And suddenly, the festive season is upon us! I'm pretty excited. I've made a vow to chill out this time around: there is no reason to feel overwhelmed. I know that's easier said than done, but I think I can manage a better attitude this year. My Christmas shopping is basically finished. I still need to wrap, and I need to buy stocking stuffers too, but I enjoy those tasks. Stocking stuffers entail a trip to Target; I'll buy myself a special red cup of something warm and delicious. Wrapping requires good Christmas movies in the evenings after the kids are in bed. Love, Actually and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation are high on my list; which Christmas movies do you love?
We put up our Christmas tree over the weekend. We always try to do it on Thanksgiving weekend, as long as Thanksgiving doesn't fall too early in November. We have a fake tree. It's our thirteenth year with it, I think. We had a real tree once, for our first Christmas living together. We thought it would be so romantic to go to a tree farm and cut down our own tree. We left it too late in the day and it was getting dark when we finally found the perfect tree...which turned out to have infestations of both spiders and fungus. There were hundreds of tiny spiders all over the living room, building webs on everything. It was not romantic at all. The next year, we bought a fake tree and we've been very happy with it. How about you, if you have a Christmas tree: real or fake?
I love everything about Christmas ornaments: the bright colors, the shininess, the sparkle. I love ornaments that seem old, though I don't really have any that are actually vintage. I'm glad they still make this kind of ornament, though; to me, they're perfect. I have lots of plastic ornaments from the dollar store too; I'm no snob. I would like to have old-fashioned bubble lights, like these, someday. My grandparents had some, from the 1950's, that they still used when I was growing up. I loved to watch them, they were fascinating!
Daddy's Cafe is back under the Christmas tree. This year, it features a Christmas wreath (green yarn wrapped around a cardboard ring), and a chile pepper ristra! The Bear made the ristra; he made lots of little clay chiles, painted them red and strung them together. We also put a string of chile pepper lights around the Christmas tree skirt, you can see them above. This cafe is a real New Mexican place now! Feliz Navidad!
I made a centerpiece for the dining room table this weekend. (The runner is old, I made it before our kids were born; it's reversible, with fall fabrics on the other side). I threw together several Christmassy items for the centerpiece - faux pine boughs, two sparkly faux berry picks, pine cones and some small glass balls, all on a big glass plate. I wasn't sure what I was doing but I played around until it looked symmetrical but not fussy - and I like it!
I've been gathering supplies for a festive experiment, I guess you could say. I'll let you know how it goes...if it goes.
Miss Maggie is coming into being. I'm almost done! Oh, I've enjoyed making her little bunny self. More about Maggie soon. I hope to finish a couple of other handmade items for my small Bears before Christmas too.
I bought a box of Candy Cane Joe-Joe's last week. I think this speaks for itself.
Yes, I'm mighty glad it's that time of year again. Hustle-bustle, color and light, comfort and warmth.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the comments you left on my last post, where I raised questions about the changing blogosphere. I've been slowly replying to each comment. I don't normally reply to them all; I just can't seem to find the time to do that in addition to reading and commenting on others' blogs. But the comments were so thoughtful, and thought-provoking, that I wanted to respond. I want to be clear: I don't personally have any problem with people branching out to other social media. I think they all have their place in today's climate and I'm glad that some bloggers are finding success in other venues as well. I do understand, though, that people miss the way things used to be. I think it's entirely possible that it will come back around eventually, though, and that's one of the reasons I keep blogging: so many people still love this medium and I'm glad to be part of it. I appreciate the kind things you said about my blog; I wasn't fishing for compliments but I am happy to know people like what I do here. I plan to keep on! I love this community and I have been so warmly embraced. And I'm having fun! That's the best part; this is just a really enjoyable thing to do and I thank you for making it such a pleasure.