It's been a great weekend. I was feeling pretty stressed last week because the house wasn't decorated, the Christmas shopping wasn't done and I was about two weeks behind schedule. Thanksgiving weekend is my usual time to get ready for Christmas but with us being out of town, nothing got done. Add to that, I had a number of deadlines after I returned.
Last year, I remember going through the same thing and then just hurriedly doing the prep so that I could say it was done. There was honestly no enjoyment of the moments...and consequently, no great memories of that time. This year, I had a "come to Jesus" discussion (i.e., very serious discussion) with myself on Saturday morning. I was going to take my time. Savor the moments. Enjoy the process.
It was GREAT. FUN. JOYFUL.
As I was climbing up and down the mega ladder with armfuls of Santas, I thought about previous years and how everything that was important always got done and maybe all the other stuff didn't really matter.
So, as I'm sitting here typing away, smelling the baking ham, listening to the Christmas music in the background, I thought I'd share some of the scenes from around the house...
These are the Santas above the three armoires which store all my "stuff".
Here's a close up of the center section. I was too lazy to bring the mega
ladder back in so I'm shooting up into their faces...the shots aren't the best!
This is Marvin the elf helping out...he's trying to put the silver and crystal
garland on but he's made a huge mess...so it's all sitting out on the table :)
This is what you see when you walk in through the front door...the highest
point of the ceiling is over 20 feet high which gives me a lot of space on the
shelves. To put it in perspective, the center Santa on the rocking horse is
over two and a half feet high.
This is our "tree-o" (I know...cheesy!) in the corner. Sounds more impressive
than what it really is. Three skinny trees ranging in height from 7' to 5' to 3',
all covered with Santa ornaments. The jester keeps watch.
A close up of the jester. Ashley gave him to me for my birthday last year and
we jokingly told my sister-in-law that he was her blind date for Christmas
Eve dinner...the general consensus was that he beat the last blind date she had!
This is one of my favorite guys...he was custom made for me by Cindy Gray,
an artist is Maryland who makes museum quality Santas. All of the clothing
is made from vintage pieces of fabric or clothing and she hand made the tin
lantern and wooly lamb.
Another of my favorites which I hand made in 1999. What was so weird about
him was that he ended up looking like my maternal grandfather. I was really
close to Dyedushka...maybe the subconscious mind took over when I was
sculpting. I was distracted from sculpting when I started scrapbooking but
I'm thinking I'd like to take a week long clinic in Montana this summer from
an incredible Santa artist.
Can't forget the outside. A piece of a cypress tree with barbed wire wrapped
around it...and satiny glass ornaments (which the hummingbirds have been
buzzing this afternoon :). Our nod, really our only nod, to the Southwest...
Looking forward to this coming week...the Christmas shopping, getting the house in order for Christmas Eve dinner (an invasion of 17 people), doing cards, buying cookie tins for our commercial clients...joyful about the coming celebration of the birth of Christ!