A Merry Christmas to you all! I haven’t posted in–what?–three months! I guess life just caught up with and overwhelmed me. I think it started with a stint of work in the village office helping people register and absentee vote for the entire month of October, and then the election, and finally, some postelection work into the middle of November. Along came Thanksgiving and all of my children and my grandchild.
Closely following Thanksgiving came Christmas. I was behind in my holiday preparations this year. After talking to a few friends and relatives, I came to the conclusion that I was not alone!
My daughter helped me pull it all together by doing some of the baking and hauling boxes of decorations up and down the stairs from the storage areas in the basement. We finished putting ornaments on the trees just yesterday afternoon!
We put up nine trees of varying size and themes this year. Some are new like my white poodle tree trimmed with white lights and clear WWII ornaments. The Putz under it is all dime store wax from the 1930s-2000s.
We did put up one themed tree other than the white WWII in the back hall. This is my owl tree. I put it up in our bedroom on top of a small table buffered by a few night lights and a basket to limit easy access to it by naughty Sammy. He has taken to chewing on the trees or knocking off ornaments to gain our attention. It has earned him some time in “the cooler” (aka–the laundry bathroom) this past week.
There were two trees that were put up early–the dining room plastic tree and my “new” tree in the entryway. I wanted to decorate a tree with my granddaughter who is five. One day she will handle my glass, but for now she helps me decorate with plastic. The entryway tree accents my nonfunctioning grandfather clock. (A bit of trivia–none of my mechanical clocks work! I just like how they look. Just another one of my quirks.)
So now you have seen all nine of the trees we put up this Christmas (ten if you count the jewelry tree I hang in the family room), and it is time for me to go get the orange rolls in the oven, roll my husband out of bed to make the coffee, and check out what is in my stocking! I hope you all have a fun and relaxing day. Love, Begonia