Many of you who get real Christmas trees like I do often recycle the lower branches into natural decorations throughout your house. I like how charming and old-fashioned it seems, like something out of a Dickens novel. They're great to lay along a shelf or hang in a bundle with pretty ribbon on a door.
Although I'm not lucky enough to have a lemon tree in my yard, we do have a Holly tree that makes itself useful this time of year. I clip off some of the lower branches to use throughout the house (not so much this year, due to little grabby hands) and to embellish wrapped presents.
This is from my bathroom, on the shelf over the toilet, which is a nice little nook to decorate. I took a houseplant pot that was filled with dirt, soaked it with water and added some holly and evergreen branches. It should last a few weeks.
And I love looking at this when we're sitting down to eat. A sisal basket full of sweet clementines, holly and evergreens.
I'm still trying to get around to stringing those cranberries, or at least floating them in a jar of water or something with a candle. When I string them, I use unbleached cotton string, and then let them dry over the next month or so. When dried, I use them in baking or on oatmeal or granola.