Hanukkah Centerpiece — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon As the year races to an end, we find ourselves trapped in a festive frenzy. Each day is filled with fun and frivolity. Just how much celebrating can a person do? As always, just a little bit more. This year is especially busy as the holidays, both religious and secular, collide.

Hanukkah begins on Saturday, December 24. Christmas follows on Sunday, December 25; Kwanzaa on December 26; and a week later, Saturday, December 31 is New Year’s Eve. Looking one day forward, we have the grand festivities of New Year’s Day. Time to take a deep breath and decide how to handle the dueling holidays.

With the diversity of cultures and beliefs in our world, the holidays truly do become a “melting pot” of traditions. Many expand their celebrations to include the jolly Santa, the elf on the shelf and gifting between friends and families. It can be hard to determine what to gift, to whom and when. Do they celebrate Hanukkah? Are they celebrating the Solstice, Kwanzaa, Three King’s Day or Chinese New Year? Do they celebrate Christmas? Oh, the gift-giving angst!

Make it easy on yourself. Flowers are the perfect gift for everyone. Plants or blossoms, a floral gift is an on-trend choice for each holiday celebration. Talk to your florist and they can help you choose the perfect design for your friends and family.

With Hanukkah stretching from the 24th of December to January 1st, a lovely elevated centerpiece leaves plenty of room on the table for the latkes, jelly donuts (my favorite!) and cheese blintzes.

One tradition started by a friend of mine was a small floral gift delivered to her mother on each of the eight days of Hanukkah. What a delightful way to celebrate!

A gift that will brighten the dark days of winter is always appreciated. Fresh cut poinsettia blossoms (this new variety is Princettia) nestle amongst shiny glass balls for a lovely and long-lasting centerpiece.

Hanukkah Centerpiece — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, OregonFor those seeking a little more traditional design, the classic oval centerpiece can be updated to the colors representing the holiday: Luxurious blue ribbon for Hanukkah (from the colors mentioned in the Torah and the Israeli flag), red velvet for Christmas (representing the apple, holly berries and the blood of Jesus), or sparkling copper (a fabulous, on-trend metallic hue) for a sophisticated touch.

With a little planning (and a call to your florist), you can check off everyone on your gift-giving list with a holiday appropriate floral gift. Who knew it could be so easy to win the game of dueling holidays?

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