Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas? Already?

Whew!  I don’t know about ya’ll but I think this year has flown by way too fast.  I cannot believe Christmas is less than a month away!  Yikes!

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For at least 30 years, I have been collecting Hallmark Christmas ornaments and literally have HUNDREDS of them…all in their original boxes.  It is a major ordeal just to get them all unpacked to hang on the tree and it usually takes me the better part of 2 or 3 days to get the tree completely decorated.   For the past few years, I haven’t really done much Christmas decorating.  Christmas 2004 was the last time I put up my big tree with all of the Hallmark ornaments. 
Last year I was in the mood for some kind of tree but still not motivated to drag out my big tree and all the Hallmark ornaments  so I bought a little pink flocked tabletop tree  and decorated it with white, silver and clear ornaments. 

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My sweet friend, Debbie, over at Pink Roses and Teacups even sent me a set of cute faux Christmas tree cookies.

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Since this is my first Christmas as a blogger, I was looking forward to getting my Christmas decorating mojo on again so I could share my decorated home with readers and participate in several of the many fun Christmas parties that are happening this month  throughout Blogland.
Well…that was before we suddenly decided two months ago to buy a 30 acre horse farm with a 2500 sq. ft. house that needs every square foot remodeled and redecorated to bring it into the 21st century. 
Now I’m up to my ears in paint and decorating projects, rushing to get the house livable enough that my daughter can move in by the end of the year.   In order to get Homestead and Greenbelt discounts on our property taxes for 2010, we need to have people boarding horses there and the house occupied  by January 1.   When we are working under such tight time constraints, I decided  it was probably not prudent to spend time putting  up Christmas decorations this year…not even my little pink flocked tree.

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However, just so we have some symbol of this joyous holiday season, I think I am going to buy a big live  evergreen wreath to place above the fireplace mantel at the house in Hooterville

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Are you going all out with your Christmas decorating…
or are you keeping it simple?

11 comments:

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! Sounds like you have been busy - but in a good way. I am not decorating that much this year. Pulled muscle in leg!! Tree is up and a few other things done. If nothing else gets done, that is ok also.

Loui said...

Have been really busy getting that special couple settled in to the assisted living facility, and am now gonna take a much needed break! heading out on Saturday for a week on the Florida panhandle with my sister to celebrate her milestone birthday 60,,can't believe it! next will meet up with blogging friends and photographer friends from weather underground to do a shoot in Seaside..all decked out in Coastal Christmas..
When I return to Denver will then put up the tree and decorations..
am gonna keep it simple this year..we are in much leaner times..
good luck on the Hooterville house..the wreath sounds perfect!
hugs and smiles..
Loui♥

Sandra said...

Wow! You have been busy! I love your pink Christmas tree though. Very pretty! I'm just starting my decorating and am up to my ears in boxes. lol My livingroom looks like a tornado hit it. *blush* :)
I hope you have a wonderful day.
Sandra

Willow said...

My Granddaughter would literally come over to your house and still that pink tree. She loves pink and I mean loves it.

Willow

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Love your pink tree Shari! I think a big green wreath IS in order for the Hooterville house!

Hugs,
Debbie

Mary said...

Shari, the green wreath is perfect for Hooterville! I love your pink tree, but with all that you're doing, I think hanging the wreath will bring the Christmas feel to your home...you can play Christmas music and just concentrate on the reason for the season...that is what its really about anyway. However you decide to decorate, or not, you will be with family, and that is enough.

How did the work go on Thanksgiving? I hope you all had a chance to sit down to a nice dinner and relax!

Don't overdo it, young lady...you have to stay healthy for a few more weeks, then you can collapse!

Hugs, dear friend!

Mary

June said...

Hi Shari,
I do love that pink tree. Isn't it funny what blogging will make us do. I haven't done a lot of decorating the past couple of years either, but I love to and now that I'm blogging I love to even more. I think the wreath will be grand.
Hugs,
june

Gayle said...

Shari,
A quick hello and OMGOSH at all you've accomplished!!!
OMGOSH!

I miss you and your sweet spirit and kind notes.

You take care and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!!!

I'll check back in as soon as I can.
Love and Hugs,
Gayle

Mimi said...

Shari, hope you get everything done by the deadline...that is a massive undertaking. I love your little pink tree, it is darling...this is coming from someone that isn't crazy about pink!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Your certainly have your hands full this Christmas, Shari! I love your pretty in pink holiday tree! So charming!

Cheers!
Tina

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Hi Shari. I sure don't blame you for not trying to decorate for Christmas in addition to remodeling the house. There's only so much a person can do. You can see lots of beautiful Christmas pictures on the blogs. Hope you make your deadline. Rosie