The tradition in our household since daughter was old enough to notice, was that no Christmas decorations could be put up until after her late November birthday. She no longer lives with us, nor was she even in town on her birthday this year, but no decorations went up. Nearly a week passed and I still wasn’t in the mood.
December is a bitter sweet month. Both of my parents passed away in December, my mother in 1987 at only 63 years young, and my Dad just a couple of years ago. Christmas was always a fun time for me when our children were young, as we could get them special gifts of items they desired but wouldn’t spend the money on at other times of the year. We always had extended family for the special holiday meals, and an Open House for hubby’s staff and all the neighbors. When our kids were grown and gone, beginning families of their own, one or more of them would come home, or we would travel to be with one of them for Christmas. This year we will awaken on Christmas morning with no kids or grandkids in the house. We will go to daughter’s on Christmas Eve, she will bring her kids over for Christmas dinner later on Christmas Day, and eldest son and eldest grandson will be here on the 26th.
Two days ago, I put on some Christmas music and began hauling the boxes of Santa’s and the Snow village up. A good thorough cleaning always precedes setting it up as dusting for the next couple of weeks is onerous with dozens of Santa and Christmas gnomes adorning the book shelves, mantle, and window sills. The Christmas towels, table cloth, throw pillows, and wall hangings were put in place. The tiny tree of Hallmark mini’s that used to grace my office was put on the jelly cupboard and lit and I quit.
Today, before we get snow this weekend, we drove to the local tree farm to get a tree. Normally we walk the hills and choose one, some have been as much as 12 feet tall as our living room in our log home can accommodate it. There were no other cars in the lot in the early afternoon on a work and school day and we walked up to get the tag to hang on the tree we wanted, and there by the building was a beautifully shaped little 6.5 foot precut tree. We took it, had a fresh cut on the trunk and drilled for the stand that we bought from them several years ago. The tree was small enough to fit inside the SUV with one rear seat down.
One of the taller ones from years past.
Today’s small addition.
The house is decorated, we listened to Christmas music as we decorated it, topping it yet again with the huge Starfish that came from a cruise with youngest son about 5 years ago. It makes a good tree topper, a reminder of a good week with them.
And ended our day with a comfort food meal of turkey pot pie, using some of the remaining Thanksgiving turkey.