DIY Cone Christmas Trees

Over the last few years, I’ve seen a variety of crafted Christmas trees. Many crafters start with a bought cardboard or styrofoam cone tree and decorate it. Some trees are made with a heavy paper cut in a half or quarter circle and folded to make a cone.  They can be made with cardboard from cereal boxes, construction paper,  heavy gift wrapping paper, or even heavy scrap book paper.

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A Fast Peek in A Store

I hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Christmas day.  Mostly I am staying home.  Sometimes when I am at a store when it opens, there are few people.  Then I walk the store (in a mask) and exit before the crowd shows up.  Today I’m sharing a few holiday shots in a store decked out for Christmas.  I must say I love lots of lights.

 

 

 

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Friends Decorating For Christmas

Each year I like to share some of my friend’s decorations. No, I have not gone to visit all my friends.  I thank Joan, Terri, and Vera for sharing their lovely decorations.  Up above is a photo from the home of Terri.  We’ve visited her last year as she goes all out.  Terri has been a store manager for a Hallmark store for over 20 years and loves adding Christmas decorations to her collection.  Below is more from her living room.

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Mixed Poinsettias

The poinsettia was brought to the United States from Mexico around 1828 by Joel Roberts Poinsett. An avid gardener and amateur botanist, Poinsett was appointed as the first US Minister to Mexico in 1825. While in Mexico, Poinsett observed this species flowering and sent plants back to his greenhouse in Charleston. Until that time, this species was unknown outside of its native range of Mexico and Guatemala, where it was referred to as flor de nochebuena (Christmas Eve flower). Once introduced to the U.S., it quickly gained the common name poinsettia, but is also known by many other common names including Christmas flower, Christmas star, lobster plant, painted leaf, and Mexican flame leaf.

This species has a reputation for being extremely poisonous. While there is little doubt that the milky latex of poinsettias can cause irritation to the skin, eyes, mucus membranes, or when consumed, to the digestive system, poinsettia is apparently one of the less toxic species of Euphorbia. Of reported human exposure, there were no fatalities.

Source:  The Neighborhood Gardner, University of Florida

Poinsettia is toxic to cats and dogs and causes gastric distress.

 

 

Last week I found this planter of mixed poinsettias at Home Depot. I love the mix of white and red flowers.  This isn’t a usual combination and I don’t know why.  The mix is stunning. I put it on the dining table.

 

 

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