With that said, I can appreciate a good branch or greenery when I see it. I don't really have to look too far to find decorations for my home, especially around the holidays. The yard is filled with an array of treasures.
Now, I know not all of us have backyards with trees or plants but we all know someone who does! Scope out your neighbor, family or friend's yard. They will be more than happy to have you prune their trees for them. When clipping the trees or plants, try not to clip where it'll be noticeable. Clip from the back or in a way that a big hole or gap will not be noticeable.
Fill vases with them-keep in mind the size, shape and weight of your vase-lighter vases can fall over if not filled with heavy floral stones or rocks etc. If you are concerned about bugs being on the branches from the yard, its very unlikely that there will be any, especially in the cold winter months. But shake them out thoroughly and inspect them carefully just to be certain.
Below, are Rose of Sharon seed pods from the summer. I clipped off the dried seed pods and sprayed glitter on them--glitter does wonders...This is an example that evergreens are not necessarily needed to decorate for the holidays. You can even use dried rose pods as berries or spray them with glitter. I would even spray glitter on grass if I had to :)
Hopefully everyone can look at plants a little differently and appreciate them for the beautiful creatures that they really are.