Rather than spend money, take a walk in your dormant garden or wayside places to gather natural decorations. The pioneers did the very same thing in the early American Christmas celebrations – and you can do it too. The trick is to rethink what you find. Dry weeds can be wired into a naturalistic wreath studded with fruit or berries. Dormant honeysuckle or grape vines can be decorated into swags with fresh greens and cones. These decorations are organic, and may be given to the compost pile at the end of the season. Compare this sustainable approach to the millions of plastic and mylar decor items bought for use just a few days a year, then thrown into the trash come January. Click on our FREE eBooks tab above to download your color copy of organic Holiday Gifts & Decorating Ideas by Maureen Gilmer.