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Home is focus of holidays

Nov. 10, 2009

Each holiday season tends to have its own trends, and this year the economy is keeping people close to home and making them more interested in decorating and creating a cozy holiday.

"This will be more of a homey or homespun Christmas. More families are planning to stay home for Christmas," said Julie Stuhlmacher, co-owner of Winkies Variety store in Whitefish Bay.

She has seen a move toward traditional Christmas colors of red and green and away from Victorian colors such as mauve and fuchsia. .

Irene Blau, owner of Sinter Klausen Christmas Market in Germantown, has seen sales of decorating items begin much earlier this season, even before Halloween. She has also seen a move toward more traditional holiday items.

"Customers can buy traditional items or bring back the old favorites to make it more of a traditional holiday. Families can do that with things their children might have made or things that they've put aside and haven't used for years."

"Traditional Christmas tree ornaments are something that is very popular this year. The other trend is a special new ornament that speaks to the latest thing in their life or their favorite things," Blau said.

Live plants, fresh flowers and real trees are also popular items to decorate with, said Steve Roeske, retail manager at Nature's Nook Garden Center and Floral shops in Franklin and New Berlin.

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