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Pine Christmas Wreath

Pine Christmas Wreath

Photo: Rachael Kirk

The best things about holidays is the smells that waft through the house and evoke memories of family gatherings past. Easily one of my favorite smells is the smell of pine boughs - from the Christmas tree, garlands, and wreaths. I remember the holidays in Colorado where the boughs were freshly gathered and as the fireplace crackled and the hot chocolate steamed, decorations were made and hung around the house. Wreaths were a favorite project - they are easy to make, fit in your budget decorating, and can be easily embellished with other items that enhance the aroma - like clove pomanders and cinnamon sticks. If you want to make your own wreath this Christmas, here's how:

Gather the ends of pine boughs that are about 6 inches long. You will probably need garden sheers to help you. You can also gather other natural trimmings such as fir, cedar and oak. Be sure to collect pine cones and holly as well. Make it a family project!

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