Sorting Through the Christmas Stuff

We pulled out our Christmas decorations so we can have an afternoon or evening to sort through things and share some with the family, separate what we’re planning to use this year, DONATE OUR OLD NON-WORKING LIGHTS for recycle, and put the rest back in storage.

We've discarded all partially working and non-working strings of lights.
We’ve discarded all partially working and non-working strings of lights.

I’ve already put all the red balls in a separate box.  We won’t need those this year. (Color scheme.)  Gold and silver balls are together in special, divided ornament boxes.

The red lidded boxes are filled with gold glass balls.
The red lidded boxes are filled with gold glass balls.

The mantel is very simple.  Perhaps after we set the tree up we’ll augment with some greenery.

The mantel is very simple: blue and green balls hung from the mirror and stuffed into small cloches.
The mantel is sparse: blue and green balls hung from the mirror and stuffed into small cloches.

I tried to attach a gift wreath to the front of my Christmas-mobile just for fun but couldn’t figure our how to do it without obscuring the license plate.

I wanted to put a wreath on the from of my car but it was not meant to be.
I wanted to put a wreath on the front of my car but it was not meant to be.

Instead I hung it on the cottage door.

The Cottage needs a little Christmas spirit, too.
The Cottage needs a little Christmas spirit, too.

I took a few minutes yesterday afternoon, even in the rain and cold, to cut greenery from mature boxwood bushes and a magnolia tree.

Magnolia and boxwood need little arranging to make them look festive.
Magnolia and boxwood need little arranging to make them look festive.

I used some of the magnolia and box on the sled on the porch with the log on it.

I have enough greenery left over to decorate inside the house, too.
I have enough greenery left over to decorate inside the house, too.

To top it off I just wired 4 balls together and hooked them to the greenery.

Two branches each of magnolia and boxwood give a lush effect.
Two branches each of magnolia and boxwood give a lush effect.

We still need holly, cedar, and pine to have a full complement of greens.

Pine boughs cut from the yard.
Pine boughs cut from the yard.

Why won’t the weather cooperate? Are you collecting natural elements for your Christmas display?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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