Starting the Christmas Decorating

This year I have been so excited about Christmas but at the same time other projects are keeping me from getting out the decorations.

An artificial tree on the side porch.
An artificial tree on the side porch.

But we have to start somewhere and here’s what we’re up to.

Norfolk Island pines don't do well outside below 40 degrees.
Norfolk Island pines don’t do well outside below 40 degrees.

My son and his wife brought us a spray of pine for the door, 2 Norfolk Island pines, and a fresh-cut Frasier fir  Christmas tree.

When I left the house yesterday morning Charlie had ladders up against the front and a strand of lights across the porch roof. Hmmm?
When I left the house yesterday morning Charlie had ladders up against the front and a strand of lights across the porch roof. Hmmm?

Charlie pulled out the Christmas lights from the attic and started checking the strands to see if he could get enough for the tree and maybe a little outdoor lighting.

We had filled the only clear corner of the conservatory with boxes of tile and a room-sized rug pad. All but gone now.
We had filled the only clear corner of the conservatory with boxes of tile and a room-sized rug pad. All but gone now.

I’m waiting for all the boxes of tile that have been sitting around in piles for the past few months to be stuck onto the walls.  Then the corners where the tile has been will be opened up for other things:  the olive trees, for instance.

I put one of the Norfolk Island pines on the kitchen island in a galvanized bucket and tied a sparkly bow around it.
I put one of the Norfolk Island pines on the kitchen island in a galvanized bucket and tied a sparkly bow around it.

But in spite of my tardiness I have purchased gifts for the most important people in my life and have mailed the ones that go out-of-state.

The Christmas tree is leaning up gainst the bump out until it goes in it's stand in the house. Maybe the living room this year.
The Christmas tree is leaning up gainst the bump out until it goes in it’s stand in the house. Maybe the living room this year.

Last night I attended ladies’ night at our local Ace hardware store just for the fun of it and to see if there was anything there that would be good and useful gifts for the folks I work with.

The greens on this door spray need to be freshened and then it will hang outside.
The greens on this door spray need to be freshened and then it will hang outside.

My final and favorite stop for last minute Christmas gifts is Trader Joe’s.  They always have something delicious (candy, dried fruit, nuts, panettone) and well-packaged (cinnamon brooms, rosemary trees) that will surely be appreciated.

Cinnamon brooms make the house smell delicious.
Cinnamon brooms make the house smell delicious.

Merry Christmas.

Do you have a cherished decoration that means Christmas to you?

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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.

8 thoughts on “Starting the Christmas Decorating”

    1. In addition to the big ones, TJ’s has tiny cinnamon whisk brooms for 99 cents. I have one in the car, one in the closet, . . . you get the picture. Smells yummy. Jo

    1. The conservatory windows are at the back of the house so we might try to put the tree in a front window (which we’ve never done before). Jo

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