Friday, December 4, 2009
Don't Forget The Critters...!
While decorating for the holidays, don't forget the animals, especially the animals outside.
It may seem a little silly until you stop and think about it. I mean, we get some enjoyment from watching the animals that live outdoors all through the year...so why not give a little back.
Another good thing about this decorating idea, is that the kids can be a large part of it. I can almost guarantee that after it's done, they will spend a LOT of time looking out the window to watch the animals enjoy their tree!
Some easy ideas are to string popcorn or cheerios on thread or yarn. Pine cones can be spread with peanut butter or suet/peanut butter mix, then dipped in bird seed & hung on the tree. Pieces of apples and oranges can also be used for ornaments.The birds will love it! Not to mention the squirrels...!
You can even have the kids help with making the popcorn string. Just be sure to keep an eye on them during the process. Using needles and such can cause some ouchies on little fingers, not to mention being hard on bare feet if they are lost in the carpet!
Just a couple of tips here on stringing popcorn. If you use the non-buttered popping corn, the insects will be more likely to leave it alone. Also, letting the corn sit over night can help the corn to be more pliable for running a needle through.
You might consider using very light weight fishing line instead of thread for stringing as it will last a little longer in the weather. Besides, the birds can use it for nest building in the Spring!
Oh...and don't forget to spread some peanuts or the like on the ground for all the critters that can't get up the tree or bush, OK?
Now, my friends, let's get some coffee and sit at the kitchen table for a bit. We can watch for the snow that's supposed to come!