A Merry Christmas and blessings for the New Year

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Winter has arrived, even here on the west coast. Snow came in a flurry of about 5 inches, followed a few days later of another 3 or 4 inches. Now, I know that in most places, that isn’t a lot! But here on the Wet Coast, it’s darned near a blizzard.

The Merry Christmas season has arrived right on the heels of that snow, a very exciting time of year. I love Christmas, the joy and blessings of the season. I want to wish each and every one of you a wonderful holiday and many good wishes for the new year, 2017. And may you get lots of books in your stocking!

Merry Christmas, wreaths, garlands, swags

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Do you make your own Christmas wreaths and garlands? I went out to cut branches for my Christmas swags for either side of the door, and came back with the following –

  • red cedar (you can tell by the colour of the stems and bark)
  • balsam fir, with the delightful light green tips to the branches
  • fir, with fuzzier needle formation
  • salal, which gives great berries but stays green all year
  • hawthorne, for the beautiful red berries
  • broom, which is a weed, but adds a lovely straight sweeping component

This is what I came up with for my front door. What do you do for your Christmas greenery? Merry Christmas everyone!