Holiday Decorating (Now)

Monday, November 10, 2014

One day last summer, I went into a local big box store and was shocked by all of the Christmas decorations!  This was before back-to-school and Halloween.  I don't know about you, but I don't like being rushed.  Ever.  It is very easy to be over exposed to everything too early in this technologically advanced world in which we live.  I like a festive/seasonal vibe during any season, but prefer one that isn't too specific too early.  Know what I mean?  If you're like me, you might find these "non-specific" seasonal decorations inspiring.

Topiaries are pretty any time of the year, but I love them now especially.  My local Home Depot had a fresh shipment of rosemary yesterday in a variety of shapes and sizes at great prices!

Fresh citrus is also pretty any time, but I do associate it (especially oranges) with the holidays.  A bowl full of lemons, limes, or oranges adds a nice pop of color and you always have a healthy snack or slice to flavor your water on hand.

Fresh branches of just about anything add a nice touch too.  Magnolia happens to be one of my favorites.

I like to add a subtle fragrance when the seasons change.  This combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, rosemary, and pine needles sounds perfect for the season.

Pine cones are another favorite.  Here is a great tutorial for making a garland out of large pine cones.

Images:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5


  1. These are beautiful images and wonderful tips. thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I'm with you Rene - I don't like to rush the seasons and won't even think about decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. Love your simple seasonal inspiration - especially that pinecone wreath!

  3. You just caused me to order a tree from eBay

  4. I'm in total agreement, I think retailers are sure it will mean a better bottom line. This morning the news reported that the best prices on items isn't black Friday, or shopping on Thanksgiving day it's the Sunday before Thanksgiving. I like the reflection of the season as you've shared it. We can get the tree up and the Christmas decorations out once we've enjoyed a wonderful meal with family and friends and have had the time to reflect on all of the things we're grateful for. :-)

  5. Been wanting a Rosemary bush for my covered balcony. Love to cook with fresh herbs! You guys stay warm up there. Supposed to be a crazy cold week!


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