Why? Busy, busy… DH has been working hard, J. is busy with school work, I’ve been buried under a small mound of other tasks – which has included my mother’s Christmas preparations, shopping, wrapping presents, helping with cards etc – no time for much else.
Today we did something about that. DH went into the loft and passed down a number of boxes, containing the Tree, the Lights, the Decorations, the Cake Tins, the Christmas Stuff in general (found my advent calendar!).
We tidied and cleaned the sitting room, stopped for lunch, then set about assembling the Christmas Tree.
Thereby hangs a tale…
We only have Half a Christmas Tree.
You see, our sitting room is not very big and there are not really any places to put a large, floor-standing tree. Except a corner, near the dining-room door, between the fireplace and the table.
So, we fix on the four sets of branches at the front of the tree, but if we attached the back ones, the tree would stick out so far, that we’d fall over it.
The back of our tree is not there:
It’s still in the box.
But once you open out all the bits of branch and “fluff it up” a bit, you can’t actually tell that we only have Half a Chrismas Tree!
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It Wouldn’t Be Christmas Without…
The Tree (of course!)…
The paper ones were made by me, the “Hama Bead” ones by J. We’re quite proud of our handiwork and enjoy seeing them on our tree (there are more, but I thought you could only cope with so many photos…)
My little nesting Santa and Penguin ornaments…
My parachuting Santa, that I’ve had ever since I decorated my own Christmas Tree, in my first flat, 26 years ago…
The decorated mantlepiece – J. helped this year.
It really is not Christmas without our own tiny piece of Bethlehem.
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I wonder what you feel you must have around you at Christmas, for it to really feel as if the Season is here and that it Really Is Christmas?