Sunday, December 16, 2007

Decking My Halls . . . .

As I write this, there are only ten more days until Christmas. My shopping is all done (nothing wrapped, though) and I hope you've got yours all finished.
Today I decorated the Christmas tree after Steve set it up and started the lights. I love color and I love sparkles so the tree is a huge mass of primary, bright, twinkling lights.
* It is very hard to take pictures of a lit Christmas tree. These are the best of about twenty I took and I think you can see how very full and festive it looks.
Garm and Thea watched (at least Thea did) me from the couch. Guess who loves to be covered by the soft orange blanket?? He was under there for quite a long time.

Isn't this cute? It's a bean filled holiday-themed conglomeration
that is to be put by a door to keep out the drafts. I can't for the life of me think of what it's called. I don't have drafty doors, but I thought it would be neat used as a decoration and it was 60% off! Garm is sure that it's a big, long dog toy and tried to carry it off.
I can just see the wheels turning in his head . . .
After I got this Santa pillow home, I saw that one of his beady eyes was missing. Kind of looks like he's winking, but that's the thread sticking up. Garm likes this guy too. I can only put these two decorations out when company comes otherwise there will be stuffing and felt all over the house.
This was my attempt at a panoramic view of my Santa figurine collection. Every year we've been together Steve has gotten me a Santa. All the little shops he used to go to are closed now so we ordered one on line this year. I hope it arrives by Christmas time.
Love this wreath and isn't it amazing how they can make plastic ornaments look like glass!
These two pictures are of some decorating in our bedroom. I think beaded garland is so pretty to use and gives everything a sumptuous, decadent feeling. The angel and candles are on a very tall chest of drawers and the beads and baubles spilling out are on my jewelry chest.
If you look closely, you can see that the nativity background spells the word "JOY". This is on a narrow shelf in the hallway. The LED candles give this a lovely glow. I got the silver tree (red one in the previous picture) from Crate and Barrel. Even though they are ultra modern, they fit into my traditional-hunting lodge-Victorian home.
More and more Santas.
This bowl of ornaments is in the breezeway and what looks like a little wreath hanging above is a ring to put around a candle.
The snowmen are also in the breezeway and this excellent rustic Christmas tree - made with bits of pine cones - is at the kitchen step - up.
A very glittery tree on the kitchen counter. See the violets blooming in the reflection.
And last, but not least, the fantastically huge poinsettia Steve surprised me with. (He "surprises" me with one every year.) It is actually a more creamy color than the picture shows and since I equate most things with some sort of food, the "flowers" remind me of luscious, butter cream frosting!
As I do each year, I read Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and then watch the George C. Scott movie version of it on tape. It is always a moving and inspiring story for me, so for my quote this week I will borrow from Mr. Dickens.
' "Business!" cried the ghost, wringing its hands again. "Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!" '
-The Ghost of Jacob Marley
Fine words to live by.
Bye for now,


Old Wom Tigley said...

Beautiful post.. you have some fantastic Christmas stuff.

Mary said...

Alyssa, I admire your tree and it's primary colored lights! It's packed with decorations, you are right. You do much more decorating than I. Thinking of Thea and Garm - I was wondering if that bean (door draft catcher) would survive with two pugs in the house. LOL!

I need to be very careful about what ornaments I hang at the bottom of the tree - Chloe has eaten glass balls, stuffed toy ornaments (maybe three dozen in her lifetime). Do they bother the tree?

Sounds like you are right on schedule, Alyssa. All ready for the big day!

I enjoyed a stroll through your house so brightly decorated!

kate said...

Your Tree is beautiful - well, all your Christmas decor is. I love your Santa figurines. They are so beautiful.

Garm and Thea are entertaining. They are always up to something. I wonder where the beady eye went??

I agree with you about beaded garlands. They really do add something special!

Happy holiday season to you! I imagine it will be a busy and wonderful one for you!!

Pam said...

I just LOVE all your beautiful Christmas decorations. I like sparkle and glitter too and your tree is smashing. Lots of cool Santas, especially the ones with the long, hanging beards.

Alyssa said...

Tom - Thanks a lot. You can never have too many decorations!

Mary - Glad you could visit. This is the first year since we got Thea and Gram that we haven't had a table tree. We weren't sure how they would react, but they are fine. I only have plastic ornaments on the lower branches. But Garm has grabbed the Santa pillow and pulled it across the floor and took a button off. I rescued it in time!

Kate - Thank you for the compliments. I'm not happy with the pictures of the figurines, so during the holiday break, I'll take better pictures and post them. I hope my Christmas time is more relaxing than busy.

Pam - Thank you and I'm happy that you enjoyed my pictures. To me, it's not Christmas without sparkle and glitter. The Santas are lots of fun to look at examine close up.

Kerri said...

Oh Alyssa, your decorations are absolutely beautiful!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

I have enjoyed blogging with you over the past few months and look forward to blogging with you in the New Year!

DeeMom said...

Happy New Year to you!
Awesome decorating going on at your home


Yolanda said...

I love you Christmas collection and the pugs. I am glad to have found your blog and will return often this year.Hope you have a great 2008.