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Home for the Holidays ~ 2011 Our Tree

The ritual of the Christmas tree On Sutton Place
has changed with the different stages of my family.
 
When my kids were younger they always helped.
My son would carry the branches
up from the basement and build the tree.
My daughter would do the lights.
If they were both still hanging in there,
we would decorate it together.
My husband always disappeared about the time this was all happening.
Let’s just say it wasn’t his favorite thing to do…
 
 
Now since I’m on my own I have a lovely, little tree
that I can trim myself…
 
It stays assembled with the lights on and sits
in the basement for 11 months out of the year.
 
Our tree has moved around but for the past couple of years
I have put it in our family room.
I don’t have to move any furniture…
it just sits nicely in the corner.
 
I decorated the table with a grain sack, fresh greens,
berries and pine cones.
The stripes in the pitcher go nicely
with the stripes in the grain sack…
and I didn’t even plan it that way.
Don’t you love it when that happens?
 
I got the huge pine cones a few years ago at Hobby Lobby.
I bought all they had which was about 6.
I have looked every year since and have not ever seen them again.
My halls are pretty much decked.
My shopping is finished but not one thing is wrapped.
I’d really like to bake some cookies.

Looks like I’m not going to get that snow day I was praying for either.
How many more days are there?