Flowers are a great way to brighten up any home or space, and they are especially useful during the holidays. The Christmas tree is by far the most important part of the Christmas decorations, but there are other things that you can do to make your home seem welcoming for Christmas celebrations. With the right flowers you can make the home seem more inviting and make people feel more welcome, and the flowers help people get into the Christmas spirit. Not every flower is good for Christmas decorations, and you will want to make sure that you get good quality flowers so they do not wilt and die before you are finished using them as decoration.
The most common flower that you are going to find in any Christmas decorating scheme is the poinsettia. Since the seventeenth century they have been used by Christians as part of the Christmas celebration, and that has continued even into the twenty-first century for Christians and non-Christians alike. Poinsettias are not like other flower arrangements because they will not survive in a vase like other flowers, and they are designed to stand on their own, not as a part of a large arrangement. A poinsettia needs to be kept in soil, and most poinsettias will arrive in a small planter or flowerpot for you to use until after the holiday. When you are getting your flowers set up for your home at Christmas make sure that you include at least one or two poinsettias to round out the Christmas spirit.
Though they are not as important for Christmas in the Western hemisphere, roses are very important to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, especially in Russia. The rose is seen as a symbol of the ultimate price of blood that Christ paid for the sins of the world, and so roses are inseparable from the Christmas celebration. The roses may be either red, for the blood, or white, for the purity, of Christ. Other colors are very rarely seen, and the arrangements are usually not very large. In this case roses should be used to highlight other Christmas plants, and should not be the focus of the Christmas decorating scheme.
Technically not a flower, holly is still a vital plant for home Christmas decorating. Holly shows up everywhere in Christmas decorations, and your home will need some to finish the Christmas feel of the decorating scheme. Holly is great to use in the wreath that you will want to place on your door, and it should be the plant that you use the most in your decorating. The dark green color of the leaves form an excellent contrast to the bright red and whites that you will have from the other flowers and plants in your decorations.
Decorating the home for Christmas requires a lot of different things, and you will want to make sure that you have all of them in place before you start decorating. The failure to have these plants in place will only make tying your Christmas decorations together that much more difficult, and it will be hard for you to get the Christmas theme that you want.
I am Julia Summers, decorating consultant in Calgary. I wrote this article because my customers do not always understand all of the little things that go into making a home look good for the Christmas holiday. In Canada Christmas flowers are but one part of the larger project to make homes generate the Christmas spirit for anyone who visits. When I shop for flowers for my customers I use http://www.allflowersandgifts.com because of their selection and service.
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