Natural elements are always my first choice for winter or holiday decorating, with pine cones being a favourite. Of course having a pine forest gives me a bias and no short supply! I have a nephew that loves pine cones. When he walks in our forest he dutifully collects all that he can carry (which doesn’t take long!), leaving them in precious piles when he can hold no more. This adoration makes me stop to really appreciate a pine cone. It is a miraculous little bundle with row upon row of wooden tongues that start green and tight as a pineapple, ripening to nutmeg brown to then spread and splay and release their papery seeds. Pine cones are perfect for collecting, decorating, or just admiring the masterfulness of nature.
Note – Canada has several cone producing trees, or conifers, not just pines! Spruce, fir, juniper, cedar, hemlock, cypress, tamarack and yews all produce cones. Pine cones are just the most popular for decorating and crafts.