The Harrington House In Amarillo All Dressed Up For Christmas
Christmas these days in Amarillo is all about big and bold. Who can light up their house the most, how many decorations can you truly fit inside, and how bright can that Christmas tree get. Parties are more along the lines of ugly sweater parties and loud, boisterous times.
Back in the day though, things were very different. Homes were decorated with elegance and style, and the parties weren't parties, they were Christmas galas.
Nobody exuded the style and elegance better than the Harrington's. They had a home that was large and breathtaking, and when it was decorated for the holidays, it was a sight for everyone that got a chance to see it.
Mrs. Harrington always dressed with sheer elegance for the galas and events she attended, and definitely not wearing ugly sweaters.
Even though the Harrington's are no longer with us, their house lives on, and so do all the Christmas traditions inside the house. Thanks to a crew of dedicated individuals, the Harrington House is all decorated, just the way it was back then.
It all starts with the stairway. Meticulously, yet simply decorated with garland and big bows, it perfectly frames and showcases the beautiful Christmas tree that resides at the top of the stairs.
On the tree, you won't find any crazy colors or off the wall decorations. Classic white lights, gold and red accents, pure class. Not saying that different ornaments and decorations are a bad thing, I have plenty on my tree. It just shows a different time.
Here's something you rarely see anymore. Beautiful dinner tables that are decorated perfectly. The Christmas colors are present on and around the table, and a true place setting for each spot at the table. You typically don't even see this at galas today, let alone someone's home.
In a day and age now where we try to have every room essentially puking Christmas, you can see here just a couple of little touches to keep it festive. You can see the garland hanging from the fireplace, and some perfectly placed bulbs on the chandelier that keep with it's elegance, and doesn't over-do it. You also see a couple of the different dresses Mrs. Harrington wore.
This is one of the dresses Mrs. Harrington would wear at events or when hosting. Classy, elegant, and attention-grabbing...without having to show a ton of skin. Yes, times and fashion change over time, but she exuded beauty wearing dresses like this and not having to give everything away per se.
There is SO much more to the house that I'm not showing here, but good news is you can tour it and see how different the holidays were back then. Tours are going on through December 14, and you can book yours here. Tours are done on Tuesdays and Thursdays,
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