Around the house* Add a festive touch to your holiday...


December 11, 1993|By Dolly Merritt

Around the house

* Add a festive touch to your holiday table. Use cookie cutters in various shapes such as bells, Santas and Christmas trees as napkin rings.

* Free samples, such as toiletries, that often arrive in your mailbox make good stocking stuffers.

* For lots of glitz and less money, a can of spray gold can give ivy, pinecones and rhododendron leaves a Midas touch.

* Wrap large gifts with paper holiday tablecloths. The cloths are economical and can be used to wrap other gifts as well.

* Control kitchen clutter. Remove everything from counter top that isn't used often. Old cookbooks, half-empty containers and seldom-used spices can take up lots of room. With a clear counter top, there is more space in which to work and there are fewer things to clean.

* Soak washable candle holders such as glass or ceramic in hot water to remove accumulated wax. Rub wax off when it has softened. Be careful not to scratch finish.

In the garden

* Fill an empty spray bottle with water and mist fresh evergreen decorations daily to keep needles fresh and reduce dropping.

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