Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree! Your branches green delight us! A favourite activity at this time of year in Canada is the decoration of outdoor trees - however it's not just the green pines and conifers that are looking spiffy this Christmas! All kinds of trees have been spotted in front gardens this year bedecked in silver and gold - draped in lights, or strung with tinsel and bows. It seems that even the humblest little maple sapling isn't too small to be hung with afew pretty ornaments to brighten and cheer even the tiniest postage stamp sized front yard!
Extra large ornaments are very dramatic on large trees and give a haute couture look to any kind of tree. There are some very posh looking and inexpensive jumbo sized ornaments available in stores this year, and they look stunning especially on extra tall majestic varieties such as blue spruce or pines.
At our place we have a medium sized crab apple tree which last year we bedecked with little ornaments from the dollar store - sparkly balls of silver and red and green and gold. It looked lovely with the snow falling gently around it - the pic above was one taken by my daughter and which she was proud of as it captured a falling snowflake!
This year we plan to decorate the crab apple tree for the birds and the squirrels. Strings of popcorn and cranberries, and peanut butter pine cones will be hung for their enjoyment, as well as a suet ball for the nutfinches and chickadees to enjoy.
Our garden is host to a handsome pair of cardinals, afew raucous blue jays as well as some flashy bright yellow finches and a woodpecker. Why not decorate a special Christmas tree for these colourful visitors to enjoy? Last year we laughed to find that squirrels had cracked open afew of the ornaments to see if any delicacies were hidden inside. This year they will be thrilled to find that the ornaments are the treats!
Here's the simple and fun recipe that kids will enjoy preparing for your local forest friends:
Pine Cone Peanut Ornaments
tie string or hook onto pine cone for hanging
roll in peanut butter
roll in bird seed
Hang on tree!
Have fun decorating your very own outside Christmas nature tree!
'O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
Much pleasure dost thou bring me!
For ev’ry year the Christmas tree,
Brings to us all both joy and glee.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
Much pleasure dost thou bring me!'