When a gardener decorates her mantel for Christmas she decides to give it a garden-y theme.
She finds inspiration from an article on garden-themed holiday decorating sent to her by the Hoosier Gardener.
She starts out with some faux greenery mostly because she doesn't have enough real greenery but also because she is a bit afraid of setting her house on fire after the dry summer. To this she adds an old trowel, a few packets of seeds, and a luminary light set in a clay pot.
Hidden behind is a little mouse waiting for Christmas Eve when even he will be quiet.
Just down from it she adds a little fancier clay pot filled with pine cones, which are real, with two little bird statues to add to the nature theme.
In the center of the mantel she puts an old birch log candle holder that was always on the family mantel when she was growing up.
It took the gardener a long time find a suitable stocking hanger.
All across the mantel, she includes more pine cones and more little clay pots with lights in them.
Then, when a gardener finishes decorating a mantel for Christmas, she stands back to admire it.
Hmmm, maybe it needs some more greenery or a few live plants?
When gardener decorates a mantel for Christmas, it turns out that it is really a collection of her favorite things, all dressed up for the holidays. It's not grand and glorious or elegant, by any means, but is unique to her and makes her happy.
She will enjoy it throughout the season.
When a gardener sends Christmas cards.
When a gardener makes Christmas ornaments.
When a gardener wraps Christmas presents.
I detect a theme here.