Thursday, July 24, 2008

O' Tannenbaum, O' Tannenbaum...


You Are a Cranberry and Popcorn Strung Tree



Christmas is all about showcasing your creative talents.

From cookies to nicely wrapped presents, your unique creations impress everyone.



...the scent of live Christmas Trees makes me giddy...old pieces of our 2-Years-Ago Christmas Tree are tucked into a basket in our hallway and when I go past, some times, I catch a little hint of Christmas...and I love it...even on days when Frazzled is my Middle Name and Badly is my first, those old fir needles bring a smile to my face...

the cats love it too when they remember to get up there and grab a piece, bustin' up housekeeping in the process and makin' me Say Ugly...

last year (because, apparently, I lost my mind) we decided to put up only 1 tree...a pre-lit artificial tree*...a beautiful easy-to-pop-up If One Light Goes Out The Rest Don't Tree that, unfortunately, didn't Do It for Me at all...other than when I plugged the tree in at night, the tree just kinda hung out in the dim dining room collecting dust bunnies under its feet...not a soul pulled up a chair to just sit a while gazing at the tree as one of my Countless Christmas CDs** played on and dreams of Christmas Past waltzed about the room...

I tried to capture that Christmas Scent...

I bought fresh garland and draped just about everything that didn't move...nope, nothing...could have been because the garland was Too Fresh...those live Christmas Tree/Garlands really have to get to the Fire Hazard Stage before they start smellin' good, don't they?...


Christmas is Important...I know we should think and act as if it is Christmas all the time (Christmas does bring out the best in people...well, most people) and I know It Isn't About the Gifts (mostly) or the Decorations (mostly) or the Food (mostly)...or even the Christmas Smell...

But I have to tell ya'll when I get disappointed at Christmas Time, I do not Wear It Well...My Butt tends to climb right up to my shoulders, plant itself and stay there for a good long while...

So this comin' Christmas***, there will be at least 1 Formerly Live Christmas Tree at Number 17...

The younger cats will think they've died and gone to Feline Heaven...Mungo Mungo may simply pass out from Sheer Ectasy...as it is, choppin' vegetables around here is just about impossible because when Mungo Mungo espies a carrot or celery stalk, he cannot rest until the veggie at hand has been thoroughly wallowed all over as if it were the Very Finest of Catnip... I know...makes Not Havin' A Meal With Cat Hair In It very difficult...frankly, I'm getting to the point where I don't care anymore...okay...I've gotten to the point...

what can I say? if you come to eat at our house, then come prepared to have Cat Hair in your food or bring your own...actually, that won't work either because it [the cat hair] floats around in the air, waiting to land on anything it can...

I doubt I'll even bother with ornaments for the next several years due to above mentioned young cats...why court disaster? but the scent of Christmas once again being in our home will make it more than okay...


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*no offense to those who love the pre-lits...they are a blessing when a Formerly Live Christmas Tree just won't work out...

**favourite Christmas CD: Kathy Mattea's Good News...and here shortly I plan to add Randy Travis' Christmas CD to the collection...

***why no, it isn't Too Early to Talk About Christmas...As a Matter of Fact, it is never Too Early to Talk About Christmas... and yes, I do have some of my shoppin' already done...

9 comments:

Deb said...

Great Shelia, I love Christmas, and I always used a live tree, only the past three I have used and artificial tree. Anyways I enjoyed your Christmas post. Stop by my place I have something for you. Deb

Belle-ah said...

You go girl!!! Hey it is only 5 months away.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Sheila, I had to laugh at the Christmas talk already. I am SO not in the mood for Christmas in this July heat. But, if it works for ya, go on ahead with it. I love the smell of real too, but have gone the fake route myself. Your cats sound hilarious.

thanks for stopping by!

Rhoda

see you there! said...

Your's is the first Christmas blog post I've come across. Then again most of my blog friends are sane. BWAHAHAHA

Seriously, its never to early to start at my house... or maybe I'll just finish some of what I started the year before (and the one before that).

Darla

The Berry's Patch said...

I do love the scent of Christmas. You've got me thinking of my first Christmas with my husband. His step mother had given me these beautiful, ceramic ornaments that she had collected every year from an expensive department store. I was in hog heaven with these nice ornaments on our first tree together. However, we had a cat. Trevor Box was his name. Well, you know how the story ends. The tree on the floor, the water soaked into the carpet and the beautiful ornaments in pieces. I haven't thought about that story in years.

Your so funny about the cat hair. I always tell guests the same thing but with dog hair. After all it's just hair. I don't know of a single person that has died consuming pet hair. Do you?

Have a great weekend Sheila!

Julie said...

Oh, you are sooooooooooo right, it's never too early to talk about Christmas!!!

I'm trying to think of my favorite Christmas CD -- the Home Alone sountrack is great, as is the Elf soundtrack, but I think my favorite is the White Christmas soundtrack with Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney... but then there's also Nat King Cole's Christmas CD.... oh heck, I love them all!
Speaking of Randy Travis (you mentioned getting his CD) have you seen that Christmas movie he made with Connie Seleca a few years ago?
A Holiday to Remember? It's one of my favorites!

Oh! And you didn't offend me at all, about me being stressed. Girl, you just don't even know the half of it.....
Thank you for your too, TOO sweet comments about our home! It made me feel so good!

I'm off to pack up my Christmas CD's to listen to as we're scraping the popcorn off the new ceilings, tomorrow....

Many Blessings,
Julie

southerninspiration said...

Um, I'm sweatin' over here.......maybe at Christmas it WILL be at least down to 50! ;)
Love your new look!

Serah said...

It sounds like you had your very own Christmas in July party. Less than 5 months now!

Oh, and check out the Patty Loveless Christmas cd. It's wonderul!

Susie Q said...

It is never too early is right! Grace and I were talking about projects for Christmas just yesterday. : )

I am so ready for Fall too...ah.......

Love,
Sue

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