For the past couple of years, Ito and I have been trying to think of simple ways to create Christmas traditions of our own. When we first got married, we shuttled between our two families and celebrated Christmas the way we knew growing up. Afterwards, when most of Ito’s family migrated to the U.S.A. and my parents lived in Bangkok for a while, we began spending Christmases abroad, first to visit family, and afterwards we would gift each other with a trip to experience a white Christmas somewhere different (and to avoid Manila traffic, LOL!).
Recently, since we’ve been celebrating Christmases in Manila again, instead of a white Christmas we’ve been thinking of ways to have a greener Christmas. Which is why since five years ago, we’ve been using a Christmas tree bought from a plant store instead of a department store.
The great thing about using live plants as Christmas decorations, or even to give as gifts, is that it’s both festive and a great idea design-wise (plastic poinsettias…don’t even get me started!). I also love giving herbs as Christmas gifts (rosemary, mint and tarragon are my favorites), because they smell wonderful and can be used for all those delicious Christmas dishes or steeped as tea.
And at the end of the season, the best thing about plants is that there is no need to dismantle them and pack them away to gather dust. Just bring them out into the garden and continue enjoying them for the rest of the year 🙂