In my mind,
the sitting room is undergoing a major transformation.
I don't see the blue walls anymore.
I know there will be a different color in the not too distant future
but until that happens,
this room that lives larger than almost any other room in the Cottage,
still deserves the best that Christmas has to offer.
We used to put the Christmas tree in the front parlor windows
for all that pass by to see.
For the past few years,
we have placed it where it can be enjoyed
from our usual perches on the sofa in the sitting room.
Because the tree is smaller this year,
less is more on the game table.
Because we had Thanksgiving earlier this year,
that left Santa more time to relax before the big rush.
Here he sits in his easy chair with Mrs. Claus by his side.
He has his boots on and his bag of toys at the ready
in case he has to spring to his sleigh,
to his team give a whistle
and be off to fly like the down of a thistle.
With the fire going and a hot drink on the side table,
this is always the most comfortable seat in the house.
"There is no place more delightful
than one's own fireside."
I am reusing the autumn pillows
and I just happened to have a Christmas one that was more orange than red.
The black goes in well with the sofa color
but Christmas next year, color wise,
will look a little different in here.
"Our little household angels,
White and golden in the sun
Greet us with the sweet old welcome
Merry Christmas every one!"
"Lo - now has come the joyful'st feast
Let every man be jolly
Each room with ivy leaves are drest
And every post with holly."
We get a peek of the little patriotic tree in the dining room.
As in the other rooms there is not much different from last year
but it looks festive
and I hope you can tell
as it is a rainy, dark
and gloomy day outside
so the light is not exactly perfect.
We had Thanksgiving early because
Tami had to work on the day
and now we are having Christmas early because Jacenda
has to work Christmas day.
This schedule actually makes it a little better for the travelers
as there isn't as much traffic then.
I wanted to bring a little blue into the scheme this year,
so I set the table with
our everyday dishes,
dinner plate: Churchill, Willow
and my mom's everyday dessert plate:
Royal Staffordshire, Cathay
along with my old ruby glass goblets...
The old blue Santa is a throwback
from earlier times
but fits in nicely
as part of the centerpiece
along with a few small
gingerbread house make-overs.
I hope you are all getting into
the Christmas spirit.
It is the most wonderful time of the year...
Until next week
when I hope you will join us
in the Christmas kitchen...
As is their usual contribution to the Christmas spirit around here,
Bitty Morsel, Miss Gertie, Olde Scrooge
and the Jolly Red Snowman
are pulling their wagonload of trees
to the town square
for the enjoyment of all.
"Friendship is a precious gift,
to give at Christmas time,
a cherished gift,
a measured gift
that last through all time."
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