I know, it's not even Thanksgiving. But let's be fair; everything takes me extra time these days, so I might as well start before I get behind the ball completely. And there are no outside decs yet. And the tree isn't up (more on that later.) The holiday is just trickling in, so to speak. We're not blasting holiday music. Yet.
I've hung ornaments from my kitchen curtains with ribbon.
And brought out the greenery. This year I wanted to switch all the red I've used forever with some blues and greens. I didn't get rid of any of my old stuff -- I'll reuse most of it downstairs in the man cave.
It helps to discuss Important Things like New Christmas Color Schemes with your friends, because
they might happen upon 30 peacock blue glass ornaments at a garage
sale and pick them up for 50 cents. Thank you, Jenn.
Or they might call to tell you about all the teal and blue ornaments at a dollar store in town. Thank you, Michelle.
I stuffed some 2008 clearance chartreuse poinsettias and berries into my old standby pot-o-greens and wrapped a ribbon around the lampshade. Woohoo! Festive.
As for the tree. If you have ever wondered how long it would take two adults to remove every light from a full 10' pre-lit tree, wonder no more! Six man hours. I know this because that is how hubs and I spent our Sunday afternoon. Our 5-year old tree had only 1 of the 9 strands working, so we decided to cut them all out. Talk about quality together time.
We thought we'd celebrate by putting new lights on the old beauty. So we left the top off, since it's kind of heavy, and we'll wait until we have lights on it before we stick it on the top. That's right. The top of my (now, light-less) Christmas tree is on the floor in my living room. Because nothing says Let's Celebrate the Blessings of the Season like dime store decorations and a decapitated artificial douglas fir.
Before you know it we'll have a leg lamp in the front window.
You think I'm kidding.