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Don’t you love using fresh greenery when decorating your home for Christmas?  I sure do!  Cedar and Douglas Fir pine, holly and boxwood are my favorites …

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My “go to” place for fresh greenery has been Trader Joe’s.  But, you must get them early in the season, as they go fast!  Especially the cedar swags and wreathes.

This year, our TJs even had fresh boxwood wreathes.  I bought several to hang from mirrors.

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I often buy the $4.95 boughs and break them apart.  I tuck the individual pieces of greenery in the artificial garland on my mantels.  It makes it look more natural … and I love the smell!

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And of course, I save small pieces to use in my floral arrangements.

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And I combine fresh greenery with fruit (apples, pears & persimmons) to decorate our outdoor patio.

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Christmas Displays

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It’s been a busy few weeks with trips to Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Here are a few snapshots of Christmas “on display” at various retail stores.  (Above:  Anthro)

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Santa with an interesting clock display at Roger’s Gardens in Newport Beach.

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We visited the Christmas shop at Roger’s over Thanksgiving weekend.

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Beautiful displays from Rolling Greens, a nursery and home store in Los Angeles.

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I’d love to recreate a hanging snowflake vignette in our outdoor patio area.

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The Christmas tree in the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel.

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The entrance to the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, across from the Fairmont.

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A great display of wreathes in the Union Square Banana Republic.

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