Christmas favorite redo...

Hello everyone!
I Hope all of my American friends enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I've been working on a few Christmas projects as I begin to" Deck the Halls"
I started by redoing my Christmas "buckets", these were a real favorite from last Christmas and I still get questions/comments about them. I've changed them up a bit this year!

This year I've used bigger oval galvanized buckets. They're new so a little shinier than I wanted but I love the shape. If anyone knows how to weather these up a bit I would love to know.

This is one of the two buckets that flanked the fireplace from last year.

 This year I filled them with birch, pinecones, and mercury glass which is what I'll be using for all my decorating this Christmas.
I also added some cinammon sticks wrapped in brown satin ribbon and this lovely faux white pointsettia flower.

The twig lights add a lot of sparkle.
Many people have asked where to get these lights and I'm sorry to say that I don't know. I got them from a booth at a Christmas show last year and unfortunately they did not sell them this year. One reader said they've seen  them on Amazon. I've seen something similar at garden centers as well as the home depot.

They look so pretty flanking the fireplace all lit up!

I'll be adding a bit of cedar to the buckets once I get my greenery this week.
My daughter is in the midst of repairing some drywall in  the kitchen ceiling and should be sanding today.
I want to make sure it's done before I continue with "Decking the Halls" lol. 
Thanks for stopping by,
be blessed!