You might think it is full-steam ahead with the Christmas decorations around here, but at least our mudroom door is keeping it in real-time with this gourd and pumpkin filled Thanksgiving-style welcome. I must admit though, it’s been so freezing cold around here that my pumpkins are becoming swollen and waxy shadows of what they once were. The white pumpkins moved outside from our mudroom and have since turned yellow in the cold. That being said, it appears even our mudroom stoop wants to join in the Christmas decor fun.I have done similar renditions of this look in the past with a Christmas wreath and glass or ceramic hurricane that holds a candle. At first I tried my white Dotted Porcelain West Elm hurricanes with these natural twig wreaths. It looked too barren and colorless. I knew exactly what it was missing – red and yellow berries! Bittersweet to be exact. A little bit of that vine just says “Autumn” to me. I simply broke off pieces of the Bittersweet vine and shoved them into the existing twig wreath. The white hurricanes still had a Christmas feel to me, so that is when I replaced them with pumpkins. On my way home one afternoon a few weeks ago, I stepped out of the car to grab some bittersweet vine that was hanging off of a tree over our dirt road. I broke some off, shook it to get rid of anything that may be hanging on, and hopped in the car. When I got in the car, I found two ticks on my leg. Ugh. Ticks are the worst! It was that moment that I vowed never to collect decorations from outside again – only at the flower market. It’s just not worth it to me to end up with Lyme disease just because I wanted some free bittersweet!