Deck the Door

Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, I venture into town; not for manic holiday shopping, but to choose a wreath for our front door. For the last few years, I’ve been getting them at a local gardening and landscape shop called Peck’s Green Thumb Nursery. They have gorgeous wreaths, made from real winter trees and plants, handcrafted in their store. I love having real wreaths; you can smell the coniferous sweetness every time you go in or out of the door.

Wreath 2013-2014

The best thing about Peck’s is that they use all different kinds of greens for their wreaths: pine and spruce and juniper, and there’s some little blue berries in this one which I have no idea what to call; and pine cones! Not a proper wreath without pine cones! I added the fake holly berries which I picked up in Peck’s wonderful Christmas section full of displays and decorated trees and ornaments galore. I also added the obligatory silver jingle bells that I have to have on there every year — it’s so fun to hear the jingling when you open the door!

Wreath 2013-2014 (detail)

This wreath will stay up on our door through February and into March, though I will probably take off the holly berries and jingle bells once the holidays are over. The door wreath is hands-down one of my favorite holiday traditions!

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