Has this holiday ribbon made it to your town yet? Everywhere I go in my usual family-and-friends route through Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, I see it. This super-wide bendable mesh is the latest thing to hit Christmas decorating since the invention of inflatable yard snow-globes — at least around here. Folks are decking their halls, mailboxes, wreaths, garlands, trees, lamp posts and even presents with it. I love it — it seems so bright and festive and cheerful — and I would join in except I spent major $$$ a few years ago on going all gold and white for our outdoor Christmas decor and I imagine that my dear and darling husband would not take kindly to a major redo. But it’s tempting. I tend to overhaul all our outdoor Christmas decor every several years or so. The current white and gold replaced a symphony of gorgeous metallic purples, reds, golds and greens that I was in love with but my children cringed every year and heaved ponderous sighs about living with circus decorations. And in its full glory, the white and gold isn’t much better — when I put everything out in its originally intended spot, the house takes on a sort of puffy Victorian fairy-tale look that really has nothing in common with anybody who lives inside it. Consequently, I pare it down to the bare essentials of a couple wreaths, some mailbox decor and a few bows here and there — leaving many $$$ worth of wreaths, garlands and ribbons packed up and unused. But do not tell the husband, please. Our secret???
Over two trips to Cool Springs this weekend with my mom one time and Jennifer the other, I saw a kiosk selling these things as fast as they could make them. The mesh ribbon itself is 15 bucks per roll, and they were skimpy rolls, if I recall. I did like the ones where they placed a family initial in the center of the wreath, but like you, I could not justify the price.
Oddly enough, I have not really seen too many of these on houses so far (maybe the Lawrenceburg area uses them as indoor decoration?).
There is not much outside of our house except for a couple of strings of lights. Reason? Hubby is in charge of the outside and I’m in charge of the inside. All the bows and baubles are on the inside.
Donate it to the Salvation Army of the Help Center, so poor people can have a festive Xmas too.
My lips are sealed about “our” secret! 🙂