There are so many Christmas decor linky parties going on that I wish I had time to join them all! Today, at least, I'll be joining Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.
A few days ago, I posted some of my outdoor Christmas decorations that I put together for my front porch; namely some fresh greenery that I made into fancy garlands ( click HERE to view that post). I do have artificial garland that I use inside the house and I had thought of getting more for my outdoor decor, but last year I decided instead that I wanted to use fresh greenery because I thought it really was more "Victorian".
Fortunately for me, I live in Wisconsin and it gets cold here, so the fresh greenery holds up really well. Last year my fresh pine garland didn't start looking brown until almost February. I generally like to use a long needle conifer, like white pine, rather than a short needle, like fir or spruce, because the long needles on the white pine don't seem to "shed" like the short needles.
I knew I'd have some leftover garland after finishing up the front porch, so this is what I did with it.
The last of the greenery I put on the entry hall fireplace mantel, with some pine cones. I haven't actually finished decorating this mantel; it's still a work in progress.