If you would like to go on a tour given by an organized woman who had a part-time job and went to school and whose husband traveled some, but still managed to keep life running smoothly for a large family, please click to the tour I did in 2008.
Today's tour will be lead by an exhausted woman who has a very full-time job, a husband gone close to half the month and is used to any empty nest but joyfully has a very full house now, Also? My boss is out on leave for a few weeks, so I volunteered for some projects that would have been hers. Cause, you know, it's not like Christmas is a busy time at home. Also? I took all these pictures before work one morning and edited them while my hair was being colored last night.
2008 or 2012, one thing is the same. For me, Christmas is really all about family. We are very lucky to have our future son-in-law with us this year. I know he will miss his family, but I also think he will have a good time.
To the tour . . .
I don't decorate early, but I start thinking about Christmas on Thanksgiving night when my brother and sister-in-law and nephews bring a poinsettia when they come over for our pie extravaganza. It's an annual tradition.
I used to also swap out a huge pot in the front of my house for Poinsettias at Christmas, but then I started sending kids to college. Luckily, the lavendar is still lovely.
This is our tree. I will confess that it is artificial as we came very close to losing our house (firefighters in the backyard close) in a wildfire and the thought of having a fire hazard in my house gives me an anxiety attack. Even though we never let our tree dry out. Anxiety doesn't care about facts. In front of the tree is my husband and I all spiffed up for his annual workplace Christmas party. I wish I could tell you the story of my workplace party, but there's no way. Let's just say next year their needs to be a memo about how you don't get sloppy drunk with your co-workers. There are several people whose personal lives I'd prefer to know less about than I now do. Oh, and I'm using this picture because I'm freaking out about turning 50 and I think I look pretty good here. My husband's okay, too :)
I have a lot of decorations because my mom loved decorating and I got all her stuff when she passed away. I treasure it. Before I start decorating, I take my regular photos and tchotchkes down and put them away. I don't like clutter.
I will close with my two favorite decorations. Then I will fall facedown on my bed and kick myself for not taking Friday off work as a personal day.
So that's it. I'll be around to visit over the next few days; a heartfelt thank you to Jen on the Edge for hosting--these things take work and she's the hostess with the mostest when it comes to Christmas and blogging.
This is last year's Christmas card picture and still an accurate representation of who is at our house for Christmas. We are lucky and grateful as I hope you and yours are. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!