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The 12 Days of a Simple Christmas (Revisited) ~ Day 2 Boxwood Swags and Wreaths


Welcome to Day 2 of "The 12 Days of a Simple Christmas". This is a repost from the simple Christmas we had in 2010. Yesterday we talked about the tradition of the Bayberry candle. Today we are talking about fresh wreaths and swags.

In Colonial days, the families made their own fresh wreaths and swags. We don't have any evergreen or pine trees in our yard. (I could go across the street and cut some off the neighbor's tree, but stealing is frowned upon, especially at Christmas.) But, we do have boxwood bushes. Boxwoods are a very popular bush here in the Midwest. They can be used to decorate a mantle or twisted into a pretty wreath.

I like these ideas ...




And this is a great idea! You could also do other words (such as NOEL) and even hang in windows instead.



Here is what I did on our mantle in 2010 ...



This was an easy decorating option. This year we used the extra clippings off our Christmas tree to decorate our mantle.


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