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Woodland Christmas

  • A tradition in Merry Olde England was to harvest bunches of mistletoe which grows in trees and weave them into Yuletide decorations. American are familiar with the sprig of it hanging in the doorway of a room, but have little idea of what the plant is, how it grows or even what it's origins and meaning as a holiday decoration.

    We do get that "kissing" is involved.

    "The druids revered mistletoe (and the oak tree) and used it to announce the new year. Because of its pagan associations it is not used by Christians to decorate churches.

    It is also associated with fertility and conception, which is one reason it is used for kissing under. There is a strict etiquette involved, which entails a man removing a berry from the plant after each kiss; after the last berry has been plucked no more kissing is allowed. But this tradition seems to have been lost in time."

    -Bunny Guinness

    People like the idea of a Mistletoe kissing ball, but few know the meaning, and I certainly had never heard of the custom concerning the berries.

    A Parasite Plant

    Not native to the USA, Mistletoe lives off a host plant. For most who like the look of the white berries and the ovoid shape leaves, artificial ones are popular. Another reason to avoid the real ones is the fact that they are toxic

    Interested in growing it? Graham Rice's instructions.

  • Nature Comes Indoors For Gorgeous Christmas Decor

     deer door wreath

    I love the natural Christmas Woodland look better than almost any other, and it mixes well with Scottish Tartan, Homespun, and most traditional looks as well. Woodland decor makes me think of ski lodges, and vacation cottages, which creates the perfect atmosphere for a cozy winter retreat filled with holiday warmth.

    If you are an animal lover this is the ideal design theme, since it is filled with replicas of wild animals, along with birds, and nature's treasures of berry and twig.

    The colors are soft and subdued but with plenty of the red and green of Christmas to keep it fun and lively. From traditions of decking the halls with evergreens to inclusion of a favorite Hummel figurine, this is also a versatile style of Christmas theme decor to use for a modern Scandinavian design, too.