Using real branches/greenery for Christmas decor???
I'm embarassed to admit what we spent on Christmas last year. It was ridiculous. Thankfully it was the exception to our lives and not the rule, but still, I have no desire to repeat that kind of spending this year.
This year, I see a marked difference in all of our attitudes. Even my teenagers seem much more balanced and grounded, and don't seem to be clamoring for whatever widget is all the rage. We all basically have everything we've ever wanted, and we'd kind of like to focus on the simpler things.
On that philosophical note, I noticed when opening all of my Christmas decor boxes how much I dislike the idea (this year anyway) of using all of this fake greenery. We need more decorations (bigger house this year) but I'm hesitant to go out and buy more cheap "made in China" junk. It just feels so wrong, and I want my home to feel "home-y" and not staged to look like the displays at Hobby Lobby.
I'd love to use real greenery, and have several big evergreen trees out back that I could cut from, but how long will natural decor like that last?
I'd love to do a natural wreath or something on my front door, and possibly on my mantel.
Any ideas for using the real thing?