A few weeks ago, in response to a friend's post about Christmas trees and kittycat destruction, I wrote:
That's one of the many reasons we're going treeless this year.
But... my garland looks pretty awesome. The nice French Canadian woman selling trees around the corner from me made me some, when I couldn't find any I liked. Turns out she doesn't get paid until X-mas eve, so doing little custom orders on the side gets her food money while she's here. I think she used off-cuts from the trees to make it.
I bought a wreath she made, too, and got some ribbon and some jingle bells and stuff from the local party store to decorate it. I finished that tonight and hung it.
Tomorrow I want to make some pretty sprays of holly and pine, and hang stockings, and maybe some ornaments, etc., etc. We'll see what strikes my fancy, and what I can get done in and around taking care of Sprog and other business.
But the apartment smells fantastic, Fiona is going crazy for the pine needles I haven't managed to sweep away, and it is definitely beginning to look a lot like Xmas around here!
I'll see if I can get some good pictures, once I've done a bit more, and maybe actually cleaned the rest of the apartment somewhat.
Well, I got some photos of my decorations.
They make me really happy. The greenery is real, so it smells nice-- almost like having a tree. And I had fun putting everything up.
A little caveat-- we're on a tight budget this year, so I'm working mostly with what we have kicking around. And the decorations were chosen largely by what the cat and the baby couldn't reach and/or ingest and/or destroy. And my apartment is a mess. I'd like to act like that's just a recent thing, but... no.
Anyway. On with the tour!
Here's what's on top of our TV:
Those little shoes were there already. I love them (they have a little skull and crossbones embroidered on the heels), but they fall off really easily, so I've been keeping them there. I don't know why. But I thought I remembered that some people somewhere fill shoes with goodies instead of stockings, so, well, there it is.
The wind-up toys are gifts from J's parents. The little wagon is from my childhood tree. And the candle smells like pine, but in a nice way. Not overwhelming.
The next two are images of the garland in the arch, from other angles. There's a spray of fir (?) and holly that I made, that looks better in real life than in photographs (it's too dark), and much baby gear. And you can also see my kitty.
There are more stocking in our tiny foyer, but my favorite is our little-est one, built from the remaining half of a pair, whose buddy got lost in the laundry:
Phew! That's all I've got! Or at least all I'm gonna show.
(Thank you Baby Christmas Jesus for that, am I right?)
Anyway, I had fun.
Merry X-mas, everyone!
May your halls be decked with joy!