Sunday, December 16, 2007

in the spirit

I'm usually quite the procrastinator when it comes to Christmas: the baking, the decorating, the shopping, the wrapping... This year, however, I've improved ever so slightly. I did my baking last week and my shopping is 75% done and I've still got a week to spare! This is HUGE for me.

I took advantage of today's snow storm to catch up with all the Xmas keeners out there. Since J and I got the tree and put it up (sort of) yesterday, I put up the lights and decorated this afternoon while listening to Xmas music (loving the digital cable music channels). I also wrapped all the gifts I've bought so far.

Then, I documented all of my handiwork with the following photographs:

This is my bling-ed out wreath (as my Dad calls it) that currently resides on my front door. I like it a lot and I still can't believe I got something so stylish and modern at Canadian Tire. Wonders never cease!

I have a fondness for star shaped ornaments, it seems. I've bought no less than three new star ornaments this season, which, combined with the others I've gotten/been given over the years is substantial. Maybe this shall be my new tree theme from here on in...

I bought a pair of these stockings at Chapters a couple years ago for me and W. They were pretty plain, however, so I channelled my inner Martha and came up with the idea that W and I should sew our initials on the front. Turned out pretty well, I think. Part of me is kicking myself for not taking W's with me when I left so I could still have the pair. It would've been short work with a stitch ripper to remove his initial and replace it with another when the vacancy is filled. Har! What I like most about this stocking is that it can fit quite a bit: Santa's not going to be impressed when he comes to fill my stocking!

This is probably my favourite decoration. Not that you can tell from the artsy close up, but it's a Christmas tree made out of wire and beads that I got last year from W's dad. I like that it's modern and unique. And it's got sparkles. The fifi-princess-prissy-girly-girl inside me likes sparkles.
No, your eyes do not deceive you: the tree IS in fact leaning a little left of centre. I'm not quite sure whether it's the tree, the stand or the fact that the floors in the house are nowhere near level, but no amount of adjusting, shimming and counter-balancing was able to remedy the situation. No matter. It's nothing that some twine and a couple of screws in the adjacent wall can't (and did) fix. Ha!
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I think I've been a pretty good girl this year, so I'm hoping that maybe some of my Christmas wishes will come true. However, I'm still gonna leave Santa some extra special cookies... just in case!