Slowly but surely, we're getting ready for it around here. Last weekend the tree and decorations were pulled out of the basement and dragged upstairs (thanks, Ross!). Hubster put up the tree and plugged it in, and at least one-third of the lights were out. The tree is about 6 years old. We went out that night and purchased a string of 50 lights because Hubster thought he could replace the ones that were out. After lots of words that I don't employ on this blog, we decided that we'd leave the lights as they were and we'll restring it next year with LED lights.
I finally finished decorating the tree Thursday night. I got into trouble last year when our oldest, Jack, complained that I didn't put the old family ornaments on the tree. So instead of going for just bling, I tried to do the balancing act and apply a liberal dose of tradition and glitz.
It was a bit weird this year...since Hubster is working full time in the evenings, he wasn't sitting in his recliner, sipping on a glass of wine, and trying to tell me where to hang things on the tree. I actually missed it.
I loved reminiscing about the ornaments. Here are a few:
|Tonka Toy ornament of Jack's|
|School bus, of course, for the Hubster|
|An ornament from Jack's first Christmas|
|The bird is from the Hubster's grandmother|
|I love snowmen|
|A salt dough ornament from about 15 years ago, |
and a gumball machine from about 30 years ago
|The angel is from about 30 years ago|
|The browned short ribs, ready for braising|
|The pearl onions ready for roasting|
|Making the lemonade cake|
|Bad photo, but we were in the WAAAAAY back|
After we finished Christmas shopping, we came back home, opened a bottle of wine and started cooking dinner. Hubster made Crazy Spicy Chicken with Drunken Noodles (and I helped!)...
|Dredging the chicken|
|Chopping the broccoli|
I don't know if I'll be back here before Christmas, but I will have an end of the year wrap-up. Have a very Merry Christmas!