Are your wallets depleted yet? Mine is ( well mine was depleted when this business of ours became a victim of the economy - but this too shall pass - and I don't want to cry " poor me " so..........................)
I was frugal this year with decorations - and Frugal and I have never been friends - I just never knew the art of trying to save money - I was a shopaholic until this happened - but you learn as you go - and I am so proud of me I can't tell you!
I didn't buy one decoration this year - not one! That must be a first - so far the only cost has been the tree and some potted greenery to sit on the veranda Christmas eve.
Now to be perfectly honest - and I guess I should be - the shopaholic days have left me with an over the top
abundance of Christmas stuff - so I didn't have to dig too deep really - but still - did I mention that I didn't buy one decoration this year?
I had tons of this glittery and pearl garland that I used to crown the top of the beadboard in my hallway
What to do with them this year to change things up? ( and also because I was really too lazy to attach them to the beadboard - a lot of work actually because they had to be pinned into place every few inches )
I just strung them into glass vases and a wine glass
and topped them with spray painted pine combs
they sit on top of my secretary - which is place in a little niche between the dining room and living room
( this month anyway - it goes from my bedroom to this spot quite regularly )
an antique leaded glass window I purchased many years ago rests on the other side - with silver leaves - a star and a Christmas card....................
Isn't the card beautiful? It comes from John's son in England - that is the only sad part of Christmas with our blended family - one is always missing -
I hung a sparkly wreath over the mirror that rests on this secretary
I like that - since I've always believed that I was meant to live in a castle - honestly - I did the
test once - I put a pea on my bed and I COULD FEEL IT - ( I didn't put it under the mattress - just
rested it on the bed, but still, it was very uncomfortable) So for a few weeks every year I get to live in a miniature one - and once Christmas Eve arrives and all the kids show up - I truly am a blessed princess - living in my Castle.
I wrote a poem once - which is framed and sits on my sideboard normally - I can't find it now because everything was moved for the holidays
But I know it by heart.....................
" SET YOUR TABLE FOR KINGS AND QUEENS
LET GOOD FOOD AND MUSIC ABOUND
FOR WE ARE SURROUNDED BY ROYALTY
WHEN FAMILY AND FRIENDS SIT DOWN "
And there is nothing more royal then having those we love fighting over drumsticks - really - there's nothing like it at all.................................
Life is good - even when it isn't
Life is really good.