For some people, taking down the Christmas tree is sad. For me, I’m usually sick of all of the clutter & can’t wait to get everything back to normal. Well, the one bright side to so many Christmas decorations is that dusting is just futile. So, we usually take down the decor on January 1st. How about you?
I’ve been seeing a lot of poinsettias on Christmas trees lately. I visited several large well known stores which I won’t mention here because their prices were awful. For one fake poinsettia stem it was anywhere from $4-$8.
I finally went to the dollar store & found some lovely velvet poinsettias that came out to 6 flowers for $1. I guess poinsettias are a flower. I was amazed at what a difference it made to the tree. These poinsettias are a great way to fill in gaps & add dimension & texture to a tree, besides the fact that they are just plain pretty.
Dear Blogging Friends,
Yes, I’m using orange, even at Christmas. It’s what I do. Thank you to everyone who has stopped by & left comments. This is a pathetic excuse for an e-card. E-cards have scrolly fonts & long winded sayings that I never understand. If there was a Christmas card that somehow worked in the word “crap” I could relate to that. I hope Santa brings you everything you want. Happy Holidays!
There was a hallmark commercial when I was young of a very large Christmas tree with only one Christmas ornament on it, the couple’s first Christmas together. My mom in an effort to avoid this, always buys a matching set of ornaments for the tree each year. Each of the kids get one, & we keep our ornaments separately in a box. Some years we have made crafts of it: punching tin ornaments or painting ceramic or wood ornaments as a family. We also each keep a Christmas card with the ornament & the year written on it. This way, we will always take our memories with us & will never have a one ornament tree. We each have an ornament collection that it would take most people years to collect, full of sentimentality. Hmm I thought I was making up the word sentimentality, but the spell checker seems ok with it. I learn something new everyday. Works for me!
I love Christmas lights, but my pet peeve is Christmas lights left up all year round. If I’m honest with myself, I’ll admit that the chances of me being excited enough to ever take the outside lights down, isn’t good. So I’ve found a few ways to bring the Christmas lights inside. This way I get to look at them (I am the one that matters after all), & the effort is very minimal.
1. I have a birdcage that I bought at the dollar store. I shoved a string of Christmas lights in it (so technical of me), & I can keep it around year round, or put it away after Christmas.
2. I’ve also made these super easy potpourri jars. They look pretty & smell wonderful, also makes a good gift.
3. Besides the regular Christmas tree lights, Christmas village lights, we also have a lighted garland to put in the windowsills. This way it still looks like we decorated from the outside of our house, without all of the hassle.
Christmas lights on the inside of the house are neat. Wow, I really should’ve thought of a better closing line. I also should have thought to not point out my mistake. Pretend like that didn’t happen. (Insert brilliant closing line here).