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Top 10 Traditional Holiday Decor Items (and Where they Came From)

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Garlands

Garlands draped over mantles or banisters add a touch of natural beauty to your holiday décor.
Garlands draped over mantles or banisters add a touch of natural beauty to your holiday décor.
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Hot on the heels of the holiday wreath is its strung-out cousin, the garland. Like candle-lit wreaths and their traditional message of hope, garlands have fairly practical roots: In the dark, early days of winter, when fall's gold and orange leaves have faded and dropped from the trees, evergreen boughs are one of the few natural ways to bring a hint of color into the home.

The rich color, full texture and unmistakable aroma of fresh garlands make them an extremely versatile décor option. While weaving together a long garland can be messy, time-consuming work, the results are well worth it, especially in a home graced with long banisters or porch rails.

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