Decorate an Outdoor Holiday Tree for the Wildlife
One of our favorite holiday memories growing up was decorating an outdoor tree for the wildlife. The night before, Mom would lay out all the supplies: popcorn and string, pinecones and peanut butter, bird seed and stale bread. We’d stay up way past our bedtime making popcorn garland and edible ornaments.
The next morning, bundled in our winter gear, we'd hike through the nearby forest preserve looking for that perfect tree—the one we'd decorate with our newly-made creations. We'd laugh with delight, imagining the holiday celebration the birds and squirrels and deer would have once they found their bounty—because when you're 7- and 9-years-old, animals most definitely throw parties. The whole excursion would end with peppermint tea and peanut M&Ms.
This is a wonderful holiday activity to do with the whole family. Here are some ideas for creating your own safe edible decorations, ones we're sure the animals will love.
- Hang clusters of grapes from the branches.
- Using a needle and biodegradable thread, string together unsalted popcorn, chunks of stale bread, or fruits such as apple, pear, raisins or cranberries.
- Cover pinecones generously in peanut butter, then roll in sunflower seeds.
- Cut an orange in half and scoop out the pulp, then poke a heavy wire through it to create a hanger. Fill with bird seed like a little bowl.
- Scatter birdseed at the base of the tree for ground-feeding birds.
Have fun with your family this holiday season, and enjoy the beautiful gift of nature.
Hugs and bućas!