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Decorating the Porch for Christmas

By Paul2032
December 15, 2016

I have enough Christmas things to decorate several rooms with much left over, but at this time in my life I keep things simple. I do like to decorate the porch so it will seem welcoming. I prefer natural things like berries, crab apples, evergreens, cones, etc. Most of these things I can collect from my own yard or the yards of family members and friends. I like them arranged in urns or baskets, and they last until the New Year, when I discard them. Here are a couple of examples for this year:

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Name: Patty
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SarasotaPatty
Dec 15, 2016 12:15 PM CST
They are just gorgeous, Paul! I LOVE all that nature-y stuff to decorate with too! Nicely done! Hurray!

I have a big basket (inside) filled with pinecones and stalks of (fake) berries...and I have a giant glass jar that I put pinecones and small glass Christmas ornaments in...along with a strand of those battery powered tiny little LED lights that you can get for a couple of bucks at the big box stores. The lights really set them off, and I bet they would look fabulous wound around in your beautiful displays as well, especially at night if you have guests coming or going.

Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Dec 15, 2016 12:37 PM CST
Yes, these arrangements are so lovely and they add warmth to the season. Very nicely done, Paul Thumbs up
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Name: Peggy
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PeggyB
Dec 15, 2016 2:04 PM CST
Those are beautiful, Paul! What a wonderful way to add that festive look!
Name: Ibis
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IbisFla
Dec 15, 2016 6:22 PM CST
So pretty, Paul!! I love how you can do all of that without having to buy anything either, just using what's around you. Well done!!
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cillay
Dec 16, 2016 7:47 AM CST
your decors are lovely. Who needs more to get in the mood? Merry Christmas and remember the reason for the season. cillay
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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Dec 18, 2016 10:07 PM CST
Last night the Deer ate all the berries and crab apples out of one of the designs.......... Shrug! I guess they get to eat.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Name: Patty
Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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SarasotaPatty
Dec 20, 2016 6:49 AM CST
Awww...but how cool is it that you have deer that will come onto your porch for a snack!
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Dec 20, 2016 7:34 AM CST
I've posted before but here is a picture of some of the Deer that have been in my yard.. The Bucks are more easily frightened while some of the Does just stand and look at me.......sorry that the picture isn't clearer.
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Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Patty
Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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SarasotaPatty
Dec 22, 2016 7:48 PM CST
WOW!!! Gorgeous animals...just look at that buck! Awesome, Paul, just awesome!

Down here people pay big money to buy statues that look like that!

Reminds me of when I lived in New York and we would get whole herds of deer out in the fields at the salt blocks my dad had out for the horses...sometimes more than 20 deer at a time, playing, eating....that was when my dad quit hunting them---he couldn't shoot them anymore after watching them in the fields. Made me happy...they are just too beautiful to shoot with anything other than a camera!
Name: Stan
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GaNinFl
Dec 28, 2016 10:53 AM CST
A little late here, but berry Nice Paul. Thumbs up
I used some of the Yaupon this year in a few Christmas decorations, and along the mantle in our home this year.

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The fir pieces came from trimming of trees at the box store at no cost, and the yaupon was a freebie from my property. Love those freebies. Big Grin



Stan
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