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Natural Holiday Decorations

Gardeners like to keep it natural, and holiday decorating doesn't have to be an exception.

Greenery, pine cones, and other items found in the backyard can lend an organic, authentic feel to your home for the holidays. Magnolia leaves stay shiny and green in arrangements for weeks, for example, and there are several holly trees native to Florida with attractive berries and foliage.

The best greenery for indoor decorations comes from pines, firs, and cedars. Bring the family together one evening to make door swags and wreaths from branches.

Decorate your creations with acorns, holly berries, and pine cones. Instead of using traditional tree ornaments like colored
glass balls, gather seed pods and seed balls from sweet
gum, magnolia, and sycamore trees, and paint them silver,
gold, and other metallic colors.

To spice up tables for holiday family meals, use branches, berries, and cones as focal points.

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