The past few days have been full of hunting and gathering. This year instead of buying matching wrapping paper and dealing with the crowds we decided to go natural. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while and I’m not sure why it took me so long. This was seriously the best year of wrapping/decorating packages I have ever had. Something within me thought it would be too much work, but what I found is that it was very therapeutic. Those of you who have been reading along over here for a while know that I like to stay up late because it is when creativity strikes and it is generally the only alone time I can find. Alone time is a must for my personality. I have to recharge, be still, sing songs and pray. So, this weekend I set out on a mission with Davis (Graham has been so sick) and gathered up pine cones, cedar clippings, and clippings that dried from our Fraser Fir. I also borrowed dad’s dehydrator and made a few orange slices. As luck would have it, we had a huge roll of brown paper in the boys’ playhouse that they use for drawing. It was more than enough to wrap all of our packages. I also had twine on hand. So, we spent close to nothing on wrapping this Christmas!
Saturday night I started working and experimenting with what I had on hand. Sunday afternoon I finished up the wrapping and turned up the Christmas music and added a little coffee and eggnog to the mix. Now, I have to be honest and tell you that I am not that huge of a fan of eggnog (mostly because it is thick and I am a little lactose intolerant). However, my husband has to have eggnog every year. So, this little cup is for him! International Delight has their Original Nog, Vanilla Nog as well as something a little extra special…. NEW! Milk Hot Chocolate and NEW! Dark Hot Chocolate. Now, I have been unable to locate the hot chocolate in stores around here. I think it is pretty popular! I would love to get my hands on some of that stuff! I love all things International Delight so I know it has to be good. You can find the hot chocolate in the same section with the milk. Just heat and serve.
By late afternoon I was finished with my decorating and wrapping of packages and our tree looked adorable. My husband even commented that it was the cutest tree we have ever had just based on the packages. Honestly, I don’t know why I didn’t do this a few years ago. If you don’t want to go to the effort of drying oranges (we just had a ton and I hate to waste) you could always just go with the pine cones and clippings. Those are super simple to get away with. A quick trick for decorating with pine cones is to bake them at 200 degrees for about 30 minutes. This will dry any sap and help open them. I grab my Fraser Fir clippings from where the tree was trimmed earlier in the month. They tend to be good to go!
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