Sunday, December 14, 2008

Deck the Halls...

Yes, Virginia - I did decorate this year. I tried anyway. I put on some techno-funk music from the Netherlands circa 2001(sorry I actually don't own a Christmas CD), opened up some Old Vine Red(much better than eggnog) and decked some halls.

We put up a real tree - you will notice it by the millions of real tree needles throughout our humble abode. We always have a real tree - many years we make the effort and hike out and cut the poor soul down. This year - short of time and cash, we bought it at Ace Hardware for $24.99. Amen.
The girls did a fabulous job with the ornament placement. For the next 10 years, all of our ornaments will be the stuffed/non-breakable type. We are so classy.
Decorative pillow display with stuffed trees(non-breakable - it's our theme this year.)
We tried to put together a cute little elfin/fairy tree - turned out to be Donut's play tree for the holidays. So useful..and never again.
...stockings hung by the chimney with care...
...some fake fruit for the mantle. Daily I have to tell Esther - it is FAKE fruit.
...2 million dolls(slight exaggeration) lined up on the mantle....

..and of course no home is complete without the lovely mesh dress-form. I tied a bow on her since she spent the Fall so naked in our home. I think she looks much more modest and festive now.My stocking - yes, perhaps it could use a good iron. Perhaps my mother will do it when she arrives. This thing is quite a rag though...however it is now 40 years old and needs to stay with me until I die. The story goes - that when I was born at Christmastime some 40 years ago, the crazy nuns had a bit a wine and thought it would be funny to put all of the newborn babies in the hospital in stockings for a picture. I am sure our little mouths and noses where kept above for the good air. The story also goes that my mom shoved me in there as a newborn while she was breaking out of St. Mary's Hospital on Christmas eve as she took out about 6 nuns on her way out of the door. Nothing was going to stop her from spending Christmas at home with family.

My only other Christmas decoration that has lasted me my entire 40 years - my first Christmas ornament. It is full of candy and toys. (now put together with tape - how classy). I am thinking of finally trying a piece of that candy this year...but I would like to live to be 41.Hope your homes and halls are all decked out this Season also. Thank you for letting me share a little peak at ours.
xoxo, t

5 comments:

ginny said...

You did a beautiful job! The stocking does need to be ironed however. I still have one of my first christmas ornaments also, and mine is a little older than yours! I hope I am lucky enough to see your decorations.

Michelle said...

I love your Christmas stocking story! You should write that up for a magazine!
But girl-- you need some Christmas CDs. Shall I lend you a few of mine?

Heather said...

I need your address so I can mail you a Christmas CD immediately!

AS said...

you never opened any packages when you were your. halloween candy last til the following halloween. Easter til the next Easter and if a doll was in a package, she also did not get opened. I'm not surprised the candy is still in the Christmas ornament.
Love,
AS

Kristi Pohl said...

love the decs, perfect for the girls and donut! and just hang on to those Christmas cd's until after the holidays, I have plenty...

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