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?

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

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

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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…

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

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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!

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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!

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

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Jesus is the reason for the season.

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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!

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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…

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*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.

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To read more about the history of poinsettias and how to properly care for REAL ones, read this wonderful article written by Garden Therapy:  https://gardentherapy.ca/guide-to-poinsettias/

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

 

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