December 3, 2012

Bits of Cheer

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(the stars were lonely. they needed some friends.)

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Well, as you can see, THE STICK TREE just won't go quietly into the night.

For you sharp eyed sharks out there, you may (or may not) have noticed that the teeny stick tree on my mantel is not THE stick tree that has been the proud harbinger of our holiday decor this past year.

THIS stick tree is the first cousin of THAT stick tree. It's the cousin that has moved to Hollywood and undergone some extreme thinnification.

I'm not done. Not by a long shot. The trees aren't here yet. This year, TWO TREES. A full size tree in the living room and tiny table top tree in the kitchen. I am CRAZY WILD about tiny table top trees. I had one for years and years and years before Miss J was born. And then we thought well, we gotta have a big tree because that's what one does when you have children. And it's very nice and whatnot.....

.....but it's not my table top tree.

There's just something so CHARMING (why am I SHOUTING today, SO MUCH) about table top trees. I think we're getting trees on Wednesday.

So trees are coming, I'm wrapping my stairway with garland for the first time and things will get greener and piney on the mantel.

Also, LIGHTS IN A JAR. If you don't have lights in a jar, you are missing out on the easiest, most jolly, and fun and awesome and delightful and charmingest holiday decoration in the known universe! But you know, to each their own. You can put whatever color you like in your jar. No one will stop you. You can even do MULTICOLOR. I got this idea from Jenny of MFAMB. I would like to write a little ode to Jenny someday. How about now? She's one of the funniest, one of the most talented, most hilarious (that's even better than funny) and one of the awesomest bloggers I've come across in all of blogland. She's happy to discuss poop, which is ALWAYS a plus in my book. Sometimes I bum myself out because I realize that I've boxed myself in about certain topics that Should Not Be Discussed on a primarily Kid Lit blog. So then I go and make comments on Jenny's blog and feel happy that I have a Safe Place to discuss my poop. I love you Jenny!

(also, writing blog posts after taking Dayquil for terrible terrible colds is probably something one should refrain from doing, maybe. Also, Dayquil should NOT be taken during the day. Or ever.)

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    1. Thanks Leanne! we're getting trees tomorrow!

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  2. I am growing very fond of your stick tree :) Love your Christmas decorations!

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    1. thank you cherie! I think sticks are in my life to stay ;)

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  3. Hahahaha! I love you!

    We had a couple of extremely bare-bones Christmases. The hubby was furloughed from his job, and the furlough wound up lasting a year and a half. To save money, I used an old popcorn bucket and stuck the topper from an old artificial tree inside, tucking old receiving blankets inside to keep it straight. We strung popcorn garland and only used decorations we already had, or anything Big Sis made in preschool. I must say, I LOVED that little tree. It looked very sweet and real. There's something very old-fashioned about tabletop trees. They remind me of going to my German immigrant great-grandfather's farm house in Gypsum, KS when I was little. Tabletop trees are very old-school European.

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    1. yes yes! Old school european! and Victorian! and delightful and mini! everything is better in mini sizes.

      My favorite ornaments are the ones Julia has made and the ones we made out of Playdough and then let harden. Your tree sounds DARLING, wish I could have seen :)

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  4. I'm loving the lights in a jar--where did you find such an enormous jar? I love it! Also, I love all the stars--am contemplating doing a star garland this year. Lastly, yes. A tabletop tree is a must! I still have a tiny fake one that we had before kids and I still love it so. :)

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    1. ha ha D! The jar looks way bigger in the photo than it really is -- it's not so huge really -- I found it at Cost Plus -- comes with a lid, very reasonable price, lots of sizes! I should be their spokesperson. ;)

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  5. How festive! It's beginning to look a lot like christmas at your place! :D
    Hope you're feeling better!~

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  6. if i had some empty jars i would do lights in a jar this year. but i aint got no empty jars. who needs some lentils, rice and some other shit i never eat?
    yours look so pretty.

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  7. @Heather: feeling oh so much better!!! very excited to get our trees!

    @MFAMB: baby, I think you need to ditch the lentils and go for some lights ;) xo

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  8. Hope you're feeling better!!! Love that Merry Christmas garland on the mantel! Lovely, Lovely :)

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  9. I met my hubby just before Christmas and one of the first times I went to his apartment I spotted his "Christmas tree" sitting on top of his kitchen table. It was a vintage ceramic Christmas tree that plugged into the wall. There were little plastic lights sticking out all over it and the light from the bulb inside the tree made them glow. It was something his family had used since he was a boy and his mom gave it to him one year. We still have it, but haven't brought it out in a few years because we've been afraid one of the wee ones would break it. I can't wait until they're old enough to bring it out again! Tabletop trees - real or fake - are the best!

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