Easy Christmas Checklist
It will soon be the night before Christmas and if we’re lucky not a creature will be stirring, not even a mouse. Here’s a Christmas checklist to help ensure all your holiday to-dos are ta-done so you can sit back, relax and make Christmas memories.
Put up the Christmas tree & decorate with treasured ornaments and a few new ones. Learn how to choose a Christmas tree here.
Trim the mantel with fresh garland & lights. Quick & easy garland measurements guide
Add pops of Christmas color throughout the house with poinsettias, Christmas cactus, fragrant paperwhites or stunning amaryllis. Poinsettia care tips
Decorate the front door to greet guests with fresh, fragrant garland and a wreath. Add extra pizzazz to your fresh décor with clippings from your own garden. Sprigs of evergreens like pine, cedar, juniper, holly, boxwood and others can add extra texture and interest to your wreath and garland.
Add a touch of Christmas to the office with a fragrant, living desktop Christmas tree.
Fill container gardens with cold-hardy plants like living Christmas trees, pansies, ornamental cabbage and kale, and more.
Spruce up your front garden beds with blooming red & white cyclamen, pansies, and more.
Invite birds to hang out in your yard. Providing food in winter helps give migrating birds energy to continue their journey and encourages non-migratory birds to visit you year-round. Get the kids to help make birdseed ornaments to hang in trees outside.
Create a custom gift basket for the gardener in your life! Fill a pot with garden gloves, garden hand tools, bird seed, garden seeds, and more.
Help a homeowner make their dream garden a reality with a custom landscape design. Book online.
Not sure what to get the plant enthusiast in your life? Give the gift of choice with a Armstrong Garden Centers gift card. Buy in store any time or buy online by Dec. 19 to receive the card by mail before Christmas.
Don’t go to a party empty handed. Bring the host a poinsettia, a candle, or bottle of their favorite beverage.
Gift wrap can be just as special as the gift inside. Take your gift-wrapping skills to the next level with easy, garden-inspired touches.
Choose the paper
- Rather than the usual paper covered with Santas and snowmen, try something more sophisticated. Plain craft paper in brown, white or even black creates an elegant look. Fabric like muslin, burlap or lace creates a shabby-chic feel. Be truly unique and try sheet moss to wrap small gifts for the plant-lover in your life.
- Be eco-friendly by upcycling. Gift wrap can be made from paper grocery bags turned inside out, black and white newspaper (or use the comics section for kids or kids-at-heart), old sheet music, old maps, even pages from old books that have outlived their usefulness.
- Plain paper doesn’t have to stay plain. Create a custom stamp design with a potato as the stamp (a great way to involve kids).
- Decoupage fern leaves or other interesting foliage onto the paper.
- Use leaves as stencils and spray paint over them to create a relief look
Top it off
- Go beyond adhesive paper bows. Tie off the package with rustic twine, decorative ribbon, or even strips of fabric
- Get creative with clippings from your garden. Top off the package with stems of holly, rosemary, eucalyptus, boxwood, fir, or cedar. Tiny pinecones and sprigs of berries are also great toppers.
- Use a magnolia leaf or herb marker for the nametag. Write the name on the leaf with a gold paint pen or use chalk on the herb marker.
Create your Christmas dinner menu. Include hors d’oeuvre like prosciutto wrapped figs or dilly deviled eggs, as well as traditional favorites and a recipe or two using herbs, cool-season vegetables, or fruit from your own garden
Use herbs from your garden like mint, lavender and more to create delicious drinks to share with guests or to enjoy while relaxing by yourself on a cold night.
Use rosemary from the garden to enhance recipes, garnish plates and more. See some rosemary inspiration on Pinterest.
Relax and enjoy the Christmas season with family and friends!