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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Transitioning Again

Thanksgiving is over.  It's time to prepare for Christmas!
We made wreaths at my sister's house after thanksgiving dinner. Mine is now hanging by the front door. 
Tom has a start on the outdoor lights. 
The house is stripped down of other decorations and collections, everything is cleaned and dusted and vacuumed. Well, there is that one Santa on the mantel, purchased this June in New Orleans.  It is made out of a Cypress knee. (Look it up if you don't know).

The rest of the Santa collection plus all the rest of the decorations are now down out of the attic and await in this stack of tubs in the garage.  I'll start on that tomorrow.  It will take a couple of days. Then there will be the tree to put up.  
After the decorating, it will be time to make by baking list, collect ingredients and begin creating cookies. I'll have to compose the annual Christmas letter and decide what kind of card/photo card to send with it. 

Of course, there's shopping.  I do have a start on it, and I tend to do a lot of it on line.  We don't buy for a lot of people, so we spoil the ones we do buy for. 

Are you beginning the preparations, have you already done them, or are you just much more low key about it than I am? 

18 comments:

  1. I so admire your energy. There was a time (in Texas) when I did major decorating, cooked & baked Christmas goodies & had the neighborhood Christmas party. That all changed when we moved to Oregon. Now it takes me less than an hour to decorate. Even so I still enjoy everyone else's decorations. I look forward to seeing your pictures every year.

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  2. We are very different people, and it shows up when I look at how we approach holidays. Your lovely home reflects the seasons WAY more than anybody else I know, Linda. And what's that you ask? Holiday decorations? I might put up a wreath on the front door, but that will be the extent of it. :-)

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  3. No it is still NOvember! December will be here soon enough. Christmas is not my favorite time of year so I don't rush it:)

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  4. As you saw on my blog, I'm about finished decorating. Some may think it's too early but I like to start early and I leave everything up well into January. I like Christmas baking and have started that too ( we all love cookies straight out of the freezer!! Crazy, huh?) Christmas, as far as I'm concerned, is the entire season from end of November till January 6th.

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  5. I love how your home totally changes for Christmas. Can't wait to see your living room all finished. I've started decorating earlier because the days pass so quickly. I love Christmas!

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  6. I have made a start, it takes me a couple of days to decorate and I love to bake and cook for the season. A wonderful time of year.

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  7. Sounds like you'll be pretty busy! Make it fun!

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  8. The Reeder family never does anything half way! I will be leaving for Florida before Christmas so I will have presents wrapped and distributed by then. As for decorating, nothing til I hang some ornaments on my palm tree and slap some snowflake clings in the window. We enjoy the seasons in different ways.

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  9. I am very low key about Christmas, but I love seeing others' decorations, especially yours. You go whole-hog, and I love that. But then, you have the grandchildren nearby. We tend to just send money across the country to our son. And we buy something big for ourselves during the year that we both can share, and call it Christmas.

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  10. I've got my one string of lights up! The micro manager won't let me climb the ladder for the higher lights I used to put up. I have to agree with her that it's not a good idea to climb ladders in the winter.

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  11. I'm envious of your energy and looking forward to your pictures. I can't help but think that when you were teaching your classroom must have been a really interesting place to be. Got my lights out for the condo patio but they are waiting for my sons to put up, ladders and I are no longer friends :-). The rest is low-key, small condo and big do's with the sons and grandchildren. I imagine your yard will be beautiful.

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  12. I am so faaaaaar behind this year. With our fall mainland trip, my cold (which I'm still fighting), and everything else I'm just not ready. Arrrghhh...

    I'm so envious of all you do and how beautiful your house always looks.

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  13. I'm a kid at heart so Christmas is my favorite time of the year. There are no lights on my house...I'm far to afraid of heights to try hanging them on my hone.

    The tree has gone up - it's Grey Cup Sunday (football) here in Canada signalling the end of fall so a perfect day for decorating. There is more to be done but the game starts in just over an hour.

    Christmas shopping is almost complete. I hate being in crowded stores so I try to shop on line or get it done early.

    Looking forward to seeing your hours fully decorated!

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  14. still enjoying autumn decorations as our leaves are just starting to frost and fall. I'll do Christmas decor later in mid Dec and leave up till Jan.

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  15. Hats off to you two! I'm still putting away the last of the fall decorations. Just one more tub to go to the attic and then we'll start. I usually do the dining room table first. Some years we go whole hog inside and do every room in the downstairs but have never done outside lights. Other years, we're much more laid back and don't decorate more than the table.

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  16. You two always amaze me. Actually, I do have my tree up and it is decorated! I put it up Saturday after we drug out all of the decorations. The tree was then decorated yesterday. (Sunday) I've made a stab at getting some things put up. This is early for me. I don't think I have ever had my tree up in December. I am entertaining a group of church friends on the 10th, so I had to get things going early.

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  17. I am going to look for a poinsettia plant for my coffee table. We won't buy a tree this year.

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  18. Not ready!!!!
    Well I have been making Christmas cards for friends and family and for a Christmas card swap I am on. all fun. I do like card making. We will probably decorate slowly and everything will be up in about two weeks and then it is time for a tree. We usually get a live tree and then plant it on the property somewhere.
    Have fun decorating.
    MB

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