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Ellen’s Holiday Style

Now that the children are grown, holidays for the Park family are relaxed get-togethers. Parents and children share a buffet dinner and play board games by the fireplace on Christmas Eve. Ellen has always taken a traditional approach to the season and agrees with Repetto and Vantine that when it comes to holiday decorations, money isn’t necessary to create vibrant settings for holiday memories. “I love to use magnolia leaves, candles, and white lights in my decorations,” she says. “Greens add a wonderful, festive touch.”

Every year, an air of excitement energizes Ellen as she unwraps her collection of Christmas angels. The angels are given a prominent perch on an antique sideboard in the dining room, while a primitive dough bowl brimming with evergreens and berries takes center stage on the dining table. The small sitting room off the dining area overflows with books, and its simple mantelpiece is decorated in the traditional greens and golds of the season. A portrait of Captain Ezra Nye’s clipper ship sits over an antique Hepplewhite chest in the front hall. A portrait of the captain is displayed next to a festive pear topiary and an antique china bowl full of glass ornaments. “I think it’s important to honor this historical home with traditional ornaments,” Ellen says.

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Nancy Berry is a freelance writer who lives in Yarmouthport.

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