Christmas Centerpiece

Lemon cone centerpiece

Lemon cone centerpiece

 

Traditions are a huge part of my family Christmas celebration.  My mother and I have made a Williamsburg style cone arrangement every year since we visited Williamsburg when I was 10.  This is an easy and versatile centerpiece, and a great Christmas Eve tradition.  To start with, you need the green painted wooden cone that is available from Colonial Williamsburg.  We have the 10″ one, which seems to be the perfect size.  We never can remember how much fruit it takes to do this, and this year, we fell a little short….but part of the point of this is that there are no mistakes with this decoration.  We used 20 fresh lemons for this and several bunches of fresh holly from the yard.  In about 10 minutes, we made this decoration.  All you have to do is position the lemons on the nails that are included on the cone, and fill in the spaces with holly.  Sometimes, we use this as a table centerpiece, but this year, it stayed on the kitchen counter.  We ran short about 10 lemons….and the back side is without fruit.  This is a perfect example of how a little error in judgement actually worked out ok.  The position of the arrangement doesn’t allow you to see the back side, so it would have been a waste to have the lemons there.  This same arrangement can be done with oranges, apples, or a mixture of fruit.  It is so easy and quick to do, and will last about a week in a cooler spot in the house. 

Back of fruit cone

Back of fruit cone