I realized that one thing that holiday retail has capitalized on is the ability to charge us from what really comes for free from Mother Nature. I know if someone doesn't have a yard, it's a necessary evil. I have no excuse.
They don't think twice about charging $10 for a small bundle of boxwood branches.
Or $8 for a bag of pine cones.
They know they have you.
I am taking this winter to look around my yard and what I like to decorate with, and make notes of all of the things I could plant to not only save money in the holidays, but make my own yard prettier, and greener.
Pine trees, bushes, red berried plants, boxwood, more dogwoods.
While much of my vary is for fruits and veggies, there are yard places where I can't plant food that I could use.
So in a few years, I can also be independent in my choice to decorate naturally and green.