“Until one feels the spirit of Christmas, there is no Christmas. All else is outward display–so much tinsel and decorations. For it isn’t the holly, it isn’t the snow. It isn’t the tree not the firelight’s glow. It’s the warmth that comes to the hearts of men when the Christmas spirit returns again.”
Sometimes we forget this during the holiday season. The decorations, the centerpieces, and the gifts have little meaning; it’s the people around them who provide the holiday spirit.
However, for those of you with “outward displays” in need of care, we do have some helpful holiday tips:
Fresh centerpieces are unlike cut flowers and potted plants. They do not need or want any kind of direct sunlight. They will also last longer if kept away from direct heat and outside elements, including direct sunlight, heat vents, and open flames. If placing the centerpiece outdoors, put them in a sheltered location.
If the evergreen centerpiece sits in an oasis block, keep the block moist. Do this by adding water to it every other day or as needed. Upon receiving a fresh centerpiece, it is a good idea to fill the green plastic centerpiece bowl with water so the floral foam can soak up the water and provide it to the fresh greens.
Misting the evergreens with water daily will also prolong the life, as well as the pleasant fragrance.
Colder than 36°F? These evergreens should not be outside.
If your centerpiece needs cleaning, use a light feather duster to ensure needles stay in place.
Note: Take caution with where your fresh centerpiece rests. Make sure to protect the surface from moisture damage and scratches. Also, if there are candles in your arrangement, flames need to be at least 4” away from the greenery. Never leave a candle burning unattended.
As you give your centerpieces some tender loving care, just remember:
The best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed
Happy Holidays from Petal Pushers!