Top 5 Posts of the Week: Gearing up for the Holidays!

The offices of are getting in the holiday spirit, putting together our favorite tips on decking the halls, trimming the tree, and everything in between. So as we count down the days until Christmas, we thought we’d share some of our favorite holiday posts from the week.

1. Distinguishing Christmas Tree Types

Fraser Fir

Photo: Flickr/ mitrees

Douglas Fir? Scotch Pine? Blue Spruce? When it comes to choosing a Christmas tree, the subtle differences in tree variety make all the difference.

2. How To Make a Pine Cone Garland

Pine Cone Garland How To

Photo: Jennifer Noonan

Looking to break away from the traditional evergreen garland this year? Why not use the materials in your own backyard for some distinct holiday decor–like pine cones.

3. 12 Days of Christmas DIY
Ice Luminary How To


On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me–Homemade Ice Luminaries. Get your holiday DIY inspiration right here!

4. Bob Vila’s Gift Guide for the Eco Friendly



If gift-giving is stressing you out this year, check out this guide for your environmentally conscious friends. And don’t worry, we’ve got guides for everyone else on your list right here!

5. Nine Neutral Holiday Lights

Mercury Glass Globes

Photo: Pottery Barn

Something about neutral lights bring holiday decorations from camp to class; so, we’ve gathered together our favorite white light options this year.

For more top content this week, consider:

How To Make an Evergreen Wreath
A Brief History of Nutcrackers
How To Paint with Oil-Based Paints