Holiday Sentiments



An article by Lee Eiseman

The holiday season for 2008 is a thoughtful time of reflection, of memories and holidays past, yet who can resist a peek into the future? The holiday season is also the time for celebration, for communicating and/or being with friends and family. This is the time of year that we really can get our “creative juices” going in decorating our homes and wrapping our packages in the designs and colors that truly express the sentiment: “I care.”

It’s all about the colors, textures and finishes that adorn our gifts, express our thoughts and add to the marvelous surprise of what special gifts reside inside the package. If we look to the traditional hues of Christmas, there is always the color combination that many people will emotionally connect to and that is, of course, red and green. Those colors almost always transport people back to their childhood and the intense joy of tearing the ribbons and wrappings off to reveal the prize within.

And even if red and green are not the traditional colors you grew up with, still we can all relate to department store windows; of Christmas trees and holiday wreaths in complementary holly berry red and pine tree green. But a new twist this season is to “skew” the greens, specifically to a bit more of a yellow undertone, an almost chartreuse version of green. Or there is the possibility of a green that leans to blue—a little more of a turquoise feeling, while another option is a subtle sage green. These mixes will freshen up the combinations, are a bit more inventive, yet still speak to the timeless feel of red and green.

You could also opt to soften the red to the lighter members of that color family, substituting some nostalgic pink or perhaps a warmer peachy-pink in combination with the greens. Another surprising new feeling is interjecting a neutral tone like ecru or various shades of gray into the mixture of hues.

mimosa PANTONEAnother surprise is the addition of lively yellow to the palette, bringing some sunshine into the holiday season. Symbolically optimistic and hopeful, an additional incentive for using yellow is that Mimosa yellow has been proclaimed the color of 2009 by Pantone, so what better way to start off but with thoughts of a hopeful New Year!

What would the holiday season be without the sparkle of tinkling glasses, twinkling silver tinsel, or glistening gold ornaments, ribbons and ties. Interestingly, some of the metallic finishes are bright and sparkly, while others offer a more muted patina—another homage to the antiqued, somewhat tarnished look of yesteryear. Juxtaposing all of these colors and finishes will not only help you to recall holidays past, but will also transport your imagination into the future.