Are you ready for Christmas? I’m not. With the whines in my life (I don’t like whining, do you?) I’m just not there yet.
I’ve started, though.
I decided to change a few things this year. I’m tired of the same Christmas look I’ve had for the last hundred years, so I’m taking it slow and changing things up a little.
I have an old blue sled I put on the porch last year and the year before. Now I love my sled (I wish I had the one we had when we were kids, but since I don’t, this one is great.) The only thing I didn’t like about it was the blue metal instead of red.
So I got out my acrylic paint and fixed it. It’s not perfect, but I like the look I got.
I love this lantern (especially the rust!) I have it next to the sled. It makes me think of stories I’ve read and movies I’ve seen about back in the old days when boys would sled so long, they’d need a lantern to drag their sleds home.
So I’m taking my time, trying to make the house pretty and a place that’s warm and cozy. Just inside the front door, on a small table where you’ll see it first, I’ll have a small tree with clear ornaments I’ve put pictures of my family inside.
On Grandma’s vanity table nearby, I’ve put my olive wood nativity scene that Dad brought me from The Holy Land.
At least that’s the plan for now. I’m hoping to be finished before long.
I never want to let the true meaning of Christmas be overtaken by the what-cha-gonna-gets. We give gifts to one another in remembrance of the gifts the Magi gave Jesus as he lay in his manger. The lights, whether candles, tree lights or lanterns, signify the Bethlehem Star.
And St. Nicholas? He has a special place in my heart. Maybe I’ll tell you about that tomorrow.
I’m guessing everyone else has their decorating finished–with the possible exception of #4 and Marilyn. Just guessing, though. 🙂