Deck the Halls!

OK, so we didn’t actually deck the halls, but we did get a jump on decking the living room and family room! Greg dug everything out and brought it upstairs, and the girls did most of the work. I did put the lights on the tree in the living room, though. This is something I learned by watching my dad, and I hope some of my kids will learn by watching me (if they don’t all buy pre-lit trees). I wasn’t quite as particular about it this year, but I’m still a stickler for evenly spaced lights. I sit across the room and look at the tree through squinted eyes to look for “holes”. 😀

Three years ago, when I was still working for Michaels, I bought a 7′ slim, pre-lit tree on sale because I thought the other one was getting to be a pain and hard to squeeze around to decorate. The first time I put it up, I was underwhelmed. Foofing it up with huge ribbon last year worked a little, but it still seemed to be swallowed up by the vastness of the space in that room. So this year, Big Bertha is back in the living room, and Skinny Minnie is down in the family room where she’s much cozier with the normal 8’ceiling.

Now I have to find my wreaths for the front door and for either side of the garage. I have some outdoor lights, but I don’t think I want to bother with those. The main reason is electricity usage. Also, I think that keeping it simple is just more elegant. A single candle in each window maybe! Classy.

Don’t get me wrong! I love to drive around and look at Christmas lights. The ones set to music are always a treat, and I admire the amount of work (and money) people put into all of that. It’s just not my style.

It’s been a long day! Greg’s bladder needs to learn about weekends first of all. Waking up at 3:00 and again at 5:30 a.m. is not fun when you’re looking forward to sleeping in just a little bit. After the second pee-pee call, I never did fall back to sleep. So I just got up sometime after 6. Between baking two batches of cookies and decorating (more photos here), I posted on all three of my blogs today. I do believe that is a first! So this old goat is off to the land of nod…

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