Thought they told us to cut down on
Back to basics with Mother Nature
supplying us our needs
A white Christmas? No thanks, I've got
Broad Beans growing out there!
We are very lucky in this green and pleasant land of ours to have an abundance of Holly and Leylandi Tree's and these two combined are the source of wonderful Christmas decoration displays.
I harp back to my youth when Christmas was just that. The walls were strewn with Holly and the Tree just had Candles, although this I don't suggest for obvious safety reasons!
Other home made decorations can be very cheap. Matchboxes wrapped in Christmas paper hung on the tree. Even cut orange's lightly cooked in an Oven can hang quite attractively.
Pine Cones are usually a'plenty at this time of the year and add to the natural look. These can be homes for creepy crawlies though, so a quick dip in the sink won't go amiss.
Some people like glitter and sobeit. Silver foil can be shredded through your Office shredder quite easily and saves you £'s on buying it.
The Yule Log
The origins are from long ago when people would build a fire to celebrate mid-winter.
Christmas for many companies is big money and the only positive I can find amongst the commercial side is that it employs people!
Perhaps it is a bit of 'baa humbug', but mostly it's trying to re-create what was a festival based upon a Christian belief, a time when kids liked Christmas because of the family they were re-united with and not 'how many presents am I going to get'.
Frugality is not anything new. It's simply taking us back and letting us stop a while to see what's around us.
There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child."
~ Erma Bombeck
If you don't like the idea of the Log. Bake a Yule Log Cake and eat it on Christmas Eve
Keep the lights shining bright!