One of the ways we like to decorate for the holidays is to use branches from outside. On Thanksgiving Day, my niece, Rachel, arranged some holly from her mom’s holly bush on my mantle. The holly will hold nicely for quite a while, even without water, so the branches that are sitting out, dry, will look good for a few weeks. If they dry up or shrivel, due to their proximity to the wood stove, we can go get some more to replace them. The branches in the vase have water on them, so should last even longer. It’s another way to enjoy the beauty of nature all year ’round.