Using Christmas Greens

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

OH HO HO- It’s our favorite time of year! Thanksgiving is over and that means my roommate will FINALLY let me put up the Christmas tree. I respect all of you that want to wait until after Thanksgiving, I really do- so that’s why I waited. BUT if I had it my way I’d NEVER take down the tree…. okay that’s a little dramatic but seriously I want a house that lets me have a tree inside all year round, is that too much to ask?

I find hosting parties is so much fun, so when I have guests over to my house I want them to feel as comfortable as possible. Bringing in fresh greens is the best way to do that. The authentic smells and textures create a feeling of being outside in nature. These traditions started so long ago and have their own special meanings.

The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and Christian) for thousands of years. Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God.

I decided to compile a list of super simple DIY projects and brought my holly happy self on over to Bachman’s to load up on some fresh greens. Oh, my does this stuff smell S’good! I had this planting party a few weeks back and it was SO so much fun so I’m doing it again this time for all ya’ll who wanna make a super simple Christmas wreath. If you can’t make it here’s how + other super cute crafts with links to the full directions.

For the minimalist

I’m so excited to hang this up in my room. It’s seriously so easy you guys. Like SO simple and inexpensive. Leave a comment if you’re interested in attending my party and I’ll get you the details. Can’t make it but Interested in trying this out? TheMerryThought has all the deets to make it possible. Also, did you know that eucalyptus is extremely helpful with breathing? Now that we are in full swing cold season, you can take this bundle after Christmas, hang it in your shower and it will mix with the steam of the water and aid in breathing. Oils from this plant have been used in cold medicines for centuries and still used today in products like Vicks VapoRub. 

For the Painter

Another one from TheMerryThought. This takes hardly any time at all and you really only need some paint and to find these cute dwarf spruce trees. Just imagine all the mini lights and bulbs that this little guy could wear. I found a Norfolk Island Pine at our local floral shop Dundee Nursery. It is the cutest little guy, I named him Norf. We created a smaller version of this pot at my plant party a few weeks ago and it was super simple.

For the country chic

I absolutely love this idea especially if you don’t have a fireplace mantle to traditionally hang your stockings. Stockings are the best Christmas tradition. So if it’s not obvious yet, I’m a little obsessed with TheMerryThought. And here we are again back to using eucalyptus. Quick fun fact- It’s local to australia and gives on so many volitile compounds that a fog of oil can be seen looming above highly concentrated areas. Imagine if you had a chest cold and took a little stroll through that stuff…..

For the Modern

It’s really cute to incorporate trendy wall hanging with a winter vibe. You can create this up and leave it until spring! Also, I’m a big fan of using air plants << You’ll have to take them out and soak/spray them often but what a great addition to this piece. HomeMadeGinger has the full instructions and a 40% coupon for Hobby Lobby.

For everyone

I don’t have instructions for this one but I do have my own idea about it. It looks like a soft pine or spruce and I’m thinking all this person did was go outside and hack a small clipping off of a tree and stuck it in a bottle of water. Simple and elegant. I keep my eye out for cool glass bottles at Goodwill and thrift shops.

Merry Christmas to all of you! It seems like nowadays it is celebrated all month with weekends being filled up with family get-togethers, work parties, and friend celebrations. I hope this inspires you to create something of your own. It feels really great to create something beautiful, working with your hands, to produce something that looks good and smells even better. Also, I wanted to give a little shout out because I really appreciate you being here and checking out my page. I’m a huge fan of other blogs that collect inspirations like this and include where to find them and how to make them.

Happy Holidays and Safe travels!

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