Greens for a Country Christmas: Cedar, twine and burlap for simple pleasures
Our evergreen state is full of western red cedar, and this is the easiest-to-use evergreen for holiday decorating. Cedar is the tree with flat, scale-like greens rather than prickly needles. The branches cut from cedar trees are easy to turn into swags that can gracefully bedeck all your outdoor spaces. Use cut cedar tips poked in winter floral arrangements and any floral bouquet will look like Christmas.
Next, to really give your cedar greens a country Christmas look, use burlap (yes, burlap) to wrap the base of potted plants or even your gifts. Burlap is the newest fabric to hit the interior decorating world and rustic rope, garden twine and bright-red yarn wrapped around burlap packages or wrapped pots will fit in with the down-home, back-to-basics look of a country Christmas. Mix in plants with bright berries or add recycled ornaments for more color. Cedar smells great and plays well with others. You can even cut the fronts off of Christmas cards, punch a hole, add a yarn loop and then recycle the cards and a bit of cedar as ornaments or gift tags.