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DEC 2018

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W H A T W E L O V E Homefront Holiday Five simple ideas for your military home. By Maria Reed, Army Spouse and owner of Moving with the Military OH YES! IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR. IT'S THE SEASON OF GRATITUDE, GIVING, AND OF COURSE DECORATING. Give me some garland and twine and let the wreath- making begin. The holidays are full of my favorite things, from the aromas of home-baked cookies and fresh cut pine to the cooler temperatures and finally being able to wear my duck boots. I only wished it snowed in Central Texas, but I'll take what I can get. Anything below 70 degrees, well, let's call that sweater weather. Let me set the stage. It's early morning around 6 a.m., after my hus- band has left for physical training (PT). I grab a cup of joe, decaf for me, I don't need any extra help. I hold that warm cup in my hands and take in the fresh brew then I am ready to start making some holiday magic. 1 SO HERE WE GO, OUTSIDE WITH THE PRUNING SHEARS FOR A FEW TEXAS CEDAR (JUNIPERUS ASHEI) BRANCHES. I discovered that cut branches will last for months in a vase by just changing out the water once a week. I make cedar branch arrangements and use them in almost every room of the house - cedar branches, a glass vase, and ribbon - simple and classic. 2 I THINK I AM A DIY JUNKIE. NO. I KNOW I AM A DIY JUNKIE. Call it what you will, but I love to make things and I am always looking for creative and inexpensive ways to make holiday decor that is meaningful. That being said, another great use of branches is to make art. I learned this when were stationed in Fort Benning, Ga.; encase branches in a rustic wood frame. Can you say gorgeous! They are stunning on your wall and a conversation piece. When it's time to PCS I can pass it on as a gift to a friend, because yes, I will make another one. Outdoor photos of Maria by Chandee Ulch / Chandee's Photography 18 MILITARYSPOUSE.COM / DECEMBER 2018

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