This school year seems to be particularly difficult, not because the kids aren't great (they are) or because the new curriculum is more difficult (it's similar to the curriculum we had 15 years ago) or because we don't have the support we need (we never really did have a lot of support), but probably because
So, in light of the fact that I am just trying to get through this school year, I am keeping Christmas low-key. I have carried half of my boxes back to the attic unopened, and the decorating I have done has been very simple, like my mantle.
My friend, Madame Thistle, also took a page out of the el cheapo book and decorated with magnolia leaves, which are plentiful here in the south, even if you don't have a tree. Friends, neighbors, and complete strangers are thrilled when you offer to trim their trees in return for schnabbing a few branches.
Magnolias, for those of you in the north who are unfamiliar, are messy.
But they are easy to cut and you just throw 'em somewhere and they look fine. They don't need any water.
So instead of doing some fancy-schmancy decoration that was going to take me more than ten minutes to put together, I decided to do something easy-peasy (fun and sleazy).
I took a silver planter that I put little pots in (in the summer) and filled it with magnolia branches and a few cheap ornaments, and voila!
If you live in the south and have free magnolia leaves and any kind of container, you can do this too. Get creative with those pots!
(In fact, I'm thinking of holding a challenge this spring. A pot challenge. Stay tuned.)