December 14, 2001, Newsletter Issue #30: Last Minute Christmas Decorations!

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Group a collection of nutcrackers, teddy bears, or favorite ornaments together for a simple centerpiece.
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If you are handy with wrapping paper, wrap up some empty boxes with holiday wrapping and pile them in the center of your table.
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Go beyond the traditional Christmas tree garlands of popcorn and cranberries and try stringing pasta or cinnamon sticks instead. You can also dry orange and apple slices and string them for a country holiday garland.
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If your Christmas tree garland breaks, donīt throw it away. You can use the broken pieces to drape over doorways or windows.
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Spray pine cones and whole walnuts with gold or silver spray paint and arrange them in a bowl or greenery to make a festive centerpiece.
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Make small bowls of potpourri and place them around the house. Mix together some cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and allspice, citrus peel and pinecones.

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