Thursday, December 04, 2014

I'm Here! Really. Honest.

My Christmas tree back when it was on the porch.
It is only the 4th of December and it already seems like a tidal wave of activities have overtaken my time.  This has been one of those weeks when I was out and about more than usual.  With a couple more errands to do today.

And then there was the decorating of the house... at one time it looked like the North Pole had exploded and landed in every room but our bedroom and the tiny office.  I did that on purpose, knowing if I got every Christmas box out and put them in the middle of the family room, I would slowly get the decorating accomplished.  Decorate a little... rest... decorate a little... rest, etc.

So over the period of three days, I unpacked the look and feel of Christmas.  The tree lights this year didn't work (fortunately I found out before putting the ornaments on the tree, next year I will test them immediately).  I was finally able to make a quick run to Meijers to purchase a couple of boxes yesterday.  The tree will be decorated today and I can hardly wait.

When I assembled the tree this year, my husband remarked at how pathetic it looks.  It is the epitome of a Charlie Brown tree.  I reminded him this is the same tree we used to put out on the porch each year (photo above).  I started using it inside a few years ago and you know, once it is decorated it really looks fine.  Just like Charlie Brown's tree.

This is a year I wanted glitter and glowing and all things that sparkle.  This is a year to decorate.  Some years?  Bleh... no thanks.  There have been a few Christmas seasons I forced myself to put the tree up and get it decorated.  Last year was one of those.

A few dear blog friends noticed a different sound to my posts this year and you are right.  I'm a little more ho-ho-ho this year and less Bah Humbug. 

While I do love Advent readings and calendars and such, my Inner Calendar for the Christmas Holidays begins with Christopher's birthday (sometimes on Thanksgiving), then Thanksgiving, then Stephanie's birthday, then my mother's birthday (even though she has been in Heaven for many years), and now my daughter-in-law's birthday, then Christmas.

In the midst of busyness, I did want to pop in and send out a hello.  I still need to finish the last few chapters of my next review book.  It will get posted tomorrow (Friday).  See you then!

12 comments:

jAne said...

i understand the busy-ness aspect of this season, but especially intensified when one isn't feeling well. yep. and you know what? i *love* the look of that tree. :)

Mrs.Rabe said...

We are going to get our tree maybe today! I've never gotten one so late!

We have our garlands up and lights and a bit of a Christmas village, our advent.

We did it bit by bit!

Deanna

Diane Pedrosa said...

I was wondering :)
I haven't gotten around yet to decorating....between a birthday on the 29th for my son and being amazed at the commercially driven holiday starting before Halloween, I needed a jump-start to get in the Christmas decorating spirit.
Thanks for your help/reminder/encouragement.

Terra said...

I am glad you are in a ho ho ho mood this Christmas and I think your tree is cute.

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

My husband used to say there are no ugly brides and no ugly Christmas trees.......

Country Wife said...

yeah my poor hubby gets hit hard with bdays after Thanksgiving too cause mine 20th, middle son 25th, xmas, his moms bday jan 23, oldest son jan 25 lol and the tree looks nice.

Vee said...

Must work on the ho ho ho here. =D

Judy said...

It is a quiet joy for me to read of how your spirit has lifted this Christmas - providing hope that I will experience it again. This year, it all feels so very much a burden...

Amanda said...

My tree sat in our living room for 4 days before we could all be together as a family to decorate it. Drove me crazy, but now the house feels oh so good and cozy!

Glad you are well and feeling more ho-ho-ho this year!

Anonymous said...

Sad story: I took the boxes of Christmas decorations down from the loft in our shed, opened the first box and shuddered to see several live roaches!!! I will be sorting through everything wearing gloves and disposing of all the non-favorites and washing the rest. I believe we will have a simple Christmas decor but that's just fine.
In everything give thanks.
Vicky

Mama Squirrel said...

Hello back! I am so glad things are brighter.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Just put our tree out this evening! We usually put lights on the outside of the house but it's just been one of those seasons where my husband is busy and I'm busy so very little outdoor and indoor decorations for us this year. I'm going to go through my Christmas decorations as I put stuff out and start to downsize them. The movers even remarked about how many boxes and bins of Christmas decorations I have!