The Christmas decorating has begun!
Things are off to a slower-than-usual start as I've been under the weather and work is a madhouse with project completion. But here is my first report from the decorating front.
My new pine cone wreath went up on the big mirror in our living room. It is glittery and there are sparkles everywhere asunder:
The tree arrived and remains unadorned on its felt pad. The tree is a Fraser Fir and is narrower than usual, but I like its svelte lines. It will be dense with ornaments soon. And I have a glorious new linen tree skirt I cannot wait to show you!
Storage bins have arrived in the living room, full of goodness. All of my Christmas things fit in these two bins plus a separate box for tree ornaments:
The faux boxwood wreath has reappeared on my china cabinet. I love wreaths atop glass or mirror:
Sideboard decorating has only just begun with one strand of glittery beads atop the mirror and our first Christmas card (a musical one which plays "Silent Night"):
I salvaged this ceramic Christmas tree from my Grandmother's house after she went to the nursing home. The house had been substantially cleared out by my aunts, so I was surprised to see it there waiting just for me! She always had this lit at Christmastime. Its brightly-coloured lights reminded me of candy when I was a little girl:
And last but not least, the true meaning of Christmas...
Each year, David and I join hundreds of other Calgarians to provide Christmas gifts for seniors through the Secret Santa organization. We are given the name, age and gift suggestions for two isolated seniors and must do all our shopping in November. Packaging up our gifts is always a touching event, as we include their names on the bags and a list of contents. On Christmas day, staff members at nursing homes and assisted living centres around town will help our seniors open their gifts "from Santa" (ho ho ho):
Every year my seniors get a soft Christmas ornament on their bag:
Hope your Christmas season is off to a glorious start...!