I’ve been decorating Christmas doors since Aqua Net and stirrup pants were a thing.
That’s forever in Christmas door decorating years.
There was the year of the candy canes and the year of the poinsettias and the year of the presents wrapped with plastic tablecloths.
I’ve never missed a year.
But this year looked like it was going to be a first. We’ve moved and everything is everywhere and my refrigerator just relocated from the dining room and some rooms don’t have any furniture and some rooms have boxes. And the front door? It wasn’t even on my radar.
Until I found the one thing I never even knew I needed for my Christmas front door.
It’s a cedar garland.
I’ve never, ever, ever decorated with fresh garland before. I’ve taken faux garland and added magnolia leaves or real greenery or twigs or dried hydrangea.
But real garland?
I thought that was just for magazines and people that lived on billionaire street.
And then I was in Lowe’s buying paint and I went out through the garden section to smell the Christmas trees and saw some garland lying there all bundled up for sale.
I looked at it and it looked back at me.
It looked so expensive and out of my budget so I waved goodbye and started to walk out the door.
…and then I heard a word that stopped me in my tracks.
It’s close to Christmas, I heard someone say.
All the greenery is on sale.
What? Sale? How did they know that those four letters make up my middle name?
How much is the cedar garland? I asked.
Are you ready for what they said?
Are you ready for the words that I heard that made me grab a cart and run and start tossing cedar garland into my basket like it was Christmas?
CAN YOU EVEN?
I bought four garlands. I know, right? All this gorgeousness for under $30.
I draped it over the railings in the front.
It’s also draped over the front door and when you walk through, it smells like Christmas.
Each strand is 20 feet of cedar gorgeousness.
I bought some for the back door, too.
Look at the way it drapes–twisting all magazine-like this way and that way.
Twenty feet is the perfect length to drape over the side of the door.
We just attached it on the top on each side and then let the ends kind of puddle on the brick.
It’s been cold here, so with a little spritzing the garland has stayed fresh.
I’m so happy.
My door is so happy.
My house smells like pine and cedar and general amazingness.
Merry Christmas from my front door to yours. 🙂
PS The Christmas gifts keep coming because the trees were on sale, too.
They come with the cutest little stand and they were only $10. 🙂