Front-porch columns take on a festive appearance when adorned with greenery and holiday lights. With help from Martha Stewart Living style editor Tom Tamborello, Martha completely covers, or thatches, her columns with large blankets of green-and-gold arborvitae.
The Christmas tree is a holiday custom that engages our senses of sight, smell, and touch as well as our sense of tradition. A tree full of glistening lights and beautifully crafted ornaments heightens our sense of expectation and wonder on Christmas morning. It is also a time for the family to come together and create a magnificent holiday centerpiece. Martha's nieces Kristina and Sophie joined her to help decorate her tree.
Add a personal touch to the age-old holiday tradition of hanging stockings by making your own this year. Transform worn wool blankets into oversize stockings using our template. If your blanket is striped or plaid, be sure that the pattern on both sides of the stocking match up. And if your blanket has a fringe, line it up with the top of the stocking pattern so it will become the edge of the cuff.