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For a fast and, shall we say, inexpensive Christmas tree, an option is to use a branch.

To start, I found a basket that the Branch could rest in, and just lean against the wall. If I'd had the inclination, I could have stuffed the inside of the basket with things, put heavy objects inside, etc.

 I know, I know, everyone laughs and says “Charlie Brown Christmas“. Laugh if you will. This is free. And no, it’s not stolen. People who have trees do prune them. Also, if you live nearby a park, you could seek out fallen branches.

You can twine branches together, you could pin them to a wall. A “tree” could also be a coat-stand, an existing tropical plant you have, a decorated sculpture. For those who want/need to break away from traditions, a Creative Tree is one way to go.

I put the lights on the tree... the same string of lights is doing double-duty. They are decorating a nearby window, too.

My tree was given to me by my neighbour. Up until that point, I’d planned to go to the park and seek out fallen branches. Windstorm? Jackpot! Big snowfall? Ditto! However, there was some pruning going on down the street (either natural or human-induced) and the result of that was my branch. My twig. I guess I could call her Twiggy. However, I won’t.

Over the years I have purchased and been given decorations that are particularly shiny, beautiful, and reflect not only the surrounding Christmas lights but my own sense of style. I have five favorites, and they rest on my little tree.

This year I decided to put my gifts near the fireplace. Perhaps if there were more gifts, then Easy-kins The Tree would move up to a table so that the presents could rest underneath. If I should actually light the fireplace, then I’ll move them.

I had thought about affixing Easy-kins to the wall above the fireplace, but I couldn’t figure how to do that without making a holey mess. However, as there is only a week left ’til the Big Day, then I’m not too worried! Easy does it. Simple and no stress…

My tree works well under my dried chilis, and a beautiful painting by Darren Kooyman.

Natasha Henderson, Montreal

Holiday Décor Ideas with Citrus

To create this, slice some nice seedless navel oranges.  Leave the slices to dry in an oven with the light on, turning them every 4 – 8 hours until the slices are dry.  Then string the slices together with some star anise.

These strings can be used in the window for a very modern look.  When they are hanging in the window, they remind me of the sun.  It is fun to look at these solar-like slices as the sun shines through them.

Orange pomanders are a classic.  Use a skewer to pierce the rind before adding cloves.  Unless you live in a dry climate, make sure the finished pomanders are first well dried in an oven or dehydrator before setting them out.

Tammy Schmidt, Montreal

what's this? a gift for me? aw!

Green Christmas Tip Number One: Wrap gifts with pretty scarves, I can get them second-hand or 5 for $10 at Ardene. They are a gift in themselves and can be tied to make knot-purses, table runners, etc.

I add to the scarf idea by tying the corners to 2 bangles to make a nice bag.

Ingenious techniques for wrapping gifts can be found here!


Green Christmas Tip Number Two: Old Sweaters! Like the one you got last Christmas that you know you’ll never wear…Upcycle it into a gift! They can be made into a comfy couch cushion, mitts, booties, leg warmers, hats, stuffed toys and more! If its 100% wool it can be felted, oh the FUN!

a charming sweater becomes mitts for mom and slippers for baby

Weihnachtskarte Seide 1900

Christmas Cards can be re-used in many ways!

Green Christmas Tip Number Three: Save Christmas cards to use for all kinds of crafts. You can cut out the pictures on them to make gift tags, cut them into strips, staple into loops and make a garland and/or cut and paste pieces of them to make new cards or scrapbook embellishments.

Green Christmas Tip Number Four: Baby Socks! This year I dug out my kids outgrown socks and cloth-pined 24 of them on a ribbon to make an advent calendar.

Each sock has a little treat inside. You could also use the socks to hide treats in and hang them in the tree.

They make sweet gift card holders too.

Green Christmas Tip Number Five:
 Instead of using tissue paper for gift bag filler, why not make use of the SCADS of Christmas flyers that come in the mail.

What’s your Green Tip?

Thanks to Brooke McCartney-Langdon for letting us share her Green Christmas Tips!

The photos of beautifully wrapped gifts, throw pillows, mittens, slippers, socks and treats are also from Brooke.

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