If you have a small shrine in a side aisle or chapel, don’t forget to add a few fresh greens and flowers over the niche or at the base of the statue when doing festival flowers.  This is a polychromed woodcarving by Davis D”Ambly of Philadelphia of a young St. John.  St. John is portrayed in the familiar coral and green vesture, with his symbol of the snake and chalice.  The diapered stenciled door panels in red and blue is a treatment often seen in English churches.

The pedestal to the left of the niche has a bit of a surprise for Christmas- anthuriums!  Usually thought of for tropical and exotic floral arrangements- anthuriums are actually a good value as they last a long time if properly tended-and the true red works well with poinsettia and traditional Christmas decoration.