I know it's a tad early to put up the tree and to decorate for the holidays but we kinda had to do it tonight because we're entertaining the next 3 Saturdays straight and if we didn't do it tonight, we're simply just not going to be able to do it at all.
We flip flop between a real tree and an artificial tree. This year, we decided to use our artificial tree since it's going to be almost impossible to have a real tree up for 4 weeks. Moreover, no one's selling real trees yet.
Our tree is primarily decorated with Handmade Ornaments purchased from Craft Sales. I love Craft Sale ornaments. I can remember the very first Craft Sale ornament I picked up many years back. It's a teeny tiny baby Jesus wrapped up in swadling cloth lying on hay in a little rattan donut with a curly metal wire and a star attached to the end and the word "Joy" on the star. To this day, I still love that ornament. But tonight, I found the little star lying at the bottom of my ornament box. The little "Joy" star fell off! I glued it back immediately and once again, looking at it, it brought a smile to my face.
My favorite ornament is one that I call ... "My Crazy Angel". It's a little handmade cloth angel with twigs for wings and tuffs of wool for hair. It's sooooo ugly that it's downright cute. I bought her the same time I got my Baby Jesus ornament.
I don't know about you but I love unwrapping the ornaments each year for they bring back fond memories... like the Golf Clubs and Golf Shoes ornaments I purchased for Honey the one year we were at Niagara-On-The-Lake or the hand-carved Wooded Reindeer with only 3 legs. ... it did have 4 legs originally but one fell off and for the life of me, I never did find it and so it will remain my weird 3 legged Reindeer forever.
The holiday season is just waaaaay too short in my opinion and I just want to cherish each and every moment of it. And so tonight my friends, my holiday season begins as I put on my first Christmas CD of the season and hang my last ornament on the tree.
This is the start of my most favorite season of the year. Enjoy this most blessed of seasons my lovelies.