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Fantasy: Deck the halls with boughs of holly...
Reality: Anyone who has ever tried decking anything with holly has found out that holly will dry to a crisp indoors in a day or two if you don't stick its little boughs in floral foam.
Fantasy: A home magazine showing a roaring fire with lush fresh garlands draped from the mantel.
Reality: That scene is the "before" picture. The magazine never shows the "after" picture with toasted garlands dripping with brown, dried-out needles.
We all want the old-fashioned kind of Christmas we read about in books.
The kind with holiday greenery draped down banisters and across mantles. The kind with huge trees bedecked with candles. The kind with fresh wreaths and mistletoe and kissing balls...
What we forget is that these idealized Christmases occurred long ago - before central heat. In modern times (when we don't have to wear gloves indoors), the decorating scheme must undergo a little change.
We can still deck our halls; we just need to choose the right holiday greenery and know how to maintain it.
The best way to ensure that greenery is fresh is to cut it yourself. And the advantage of using what comes from your yard is that it's cheap, and the materials will be unique to your yard.
If you buy it, give the needles the old Christmas tree test and bend them. If they are brown or they break, buy elsewhere. Other tips:
If you make floral arrangements, keep them in the garage or outside when they are not on display.
And finally, with any evergreen decoration, be sure to keep the broom handy. You'll need it.