happy Christmas!

Posted by on December 11, 2007 in other things | 9 comments

It snowed this weekend, so it was a perfect oppurtunity to turn on the Hallmark channel, watch sappy Christmas movies (my guilty pleasure this time of year), and decorate! Please ignore the unpainted walls, and just be glad the duck wallpaper is gone. Now that the bathroom is pretty much done, I’ll be moving on to the living room, but I’m a little busy at the moment.

I never thought it would happen, but I actually got a fake tree this year. First of all, it’s hard to find narrow trees to fit in our little house. Second of all, I like having the tree up for a good long time, and by the time I get the tree down, it’s an extreme fire hazard. And third of all, I’m the one that has to water the tree and clean up the needles, and I just didn’t want to have to deal with all that this year. So, I found this skinny tree a couple weeks ago, and now that it’s up, I actually really just love it. I love the way it looks, and I love that it doesn’t make a mess, and I love that I can leave it up until New Year’s, and I won’t have to worry about it drying out. I think I’ll go collect some branches from the pine trees in our yard, though, so we can still have that nice pine smell in the house.
It’s a cloudy day, so this is the best I could do for now. Lucy loves the Christmas tree. I’ve even caught her sitting in the middle of it, reaching for the ornaments from inside the tree. It will be a miracle if it doesn’t get knocked over. She also likes to just sit underneath it, especially when it’s all lit up. Both cats loved the lights as I was arranging them on the tree, and I had a hard time convincing them that electrical wiring is, in fact, not a good thing to chew on. That particular window sill is Petey’s favorite place to hang out and enjoy the sun and the view of the chickens under the lilac bushes. Now it’s even better, since there’s a pretty tree to look at too.

This year I decorated the tree with lots of vintage ball ornaments, birds nests that I caked with glitter, and gold angel wings. The garland is actually a gold and green mesh floral wrap, I just sort of shove in the branches. If I get ambitious, I want to make a felt bird for the top, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen before this Christmas. I found a little gold butterfly in with all my decorations, I think I should get more and put them all over the tree too. Wouldn’t that be pretty?

I added a few pretty decorations to my kitchen too.
The stocking is from last year’s Annual Christmas Swap with Yvonne. We’ve both just sent our packages for this year’s swap, and I can’t wait. I’m such a lucky duck that we have this tradition! The gumdrop wreath I made a few years ago, and it’s survived quite well. Also, when hungry husbands say, "oh, is that a candy wreath?" all I have to do is remind him that those gumdrops have been in a box in the shed since 2003, and he’s suddenly less inclined to pluck off a gumdrop and pop it in his mouth.

There’ll be more decorations soon, but for the next couple days I’ll be hanging out with one of my brothers, who is in town for a show. I have the next couple days off and we’re going fishing and Christmas shopping! Speaking of family, a couple more members have joined blogland, so check out the links to my other sister-in-law, where you can see pretty pictures of my brother and cute nephew in the snow, and my very hilarious cousin, who thinks she is a hick.


  1. Your tree is perfect! And the kitties admiring the tree is so cute!

  2. Really? I never took you for a sappy-hallmark-movies kind of gal. Next you’re going to tell us that you’re an avid Lifetime channel viewer, too.
    Are you going to force Mr. P and me to watch sappy movies with you if it’s snowy when we come to visit?;-)

  3. Nice tree! I have a skinny tree too, it’s just easier to find a place for it. When we first got married, we always got real trees. I SWORE I’d never have a fake tree. But, we’ve been fake for awhile now – like you, I got tired of watering and lots of needles. So I put up my fake tree and light a candle that smells like a real tree. ; )

  4. Hurrah for artifical trees! My went up a few days after Thanksgiving and will probably be taken down on New Year’s Day. The angels and santas still look good and all those gold angel wings are still my favorite. Prelite trees are the greatest even when some of the light don’t work! I’ll miss seeing you this Christmas season…..I’m so sad about that.

  5. Love the tree…especially the nosy cats!
    Love the sappy movies, too. This year I actually purchased Christmas in Connecticut and White Christmas. Totally uninterrupted movies…that’s my kind of night!

  6. It’s all gorgeous, we really need a skinny tree here.

  7. those blue berries on the stocking are adorable!

  8. Hi, I have a question….where do you find white gumdrops? Or did they turn that way after the time in the shed??? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I love the red and white….two of my favorites!

  9. Actually, I’m surprised they’ve stayed white after all this time πŸ™‚
    I got the gumdrops at Christmas time, when I was lucky enough to find bags of red, green and white gumdrops. I would suggest that you start looking around Thanksgiving. I just got them at the drugstore. Good luck, and have fun! I really enjoyed this little project.
    Sent from my iPhone

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