It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Inside. Finally. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but it was not a case of snapping my fingers and it happened. First, I brought in our tree. Our prelit tree – because husband and I both have an intense dislike for putting up lights – that has served us well for about ten years. Until this year. It said “no go”. “Not doing it”. “I’m done”. It allowed only a few of its lights to shine, and refused to cooperate any further than that.

Husband said we should fix it. Okay. Do we have any idea what to do to fix it? I don’t. He didn’t. Fine. Tree is banished from our home. No ceremony. Just gone. Outside. Never to cross my threshhold again. Ever. That’s what happens when I become angry. Inanimate objects are never to fail to work. When they do, gone! They become history.

I did tell it thank you for its many years of service. I did tell it we appreciated the fact that it shone into the dark for as many years as it did. I was really not as cruel as I have probably led you to believe. I do have a heart. Really.

Then to town. To buy a tree like the Artistic One got last week. Because it’s the only prelit tree I’ve seen this year that I liked. Because it looks more real, I think. Because she got hers for a really good price. Last week. When we went, however, we learned that last week it had been on sale. Last week. When we went, it was not as good a price. But not horrible. And no, I do not like those other, less expensive trees. So bite the bullet I did and we brought our new tree home.

It is quite lovely, I think. It satisfies my need to have a tree, with lights, with sparkles. I thought perhaps I could do without a tree. Wrong. I need the lights, I need the sparkles. I need the holiday shine in my house. After our tree was done, I helped the Artistic One get her tree set up because her husband is not at home right now to do it for her, and because I learned how with our tree. Then I helped decorate it. A little help, not a lot. But I offered support, that counts, right? Amazing how different her tree looks from mine, just because of the differences in decorating.

So we have no snow outside – yet – and I am quite content with that. There is no hint of Christmas outside. But inside? It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Now to find those Christmas music CDs.

I hope Christmas has found its way into your home and your heart!
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About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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12 Responses to It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

  1. You’re inspiring me to get everything pulled together at my house!!! 😉


  2. Heather says:

    Your tree is so festive, and makes me wish for one, too. My two terrible cats will not allow it.
    Many of your decorations remind me of my mom. She made and painted santas for a while, and she and Dad did the whole saw and painting thing, and then she got a kiln and painted ceramics for a few years. Handmade Christmas decorations are the best 🙂


  3. Northern Narratives says:

    Puts me in the mood for Christmas 🙂


  4. Judy Staines says:

    We don’t decorate as early over here as you do in the US, but I must admit I’m tempted by the idea of a prelit tree! We have an artificial one these days – a combination of conscience and dislike of the mess real ones cause – but first we have to assemble it, and then put lights on it, then decorate it. And when I say ‘assemble’, I mean, this thing has about forty parts! Each branch is slotted in separately, there being about eight per row, and probably seven or eight rows. Then you have to bend each one into shape, because you’ve flattened it all for storage, and remember how to fit the base together! It is worth it, but only just!

    Yours looks very pretty, and quite twinkly and sparkly enough, I think!


  5. Yes indeedy — it’s definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas!


  6. Angelia Sims says:

    Love! Love! Love! All your decorations. So pretty! And your new tree is just gorgeous. I don’t like putting up lights either. 🙂 You did good. It is very Merry.


  7. Lisa says:

    We’re a little late with the Christmacy at our house due to all the reno stuff. I finally finished last night with the mantle garland. Love your touches of Christmas…especially the elf! Are you a Santa collector? I am and have more than I have room to display them. 🙂


    • Carol says:

      Lisa, I was a Santa collector, and have many still stored in the Rubbermaid containers in the garage. I am no longer willing to spend the hours and hours I used to spend to decorate.

      Sent from my iPad


  8. suzicate says:

    Can you come decorate my house? The tree is going to be it this year…and maybe stockings if I get the time and energy to do those.


  9. Lynne Ayers says:

    I love my predecorated, prelit tree – it doesn’t look real at all but it doesn’t pretend to be real so that’s OK – it goes up in 1.5 minutes – really … that’s why, each year as I put it up I say like I really mean it … “I LOVE my tree!” And I do. (It comes down in even less time 😉 that’s when I REEEAAALLLLLY LOVE my tree.)


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