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December 11, 2011

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling too…

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Can you believe Christmas is only 2 weeks away?  The past few days have been a flurry of activity in preparation for the upcoming holiday.  Many miles have been logged by hubby and me as we’ve gift shopped, Christmas tree hunted and made multiple trips to get  what we needed for decorating.  Had there been snow on the ground, a sleigh ride probably would’ve been more efficient!  As we got busy putting up the tree, I put my iPod on Pandora and chose Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” as my “station”. That’s one of my favorite Christmas songs.  Want to see a clip of one of the cutest dances ever to that song? Okay:

Yes, that’s my Meghan, about 5 years ago.  I wish I had video available to post of the whole dance – it was adorable.

Okay, ahem, sorry about that little diversion. I still have “Sleigh Ride” stuck in my as I heard it in many variations throughout the weekend, hence the title of my post tonight.

In the process of putting up the tree, we discovered that my favorite strings of red, white and green lights – alternating on single strings- were burning out and we wouldn’t be able to use them.  This saddened me a bit because I have never been able to find exact  replacements for them.  We bought individual strands of red, white and green to help fill  in a few years ago, but those weren’t working this year.  I don’t know if it was the tree or us, but nothing we tried seemed to make it look right.  Then Meghan offered to pop out  lights from the 3 different colored strands and pop them back together to make 3 new strands of the type that I like.  I sat down to help and got a lot popped out pretty quickly.  Upon attempting put the lights back in, we discovered the different bulbs would not go on the other strings of lights!  ARGH.  We gave up and went and bought different lights.  But not before Teddy had a chance to try out the decorations:



After much more work than it should have been – there were issues with the stand too **SIGH** – the tree was finally done:

That was yesterday.  Decorating continued today with putting up my Christmas village.  I told you about my village last year in this post.  The village changes a bit each year in the pieces I choose display and how I choose to display them.  I have two sections of village this year.  The first section is my downtown/suburbs area:

This year I added a quiet “countryside” area:


When I get around to pulling out the tri-pod, I’ll show you some of the neat close-up details on some of these pieces.

My back is aching, and Christmas tunes are still playing in my head, but I feel very accomplished at the close of this weekend.  My Christmas shopping is not done, but a large chunk has been taken care of, and the decorating is done.  Unless I decide it’s not.  I have another idea in my head, but time will tell whether I actually do it. We have a party to go to next weekend, and sometime in the next two weeks, this house needs some serious cleaning since we are the hosts of Christmas dinner.  OH, and I still need to get my 4 seasons assignment for Scott posted!

I was going to write several posts tonight and schedule them for later in the week, but I don’t think the back is going to allow.  Hopefully, I’ll get a couple more posts in than I did last week.  I hope your holiday preparations are coming along nicely for you!



  1. A guy asked me yesterday if I had finished my shopping. I replied, “I certainly have, and tomorrow I will start on my getting something for my wife”. 🙂

    Comment by Bob Zeller — December 11, 2011 @ 10:10 pm | Reply

    • Why is it that the folks we should know the best are often the most difficult to buy for?

      Comment by Karma — December 14, 2011 @ 4:39 pm | Reply

  2. Aww, sorry you had so much trouble with your tree and lights this year. It turned out beautiful, though! Love your Christmas village, too!
    Thankfully we’re all done shopping, and the last package is mailed. The cards… those are another story! Working on them, though, and with any luck they will all be in the mail in the next couple of days.
    We got yours on Saturday, thank you! 🙂

    Comment by TheDailyClick — December 12, 2011 @ 5:55 am | Reply

    • There are always some issues to be expected when it comes to putting up the tree, right?
      Thanks Michaela! Will look forward to the Christmas card!

      Comment by Karma — December 14, 2011 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  3. Oh, forgot…. our tree won’t go up for another week!

    Comment by TheDailyClick — December 12, 2011 @ 5:56 am | Reply

  4. My husband generously takes care of all of the Christmas shopping (he knows I hate to shop), and aside from the tree, we really don’t put up any decorations! It’s not that we don’t like Christmas, we just have SO many other things to deal with, a tree is about all we can handle!!

    Comment by Photo By Holly — December 12, 2011 @ 9:44 am | Reply

    • Wow… all the shopping??? I don’t think I could ever let him do it all!

      Comment by Karma — December 14, 2011 @ 4:42 pm | Reply

  5. 2 weeks to go eh… Wow… That’s amazing, especially for me… having finished ALL of my shopping a week ago !!… Presents bought for 7 people, and also the obligatory “daughters to mum” gifts, and all in one morning… home by lunchtime… wrapped by tea time… feet up by evening… and breath… 😉
    Teddy sure looks like he’s loving it, and your tree and village were worth all the backbreaking effort too mefinks, although you may disagree I guess !!… lol…

    Comment by FS Photography — December 12, 2011 @ 2:36 pm | Reply

    • Lucky you Brian! I am getting there – finishing up some odds and ends.
      It is a lot of work, but I do always enjoy the village once it is done. (When it comes to putting it away however… 😛 )

      Comment by Karma — December 14, 2011 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

  6. I am soooo lucky in one sense, I don’t have to buy for anyone. I am sooooo not lucky in another sense in that I don’t have to buy for anyone! 🙂

    Comment by DAwn — December 16, 2011 @ 6:38 am | Reply

  7. Ah, yes, the annual battle with the Christmas tree. Picking ours out was painless this year. We only had to go to the store once to get some lights and were lucky enough to find the exact same ones. Whew!

    Hey, you best get crackin’ on the 4 Seasons post. I am doing very well with the December photo hunt.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — December 16, 2011 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

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