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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-14-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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38 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019 | THE VALLEY BREEZE Vintage Décor Is Back – ©2019 GREEN SHOOT MEDIA. Here are some old-time decorations you might see on this year's trees. KUGELS These Christmas-light shaped glass ornaments were originally sold as window decorations. First made in the 1800s, kugels (German for spheres) were the first iteration of glass ornament. Original pieces still in their vibrant colors are coveted by collectors; most have faded. INDENTED BALLS Balls with silvery indentations were intro- duced in Victorian times to amplify the candles used to illuminate Christmas trees. They had a resurgence during the middle of the 20th century and are back again even now. BOTTLE BRUSH TREES Conical bristly tiny trees, usually flocked, show up along mantles and dining tables and even in clear Christmas ornaments. BUBBLE LIGHTS The original bubble lights were manu- factured in England and introduced in the U.S. in the 1940s. A vial of liquid is heated by an incandescent bulb, causing it to boil and bubble up from the vase. In the 1970s, they were replaced by miniature fairy lights, but are making a comeback. NEEDLEPOINT Handcrafted needle arts like knitting, cro- cheting, embroidery and cross stitch are back in a big way, and that means on the trees and mantles, too. Look for ornaments, tree skirts and stockings. PAPERCRAFTS Gather up the kiddos and whip out some good, old-fashioned paper chains and cut outs to adorn the tree. Look for colorful paper choices at your local arts store in the scrap- booking or paper craft section. Last year, those ceramic light-up Christmas trees of yore came raging back. And seeing the old become new again is going to be a trend that continues. NOV-13-2019-GIFT-NPS-Mel.indd 38 11/4/19 10:18 AM

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