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Bah Humbug!!

Kids putting the ornaments on the tree

Scrooge.  That’s me, when Thanksgiving is over and I know it’s time to decorate the house for Christmas.  I hate it.  I hate the bother of pulling out all the boxes (I’ve got it down to three Rubbermaid tote boxes, plus the tree).  I hate the annoying task of shifting things around in the house, finding places to put the Christmas decorations.  I hate the mess of pulling all the crap out of the boxes, and that they stay there for hours while you get stuff decorated. I particularly hate the tree.  Ugh.

The dreaded tree. Ugh.

Yes, I’m a huge Bah Humbuggy Scrooge when it comes to this part of Christmas.  I wake up with a headache, tense, and annoyed at the task of decorating.  I have pared things down to the bare minimum amount.  Just enough to give us the “Christmas Spirit” (that I never have at that point in the holiday season), and enough to make the kids happy.  The tree is my biggest hurdle.  Mister knows this.  Now.  Let’s just say last year gave him a steep learning curve.  Poor man.  Having been through a bit of a “trial” last year, he knows how stressful decorating day is for me.  And he does absolutely everything in his power to reduce my tension.  Not that there is much help for that.  If it were up to me, I’d have Charlie Brown‘s skimpy tree and call it a day.

Mister topping the tree with our Angel.

With Mister by my side, we were able to get the decorating done fairly easily.  I only had one moment that reduced me to tears, and it was over the way he was spreading the tree branches.  Yes, really.  It was stupid, but it wasn’t the way I had done it in the past. However, it was the way he had always done it, and the way “all the real trees in Oregon” are.  Whatever.  I couldn’t argue with that.  However, I knew that the next task was to put on the despicable lights.  I couldn’t see any way they were going to be wound around branches, if all the branches were flat.  I like a  “full” tree look, and he likes a sparse see-through-the-branches look.  While trying to fight back the annoying tears, I figured he was the one putting the tree up, and going to be putting the dreaded lights on… so he should do it his way.  And, it turned out nicely.  Especially since I didn’t have to fight with that stupid tree and lights all by myself.  Or at all, actually, since my job was simply to keep the untangled light strand from tangling while he wound it around the flat branches of the tree.

I love my lighted garland and poinsettia's!

I do have a favorite part of this dreadful decorating day, though.  It’s my green lighted garland, and the little red poinsettia flowers I decorate it with.  It’s usually the last thing I put up, because afterwards I look at it and it makes me smile.  At that point I know that the awful decorating is done, the garland is up, and the cheeriness of the flowers wipes the Bah Humbug right out of me.   I can feel the warmth of the Christmas season starting to spread throughout me, and I can happily go on my way shopping for gifts and making yummy goodies that will “fluff” us up for winter.

Do you like decorating for Christmas? Is there a part of decorating that you particularly enjoy or dislike?

I LOVE Halloween!!

Mmmm... Candy Corn!

Fall is my favorite time of year, and Halloween is my favorite holiday.  Even more than Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Not in a “I worship the devil” kind of way… I just LOVE the fun that surrounds Halloween!  The Fall Fun Fair the town puts on is fantastic!  Then, I love getting the kids dressed up, taking them down main street for their Halloween Trick-or-Treating.


Of course, I thoroughly enjoy getting dressed up too!  Last year I was working (at Walmart… Just had to put it out there), and we got to dress up for several days.  One day I did a she-devil kind of thing.  The next day I was a renaissance wench.  I LOVE that costume, because a very special friend of mine who is a big part of the ren faire scene sent me the costume to wear and It. Is. Awesome.

My Favorite Costume!!

I bought a witch hat and some striped tights last year to wear for this year, but I just did not find the right dress to wear with it yet.  Actually I DID find it, but it was way more money than I was willing to spend.  So disappointing, but I’m a cheapskate when it comes to buying costumes so I really can’t complain.  I’ll probably scour ebay after Halloween this year and hopefully have the perfect dress for next year.

A "Grim" Entry Way

After moving twice in the last two years, I seem to have lost most of my Halloween decorations.  THAT is a bummer.  Mister bought me a few things last Halloween and I went out today and I got a couple more things.  I’ll slowly build up some nice decorations.  I wanted to do a graveyard in the front yard, but the “tombstones”  I had were about 10 years old and too flimsy for the wind.  I’m hoping to get some on clearance after the month is over (I know…cheapskate!!).

The Welcome Kitty

I was inspired to decorate by The Detailed Decorator LLC.  She was having a “Decorate for Fall/Halloween and post your picture event” on her Facebook wall today.  I was too embarrassed by my meager decorations to post any pictures on her wall, but it did get me motivated to pull out what decorations I did have and get them put up.

On our outdoor privacy wall I put up a big spider with some glow-in-the-dark webbing.  They only had one spider at the store, or I would have gotten two more! I also put up a dorky plastic door cover that doesn’t quite cover the door, but I’m okay with that.  I got a nifty little hanging grim-reaper thing too.  The kids will LOVE it when they get back from Fall break. I also got some candy corn today for a little display on a table, but unfortunately I keep getting one or two every time I walk by.  That is not going to go over well with trying to lose weight.  I have to remember they are decorations… SELF-CONTROL is in order!!!

Love my Spider!

Having a spooktacular dash,


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