As the afternoon progressed and I continued with the cycle of do a little decorating, do a little camera and computer break but at the end of the day, I finished the entrance hall, the downstairs bathroom, the family room and kitchen (the kitchen was a disaster from piling this and that on the bar) but now it is clean and straight with only the living and dining rooms left to decorate. Did I say "only??"...the Christmas tree is in the living room. I have carried up all the boxes and carried all the empty ones down, but I still haven't tried to tackle the box with the tree in it. PS We gave up the "real" tree shortly after we moved here, it was too much of an ordeal to shop for that "perfect tree" in freezing weather, let the poor tree (we never found that "perfect" one) thaw for a couple of days, then drag it in, struggle with the stand to get the tree relatively straight, and then the lights....gag, I absolutely detest putting lights on the tree. Thank you God for giving us pre-lit trees. I would water it, ofcourse spilling more water on the carpet than in that tiny little well that was provided to keep the tree green & healthy. By the time Christmas was over, you guessed it, needles needles everywhere. Talk about finding needles in the haystack, needles were embedded into the carpet with the last one coming out about June. What you say...."what about the wonderful smell of fresh pine?" Stores are loaded with candles, sprays, potpourri etc that smells just like the aroma of fresh pine. I figured this out long ago....if you buy the oil and just give a few lights on your tree a drop the heat from the lights envelopes the whole tree with the aroma of fresh pine....so there. My answer to the aroma of fresh pine. So now you know why I stick with the pre-lit skinny Christmas tree. I didn't even mention the fact that the living room is kinda small and cannot even come close to handling one of the trees that you "think" is so small at the tree lot, but when you get it home, you have to cut off almost all of the trunk just so the tip doesn't scrap the ceiling. We don't have those tall ceilings like some homes, just your regular standard 8 footer. So, now that I have gone on and on about the reasons I don't have a real Christmas tree, I applaud those of you who continue with a real tree, you are a better man than me. (oh wait, I am not a man, but you know what I mean). Happy Decorating!!
I love all my Santa's thus the sign.....
A little end table in the family room....and another cute sign
We had a tiny bit of snow last night, needed to capture it so took out a white ornament and then added the digital word art (see what I mean about getting distracted and the addiction??)
See what I mean, I just keep doing it....!!! But I am having fun, and isn't that part of what Christmas is all about....finding joy each and everyday.
"I think the most significant work we ever do, in the whole world, in our whole life, is done within the four walls of our own home." ~ Stephen R. Covey
Until next time......