The phrase “trimming the tree” took on a whole new meaning for us this year.
We picked out a live Fraser fir tree a few days after Thanksgiving. Shortly after getting it in the house and decorated, we realized that the tree wasn’t taking up water. Panic set in as I recalled what is now referred to as The Tree Fiasco of 2007 when my tree was dead as a doornail 2 weeks before Christmas. I am talking flammable.
I couldn’t live through replacing a dried out, dead tree again so we had to act fast. At this point, there were just a few dry needles on the decorated tree. I knew it could be revived. This is the point where we actually trimmed the tree. I held it up out of the stand while Ryan gave the trunk a fresh-cut.
Crisis averted. All is calm, all is bright.
Would you believe that not a single ornament moved during this swift surgery? A Christmas miracle.
I committed to a natural, slightly crafty and definitely busy look this season in our living room. I haven’t bought any new Christmas decorations and have yet to regret it. We had burlap, peacock feathers and moss-covered seed pods leftover from our wedding. Up on the tree they went.
We live on a wooded lot now so I was able to collect fresh holly and cedar for the mantel right in our backyard.
Plus twigs and dried hydrangeas for the tree.
Following suit with the natural decor, I checked my fruit bowl. I bought 2 large bags of grapefruit a few weeks ago. After we packed in as much vitamin C as possible, we were left with six grapefruit staring back at us.
A wonderful opportunity to try my hand at a citrus garland with the leftovers. I am so glad I did because they quickly became a staple of our holiday decor this year!
First prepare the grapefruit…
- Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees
- Slice up the grapefruits or oranges. Each one will yield 5-6 1/4 inch slices
- Pat them dry with a paper towel and place on a non-stick cookie sheet
- Lightly bake for 3-4 hours, flipping the slices halfway
Next, make your garland…
- Choose 1/2 inch-1 inch wide ribbon, twine or fabric as the base of the garland. I chose to cut up an old flannel shirt, of course (keeping with our Lumberjack holiday theme)
- Cut into approximately 12 inch long strips. You will need one strip per piece of citrus
- Tie each strip of fabric through the citrus. Most slices will naturally have a whole in the middle
- Then tie each piece of fabric together creating a little bow at the connection
The citrus garland adds a festive illumination to the lit tree.
Garland your tree, mantel, foyer, whatever! Just don’t worry about spending an exorbitant amount of money. Re-work what you already have in your house…even if it’s edible.
What are you making this holiday season?