In Poland, where the Christmas season is seen as a time of renewal, ornaments are fashioned from straw to symbolize thanksgiving for the harvest and hope for good things in the coming year. Eggs represent the promise of future prosperity, too.
Martha and her niece Kristina wrap presents and trim the small spruce. Along with green glass balls, the ornaments they use include eggshells in shimmering gold tones and wheat decorations that have been given a burnished glow using metallic powders in a range of hues, from light copper to a deep verdigris. The choice of ornaments is intended as a tribute to Martha's Polish heritage, and their colors were chosen to accentuate the room's decorative details -- from the gold-trimmed drabware plates to the gilded Federal-style mirror.
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