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In This Issue: December 2016
Step up that Curb Appeal
DIY - Christmas and Holiday Decor
Holiday Recipe: Candy Cane Cocoa
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Set a festive holiday mood throughout your home by considering some of these classic decorating ideas.  Whether you have a traditional home or prefer a more contemporary holiday look, let our holiday ideas inspire you.  But don't let us dictate your Christmas decorating decisions! Check out some Do It Yourself Project ideas below that are sure to bring out your inner creativity and help you transform your home into a holiday haven your friends and family will enjoy!  

Start the holidays at your doorstep with a show stopping outdoor display that'll bump up your Christmas curb appeal.

Front Porch Tree: 

Create a country-style look on the front porch this holiday season with indoor/outdoor materials such as a wicker basket and burlap.  Add a few wrapped "gifts" to complete the look. 


Double up your Ribbon: 

Use two textured ribbons, like velvet and brocade options in complementary hues, to create a beautiful bow at the bottom of your wreath.  Fill out the rest of the wreath with ornaments and flowers. 


Gingerbread House Inspiration: 

Create pillars of light to welcome guests by wrapping string lights in a tight weave around the columns.  To achieve the gingerbread house look, continue the lights around the banisters, windows and doorway. Place votive candles in jars to illuminate the walkway, and place simple wreaths with decorative bows on doors and windows for an elegant touch. 


Effortless Elegance: Go the simple yet stunning route by letting the beauty of a fresh evergreen wreath take center stage. Hang the wreath with patterned ribbon and add a few pine cones for texture and interest.


Choose a Color Theme: Choose two main colors to work with for your holiday decor.  The colors should complement your house's exterior paint, wood, or stone work.  Tie it all together by repeating elements like garland or red and white Christmas balls.


Glamorous Entryway: Combined garland with sheer wire ribbon, branches and ornament balls to create a glamorous holiday entry.  Decorative packages and matching ribbon wreath deliver true holiday spirit. 


Light the Way: For a simple, elegant look - and to light the way for Santa - place votive candles in glass cylinders or mason jars.


Window Box Cheer: Add bright-redbotanical accents to a year-round window box.  Choose a Christmas classic like amaranthus that adds great texture without requiring a lot of care.  

The Christmas holiday season is the best time for do-it-yourself decorating.  Have fun and enjoy!

Moss Wreaths: Add graphic punch and organic style to your
 front doors with square moss wreaths.  To create these, you'll need square wreath forms, bagged moss, ribbon and approximately three hours of crafting time.  In addition to their texture and color, the square shape of the wreaths offers a fresh new take on an old holiday classic. 
Lantern Garland: To add a unique, textural touch to the home's front doors, create a one-of-a-kind farmhouse inspired garland with lanterns attached to nautical rope.  In order to attach the garland to the house, screw c-hooks directly into the exterior trim on which to lay each section of rope.

Bucket Planters: Although grass tends to dry up during the winter months, you can still add a pop of green to your holiday curb appeal with potted evergreens - particularly juniper and cypress bushes.  Dress them up with organic style by planting them in galvanized metal buckets and decorating them with burlap.  

Mailbox Decor: To turn a basic mailbox into a show stopping focal point, surround your mailbox with a giant candy cane and lollipops made from plywood or bought from your local craft store, small bouncy balls, colored burlap and twine.  Otherwise, you can keep it simple by adding garland around the back of the mailbox so that it does not impede the mail carrier from delivering your mail.  For a graphic punch of color, add accents in with the green garland - such as  such as faux berries.
Arbor Pinecones: For an extra layer of visual interest, consider hanging some mistletoe or pinecones along the center of the top of an arbor.  Create a cluster by dipping pinecones into white paint, then bundling them together with twine.

The rich flavor of chocolate combines so well with peppermint.  This is the perfect drink to sip while trimming the tree.  


Original recipe makes 4 (1 cup) servings.




- 4 Cups of Milk

- 3 (1 ounce) Squares Semisweet Chocolate, Chopped

- 4 Peppermint Candy Canes

- 1 Cup Whipped Cream

- 4 Small Peppermint Candy Canes 




In a saucepan, heat milk until hot, but not boiling.  Whisk in the chocolate and the crushed peppermint candies until melted and smooth.  Pour hot cocoa into four mugs, and garnish with whipped cream.  Serve each with a candy cane stirring stick.  



Winter is the prime time to prune dormant deciduous trees and shrubs.


Wrap Delicate Shrubs: Heavy snow, ice, and high winds can dry and split your delicate shrubs.  To protect them, consider wrapping them in burlap or hiding them under overturned plastic pots or buckets.  


Consider leaving ornamental grasses and interesting perennials such as: coneflower, black-eyed susan and sedum in the landscape over winter months as they add structure and interest to your winter landscape.


Did You KnowThe Germans made the first artificial Christmas tree out of dyed goose feathers?


All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts?


Most of Santa's reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzen, Comet, and Cupid.  However, male reindeer shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh are likely not male, but female?


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