This year, things have seemed more hectic to me than last year. Even though I haven’t had a totally organized Christmas plan since before I had kids, we usually at least had our tree up by the end of Thanksgiving weekend. Not this year! I’ve been busy doing a lot of things, some of which had to be done so that I could get my living room tree-ready. Finally, things are coming together.
In my post “Long Time, No Blog,” I mentioned that I’d been painting some Christmas ornaments for my Etsy store. I’m happy to say I finally finished them! Of course, my mom saved me the trouble of posting one as she bought it for the gift exchange with her bridge group. I had to finish these so I could straighten up the guest/craft room so I had some place to put some of the extra toys that were in the living room.
Here are two of my ornaments:
I also had to clean out our coat closet in order to move some long-term projects that I won’t be doing any time soon out of the living room. I will spare you those photos. It was truly frightening.
Once the living room was ready (on December 6), I got the tree put together while my daughter was playing a video game and my son was napping. I did this so that FOR ONCE I could properly arrange the branches so the tree doesn’t look anemic. It’s hard to do that with kids saying “can I put the ornaments on yet??” Of course, the branch arranging was not good for my already troubled sinuses (I have a cold). It is amazing how much dust can get on a tree that is in a box with just a small crack. Guess that small crack is enough.
After the tree was up and I’d added the tinsel and the lights, I let the kids do the rest of it pretty much by themselves. I was beat and ready for a rest. I did manage to put on 3-4 ornaments, and then I had to re-arrange a couple that were causing too much sagging. At any rate, here’s our tree.
So, how are your holiday preparations coming? Anyone else out there feeling as behind in their preparations as I do?