We're through. We're done. It's finished. It is officially the Christmas season at our house. We decorated last night and had a gay (happy) ol' time. We strung the tree and adorned its branches with sparkling ornaments. White Christmas entertained us as we worked. Emma was a fantastic helper this year and I was really impressed with how well she did in her ornament placement on the tree. She has a real creative side and it was fun to watch her. Mandy had a good time too, toddling around smashing glass balls together. Miraculously none of my ornaments were broken in the reverie.
The girls dressed up in finery and my husband commented that this kind of fun was better than Christmas day. His comment was made from a chair as he read a tractor publication, but he was having a good time too.
I purchased the gold scarves at 90% off at an after-Christmas sale. I get a little giddy and illogical around fantastic deals and tend to purchase things I have no purpose for, like the gold scarfs. Emma and Mandy sure love them though.
I LOVE the Christmas tree! It is a big highlight for me. That is really the whole reason why I decorate so ridiculously early. It goes by so fast, so I figure I can enjoy it longer. Next year maybe I'll just decorate in October. My husband thinks I should leave all the decorations up all year -- it would save him some work (this comment was also made from behind the tractor publication).
The decorations on a Christmas tree tell a lot about a family. I like to have a tree that is color coordinated with white lights and garland. I try to keep to the red/gold theme, but I don't deny space on my tree for any ornament. Of course the really ugly ones get relegated to the back, but they are still there and I smile every year as I take them out of their storage tissue. I know some in my classy extended family reject ornaments that don't match, but I think they give the tree a homey feel.
That got me thinking... what do you think makes the perfect Christmas tree?
I love to decorate the fireplace mantle as well. I am supremely blessed to have an electrical outlet in the middle of the wall perfect for plugging in my Christmas gift shaded lights (also 90% off from Joann Fabric). It is a little known fact that there is a niche in the middle of this wall that holds an electrical outlet. Strange, but true. It is about 18" square and 4" deep, so kind of small for the proportions of the wall, plus the fact that there is an ugly plug-in glaring out of the hole. I really wonder what the builder was thinking with that original little niche. Consequently, I have a picture hung over the top.
Besides the tree, I have some other decorations that I adore. Like my ivory nativity from Africa. Our first trip to Africa was over Christmas and I was incredibly sick with Malaria up until about Christmas Eve. Still I have fond memories of being in Mozambique and celebrating simply with Jeff's aunt, Janice. We got the nativity set on the second trip, also in December, and our friend the ivory carver went a little nuts and made tons of them out of ivory and wood. We purchased all that he made and gave them away for gifts when we returned home. I don't know how our friends and family feel about the slightly odd looking Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, but we are really fond of them.
I know it isn't even Thanksgiving yet and you may be rolling your eyes at my early decorating frenzy, but please indulge my celebratory spirit. What decorations do you love at Christmas? And I am also looking forward to hearing what your perfect Christmas tree looks like. :)