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My favorite Christmas decorations are from the garden. Every year I cut Winterberry branches and bring them indoors. But this year… my husband said, “The birds are eating the berries, you should spray them with lacquer.” Whoever heard of spraying Winterberries with lacquer? I didn’t listen. And then… the Winterberries were all gone; eaten by the birds. So, I bought Winterberry branches at a nursery.

I also cut evergreen branches and layer different sizes on the mantle and in vases. I hang wreaths using wide, satin ribbons, in the kitchen and living room windows. The baker’s rack in the kitchen holds pots of Amaryllis, Poinsettia, Christmas cactus, Cyclamen, and vases of Paperwhite bulbs. My decorations are simple, yet elegant.

a center piece with evergreen branches

a center piece with evergreen branches

our dining room

our dining room

the mantle in our living room, the candles are battery operated

the mantle in our living room, the candles are battery operated

the baker's rack in our kitchen

the baker’s rack in our kitchen

wreaths dressed up with satin ribbons

wreaths dressed up with satin ribbons

Winterberry branches in a clear vase on our dining room buffet

Winterberry branches in a clear vase on our dining room buffet

precious handmade ornament made by my daughter

a cherished ornament made by my daughter when she was young

another favorite made by pre-school hands, a glittered bell

another favorite made long ago by pre-school hands; a glittered bell

waiting for Santa

waiting for Santa

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