Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Spreading the Christmas Cheer

Christmas present
...but not intentionally, this time. 

Yesterday my kids came home from school to find a package on the front porch.  It must have been dropped off during the day, giving one of our local squirrels enough time to tear his way into the box, and, being that there were only 23 cookies inside, to sneak one.  Well, at least he didn't bite any of  the others, so we have been enjoying the remaining 23.

I wonder if I should let the sending party (a company we have done business with during the year) know about the squirrel's break-in?  So they will know not to leave cookies on front porches anymore?  Or just let it go?  By default, I will likely not say anything.  What would you do?

Christmas tree
Last weekend we finally made time to decorate our Christmas tree (click photo for larger view).  Since at 14' it is much higher than I can reach with our step ladder, I decorated the top from the loft.  I was a bit skeptical when my husband brought home icicles for the tree.  They seem to me a bit old fashioned, and also can be pretty messy.  But I am quite pleased by the effect, and how they shimmer with the light, and sway when someone passes by the tree.

We stayed with the lighter ornaments, not placing all of them this year.  But I think it's still pretty loaded.  Many of them are hand made creations my kids made at school or church, so it was fun pulling those out.  My son cut a lot of paper snowflakes for the windows.

I feel like I'm not quite in holiday mode yet, but by next week, hope to start taking time off work, and enjoying the family.  We are scaling back the shopping this year, or at least that's the plan.  I hope for spending time together and enjoying Christmas carols and Christmas concerts.  My daughter planned out the songs yesterday which our family will sing around the piano, including a couple songs she will perform as solos, and the kids are practising "We Three Kings" as a guitar duet.  That will be highlight of Christmas for me.

5 comments:

Dorothy said...

Your tree is so pretty! The songs and guitar duet sound wonderful! I would probably just let it go about the package.

Garden Lily said...

Thanks Dorothy. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Tim said...

You could always give a backhanded thank you to the sender...something like, "thanks for the biscuits! We enjoyed all of them, save for the one the squirrel took." Your tree looks wonderful...we got a 6 footer, our first live tree, and it really does make a home Christmassy. Happy Christmas!

Garden Lily said...

Thanks Tim. I wish you an enjoyable Christmas also.

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and all best wishes for a joyful and floriferous New Year. I think I'm off to get that amaryllis 'Picotee' tomorrow. :-)

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