Snowflakes & manzanita

Hello friends! Is anyone still out there.......this blog's been lame lately.

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, I'm a bit challenged. I don't know whether it's because growing up, we didn't really celebrate the holidays (I blame my Buddhist parents for this particular incident). Or maybe it's the prospect of having to put away all the decorations after the holidays that persuades me to skip the effort year after year.

So this post is as good as it gets when it comes to holiday decor around the Freckles Chick household. I picked up these manzanita branches from here a few months ago..........and promptly forgot about them until just recently when I felt the urge to mix up the mantel. I popped Love Actually into the DVD player, poured a mug of eggnog to go with my rum (yes, I was patient & waited till noon), and hummed along as I added a sprinkle of glitter snowflakes (Target: $1 for a 4 pk). Is that the spirit of the holidays I'm feeling or is just the effects of the eggnog?

Just for fun (and for any new readers out there), let's take a trip down memory lane.
The fireplace last year:
After the effects of eggnog:

What I love is that these versatile branches will probably stick around long after the holidays.
I even adore how they look completely naked, in all of their graceful-fingered, sandblasted glory.

If you'd like to see more, click here, here, and here to see the evolution of our living room.

And you all?
Are you the seasonal decor type?
Do tell!