You knew it was going to happen, right?
Yup, the Christmas Tree is up. And as I expected I am definitely feeling more Christmassy than before. I'm not sure if it's the ornaments themselves, the lights, the actual act of decorating or all of the above that did the trick. Don't much care either. The tree is up and I am nearly back to my usual Christmas Elven self. Hurrah!
We actually did buy some new ornaments this year. Just felt like making a little change up. Why not? Over the weekend we stopped by Big Lots and found a box of 60 "shatterproof" (read Sam proof) ornaments for only $15! They look really good too. Traditional colours as opposed to the whackadoo colours I have been putting on the tree the past few years. Traditional in my mind being green, red and gold. Some are sparkly, some are satin finished, some look like disco balls more than anything else, and some look like antique reproductions. And I really like all of them.
And by carefully selecting from my existing collection of other ornaments, we found enough other green, red and gold things to make it look complete. Overall I'm very pleased with the result. Some day I need a different tree topper though. The angel I am using refuses to stand upright. She is always leaning in one direction or another and appears to be alarmingly close to toppling off at all times. Maybe next year that will be my Christmas Purchase?
The tree is in the family room which is at the back of the house but because all of the main rooms of the house open to each other, it can be seen and enjoyed from the kitchen, the living room and the family room. In fact, if I stand outside in front of the house looking in from the courtyard I can still see it! And I love that :)
Every night now, as soon as it's dark outside (which gets earlier by the day) I turn on the tree lights, turn off the house lights and let the magic of the Christmas tree just settle over me. It's a wonderful way to end every day from now until when I finally take it back down and put it all away.
Soooo we have the lights up outside, the tree up inside and this weekend will be the annual cookie baking marathon. Well a slightly smaller version of it anyway. There will still be beaucoup cookie baking going on. Just a few less than normal. And that means next Monday morning bright and early, I'll be at the UPS store sending them on their way to our kiddos for their enjoyment.
And then I suppose, I can move on to the next thing. That's all we can do. Especially this year I think. Take it one day at a time, one project at a time, one problem at a time and then once that one thing is well in hand, move on to the next. As Captain Kangaroo taught me many years ago, "The best I can do, is the best I can do and I'm doing the best that I can".
Tomorrow Joy and I will be out on Photo Safari so there will no post and the following day is Thanksgiving so again, obviously no post and then it's 3 days of cookie baking and no post then either. A little break from the Blog I guess couldn't hurt. But! I will be around again beginning on Monday the 30th. The last day of November! And we can all catch up again once more.
I wish you each a wonderful and SAFE Thanksgiving. And I know that even in this crazy year, I still have much to be thankful for.
Big Hugs all 'round
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.