First the tree in front of the window, where the lights sparkle and reflect and make the room look magical. I love to just walk through the room and stare at the tree. The ornaments are mostly things the children made through the years ... with some treasured memory ornaments that were gifts added from friends and family. They all remind me of special times, or events, and the sweet people who gave them to me. The little decorations made by the children make me smile and mean the most, I think. The shrink art drawings, the marshmallow snowmen glued together and calcified with age, the construction paper with glitter, the toothless photos glued onto paper. Those are the best.
The mantle is simple. Just greenery, holly, some white poinsettias and the Holy Family in the middle .... all amidst tiny white lights.
I was so fearful Wally would decide to climb the tree or 'redecorate' it by batting at the ornaments, removing them, and playing with them throughout the house. However, he seems to think that under the tree, on the old lace tablecloth is his new napping spot. He has made himself a nest there. When he isn't fast asleep, he gazes out the window (his large screen TV) at the birds flitting around the feeders. Only occasionally will an ornament get batted so it swings back and forth, but so far, no breakage!
I put a sprig of poinsettia garland across the top of Grandma Holton's portrait that my sweet little sister found as she was cleaning and reorganizing. It is a lovely charcoal rendering of Grandma done in the early 60's we think. I had it framed at a local frame shop. Will show you the work in progress on another blog.
The Monday night sewing group decided for our party we would all bring appetizers. Oh what a feast. There are only five of us, but we managed to put out a spread quite delicious. There was a cranberry cheese ball and delectable crackers, little sausage links wrapped in bacon with brown sugar, a sausage mixture in crescent rolls baked in the oven, tiny dough cups filled with chicken salad, spinach mini-quiches, and a cool grape salad to round it out. Wonderful assortment. We enjoyed each other, and exchanged gifts thoughtfully purchased or carefully made by hand .... all cherished and just right for each of us.
I will close with a last picture of Wally Kitty.