Christmas Cheer with a View: Decorating Your Holiday Windows

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When you’re sprucing up the house for Christmas, don’t forget the windows: along with splendid front-door or porch displays, windows are one of the best ways to spread cheer to your neighbors and friends. Get stencil and “frost” kits from your craft or hardware store and etch snowflakes, stars, Nativity scenes, animals such as deer or bears, or lettered greetings across the panes. Tack up a series of ribbons of different lengths across the window, then attach miniature ornaments, cutout stars, “gingerbread” houses, or even real decorated cookies; any colors will do, too, from red, green, and white to purple, lime, and aqua. Illuminate a pane with a “net” of white miniatures surrounding a wreath, a star, or a snowflake design. And speaking of snowflakes — paper cutout snowflakes are easy and quick to make for instant Christmas spirit!

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Wreaths can be lighted or unadorned evergreen; pine cones and bittersweet can accent the top of a window frame. Create a “window” on a solid wall with a frame filled with ornaments and greenery; with a lavish red drapery, pair gold ornaments, white wreaths, or silver icicles to get a breathtaking effect. Heart-shaped “wreaths” hanging in a window convey a country warmth — as do bright red apples strung on lengths of silvery ribbon trimmed with snowflakes and stars. Create a green wreath from feathers or tissue, trim with white or red ribbon, and you’ve got décor that can be put up year after year. Don’t forget candles: whether single lights in every window or groups of white, red, or green tapers, unadorned or within etched glass, they’re a favorite. Whatever your size window, use these images for inspiration — and have fun!

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