Before Wilsonville resident Angela Hammond returns from vacation, she makes a point to purchase a Christmas ornament. These ornaments, she said, are more memorable than typical vacation keepsakes like T-shirts and mugs.
"The ornaments bring back a lot of memories," she said. "Those are the things that are priceless because you get to enjoy them every year."
This year, Hammond is harnessing her zest for holiday embellishments to start a business, Mistletoe & Merrymaking, where she sets up and decorates Christmas trees for residents.
"To me it brings me joy and that's why I do it," she said. "I want to bring that same joy to other people."
Hammond has loved Christmas since she was a kid, in part because of her strong faith and also because she enjoys baking, light displays and — especially — decorating. Not to mention that last year, she decorated six Christmas trees in her home. She's starting a construction business with her husband but views this venture as a "side hustle."
Hammond says a couple keys to a well-decorated tree include personal touch and color coordination.
"I offer clients [the option of adding] some of their own personal ornaments to any of the trees I create for them," she said. "It's important to add colors that are specific to the home already so the final product flows with the look of the house."
Hammond offers three tree themes: the Grinch, Santa and his reindeer and movies. The latter tree arrangement is embellished with popcorn boxes, movie theater candy, Christmas movie ornaments and even DVDs.
"They can watch all the best Christmas movies and have movie snacks there, too. That would be my most fun and interesting tree," Hammond said.
Hammond says she's an ambassador for Shop, Hello Holiday, a decorations store, and that she purchases her ribbons there.
"I only use the finest materials available," she said.
As for the process, customers can pick out which Christmas tree they would like on the Mistletoe & Merrymaking Facebook page. Then, one to two people including Hammond visit their home to decorate the tree, which takes six to 10 hours. They then return to remove the tree once the holiday season has culminated. The decorators wear masks and Hammond asks customers to open their windows when they visit.
"I'm being very careful," she said.
The decorator hopes that with people spending more time at home this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they'll want their living room enlivened with holiday spirit.
"This has been probably the hardest year of my life. I know a lot of people are going through a rough time. I just want to bring the Christmas spirit into people's homes," Hammond said.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/MistletoeandMerrymaking.
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