They make a great hostess gift, if you ask me, those sparkly, old-fashioned fruit ornaments. They look pretty good clustered in a glass bowl as a centerpiece, too.
Of all the ornaments that we’ve collected over the years, the fruits seem to be the most versatile and festive. I hang them on ribbons dangling from the chandelier over the dining room table. The glass beads catch the candlelight and sparkle like frost. I hang them in the artificial pine roping that swags the arch in the library. With a few magnolia leaves thrown in, the effect is of an evergreen frame for the tree which sits beneath.
Yes, I know, they are just so much glass beads and styrofoam, but when Christmas approaches, it’s visions of sugared plums, pears, apples, cherries and pomegranates that fill my head.