I love that the Christmas holiday coincides with the winter solstice. It adds another dimension to the celebrating I think. I was in heaven foraging for this solstice wreath, like a giant bird making a bird-Queen nest.
Has anyone else felt like the traditional evergreen and pine cone wreath seems a bit out of place in central Texas? I love that we still have this much color at the end of December so I snatched some of it up for my wreath. I foraged a combination of living and naturally dried plants and grasses, true to our hill country solstice scenery. Fresh rosemary, cedar, pyracantha berries, nandina, dried euphorbia, sage, purple nightshade berries (those are the yellow ones), wild grasses, and dried mullein pods. The mullein pods (the long brown pine-cone type thing) are so intricate and beautiful, I love them. The plant looks like an overgrown lamb's ear and has a single tall stalk with tiny yellow blooms that each open for only a day in the summer. By the way, if you're going to make your own wreath, please don't bother buying one of those expensive wreath forms. Just bind some small sticks together with twine in a round-ish shape. The wreath will get more wreath-shaped as you add to it. So much fun. I hope you have a peaceful solstice and very happy Christmas!