Thanksgiving is our kickoff for the Christmas season. We used to wait until the middle of December or later to put up our Christmas tree until we discovered that A) all the trees on the lot are cut at the same time and the longer you wait, the dryer and deader the tree is by the time you put it up, B) the trees by us don't get any cheaper as the season goes on so we weren't saving any money, and C) Thanksgiving is our only weekend off before December madness. As a harpist, December is the month where I earn my income for January and February as well.
Plus, we never go out and shop on black Friday and choosing the tree and putting up the decorations is some nice post turkey stupor family time. And now that we have a son in college that we see 3 times a year, it feels even more important to spend that time bonding over something traditional.
But, the tree is only the beginning. As I mentioned last week (or the week before that..... or some time before today - my days are all smooshing together) we have a big Christmas party that ranges all over our house. So Thanksgiving weekend has sort of evolved into "decorat-a-palooza"
For some of it I cheat. I have a number of embellished fake evergreen garlands above doorways and, about 5 years ago, I got fed up with all the embellishments falling out and getting lost every time I took the garlands down (I just stick stuff in there, I never take the time to wire things in or anything) and I started just leaving them up there year round.
Which works pretty well in that, A) most people don't look up there very often anyway and B) my social life has dwindled to such a trickle that I don't have anyone over the rest of the year. And I don't think my students care that much.
This one really only gets noticed when I plug the lights in.
And this one is particularly sneaky as it is surrounded by some stenciling I started several years ago because I liked the look of the garland. The unfinished painting around the door frame is a tale for another post.
Then there are the three, yes three, Christmas trees.
Tree number one is the main tree in the living room. This is the live one we shop for on Friday and holds all the glass ornaments. A word about ornaments - I have so many ornaments, I have to do a completely separate post about them!
Tree number two is a small fake tree in the family room that holds primarily home made ornaments.
And tree number three is a teeny, tiny tree from John's childhood that we move from place to place. This year it is in residence on the ugly avocado green piano in hopes that folks will look at the charming decorations on top of said piano and fail to notice that it is, in fact, avocado green. What were people thinking in 1947? Who ever thought this was a good color for furniture or instruments?
Other attempts to divert attention from the color of the piano include the Angel Chimes from both John's and my childhoods - you can tell we're children of the 60's - I know of practically no one that grew up at a certain time in the midwest who did not have a set of these......
(Thank goodness for the directions - every year I forget how to put the thing together.)
- and, a relic of the 70's - John's Charlie Brown Christmas pop-up.
Next post: Ornaments Ahoy!