirit falls again. Fill up the stocking, I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now. For we need a little Christmas Right this very minute. "WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS" FROM THE MUSICAL MAME

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