Since ancient times, people have marked the winter solstice by bringing evergreen bows into their homes. Later, Christians in 16th century Germany brought whole trees into the house, which they decorated with handmade and natural ornaments like nuts and fruit.
At Gardenista, we still think that one of the best ways to adorn a tree is with trimmings straight from Mother Nature.
Above: One of my most cherished ornaments is a delicate wooden snowflake from Quite Alright. This year I'd love to add a set of Ingrid's Birch Snowflakes, hand carved from some bark she found on a walk; $15.
Above: Simple and sweet, these Acorn Friends from My White Room are made with real acorn caps; $12.
Above: Send one to a friend: designed in Finland by Anne Paso, this simple wooden Lovi Ball comes flat, as a postcard. Available from Merchant No. 4; on sale for $12 (large) or $10 (small).
N.B. This holiday season, you can bring more nature inside, with our selection of Living Ornaments.