I'm going to be really annoying and promptly follow a Thanksgiving post with one about Christmas/Solstice. I hate it when one holiday is barely over and people are already rushing to prepare for the next. But... I'm making a conscious effort to be more festive this year, so I'd better not put it off for too long.
We usually don't decorate for holidays or make too much of a big deal about them, aside from making and eating a lot of food. Don't get me wrong- we celebrate. We just don't spend money making it look like we celebrate. For example, I don't buy wrapping paper EVER. I reuse the stuff other people buy or make my own out of paper bags or newspaper. I just can't spend money on something that will be quickly ripped to shreds.
Last year we didn't get a holiday tree- I thought it was much more practical to not get a tree than to go out and buy one, only to then compost it a few weeks later. But, honestly, it made me sad to not have a tree or other decorations up.
This year I'm going to try to do a little more holiday stuff. So today I went to a garden store and bought a little bunch of winterberry branches and some stems of ??? with cool with yellow pods on the top to go in my vase on the table. As I was browsing around, I was tempted to buy bunches of evergreen boughs and wreaths, but they were so expensive! I don't think I can spend $40 on a wreath. But as I was standing in line, I realized that I have 3 different evergreen trees in my yard and the same grapevines that the wreaths are made of. And pine cones.
So I went home and clipped some boughs and then tied on a ribbon that someone must have bought to wrap a present for one of us (because I didn't buy it!)
Then I ripped down some grapevines from the fence and wrapped them to make a wreath. I love the bare branch wreaths the best. I wove in a couple of different evergreen branches a pine cones, too.
Maybe not quite as perfect as the professionally made wreaths, but this will do. I'm pretty pleased with myself- I did a little decorating and didn't have to feel silly about buying a bunch of stuff for the compost bin!
Anyone have any other ideas for DIY decorations?