As you may remember, my Prince Charming becomes some kind of crazy combination of the Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge at Christmas. The transformation is quick and doesn’t last long. But while he is ‘green’ and grumpy, I have to tip-toe around doing the decorating and gift buying. Along about January 2nd, my PC returns to his handsome, baseball lovin’ self. But his brief metamorphosis makes it kind of hard for me to feel festive.
And this year, with my mom’s health so precarious, I haven’t exactly been exuding Christmas cheer myself. I kind of threw my Christmas decorations up without a lot of enthusiasm. Didn’t even think about putting up the tree or much in the way of decorations outside. But I had committed to participating in Stephanie’s Deck the Halls holiday home tour so wanted to keep up my end of the bargain. I give you my half-hearted holiday home tour.
Deck the Halls
Have to giggle (to keep from crying much of the time these days), Google photos created this animated slide show from photos I took of our decorations. I just uploaded it. So can’t take much credit here. However, it changes so quickly from one photo to the other that you can’t afford to blink or you will miss the whole thing! Tried to figure out how to edit the speed of the animation but it is beyond me right now.
Lizzie High Dolls
My Nativity set, the tabletop Santa and the girl and boy around the Christmas tree are all Lizzie High dolls that I used to collect for my daughters and me. I had some for each holiday. Gave many of them away when I retired, as I had used them to decorate the library, too. But kept my Christmas dolls. Have my eye on this winter set of Lizzies to add to my holiday collection. Maybe Santa will bring them?
Growing up in Boston, during my elementary school years, most of my friends were either Jewish or Catholic. I became familiar with Hanukkah and its beautiful traditions. Knowing that, and that I have often said I was a Holocaust survivor in another lifetime, my youngest daughter Lauren gave me a menorah several years ago. And upon her retirement, our school counselor gave me her dreidel game. Some day I would like to play the game with my grands.
I Painted That
A couple of years ago, PC and I painted the Christmas scenes on canvas displayed above my kitchen cabinets with I Painted That. It was sponsored by a local women’s boutique and we painted and enjoyed free-flowing glasses of wine to keep our creative juices flowing.
O Christmas Tree
♫ ♪ ♫ O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, I hope you can forgive me ♩ ♪ ♫ for leaving you in the Rubbermaid tub this year. Didn’t have the energy to fuss with my Grinch about putting you up. Here’s a pic of our tree last Christmas, though, when I was a year younger and had more stamina to fight the fight.
Our Dinner Table
We will be in Albuquerque with Lauren, Lucia and Francisco on the 25th. But if we were going to be home and hosting the kids for Christmas dinner, this year, our table would be set much like this. I don’t have china or fancy dishes, and only have nice gold-plated silverware because, years ago, someone traded it for one of my Siberian Husky pups.
My Seasonal Wheelbarrow
Each season I decorate an old beaten up wheelbarrow that sits under our Mexican Elder tree in the front yard. I truly wanted to do this but cannot, for the life of me, find my wheelbarrow decorations. And didn’t have the time or dinero to buy something new. My snowman and garland have to be in our garage in one of my tubs but I’ll be hanged if I can find them. If I could have, my wheelbarrow would have looked a lot like it did last year.
Deck the Home (Assisted Living Home, That Is)
One of the things I fell in love with when we moved my parents into The Lafayette in 2011 was the comfortable, homey feeling of the complex. It is never warmer and brighter than it is decked out for the holidays. Not only are the common areas decorated with trees, garland, and bows but many of the residents also decorate the space outside their front doors. These are, for the most part, nonagenarians. My mom at 91 is actually one of the ‘babies’. They belong to the Greatest Generation, and are pretty darn amazing folks.
Google Photos was good enough to put together another little animated collage of the decked halls at the assisted living home. Albeit a bit rapid. Again, don’t blink, or you’ll miss the whole thing.
So, there you have it. Our humble holiday decorations this year. I hope this time next year, life will have settled down again, my PC will have had a holiday change of heart and our home will be bedecked and bedazzled in every nook and cranny.
Do you have a color theme to your holiday decorating? Or maybe a themed tree? Holiday place settings? Wish you would share in a comment below.
This year’s Holiday Home Tour hosts include Crystal, Keri, Becky, Penny, Stephanie, Whitney, Shelly and yours truly. I would love for you to visit the homes of these ladies, they have such beautiful spaces and I love the holiday touches they have throughout their homes. Come on, we can go together…
Thank you for coming by, sugar plums. HaPpY hUmP dAy!
Hugs and kisses,