In the spirit of ’76, many neighborhoods in Newport embrace the simple elegance of a single wreath or the beauty of a lovely garland to welcome the season of Christmas. On The Point, restraint is de rigueur, apropos of the neighborhood’s Colonial heritage. Simple wreaths, small swags, window candles, and the occasional string of white lights adorn windows and doors. All across town, pineapples – sometimes painted gold – make festive appearances, gracing friezes, railings, and wreaths. Up on Bellevue Avenue and environs, the elegance turns lavish, bright, and bold. It’s an anachronism to decorate the Gilded Age mansions for the holidays, as their original owners would never have spent Christmases in Newport, but we’re happy to espouse that wrinkle in time, because it’s a spectacular sight.
Meaghan O'Neill is a writer, editor, blogger wrangler, and the founder of Puddingstone Post. She was formerly editor-in-chief of TreeHugger, Discovery Channel online, and TLC's Parentables. Her writing has appeared in numerous print and online publications, and her book, Ready, Set, Green: 8 Weeks to Modern Eco-Living (Villard/Random House) was published in 2008. She lives in Newport, RI with her family.