OK, so it’s not Christmas yet and we don’t live in the city but for some reason I’m really psyched about it this year. Maybe because last year we had no kitchen and were in the middle of a daunting renovation.
This was our Christmas tree last year, a gift from our son.
And right on time I see 7th House on the Left’s post on 10 Little Things to do Now to Have a Jollier Christmas. I’m in.
Lights, icicles and star — December, 2011 — we had hired an architect but didn’t even have sketches of the renovation that would eventually take place.
This is what I’m going to get on right now so I can enjoy Christmas along with everyone else.
This year’s plan — any lights that don’t work are trash. No saving them “just in case”.
The first thing I’ll do is pull up the names of everybody for whom I get a gift. I keep the list from year to year on the computer. This year I have 6 couples to shop for and, of course, my darling.
Gift wrap and packing materials are stored together in a plastic tub in the attic. I’ll get them down soon.
Then I write down possible ideas for each recipient. Some people are easy; they
get want the same thing year after year.
Every year my sister sends us a personalized ornament.
I try to buy things well in advance of Christmas so there are no significant charges on the credit card in January. I don’t usually wrap presents in advance even though I already have the wrapping paper because I sometimes can’t remember exactly what I bought.
We’ve put lots of decorative things away during the renovation — I hope we can find the Redwing stag!
I have also decided my theme this year which may become my permanent Christmas theme. Back in January of 2013 I decided that mistletoe would figure heavily in my 2013 theme.
I should order these mistletoe kissing balls from Etsy.
Well there was hardly any decorating for Christmas last year so this year I’ll just say have a “Merry Kissmas.” Check out my Pinterest board.
Bacio — kiss in Italian.
I want to have the downstairs finished enough (even if the wallboard isn’t mudded or painted) to have a swell party. I’m really working on that concept.
The renovation has really cramped out entertaining style — we’re back.
I’m going to make a list for myself just in case someone special asks me what I want for Christmas. It’s never happed before but you never know.
Oranges, cranberries and candles in the living room in 2011 — in 2014 they’ll be replaced by limes and something blue.
Another Christmas chore that I’ve been doing for the last two decades is having Christmas cards made for the lovely couple I work for. In the past few years the card has been from Shutterfly. I’d like to start in August but my boss never seems to be ready to focus on this until the week after Thanksgiving. It takes me a few days to design the card and get it sent in. Since we only send 400 and now use printed address labels, the project goes fairly quickly but still takes 2 weeks to get everything off. (We used to send closer to 1000, all hand addressed.) I guess that’s why I don’t personally send cards.
I’m going to try to use things we already have and natural elements to decorate this year.
This year when we put up the decorations we’ll take time to edit them and get rid of some we no longer enjoy. (Last year I got rid of some ceramic trees.)
I saved this little ceramic tree but I might want to change the color — AGAIN.
We also need to clean that part of the attic which got very dirty when the new roof was put on. WOW, I’d better get started, only 99 days left.
We wish you a Merry . . . too soon for you?