Our son was vehemently opposed to sacrificing a live tree for Christmas. So Christmas morning often found me scrambling through the woods in search of an attractive fallen dead branch which could be quickly wrapped in lights. Planning ahead was a rare activity with tween and teen kids in our lives. One of my more successful attempts involved pressing multi-colored star-shaped autumn leaves from sweet gum trees in a phone book. Remember those?
Another year I took advantage of an incredibly large bromeliad that had thoughtfully come into full bloom at just the right moment. Thin dowels wrapped in lights were stuck into the pot. It was wonderfully theatrical.
This year I’m back to a dead branch. Although silver or gold would have been wonderful, the only appropriate spray paint in the garage was a can of high gloss red. Next step is to fold origami birds from my collection of colorful magazine pages! What are your holiday decoration plans?