Sunday, July 04, 2010

Christmas in July

First of all, a very Happy 4th of July to all my American readers.  I hope you are having a wonderful day!  
Now, I know Christmas is probably the last thing on your mind. After all it is the middle of summer! However I have a really good tip to share with you that could save you money later in the year and give you a big head start on your Christmas decoration, and it doesn’t involve doing anything even remotely unseasonal right now.
Last year in December I paid rather a lot for a tiny little conifer in a pretty silver pot which I then decorated and placed in one of our windows.  It looked really cute, even though it did bear a striking resemblance to Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree!  

When Christmas was over and I took the decorations off, I noticed it was actually looking healthier than when I bought it.  So I took a chance and put it out in our garden, very near to the house.  I kept it watered and brought it in on very cold nights, but mostly it thrived on neglect.  Amazingly, it’s looking pretty good now, and I am sure I will be able to bring it into the house in December and decorate it like I did last year.  Only this time I think it will be look a lot healthier.

It’s looking pretty good sitting on my patio, that is for sure.  
Anyway, I got to thinking, instead of waiting for Christmas time to buy a small, possibly slightly weedy conifer with a very over-inflated price tag, why not buy a potted one now?  The prices are much better, and not will it look lovely on your patio over the summer, it can be one of your first Christmas decorations later in the year.  
I love ideas that make me look organised and save me money at the same time!

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