Biophilic Christmas: decorating with nature

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What is a biophilic Christmas?
Certainly, it’s a Christmas that feels close to nature. Even better, it’s a Christmas that cherishes the surroundings, taking in what winter has to give locally.

Walking outdoors one can find branches, leaves, twigs, and berries that – with some creativity and a little time – will become honest and interesting decorations to infuse the holidays with a biophilic spirit.

Let’s get inspired!

wreaths

Casually woven twigs give an authentic feel to wreaths. More refined or proudly imperfect, the result will celebrate the simple beauty of what’s found in nature.

Greenery wreath hung on a front door.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Design*Sponge (opened in a new window/tab)
Kitchen wall with branch hanging 3 small green wreaths.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Ria Fletcher (opened in a new window/tab)
Casual vine wreath with spiking ends.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: LapinBlu (opened in a new window/tab)
Greenery and dried orages wreath.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Trendenser (opened in a new window/tab) - Photo Frida Ramstedt
Wreath made with dry twigs.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: via From Britain with Love (opened in a new window/tab)

ornaments

Pieces of the great outdoors also lend themselves to becoming ornaments. It all starts with berries, pinecones, leaves, fruits, or whatever else your creativity suggests!

Clear baubles filled with small twigs.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Vtwonen (opened in a new window/tab)
Small cramberry wreaths.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Say Yes (opened in a new window/tab)
Small rosemary wreaths.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Spoon Fork Bacon (opened in a new window/tab)
Small ivy wreaths.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Polka Dot Wedding (opened in a new window/tab)

branches

Raw empty branches are everywhere. Seemingly uninteresting, they have an elegant attitude that draws sculptural lines in the space. And sparse ornaments are all it takes to make them festive.

Branch with single shiny ornament.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Solebich (opened in a new window/tab) – Photo by Hexe
Branch with green picks decorated with lights and two ornaments.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Herbers Lifestyle (opened in a new window/tab)

table decorations

Centerpieces and name tags bring Christmas onto the table. Natural elements will serve the purpose simply and honestly, without distracting too much from the food and the joy of a shared festive meal.

Centerpiece made with sliced of dried oranges.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Maddie Bachelder (opened in a new window/tab)
Centerpiece made with a simple green garland.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: White Picket Farmhouse (opened in a new window/tab)
Centerpiece mad with a long green garland and pomegranades.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Paces West (opened in a new window/tab)
Festive table with sparce green twigs as centerpiece and pinecones as name tags.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: These Four Walls. (opened in a new window/tab)
Festive table with green centerpiece and green twigs as name tags.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Burkatron (opened in a new window/tab)

Christmas is a feeling

Christmas is the season of gifts, celebrations, and decorations. But none of these things will bring Christmas into the heart.

Above everything else, Christmas is a feeling, and it takes a moment of consciousness to get into the mood. But then gifts become heartfelt attentions, celebrations become precious shared moments, and decorating for Christmas becomes the way to slow down, feel the magic of the holiday season, and visually bring it into the space.

In this mood, going for a walk outdoors is a pleasurable alternative to rushing through the aisles of a décor store. A creative exercise that can be enjoyed as a personal moment or shared with family and friends; an occasion to explore ones’ surroundings and observe familiar nature with renewed attention.

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