Friday, November 30, 2012

Do You Fake It at Christmas?

We have discussed if you use artificial flowers in your house.  Many of you faked it--only a few purists among you.

My Christmas decorating starts tomorrow.  Every year I use fake lighted garland on my front rails. I add live Magnolia leaves, Red Nandina Berries, Holly clusters and some fir tree clippings.  The fake stuff serves as a good based.  The live stuff kicks it up and when bows are added it looks tres magnifique!  (However, my garland in no way resembles this gorgeousness.)


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Of course, the live swags look best!

Doesn't it the have to be changed out mid-season?  $$$ Who has the time before Christmas?

I live in NC.  Monday the temperature will be 69 degrees.  Can you say limp lettuce?

Do you use fresh garland?  How do you keep it from becoming wilted?

Happy Friday, y'all!

10 comments:

  1. I love the real stuff!!!! Use both...this year I'm taking a break! Last year we had our home on Tour....this year.....a wreath on the front door!

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    1. Patty you deserve a break after getting your house beautiful for last year. What lot of work. I'm sure it was gorgeous.

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  2. I am going fake everything this year. I use greenery that looks as real as possible, I just can't deal with the mess. We switch every other year on the Christmas tree. I am always a real tree girl, but after last year with needles everywhere we are going with our fake one.

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    1. I love a live tree--particularly the hunt for the perfect one. It is a lot of work to wrangle it into the house put it straight in the stand, and keep our pets drinking the water. Every year the greenery looks better. I bought garland at Ace Hardware that has pine and fir and berries as well as being illuminated. Can't wait to see how it works.

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  3. I do like you do an use a combo. I am in NC too. My magnolia and pine and holly will all be wilted and turned brown by Christmas. Boo.

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    1. Yes Barb the magnolia, pine and holly do wilt but it's not as big a deal to remove a few pieces as pulling the whole swag apart, right? I think adding the holly is the most impressive.
      I guess the natural garland holds up much better in colder states.

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  4. I use real garland intertwined with lights. Here in Canada we don't have to worry about anything drying out = just freezing. I put boughs, magnolia, dogwood twigs and berries in my planters and urns and leave them there are winter - sometimes they will sprout roots in the spring if I dont' get to them early enough. But they stay green all winter which is nice.

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    1. I think all the really great winter Christmas-scape pictures are taken in Canada! You are lucky to have great snowy weather for Christmas. We are in the 70's this week...just doesn't feel like the holidays.

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  5. Living in southern California you gotta fake it! Everything gets to dried out and looks brown. wish I could use fresh...it smells so good and looks beautiful!

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    1. Do you use evergreen? Or does it look weird in since it is not native to Southern California?

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