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    Festive Look Without the Clutter

    Most years the only holiday decor I put up is outside lights. I Kondo'd my house and enjoy the clean uncluttered look and also like having the extra light without the xmas tree. When I put up the tree, even though I have a slender 7' artificial one, it always seems to suck up the light. So I only do a tree every 4-5 years.

    But sometimes I do want a little bit of holiday cheer and this year is one of those times. I'm looking for ideas. Photos are much appreciated as I'm a very visual person.

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    I like lights. I have electric candles in the window that go on at dusk. I also have a garland that goes on for 6 hours per day (this one from Ikea: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/strala-...mini-50440902/ ). I put out a few extra candles and a bowl of shiny ornaments. I have a string of fairy lights over my bed. That, plus my little tabletop tree is pretty much all I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by herbgeek View Post
    I like lights. I have electric candles in the window that go on at dusk. I also have a garland that goes on for 6 hours per day (this one from Ikea: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/strala-...mini-50440902/ ). I put out a few extra candles and a bowl of shiny ornaments. I have a string of fairy lights over my bed. That, plus my little tabletop tree is pretty much all I do.
    Thanks, Herbgeek! I love the garland. I can see putting up several of those around the house. What kind of fairy lights do you use?

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    A a fellow nature lover (and a total non Christmas lover), I definitely focus on the botanical stuff. I do lots of amaryllis bulbs and some paperwhites. I fill a couple of vases with holly and boxwood. I usually add my own decorations to a store-bought wreath, but occasionally make a swag for the door with greenery from the garden. I have a little wrought-iron ornament tree that I got some years ago and decorate with all nature-oriented decorations.
    If you go to my profile > albums >seasonal decorations you will see some of my stuff. Will try to post a link: http://www.simplelivingforum.net/album.php?albumid=140.

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    Lovely simplicity, rosa!

    I fill a tall vase with different coloured balls for the buffet. I made some placemats with a wonderful poinsettia design that I love for the table. DH had made a little wooden reindeer basket painted white now sitting in the entryway that holds coloured balls and a cone resting on a small table covered with red cloth with tiny reindeer.
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    What kind of fairy lights do you use?
    I use ones like these- I actually do have a set I got from Target, but others are generic from Amazon.

    https://www.target.com/p/christmas-b...2/-/A-54446029

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    I start a couple of amaryllis bulbs, and my Christmas cactus always comes through for me.

    I will probably put out a plaid tablecloth this year, and I have my old Swedish advent wreath with advent candles.

    I put out my IKEA white candelabras.

    Did not do a tree last year because of Miss sheepdog but she's older now and we will do a tree again and see how it goes.

    A wreath on the door as you enter the house.

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    I keep promising to do one of these but I can't find enough wall space to pull it off:

    Flat Christmas tree.jpg

    And some years I'm just up to this:

    Fb Economy Xmas Tree.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveinMN View Post
    I keep promising to do one of these but I can't find enough wall space to pull it off:

    Flat Christmas tree.jpg
    Well, I don' have much wall space, but I have less floor space--I love this idea!! I'm going to file it away..
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    9DC26611-D2D5-4E6E-A8C6-2A9D712AB541.jpgDont be a Grinch! Decorate largely! Haha, just kidding.

    Here is a tree I made for today’s flower show competition called “ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

    It is an Alberta Spruce in a pot which you can’t see and it acts as a skeleton. Branches of Arborvitae are stuck in to give it body, and wire at the top forms a bendable piece. This Spruce may survive long enough to be put in the ground.

    Below is the entire exhibit which is an “exhibition table” type that suggests service of food.

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