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« on: December 06, 2011 07:56:26 AM »

This is the first year I'm living with my boyfriend during the Christmas season. We both really want to decorate the apartment and make it as nice as possible. The big problem? I'm horribly allergic to holly and he is deathly allergic to pine. Does anyone have suggestions for decor that doesn't involve those holiday staples? Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2011 08:25:28 AM »

Well, you can always go the artificial route, but I presume you do want some live greenery around the flat.

How about ivy, it's easily available in the UK, I'm not so sure in the states. Poinsettias look very pretty and seem to be more common than cornflakes in supermarkets at this time of year. If people are pruning around your neighbourhood this time of year you could use what they have thrown away. A bare branch can look stunning if painted silver or gold, or even white. You could use a box bush as a miniature Christmas tree, or really splash out and get a lollipop bay tree and decorate it for the 12 days of Christmas, and it is even half hardy and can go outside next year.
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2011 11:00:45 AM »

Antidigger gave you some great suggestions in regards to greenery, so I'm going to take this a different direction all together. How about some DIY paper decorations? You can make snowflakes, garlands, wreaths, trees, ornaments, you name it, all out of paper. Here's some links for you:

globe garland
recycled wreath
snowflake curtain
paper trees
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2011 06:45:19 PM »

Terrible allergies to holly and pine? Rough.

If people are pruning around your neighbourhood this time of year you could use what they have thrown away. A bare branch can look stunning if painted silver or gold, or even white.

My grandparents have this large, faux branch art thing that hangs on their wall all year round. This time of the year, they add these little ball ornaments in red, dusty pink and silver. It's super elegant and pretty.

I don't know anything about trees so I'm not sure if a pine allergy also means he'd be allergic to other types of trees but there are other types of trees commonly sold for Christmas trees, though I have never paid enough attention to know about the availability. He'd probably have to stay home when you go get the tree, though. I would assume anywhere that sells firs and such would also sell pines, which would really make for a sucky holiday memory. Anywhoo, my grandparents always get a noble fir, I think it is. I think they like them because they lose fewer needles which means less vacuuming.

http://forestry.about.com/cs/christmastrees1/a/top10_xmastree_2.htm
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2011 08:07:32 PM »

Oh! That reminds me! For a couple years the hubster and I had a cute rosemary christmas tree. It was just a potted rosemary bush, a couple feet tall. Most of the year it lived outside but we brought it in for Christmas and decorated it like a normal Christmas tree. It smelled absolutely wonderful. Got the ornament a little sticky, though. Nothing a little soapy water couldn't fix.
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2011 07:16:39 AM »

Just pine, or all coniferous trees? Like do only some evergreens bother him or all? What about a small cedar tree from a nursery or something?

You could make felt holly with bead berries to hang around your home or maybe go with olive branches or some other plant.
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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2011 09:32:09 AM »

When I was little, my mom and I would decorate the regular houseplants.... why should one tree have all the fun? There are big packages of round ornaments, they are foam wrapped with silky string, you get around 24 for $1 or $2. The ornies are about a half inch round.
You can also tie festive bows onto popsicle sticks, and poke the end in the plant, or wrap a ribbon around the pot and tie a bow.
What about making a tree from white painted branches, or a wreath from straw? That would be very elegant, with a country flair. You can also make a wreath by tracing your hands onto green paper. Cut out the hands and arrange in a circle. You could have different friends and family trace their hands for you , or have a holiday get together and make it then.
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« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2011 11:12:07 AM »

Take bare branches and add glitter and put ornaments and such on them. This makes a fanstaic subsitute.
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