Our Christmas Tree is naked. I cannot figure out the lighting cords. I don't know what happened. The connecting cords are shorter and some circuits are totally out. When I touch the tree, the light turns on, so there must be a loose bulb somewhere. I love Christmas. I love Christmas Trees, Christmas carols, Christmas ornaments, Christmas colors, Christmas smells, Christmas church bells, Holy Christmas mass celebrations expecially when the choir sounds like the Gregorian monks chanting. As I write this, Manhein Steamroller is playing Christmas carols on the Bose. However, I am not crazy that I will inspect 800 lightbulbs to see which one is loose or burnt out. I promised my daughter I will buy new Christmas lights tomorrow and we will string them around the tree so we can decorate the tree.
I used to have a lot of Christmas decorations. As years passed, I started throwing away some Christmas ornaments and decorations. I resolved to only keep the ones that had sentimental value. So it only takes half a day to put up the Christmas decorations. The tree will have to wait. It looks very green right now.
Every Christmas ornament we have around the house has a story and memory. I have a lot of handmade Christmas ornaments, made by my late but most beloved Mother-in-law. I have some ornaments made by my sister-in-law. I also have ornaments hand-carved by my Father-in-law. Every year, my husband buys me a Santa Claus ornament or decoration. I don't think he knows that he does it every year. My favorite ornament is Santa Clause riding on a pig. My husband bought it one December when he was in Dallas on a business trip. I was so tickled to receive that. At that time I liked pig ornaments.
I do not put away all my Christmas ornaments. I keep some Christmas ornaments out all year and some really tiny ones in the china or the curio cabinet. Yes, we keep the Christmas spirit here year-round. I love to be reminded by many happy memories...that or I am a lazy housekeeper. I love fresh flowers but I do not buy fresh flowers unless the house is clean and organized. This December I will finally buy my first bouquet. I am exhausted. I moved furniture all weekend and cleaned up my art supplies. The front yard is littered with boxes not because I went shopping but because I threw away more things.