This is for the birds! Seriously!

decorate your Christmas tree for the birds I’m sorry!!  This post is coming way later than I meant it to, so I hope you can at least pin it or pack it away for next year.  The moment we got started with this project the rainy weather rolled in and there was not one kid volunteering to play in the rain at these temps.  Smart kids.  Brrrrr.

I don’t know how things go in your house, if you celebrate Christmas, but at mine we had a few years where I had to deal with seriously upset children the day the Christmas tree came down.  I can’t say I blame them.  I miss it when it’s gone too, but the sad faces made me look for a way to turn the whole event into something a little less traumatic.  For all of us.  🙂

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Something you should know about my little gang of short people?  They LOVE feeding and watching the birds.  As we were making peanut butter and birdseed pine cones for the birds it occurred to me that we could hang them on the Christmas tree that was sitting at the edge of the woods waiting to get dragged away.  Then the hamster on the wheel in my head got it really spinning and I asked myself why couldn’t we decorate the whole thing with all kinds of fun, yummy treats for the birds and make a little event out of it.  The kids L.O.V.E. this every year.  It’s become a really fun tradition that we all look forward to.  The tree gets taken down in the house and put up in the yard near our other bird feeders and we go to town making all kinds of “ornaments.”

IMG_1600You can do this with whatever you have around the house.  The birds (and squirrels) love fruits like oranges and apples.  Plus they make the tree so pretty.  We also cover pine cones with peanut butter and birdseed, which we’ve always made every year.

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With a little string or thread you can make some pretty garland out of popcorn and cranberries.

IMG_1595We usually do some strands with just cranberries, but with the weather not cooperating we didn’t get to it all this time.  Maybe in a week or two, after the birds and squirrels have eaten everything, will give it another go.

IMG_1602Be warned, “some” people are only in it for the popcorn.  😉

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Making the ornaments might not have been his thing, but he’s all in when it’s time to decorate.  🙂

IMG_1606Cuz that’s the best part, right?!

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The pine cones are always the biggest hit.

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I love the garland.  🙂

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We’ve had years when it has been decorated more, but it’s still beautiful this year and the birds certainly do love it.  This guy couldn’t wait for a bite.

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I hope you’ll be able to tuck this away for next year.  It’s a great family tradition!

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sign off green

6 Comments

  1. Alexis

    I love this idea! So sweet and fun. Definitely pinning and filing it away in my brain for next year.

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    1. Walking Softly Upon the Earth (Post author)

      Thanks!! You’ll love doing it. 🙂

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  2. LeeAn Kahriger

    What a wonderful idea!!! I pray I remember this next year. Sadly, my tree just was picked up this morning or I could have done this!

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    1. Walking Softly Upon the Earth (Post author)

      I know it’s so late! 🙁 I have been trying to get it up since right after Christmas and we’ve either had a crazy busy day or the weather has been crazy, and it’s been driving me nuts. I’ll re-post before Christmas next year to remind everyone. 🙂

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  3. Wow! I love this idea!
    When we were growing up, we always left the popcorn and cranberries on our tree for the birds… but just sort of tossed it away into the woods. 🙂
    ~ Christine

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    1. Walking Softly Upon the Earth (Post author)

      Thanks! It has been so much fun for us!

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