This year we made the traditional popcorn and cranberry garland. I don't recall if I ever made that as a child myself, but I like the concept and once she'd heard that such a thing could be done, Naiya would not let the idea go. I had given little thought to what would happen with this tasty string once it came off our tree but a friend of Ryan talked about putting his out for the birds. We've got birds! Three fat, earth-bound birds. They especially enjoyed the cranberries.