Chillin' at CRT on Xpu Ha Beach

Chillin' at CRT on Xpu Ha Beach
How I'd spend every day if I weren't redecorating, cooking, sewing and blogging!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Countdown to Christmas

Christmas always seems to come really quickly after the decorations are completed and the shopping is done. I really try to finish early so I can focus on enjoying the season, instead of just being busy.  This year I started EXTRA early because SuperDave had surgery the day before Thanksgiving. I didn't want to be decorating the house while he was recovering, so I had a plan to get completed finished before Thanksgiving.  Also, I need his help, so I needed to get all the decorations he helps with done before the surgery.

It didn't happen.  
It just didn't.  
We started off really early.  

We got the decorations out and set up the big tree a couple weeks before Thanksgiving. We never do that. But in this case, it was necessary. I have a newish big tree this year.  I bought it from a neighbor who moved away and didn't want a 10' tree in her next home, she was ready to simplify.  Having a new tree meant removing all the lights from the old tree - because I do not remove the lights every year. It's a SIX hour (or more) job to put lights on every limb of a 10 foot tree the correct way.  

So, I removed the lights, only breaking a few of the glass bulbs along the way. I gave away the old tree, then started putting lights on the new tree.  Of course, a few strands wouldn't work, so I headed off to the store to buy more lights. There I found they no longer make the type and color of lights I was using. I have a combination of clear and gold, glass flame tip bulbs.  I was attempting to switch from regular to LED so the last few boxes were the same look but were LED.  After fuming, stewing and searching the Internet for a few days I gave up. I was able to get clear and multi-color bulbs (some of them are gold) none of them LED.  I mixed the clear and multi-color strands by removing bulbs and putting them back on the other strands.  Then I pulled some gold bulbs that were already on tree, mixed those in the new strands and put multi-color bulbs where I removed the gold ones.  So now it is consistent (mostly) from top to bottom. It has primarily clear lights with a few gold and multi-color mixed in.

Finally, the lights were done and my kids were coming on Saturday after Thanksgiving.  I focused on everything except the big tree so I could get the dirty boxes out of the house before the grand babies arrived.  Also, I was having the house cleaned before the surgery and the decorating was supposed to be done before cleaning day.  I finally gave up and just closed the doors on 3 rooms that were still a Christmas decorating mess.

All this decorating is a big job and when we got the boxes down from the attic, I almost backed out.  But now that it's done, it's beautiful and I'm loving every little bit of sparkle and glow.  Now I want a pencil tree to put on the upstairs landing because it would show out the front window of the house and give me another place to put ornaments! But if I bring another tree home, SuperDave is going to be sure I've lost my mind.  

What can I say?  I love Christmas.

Now, I'm playing with my camera settings trying to get a really good picture of the big tree. Until I get a shot of the big tree that I love, I'll share some pictures I snapped with my phone of the tree in our bedroom.  

The small pre-lit trees are so easy to put up - normally. Of course, this year half the lights didn't work on this small tree.  That meant I spent of good deal of time removing the lights from it and putting on new ones. But after the lights on this tree are working, it only takes 20 or 30 minutes to finish up with the ribbon and ornaments.  I love small trees!

This tree has a lot of handmade ornaments, one from my hometown, some we picked up on vacation, as well as one commemorating our wedding day - 35 years ago this month!

I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season as we are, deep in the heart of Texas!

Much Love and Laughter,


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1 comment:

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Wow, Laura, sounds like things are hectic over your way! Hope your husband is feeling better. Your decor still looks pretty festive! Just relax and enjoy the season! You deserve it!