Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg: Gentlemen on Horseback, plus Apples & Oranges

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Susan reporting:

No snow for a white Christmas this year in Colonial Williamsburg (though there was plenty of the white stuff in 2010!) Milder temperatures are more characteristic for December in Tidewater Virginia. Because many of the outdoor decorations rely on fresh fruit for color, the apples and oranges like the ones shown here, left and right, on houses in the town often need to be "refreshed" over the course of the holiday season. The sun isn't the only culprit, either. What hungry bird could resist shining red apples like these?

Note that the apples are used in more than the door's decorations. They're also tucked into the patterned openings of the brick walls (click on the photos to enlarge for details.) This is always done on this particular house – here it is with last year's yarn-based decorations.

There are plenty of advantages to warmer weather, however. How else would I have seen these two 18th c gentlemen, above, out for a leisurely early-morning ride?

All photographs copyright 2011 Susan Holloway Scott


nightsmusic said...

I have decided that I just need to move down there and get a job. ;o)

Looks like you had a wonderful time. I do want to go someday. Maybe a side trip on our way to Florida is in order.

Cass said...

I love your CW posts! Went to William & Mary, and my grandmother lived in Williamsburg while I was growing up, so it's familiar territory for me. ;) It's even prettier during Christmas -- my parents adopted the fashion for using fruit as decorations, and have made a pineapple, apple, and bay leaves fan for the front of our house for as long as I can remember.

Heather Spurlock said...

Great Pictures! I am looking forward to seeing everything in person this weekend.

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