Our festive decor is a little toned down this year, for no reason other than that's what I felt like putting together.
The potted blue atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca') was pulled in to do Christmas tree duty. I briefly thought about buying a traditional cut tree, but instead went with the Charlie Brown shape of this guy.
As a bonus, it came in with several of its own ornaments in place.
I added just a few of my vintage shiny brite ornaments and tin icicles.
Other, more traditionally shaped, trees were added here and there.
And stems left over from the wreaths joined bits from the garden to fill small vases.
I made my own cheater version of kokedama by pulling the Adiantum venustum out of its 4" pot and shaping the root ball into an orb. Then I used pieces of moss I'd been collecting to cover it, holding them in place with clear plastic filament. The trick is remembering to water and mist them regularly. As long as I'm vigilant I think they'll look good until I decide to plant the ferns out in the spring.
Of course there are plenty of Tillandsia mixed in, and the rest of the decapitated succulents that didn't make it into the table centerpiece.
The lights are small battery operated ones on wire.
I do love the glow.
I store all my Christmasy things in an old steamer trunk in the basement. I couldn't find my Christmas tree cookie cutters (gingerbread trees are a tradition) so was digging into the depths when I found this old poinsettia pillowcase. I couldn't remember if my mom or my grandma was the talented stitcher so I shot off an email to mom. Her response "I've never seen it before"... ha! Not a family heirloom afterall but something I must have picked up at a thrift shop.
Over on the stereo cabinet there are more of the bottle-brush trees, joined by a few of Andrew's collection of Old World ornaments.
The odd silver breast-like things are actually glass bells.
That's a wrap on how Christmas 2018 is shaping up around here...
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