Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Sno-el


December came in with a storm! A few flurries had begun to fall before we went to bed on Saturday night, and we woke up to about an inch of snow outside. It was just wonderful. We were especially excited because we'd already planned to put up our Christmas tree on Sunday, and now it was a day with snow outside. How festive is that?






It wasn't very much snow, and it was already starting to melt on the paved patios when we woke up at 7 am, but it was still very pretty and we were all very happy to have some snow outside. We had just filled out bird feeders the day before, so there were many interesting birds in the yard, including goldfinches on our thistle feeder.



After lunch, we hauled out the Christmas tree and all of the indoor decorations. The kids put on the lights mostly by themselves, a first this year. I mean, the LB is taller than I am now. Everyone pitched in to hang ornaments and then I vacuumed up the loose fake pine needles on the carpet and put the skirt on the floor under the tree. Our decorating is pretty simple; we like having the tree and a few other items up for a month or so, but I'm sure we'd like it less if we had more stuff out.


I bought a new tree-topper this year. It's from the Hearth and Hand Magnolia line at Target (by the ubiquitous Chip and Joanna). I was looking for something to replace an old country-style angel made from burlap and paper with grapevine wings, which I liked very much when I was first married and that was more of the style at the time. But it was looking very old and tired, and not really my taste anymore, so I decided to find something new. I saw this one and really liked the spareness and simplicity of it; it's all metal and has a simple plastic clip to hold it on the tree. I like this because I can move it lower on the tree to avoid touching the ceiling.


After the tree was up, I planted some paperwhite bulbs and put the pot on my little plant table next to the tree. I bought the paperwhite kit on Saturday when I went grocery shopping. I plant amaryllis most years, but I felt like having paperwhites for a change. I was lucky to get them; the store had about twenty amaryllis kits and only one paperwhite kit. I grabbed it!



I'm so glad to have the tree up. I love being at home with it during the day, just knowing it's sitting in the living room, glowing away. I go in and out all day, sitting in a chair to read, crochet or just look at the tree. I wish I could invite you in for a cup of tea and a little chat.

16 comments:

  1. Your tree looks beautiful. We're choosing ours this weekend, I can't wait!

    Do you know, a month ago, I'd never heard of Chip and Joanna but I recently stumbled upon Fixer Upper on a random cable channel and was hooked. I had no idea they have an empire! They're not well known in the UK - yet. X

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  2. What a lovely cosy corner, I can well imagine how you like to sit there. The tree is very pretty and I love your new star. CJ xx

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  3. So lovely Jennifer and am enjoying a cuppa right now so hello there lol
    May you all have a wonderful xmas time and I do envy that snow....HOT here usually xo

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  4. I'm glad you got some snow on tree day! I love the new topper. Actually I probably love all things Chip and Jo! :)

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  5. How wonderful to get snow on the evening prior to decorating, it does add that extra seasonal feeling. What a beautiful space you have right next to the tree for reading and crochet and so nice to see a crochet throw.

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  6. lovely photos. Great to see the snow and your tree looks beautiful. What a happy Sunday you had.

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  7. very lovely!!!! I have our tree up too! I love the beauty of this season! :) God keep you!

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  8. It looks full of winter wonder. We are going to put our tree up on Sunday. I usually wait for the children to finish school but they don't finish until the 21st December this year so I felt it was a little late. Funny LB is taller than you Hehe. Jo x

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  9. It somehow seems more Christmas-y when there's snow, doesn't it? We got a foot of snow about a week ago, but then we got a lot of rain, so most of the snow melted. All that's left is huge, ugly, slushy, gray piles left in store parking lots.

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  10. How wonderful and magical to have snow fall just as you're ready to put up the tree, totally festive. We haven't done any decorating here, perhaps this weekend but definitely before next weekend when Eleanor will be home from uni.

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  11. Glad to see your Christmas tree is up and snow is all around to make Christmas more festive. We keep getting this powdery snow in the last two days. The temp is 17 degrees here in ND. Nice that you got the last paperwhites for it will reward you with a great scent later on. Merry Christmas!!

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  12. How nice to have snow on the ground as you decorated the tree. I know that made it feel extra festive! Your tree is so pretty. I love the shape of it - it looks real. I love having our tree up, too! We are expecting snow on Sunday and I'm so excited!

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  14. Pretty tree, how nice the kids were able to help. I see too many times, when the lady of the house thinks it's should be a designer tree and the kids don't get to participate. Love the new star. Not a fan of sno.....w, hate even typing the word, but your pictures are nice. Cozy corner you have with your afghan on the chair there by the tree.
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  15. The snow does look very pretty. That's about all I would like to have; the kind that comes and goes fairly quickly. We are having mild winter temps here so far. Your tree looks very pretty. I always enjoyed seeing ours lit up when the kids were little. But now they are far, far away and I don't put one up and decorate very little.

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  16. Your living room looks wonderfully cozy. We've only had one snow yet... and I am perfectly happy with that.. maybe a little something closer to Christmas.. but not just yet. Happy you found yourself a paperwhite.

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