Wednesday, December 7, 2011


This corner was made for a Christmas tree. Seriously, when I walked into this room for the first time, I thought, Christmas tree there. 

We haven't decorated it yet-- Patrick claimed November 30th was too early for husband participation-- and besides which, I need to buy more garland. Tomorrow night the ornaments will come out en masse. 

Something about that first Christmas in a new house. I'm ordinarily pretty into merry-making, but this year has brought seasonal spirit to new heights. I drove over hill and dale to collect the Christmas tree, which I found on Craigslist. I went to JoAnn Fabrics and Michael's and spent hours, hours, looping yards of garland over my arm like a female Clark Griswold. 

I'm going back again tomorrow. I'm worried.

I told my mother-in-law that hosting Christmas gives women a special kind of mental illness. This I said to a woman who hosts a lavish Christmas day dinner in her house where quaint snow villages and caroler figurines occupy every horizontal surface. Strangely, she didn't seem offended.

I think I understand it, now. I'm beginning to long for snow villages and caroler figurines of my own.

If I somehow find the time to squeeze in a craft project before the actual day, I might make toilet tube owls. Or a light bulb hot air balloon. Or a single, perfect, glittered snow house.

Sigh. What holiday preparations are underway at your house?

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Lisa-Marie said...

Your Christmas tree can be seen from outside from two different windows. You are right, it IS made for a tree.

Our tree is up, candles are scattered, and I made bunting and am working on garlands and decorations. I love Christmas!

Kristina Strain said...

I *love* the window-proximity, too. That's exactly why I chose that spot. :)

KEF said...

I am so in love with that little ceramic christmas tree in the window-exactly like the one from my childhood! Funny how, as time passes, you appreciate thngs that once seemed so ordinary!

Kristina Strain said...

Thanks. It came from some grandmother-or-another. We love it, too.

Steph said...

We got the tree up! Ximena helped and it was heart melting. She handed me each ornament from the box and I hung them. She's especially taken by "balls" and a little vintage doll ornament. Our little ceramic tree is on the bar separating dining room from kitchen. Once the cookies are made this weekend, they will look great next to eachother. You're house is looking so amazing. So happy for you.

Becky said...

I agree with the perfect location for your beautiful tree! I haven't started yet but hope to decorate this weekend. This new home is presenting space challenges so I'm having to work hard to get stuff put away so that I can get the Christmas stuff out of the attic!

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