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Christmas Tree Ornaments

How to Use Plants as Natural Christmas Tree Ornaments
One of the religious reasons for celebrating Christmas is the idea of birth—for the pagans, it was the birth of a new year, and for the Christians it was the birth of their savior. That’s why plants play such a huge role in Christmas celebrations—they decorate our doors, our staircases, our thresholds. That’s why I think it’s important to plae live and fresh plants wherever possible—even as Christmas tree ornaments. The presence of plants around the house during Christmas is both beautiful and inspiring. So when you’re decorating you’re tree this year, why not think about adding some Christmas tree ornaments that offer beauty of the botanical variety:

 

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Mistletoe
Mistletoe has been traditionally used around Christmas as a door decoration underneath which people must kiss. However, most people are not aware that mistletoe is actually a parasitic plant, which is why it grows green on the boughs of trees that have lost their leaves for the winter: the mistletoe actually takes the moisture and nutrients out of the wood. Mistletoe was a bit like Christmas tree ornaments for the ancient Germans and Celts, who revered oak trees (which mistletoe grew on), and therefore revered the mistletoe for it’s mystical powers. Today, mistletoe can also add a the same beautiful magic as Christmas tree ornaments. Simply take a sprig, wrap one end in a red ribbon, then hang on your tree throughout.


Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus hails from Australia and other southern climes, but there are several reasons why it doesn’t look out of place amid the Christmas tree ornaments of colder climate Christmases. The blue-green color of the eucalyptus is a perfect compliment to the dark green pine of the Christmas tree, and the woody, earthy smell of the leaves can fill the whole rooms with a sweet smell. Eucalyptus can be used as Christmas tree ornaments by being tied up like mistletoe, or it can be strung around the tree like a garland.


Wheat
Wheat appears several time in the bible, so wheat decorations are particularly poignant Christmas tree ornaments because they resonate with the same religious spirit of the season. Wheat has a golden color that can add a shock of distinction among the tones of green on your botanical Christmas tree ornaments. I like to leave my wheat strands long—almost a foot long—and wrap them up with twine, then secure them to a sturdy branch of the Christmas tree. Also, grouping smaller batches of wheat together without the shafts, then tying them up and hanging them with a hook is another way to get the most color and variety in these living Christmas tree ornaments


Holly
Holly, like mistletoe, also has ancient roots that have been past down to present day. The blood-red color of holly berries make beautiful Christmas tree ornaments, as do the waxy shine of the holly leaves. Attach the holly in sporadically around the tree—a little of these red berries goes a long way!