I've shown you pictures of our mantle and table decorated for Christmas--and that's almost all the decorating we've decided to do this year. This is our first Christmas with a house, and I don't see a need to buy all of our Christmas decorations all at once. I made an early decision that we wouldn't buy a tree this year.
But doesn't this ladder-as-Christmas tree from the cb2 catalog seem just perfect for our current lives?
I decided that I would buy a nice big wreath for our front door, and maybe 5 smaller ones for our front windows. I've always loved the look of a house with white siding, black or green shutters, and lighted wreaths hanging in each window. (Even before we bought a house with that color scheme!)
And then I discovered that I'm a total wreath snob. And a cheap-skate. Bad combination. I blame my upbringing. My parents' yard is several acres, full of plants that make for perfect Christmas decorations--boxwood, holly, magnolia, hemlock, nandina.... I'm used to producing wreaths that would cost at least $50 if bought in a store for just the cost of a wreath form and some ribbon. Which means I'm stuck now that I'm far from my parents, and the stores are full of expensive wreaths that just look terribly fake to my eyes. (I know it's only going to be seen from 30 feet away on the street, and that will make--almost--all the difference, but still....)
So wreath shopping was a bust, but I still wanted to do something to announce our Christmas spirit to the neighborhood. So I grabbed my large spool of ribbon, and less than $2 later: