Christmas Decor Hacks: Faux! Faux! Faux!

That was it! The perfect finishing touch. The basket filled with alluring, velvety red brought a coziness to the hearth that was lacking.

Unfortunately, those healthy hues of Christmas would be short-lived.

What was I doing wrong? Why were the leaves shriveling? How did this beautiful basket of joy so quickly become a depressing container of brown, lifeless matter?


I actually WON this wooden Santa about 12 years ago.  It was a MAJOR award… 😉


This one’s real!  I’ve managed to keep it alive for three whole weeks in our foyer, not in our den.  Progress!


Because it’s always best to think positive.

The answer was so obvious, it’s embarrassing.

In order to thrive, poinsettias need bookoos* of natural light and consistent amounts of water.  Admittedly, last year’s poinsettias had gotten neither.

Okay – true confession time. I am a Master Gardener. Yes – for real. I earned my certification over seven years ago to start an Outdoor Classroom at my children’s school. I enjoy growing vegetables – things you can eat. Last time I checked, you can’t eat poinsettias.

Even so, I should know better. I should DO better. And, I’m working on that. I’m also working on not saying “should” all the time (some people call it “shoulding all over yourself”), but that’s a different story for a different day…


Digging up sweet potatoes is a lot like hunting for Easter eggs – FUN!


First Outdoor Classroom Garden in South Georgia And, I must add that no amount of classroom time can prepare you for real life 95-degree-100%-humidity-digging-in-the-dirt-gnats-in-your-eyes-sweat-dripping-body-aching-hands-on experience.  Shout out to my settler/farmer ancestors!


Because, just precious, right?!  All kids should experience the joy and wonder of gardening, and learn how to grow their own food.

Anyway, I suspect my solution for this Christmas is one that will be celebrated by aspiring gardeners with brown thumbs everywhere!

One word – FAUX!**

That’s right – False.  Fake.  Artificial.  An Imitation.  Not Real.

A trip to the local craft store, several bouquets of silk poinsettias, one round piece of styrofoam.  BOOM!


I’ve found faux arrangements always turn out like my hair after a trip to the salon – poofier than expected, but still totally manageable.


Jesus is the reason for the season.


Merry Christmas!

And, the best thing is, this new big beautiful basket of Christmas happy doesn’t care if there isn’t enough light or if I forget to add water.

Good tidings of comfort and joy!


Ta-da!  Now, the question is, where am I going to store this monstrosity after Christmas is over?!  I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it…


*Bookoos – phonetic spelling of the French word “beaucoup”, usually used in the Southern U.S.  Just a little Fun Fact for the day. You’re welcome.

**Another French word.






To read more about the history of poinsettias and how to properly care for REAL ones, read this wonderful article written by Garden Therapy:

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


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