Several folks have asked when I was going to share my Christmas tree for this year. Well, I finally called “uncle.” Where does that phrase come from anyway? lol
After spending 3 hours one night changing a million fuses, two hours another night examining a million bulbs, and an hour a third night fiddling and fussing, I finally gave up (for this year) on trying to get the lights to work on the lowest branch of the tree. It killed me to give up but I just have too much to do to spend any more time on it. Fortunately, the presents somewhat hide that area.
I always decorate the living room tree with gold bead garland and glass ornaments collected over the years.
This year I added a new ornament, the only one I purchased during my 17 days in Italy. Pienza was such a special place, I chose an ornament and a pretty platter as my souvenirs from there. I keep forgetting to share the platter, it’s hanging in the breakfast room. When I share tomorrow’s table setting, I’ll be sure to include a photo of it.
Each year I try to do something a little different when wrapping the presents.
You may remember one year I used craft paper and plaid ribbon. (See that post here: A Plaid Christmas & Lighting the Christmas Trees by Remote)
That was a bit of a stretch for me since I had never wrapped Christmas presents with craft paper, but I liked the look. It’s fun to try new things each year!
My love for plaids and tartans is stronger than ever, so this year I went with plaid paper and mixed it up with shiny, red wrapping paper. I topped off all the presents with a variety of gold ribbons and bows.
I’m almost done with my wrapping, only have 3-4 more presents to wrap and I think I’ll be all set.
The plaid paper has a nice shimmer/sheen that just doesn’t come across in photos very well.
I already had all of the gold ribbon and most of the red paper that I used for this year’s gift wrapping. I’m always on the look out for ribbon at reasonable prices. The dollar store and craft stores seem to be the best places to catch it on sale. So, the only things I bought this year for wrapping were a few rolls of the plaid paper and a couple of rolls of a pretty red-on-red pattern featuring deer images.
One with the lights turned off…
When I haven’t been fighting lights, I’ve been busy working on a little project that I think you’re going to like. 🙂 Looking forward to sharing it real soon!
Merry Christmas, dear Friends!