How to Decorate for the Holidays With Live Greenery

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How to Decorate for the Holidays With Live Greenery

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, there’s no better piece of decor than fresh greenery. Holly, balsam fir, cedar, pine—these swoon-worthy staples have been a part of winter holiday decorating for hundreds of years. In fact, incorporating fresh greenery into your holiday home is one of the oldest traditions for the season, dating back to colonial days. Sure, it’s easy to grab an artificial garland for your mantle, but incorporating live greenery into your decor this season will give your home that extra special touch. Read on for total inspiration on how to decorate with live greenery for the holidays—and don’t forget the mistletoe!

Christmas wreaths are also connected with the pagan holiday of Yule. This marks the winter solstice, which was celebrated by ancient Germanic and Scandinavian peoples.

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Rustic Tree Trimmings

You know those extra branches you trim off your Christmas tree and toss without a second thought? Save those! We’re all about reusing and saving money where we can. You can style them as longer branches on a coffee table or dining table. Or, trim them into smaller sprigs and incorporate into vases, on holiday cards or as an extra flair for an elaborate cheese and charcuterie board. Plus, there’s no rule saying you can’t add some of your real tree trimmings to your faux decorations! It will add some texture and life to your favorite pieces.

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There’s something about garlands that give a space an added elegance and we’re here for it! What we love most about garlands is that they come in a variety of different plants and textures, allowing you to find the perfect one for your space. Whether it’s classic cypress, eucalyptus and olive, or magnolia—select one that reflects the overall design aesthetic of your space. We love the fresh mixed eucalyptus garland from Arhaus. There are so many ways to decorate garlands in your home, from framing mirrors and entryways to decorating mantles. You can even run it down the length of your table, add in fresh pine cones and classic white candles and you’ve got yourself a centerpiece for the books.

Garlands have been utilized in many cultures across the world as symbols of purity, beauty, peace, love and passion.

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Mini Trees for Smaller Spaces

If a big tree is out of the question, or if you’re looking to incorporate some holiday magic in more than one room, consider a mini tree. At most, tree lots you can find much smaller live trees to take home, as well. Place on a side table, framing your doorway, or on an entry table to give those subtle spaces an eye-catching detail.

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Show-Stopping Wreaths

Wreaths can be as grand or as subtle as a statement piece as you want. For minimalist lovers, wreaths are so easy to make with leftover tree trimmings, some twine and a simple wire frame. Or try something like Arhaus’ fresh boxwood and myrtle half wreath to add some fresh greens and give your room to add a little personality of your own. For those looking for a grander display, fill gaps with pine cones, bows, or holly. They can hang outside your door, of course, but we also love a wreath as wall decor in the living room or entryway.

Christmas tree traditions were started in the 16th century by Germans who decorated fir trees inside their homes.

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