I hope that everyone enjoyed a beautiful Christmas celebration! It was rather uneventful in our empty nest household. We spent Christmas Eve with my sister-in-law and her family and on Christmas day we stayed indoors and watched a marathon of holiday movies on the tube.
After yesterday, I am so glad that I record my favorite movies and television shows on the DVR. I have come to the conclusion that I HATE commercials! Shows start out with about 10-15 minutes of uninterrupted viewing, then BAM- you are inundated with three to five minutes of commercials! Then you begin a cycle of 5-7 minutes of the show, then the commercials again….
An hour long time slot is filled with only about 40 minutes of the show and 20 minutes of commercial time. I think I could quote every line of dialog in many of those commercials after yesterday! Well, maybe not all of them…. but good grief- it sure did get old listening to the same sales pitches all day long!
Okay, on to showing you a little more of my Christmas decor. I bought my goat cart back in the fall and knew it should be decorated for the holidays. I didn’t quite make the cut on the fancy decor- in fact, I just stuck one of my small trees in it and called it a day! I decorated a miniature tree with animal ornaments. It’s mostly a folksy type of tree, hung with an assortment of ornaments dating back to a simple country tree back from the eighties.
I “planted” the tree in a clay pot, nestled it in the cart, and surrounded it in a bed of burlap. One of the garlands is made up of wooden “light bulbs” strung on jute cording. They are replicas of the large old-timey bulbs that I remember from the trees of my childhood. I also used some colorful wooden beads to fill in the gaps.
A little tin bird and birdhouse.
This mouse in a mitten ornament was made out of salt dough, painted, and given a coat or two of polyurethane.
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny Santa Claus
The only non-animal related ornament on the tree is this handmade angel. She has graced one or another of my trees for over 20 years.
The tree is folksy, homey, and perfect for the French country-inspired kitchen. I may just leave this tree up longer than the rest of them. It’s small and unobtrusive and it makes me smile when I see it, because there are so many “first-tree” ornaments on it. It was a simpler time back then- I didn’t do themed trees and was satisfied with sparse ornamentation and lighting. Although this little tree was strung with white lights, I didn’t even plug them in. Instead I hung battery operated grunge candles that flickered with warm golden light.
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