L and I decked our halls last weekend. We trimmed the tree, and it flowed together easily for a change. L had wrapped the lights on the tree while I was still in Texas (yes, we are old school, and don't have a pre-wired tree) and so it's my job to hang everything else on it. This usually culminates with frustration and mild obscenities when it comes time to do the top. It's loosely made up of a large golden bow with long curly ends, 2 or 3 other long ribbon garlands, and then I loosely fit gilded branches and berries into the whole thing so it looks wild and unconstructed. It's always a delicate balance getting those branches to stay put and at just such an angle, and normally I end up with bad words tripping off my tongue as I (almost) fall into the tree for the 10th time. For some reason, this year it went together without a hitch. Magical and beautiful, and I was thrilled that, for once, decorum had reigned supreme. As with the tree, the rest of the downstairs went together with ease. Where I usually struggle (and fail) to remember just how and where I'd placed things the previous year, this year everything seemed to know just the perfect place to be. Sweet silent night.
I love my little dining table this year. The beautiful wounded - and healed - reindeer and the jolly elf riding astride are the perfect centerpiece, set off beautifully by the glittered trees we'd already had. It's a pity we won't be having Christmas Eve dinner at my house this year, but at least I can look at a beautifully appointed table every day. In case you hadn't guessed we've been eating a lot in front of the TV this month - partly so the effect isn't ruined, and partly because the days have been so busy. But come Christmas morning we'll have a gorgeous brunch at our festive table, and enjoy the whole effect.
The lovely new angel graces the mantle this year and is a perfect addition. The room is fun to be in during the day with all of the bright and glittering ornaments, but at night it takes on a special look, with the twinkling glow of the tree lights reflecting off of the gold and sparkly items placed around the room. It's warm and beautiful, and sets the stage perfectly for the true spirit of Christmas to abide. Even L's train set and Christmas house seem to make me want to settle in and be cozy with family and friends.