Last week as the Thanksgiving dinner grew closer, Sugarwings and I also started to feel the burgeoning anticipation of Christmas and all the fun of decking our halls coming up.
We really, really tried to reign it in. Our phrase to each other, when we started to feel it build was, "Respect the Turkey!!"
It was our way of reminding each other to enjoy the holiday at hand and not overlook it for the glistening, glittering, joy of Christmas on its way.
It wasn't easy, but we kept our decorating plans on hold till the day after Thanksgiving. Then, whoosh! All of it came blasting out. As my Handsome Husband is fond of saying, "It looks like Christmas threw up all over the place."
I typically have most of the decorating done before Sugarwings or Dewdrop get involved. There is always a chunk saved for them, and they have their own bucket of non-breakable ornies to arrange and rearrange (dozens of times, typically) throughout the season on their very own trees.
That keeps tiny hands off of my big tree and most of the more fragile decor. (If I'm lucky)
If I had a trick that worked as well to keep the puppy out of it all, that would be great too. Basically, Honey gets a pile of big bones, and chew toys to divert her from the holiday foof all around her. And I've set my 7 foot tree up on a 2 foot table to save it from her tail. It seems a little imposing, up that high, but I like it better too high than knocked over on the floor.
But she is a retriever. And her job seems to be to wander around the house, retrieve things, then eat them if she gets a chance to.
So far, the count of chewed or destroyed decorations is only at one.
This year, I've loved having my lil Sugarplum fairies to set out under the buffet top tree and on the dining table.
Unpacking all of the hand made pieces from years past has made me want to spend time out in the studio making even more.
But we've been pretty busy. I hope to get some studio time in this week.
This is a tree topper from Romantic White Christmas, that Beth and I did together a few years back. I didn't need it for the top of the tree, so it is tucked underneath, and I like it there too. (the workshop is still available and comes with printables to use for all the decorations, as well as decorating ideas and fun tips for the holidays)
Seeing so many handmade pretties on my trees, also brings back memories of the times they were made. I have this fairy from Birdsong 4, and a big selection of swap gifts I was so lucky to get.
All are sweet mementos of very good times.
But isn't that one of the wonderful parts of unpacking your stored away ornaments? All the memories, of what you were doing the year that you got this one or that one. Who gave it to you. Where you were when you got it, what you were doing.
Who you loved.
All year long, I look forward to the moment the boxes get opened and the memories start spilling out. And I try to add to them each year. I wonder what the little girls and I will be reminiscing about in the future when we unpack this Sugarplum fairy from this season?