Christmas decorations are a great part of Christmas in most parts of the world. Whether indoors or outdoors, old or new – Christmas decoration will always generate a cozy Christmas feeling!
The Agnes vase is perfect to use with the flowers of the Christmas season, as for example the poinsettia. Which flowers do you think work best in a beautiful Christmas bouquet?
My favorite Christmas flower is hyacinth because of the fragrance. When the house smells of cookies, hyacinth and spruce it’s finally Christmas. Other favorites are hellebore and amaryllis – seasonal classics and beautiful as white stars or snowflakes indoors.
Do you have any Christmas traditions special for your country that you would like to share with us?
From December 1st, every window in every Swedish home has an advent star or advent candlestick – or both. It’s quite touching how everybody has agreed to help one another through the darkest time of year by keeping the lights on in every street, road and alley of the whole country. I have a wrinkly old paper star that has been with me since I was a little and I’m very picky with the shape of the candlestick. I’m also the last to take mine down since I love having lights in the window when it’s dark outside.
In my family we wrap our own gifts and write poems or riddles to go along. It’s a nice way of giving someone a special thought and the wrapping of gifts has always been my favourite moment of Christmas, probably because it’s a relaxed and playful way of designing something for a loved one.
What is your favorite Christmas decoration and why?
If you can call the Christmas tree a decoration that’s my pick. How marvelous to have a tree indoors, and dress it with candles and ornaments! We get our tree from a friend’s forest and each year he chooses one for us and we go pick it up the day before Christmas – that’s when it begins. Most of our ornaments come from my childhood or from my parents or even grandparents, so each of them is a memory. It is not at all stylish but somehow becomes a well-composed mishmash slightly over the top, which is how I like Christmas.
Do you make your own Christmas decorations? If so, do you have any tips for making a personal Christmas decoration?
Another way of letting the candles shine a little extra is to mount pieces of metallic paper on the walls behind them and create small displays. You can cut circles, stars or any shape and play around with placing a candle and a flower or something else in front. I enjoy placing decorations in random places and suddenly turn a spot into something Christmas.
My family has a lot of Christmas traditions and one of them is decorating the candlesticks with paper cut frills. It’s a simple way of making the candles more festive but of course you have to monitor them very carefully so they don’t catch fire, and they have to be exactly right to be elegant.
The frill is made by folding two sheets of different color tissue paper, cutting it very carefully and then turning it inside out. It should go twice around the candle and fit into the candlestick.
About the Agnes Vase
Agnes Fries has designed the Agnes Vase, a simple and contrasting range of vases with a minimalist touch. The vases have been beautifully decorated with hand-painted black brush strokes, which gives them all their own unique personality. Because of its very minimalist look, the Agnes vase works great with all kinds of flowers, as it really enhances the colors.
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