I was looking for a way to have some winter decor without being Christmas-y. I love this poem: To Winter by Claude McKay. It made me think of the images I love in winter. Red is the accent color in my living room. I decided to take winter pictures around our neighborhood with red in them. In my shadowbox I put the poem and a clipping of one of our holly bushes.
Stay, season of calm love and soulful snows!
There is a subtle sweetness in the sun,
The ripples on the stream's breast gaily run,
The wind more boisterously by me blows,
And each succeeding day now longer grows.
The birds a gladder music have begun,
The squirrel, full of mischief and of fun,
From maples' topmost branch the brown twig throws.
I read these pregnant signs, know what they mean:
I know that thou art making ready to go.
Oh stay! I fled a land where fields are green
Always, and palms wave gently to and fro,
And winds are balmy, blue brooks ever sheen,
To ease my heart of its impassioned woe.
(Oh, he's from Jamaica if you were wondering what "land" he left)
Then I put each picture in a frame in the hallway off my living room. The red is perfect. These frames are the only thing on that wall and would be super boring if the pics were just of snow.
My neighbors read my mind and put a cute little red scarf around their snowman!