New Castle’s Lesley Manor Decks the Halls for the Holidays
The Wright family spares no details when they decorate their New Castle manse for the yuletide season.
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In the dining room, the tree is dressed in purple lights that sparkle like an amethyst necklace. The intricate pattern of fruits and flowers in the drapery fabric inspired the botanical theme. Pears and greenery adorn the mantel of carved wood and Moravian tiles. The Lenox china on the table, in the classic holiday pattern of holly leaves, was passed down by Marty’s aunt.
Karen and Darren enjoy spending time in a cozy parlor in front of a fireplace outfitted with a turn-of-the-century gas heater.
Traditionally, Darren sets up electric trains that zip around the base of a tree decorated with toys.
In January, as the Wrights begin the long process of packing up the holidays, they are the last decorations to come down.
“My husband loves Christmas so much, we like to make it last as long as possible,” Karen Wright says.
The Spirit of Christmas tour of churches and historic homes, sponsored by New Castle Presbyterian Church, takes place 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. (newcastlepreschurch.org or 328-3279)
Get the Look
Start decorating for the holidays outdoors, as it grows colder, and as December approaches. Seize unseasonably warm days for stringing lights and hanging wreaths.
Don’t save your holiday china for the big night. Keep your table set throughout the season and enjoy your special pieces for weeks.
Assemble the right tools for the job. To hang lights on tall trees, the Wrights suggest setting up ladders on either side of the tree, then passing the strings back and forth between two helpers.
Mix it up. Decorate with high-quality artificial greens, as well as the genuine item. Place fresh greens in cooler rooms and away from radiators and heating vents.
Inventory your ornaments. The Wrights use heavy-duty plastic bins to keep their decorations safe and dry in the off-season. Group items for each room in the same bin. Clearly label each bin before you tuck it into storage.