It's Christmastime already?

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Christmas Tree 2008

This year has gone REALLY fast! I must’ve been distracted by something (or someone) but it seems like Christmas is sneaking up faster than usual. It’s a lot trickier to make gifts than it used to be, now that I have fewer, smaller windows of time to focus on a project. Fortunately, most people seem to have their priorities right, and assure me that spending my time nurturing Chloe is more important.

It’s really nice to have a pretty Christmas tree again. Two years ago, we just set up the little artificial one — and by little I mean an 18” pre-decorated tree. Last year, we had a smallish one out on the front porch, and it broke two Christmas tree stands, and tipped over a couple times after it was decorated… not much fun, and we broke a few ornaments. We also tried the solar LED lights on it, and it turns out our front porch isn’t an optimal place for solar panels in winter. Those lights work much better woven through the pergola over the deck. Very pretty, too. But this year, we have a lovely (managably-sized) white pine. (You may recall that the first year in our house, we got a tree taller than the ceiling, and it prompted us to remove said ceiling and we embarked on a LONG renovation process.) Anyway, this year the needles are soft, so we didn’t use a lot of the heavier ornaments, but it turned out lovely regardless. The only problem is that the tinsel leaps onto my clothing whenever I get near it. Grr… static.