We put our bare Christmas tree out in the yard to attract birds with some homemade edible ornaments.
Charlie is home during the day and saw birds around and near the tree before I did. He sent me a fuzzy photo.
Today I finally saw some birds for myself. There was a flock of cardinals feeding on the ground near the tree. I saw one fly into the branches but not feed on the seeded pine cones.
The big attraction for me was a downy woodpecker on the seed bell we had placed on the top of the tree. I watched for a long time while he hammered away at the bell.
The downy woodpecker is smallest woodpecker in North America, common and widespread. In the east this is the most familiar member of the family coming to backyard bird feeders. In winter it often joins roving mixed flocks of chickadees, nuthatches, and other birds in the woods.
I have supplies for 10 families so Sug and I each made a wreath as examples to find out how difficult it would be and to have prototypes on hand.
We began by piling up freshly cut greens from the yard and trimming off pieces about 6 inches long.
With green floral wire I wired together 4 types of greens to make a small bouquet. I repeated this 8 times before attaching them to the wreath frame.
In order to attach the evergreen posies to the wire wreath frame I tied the end of floral wire around a crossbar.
Add the first clump of greens and wrap the wire around the wreath frame and greens. Without cutting the wire continue wrapping it around additional packets of greens. Tie off the wire when all greens have been connected and the wreath frame is covered.
After the greens are attached add with wire or hot glue any decorations you have on hand.
I wired on a small sheath of wheat and a clump of artificial grapes. I also put on some small glass Christmas balls and a wooden cross.
Finish with advent candles which can be purchased together.
Sometimes all purple or all blue candles are used with a white candle in the center.