Contrary to popular belief, I did not end up passed out underneath the Christmas tree last night! Wine consumption was limited to one small glass because manual dexterity tends to decrease as the amount of alcohol consumption increases. It's tricky digging out new ornament hooks and twisting the wires properly when you're tipsy.
By the way, how is it that every year you need to put new hooks on several ornaments...while the old hooks are nowhere to be found? Where do they go? Is there a Bermuda Triangle for ornament hooks like there is for socks put into the dryer?
I took a lot of pictures for you with the old camera that I keep at home, but only a handful turned out well enough to share. Tonight I'll take home my new digital camera and try again. Unfortunately the pictures of the entire tree were very blurry, so I'll just share a few of certain ornaments today.
This ornament is one that I bought when Hubby and I were talking about getting married. He asked me to marry him the day after Christmas that year...a story for yet another day.
This is a shot of various ornaments; I just liked the way that it turned out.
Here's a wooden teddy bear ornament that I picked up after Christmas a few years ago. Isn't he cute?
Here are a few of the White House Christmas ornaments that I bought while I was in D.C. The Secret Service operates a gift shop in the basement of the Old Executive Office Building next door to the White House; these ornaments are some of the souvenirs that they sell there. Every year I'd buy a handful of these ornaments and give them out as Christmas presents to family. If someone on your list might like one, the White House Gift Shop is now online so that you can order them here.
This week wouldn't be complete with a kitty picture, so here's a shot of Stripe guarding his spot underneath the tree. Osira spends a lot of time under the tree as well; if we're missing a kitty these days we check first under the Christmas tree. Unfortunately there's no room for presents under the tree with all the furbabies taking naps there!
Guess you can tell that my Christmas decorating isn't prim (sorry girls!). When the kids were little the tree was always a hodge-podge with no theme at all. The year that their dad and I separated, I started over and created a "designer" type tree...nothing but burgundy, gold, palest pink, and pearly white. It was beautiful but it lacked a little warmth and personality.
So last night when I was decorating the tree, I put every single ornament on it that we own: all the designer type stuff, the first ornaments that I bought when I grew up and had my own tree, the ornaments that my children made, the ones that I brought home from DC, ornaments we've been given, absolutely everything. And I think it looks kind of neat!
We'll see what Baby Girl says when she sees it today...