Maybe we're intimidated by a full-on Christmas tree, so what? The December issue of Sunset magazine comes through with some ideas on how to get that wonderful piney smell in our house without it.
The article includes a helpful, annotated list of the various greenery befitting the holiday, from Arizona cypres to spruce. Our favorite is the table centerpiece of champagne flutes with juniper sprigs. Other ideas are mantel and door arrangements.
Winning in the "most like a tree, but not" category: a branch hung on the wall and decorated (upper right).
Read the rest here.