Christmas tree is up

We live near a Christmas tree farm, we’ve been getting our tree there the past several years.  Some years we walk over and carry the tree back but this year it was just too cold.  We drove.

Do you have your Christmas tree up?  I don’t do a lot of decorating because my house is too small and decorations just add clutter.  At the base of the tree you can see a lit Santa.  This is a quirky little guy I got from an elderly relative.  He’s really not very attractive but has become part of a tradition to have him sitting under the tree. 

Yes, the tree is in front of the door. lol  We don’t use the front door at all.  It’s an emergency exit only.  I mentioned my house is small, but it is sufficient. 🙂


I also have a nativity (also called a creche)  sitting under the tree.  My dad built the stable for me and I bought little plastic figures.  Of course there are chickens and goats watching over baby Jesus. 😀  It’s not expensive and certainly not fancy, but neither was the birth of Jesus, right?

Rustic Christmas centerpiece

Christmas centerpiece

It’s really easy to make! 

What you need:

  • half a log approx. 10″ long and 4 1/2″ in diameter
  • pinecones
  • 3 – dollar store taper candles
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • misc. items such as pine branches, dried berries, greenery

Drill 3 holes in the top of the log for the candles to sit in.  Place the candles in the holes as you glue pinecones around the top of the log.  Add greenery or dried berries, etc, if desired.  You could add some glitter or spray snow to simulate frost.  It’s important to use new tall candles only as this centerpiece is flammable.  As always, never leave lit candles unattended.

Total cost:

  • 4 candles for $1
  • package of glue sticks for $1
  • Pinecones and log – free

Total cost – $2