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Merry…New Year? Or shall we call this the post of Christmas past?

I started a reading plan called Rediscovering the Christmas Season on YouVersion just a couple days after Thanksgiving and, as I write this post on the day after Christmas, am several days behind. Since the blog post right before this one hails from around Halloween, it’s obviously not just my reading that needs a little catch up. Whew, December 26th – how’d that suddenly get here?

Life has been busy again for sure and there’s also been random cases of the ick, like having pinkeye for the first time a wee while ago and the head cold that still clings to me like that little green guy in the Mucinex commercials. [Side note and minor gripe: Mucinex did not make my little green guy go away at all – overpriced sugar pills as far as I could tell].

Part of my busyness included putting up a tree of course and, since it’s both time to bid the Halloween post farewell and I can breath out of my nose today, it’s time to do a little updating.

Step one in decorating our condo for Christmas usually involves opening a big blue tote that contains the lights and other necessities. These items are usually thoroughly inspected by the cats before I actually have a chance to take much out of that tote.

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One of our cats, Chloe, checks the tote sides for…shiny things maybe?

We have one of those some-assembly-required Christmas trees with the colored pegs on each branch and it rests in the living room closet for most of the year. That being the case, it’s not much to behold when I’ve first taken it out of the box and done the basic connect the dots (er, branches).

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Chloe already has her eye on the empty box in this photo and you can probably spot Joey’s black and white head just over the table. He mainly watched in confusion and curiosity during the tree assembly process.

Before any actual decorating takes place, the tree also gets a cat inspection to test it for stability. Actually, it gets another inspection after decoration is complete (and this is why we don’t own any glass or otherwise breakable ornaments).

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Chloe, this year’s primary inspector, can be seen still hard at work at the bottom of the completed tree in this last photo.

I did manage to get at least one photo sans cat…

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Our tree has perhaps a bit more unusual dressing than most. Oh, we have lights and bits of garland of course. But there’s the bear wearing a red sweater and green bow tie that always plays the part of our angel/tree topper. There’s also giant snowflakes, a fairy that one of the cat’s chewed the hand off of, a frog wearing a Santa hat, and a couple more sentimental wonders to behold like this…

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This “ornament” was actually a Christmas present from one of my nephews many years ago. The wrapping paper tube is open on one end – inside it are rolled up drawings they made with a marker (shown below with the help of a few magnets)…

 

It’s just a reindeer and an angel on simple piece of paper but I still dig it more than anything from the shelves of Target or Walmart. And since that same nephew is now in college, the drawing and its little tube packaging now serve the purpose of Christmas memories as well as decoration.

On the topic of paper nostalgia, I’m also one of those people that keeps just about every Christmas card that Mr. Postman brings me. I love looking back and reading the messages, quick scribbles of names, and paw prints (yes, in some). Some cards are the funny, some are gushy, and some are from family members that are no longer on this earth. One thing I did this year was make a card bench – I’m not sure what else to call it – next to our tree with some of the cards from my collection. It seemed like a brilliant idea to stand the cards up and display them on a lovely red tablecloth – but again we own cats so the whole standing up thing didn’t last long. I ended up laying them down to avoid having to pick them back up every 10 minutes.

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See the three cards in the front? Yeah, that’s pretty much how they all had to be displayed to avoid the terror of Chloe.

So that was part of the Christmas preparations in our humble abode. Since Christmas is now passed and we’re steadily racing toward New Year’s, time for me to go catch up more on that reading plan!

Many wishes to all for a wonderful remainder of 2016 and a holiday season that is…

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