decorations from the kitchen.

With the addition of a dog (+ crate) to our house this year, we no longer have room for a full-size Christmas tree. [So we can postpone the real vs. fake tree dilemma for another year.] In lieu of a full-size Christmas tree, I purchased a small rosemary tree, which I thought was brilliant (in spite of the fact that the only surviving herb in our garden is rosemary). But I do love that we can plant it when we’re done using it indoors. I used a pretty screenprinted tea towel as a tree skirt.

The bay leaf wreath lives in the kitchen, instead of on the front door

After a few weeks of having it in the house, I have to say it’s not quite as brilliant as it initially sounded. I was excited to avoid the wastefulness and expense of either kind of tree, and especially the mess of a real tree, but this rosemary plant has actually been more messy than the real tree we had last year! Granted, it could be my knack for killing plants, but it also doesn’t look nearly as good now as it did when this photo was taken a week ago. The upside is, with rosemary leaves falling everywhere, all the presents smell lovely!

Regular ornaments were too heavy and clunky to hang on our tiny tree, but a wooden star we bought in Germany this past summer makes a really great tree topper.

A few other decorations live here and there in our house, but overall, it’s pretty simple this year. At first, we weren’t going to have a tree at all, but I’m glad I went with this stand-in rosemary tree. Whether our house smells like pine or not, it wouldn’t feel like Christmas without a tree.