Our chilly, wintery weather has me thinking ahead to Christmas. I think looking forward to and getting ready for the Christmas season is a big part of the enjoyment we feel. Of course it's very different from the days when our children were small. Those days were so filled with their anticipation! Everything was magical when seen through their eyes.
We've quit exchanging gifts between the adults ( except maybe small, token things). I think garage sales really opened my eyes to all the unwanted gifts that people receive and end up selling come next summer. All those carefully chosen presents that were not needed nor wanted.
Of course the younger ones still get lots of gifts and are thoroughly spoiled ( in a good way).
I do love to decorate my house for the seasons and I have put away all reminders of Autumn and begun the Christmas/ winter theme. Our across-the-street neighbour is having a big old Holly tree cut down and my DH went over and salvaged a number of lovely ( and prickly) branches. I brought back some greens while on my walk, I think they may be Juniper. Smells so wonderful! So those plus a few bits of another kind of pine have made a fairly nice arrangement in an shiny oval tin that has what I think are pine cones on the sides. I have hung a Christmas banner in the dining room ( picture will appear one of these days). So....are you getting in the mood to start decorating for Christmas?
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