it is still 24 hours away from
the first of December...
...let me introduce you to
the most wonderful time of the year.
I hope you all celebrated
the most wonderful Thanksgiving
and are beginning to feel
the spirit of Christmas.
It isn't exactly
beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here
but it is beginning to look a little like it.
I wanted to thank you all
for your nice words about
my Christmas Pasts.
The years are going by so quickly
that some of it seemed like it happened yesterday.
Surely, that jolly little man
just slid down
the chimney last week.
I am happy to report
that it is still happening,
thank you very much,
but apparently at a much slower pace!
Believe it or not,
I haven't gotten the boxes
out of storage yet.
I am just playing around here
with things on hand
that either didn't get put away last year
or are some new purchases.
There is still garlands and greens
to drag out
and, evidently, I always start with
those things first
because it is really hard for me to think of how I want things without them...
the only access to real greens
is a beautiful little cedar tree,
growing up between the rosemary,
that I have been babying all year long.
There has been many a close call
with Captain ScissorHands
but so far it has survived.
I will be poking some of it
into small nooks and crannies
but don't want to pick it too early.
I am debating if I want to spend $25
for a small tree from a lot
to cut up for greens.
That is why
you are only seeing
a few snippets this time.
Wouldn't want to spoil the full on effect!
This is a little bisque house
that Tami gave me many years ago.
The roof comes off and it will hold
a tiny candle or some special keepsake.
I have always displayed it in the guest room
but this year I decided
to make it over into...
,,,a tiny and cozy little gingerbread cottage,
comforting with warm light
spilling out of its little windows
and snow on its roof top.
This birdhouse has been sitting
in the Secret Garden awhile
and I decided that the time had come
for a renovation
and I almost forgot to take a picture before I started painting it..
...now some birdies can live there
if they want to
but it might have a Hansel and Gretel vibe,
so they might want to
rethink their decision
and find another home.
a little vintage candle choir,
led by Santa,
is singing its praises.
It is the most wonderful time of the year
and a bite of apple pie
might be in the cards
for all the good little boys and girls.
You could make a game out of all this
and try to guess
what the big picture will look like...
...but even I don't know at this point,
so guess I better get
to unpacking some boxes...
there are still a lot of loose ends
and bows to tie up.
I wish you all
days of comfort and joy
as you prepare for this holiday season.
Until next week...
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