The wild turkeys may have thought they had survived Thanksgiving, but came face to face with our 4 and 2 year old. It is a great, free way, to explore the outdoor world in Madison. On our way home we stopped in to the newly renovate Vitense Golf Land. Nearly deserted, we opted to eat there instead of get take-out (we had a coupon). One of the easiest meals we've had in a long time, but oh so not frugal. But that is how it goes, some days are less expensive than others. Too many in a row make frugal living near impossible.
Here are some images from the day, with details on the holiday decor. Most were purchased at Johannsen's Greenhouse in Madison (Todd Dr. at the Beltine). I purchased 50 feet of evergreen rope and two wreaths. The rope covered the garage, our front door, and then some for a net below the bike riding deer (below the flag, to the left of the garage). We did not have twine on hand, so I reused the twine that came with rope. Another purchase avoided, and maximizing my purchases.
I also purchased a holiday flag. The pole is a wood dowel I bought at the hardware store for $4.99. If all goes as planned, this will fly above our home for years to come. And for about $10 I purchased a small flood light that comes on with the LED lights, illuminating the flag at night.
At first, the flag keep sliding down. For a minute I thought I'd need to make a run to the store to find something to secure it, but then remembered I had a jar (old curry paste jar) in the kitchen with a stash of pins.
The thumb tacks worked perfectly.
As for the top soil, it will go directly into the flower beds I am creating from leaves and mulch in the front yard. My daughter stomped in some today; we had extra. A 40 pound bag cos $1.99.
And here it is at night. Not Rockefeller Center, but festive. Most can be reused, recycled, and uses LED technology. That is my 2012 take on sustainable holiday outdoor decor.
The holidays are a wonderful time of year. Celebrating the "return of the light" as the days begin to grow longer after the Winter Solstice. But sadly they can quickly become a source of waste and expense. I find using nature, indoors and out, to decorate is far easier on the budget and earth. And gathering those items can give you great motivation for some nature hikes.