Getting Ready for Christmas
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Getting Ready for Christmas
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Today we started our decorating for Christmas.  The lights went up outside, the mantle in the family room is filled with nutcrackers and garland, and the small 4 foot christmas tree is decorated
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Getting Ready for Christmas

posted at 12/4/2010 6:34 PM EST
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Today we started our decorating for Christmas.  The lights went up outside, the mantle in the family room is filled with nutcrackers and garland, and the small 4 foot christmas tree is decorated and on the bar of the family room.  However, there is no big tree yet, and nothing done in the living room or dining room.  The reason?  we are getting hardwood floor in the living, dining room and kitchen starting next
Saturday.  So instead of decorating, we will be packing up the china cabinet and the large book case in the living room and moving every thing small out of those 3 rooms.  I'm really wondering why we decided to do this before Christmas. However, I'm sure it will look beautiful after it is done.  At least we don't have to do all the decorations at once like we usually do.  How are your decorations coming???

Re: Getting Ready for Christmas

posted at 12/4/2010 7:08 PM EST
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I'm not decorating this year.  I did put a wreath on the front door.

Re: Getting Ready for Christmas

posted at 12/5/2010 3:04 AM EST
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Out side decorations are up and the tree is up in the living room,how long the tree will remain up will be up to Romeo, our puppy LOL.

Re: Getting Ready for Christmas

posted at 12/5/2010 3:55 AM EST
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I have not started yet. maybe one day this week. 

Re: Getting Ready for Christmas

posted at 12/5/2010 6:35 AM EST
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I constructed  four outdoor wreaths. I did not trim them. I wanted a whimsicial seasonal look.

Re: Getting Ready for Christmas

posted at 12/5/2010 7:30 AM EST
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 I alwas do my shopping for christmas in july and then I go a head and bake the cookies and their bread.

Re: Getting Ready for Christmas

posted at 12/5/2010 8:24 AM EST
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I am not decorating this year with the exception of a wreath on the door and a candle centerpiece on my dining room table.

Re: Getting Ready for Christmas

posted at 12/5/2010 8:30 AM EST
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The lights are going up today (weather permitting!) and we will probably get our tree next weekend.  I have bought a few new indoor decorations which are totally unnecessary, as I have boxes and boxes of pretty stuff already, but I can never resist Christmas decorations!

Re: Getting Ready for Christmas

posted at 12/5/2010 10:14 AM EST
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I thought I was being a "grinch" by not decorating it looks like I am in good company.
A few years ago I bought a new artificial tree, it looks great but it weighs a TON (ok, maybe an exaggeration but close) and I am the only one that has ever put up the tree, decorated or taken down the tree and put it away.  So I am not going to do it this year. Not to mention the ONLY time the tree was ever lit up was on Christmas eve and Christmas morning. So I figure why bother...
The Christmas Spirit is not in a tree in the living-room, a wreath on the door or lights on the house.  The Christmas spirit is stopping to help someone get an item off a shelf, holding a door open, letting someone pull out of a driveway or side street even though you might be running late.  Just doing all the things you should be doing the rest of the year but you just forget or it isn't convenient.

Re: Getting Ready for Christmas

posted at 12/5/2010 11:26 AM EST
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I haven't started yet but we are putting up less this year I am getting to old for this

Re: Getting Ready for Christmas

posted at 12/5/2010 6:44 PM EST
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I think our economy has a lot to do with the way people feel,We need to look back on Christmas past and start to think about what the true meaning of Christmas is.It's about faith and love and giving of one's self.Don't spend money that you don't have.I think that most of us make a lot of our gifts and that is what is special and most appreciated.Christmas lives inside of each and everyone of us and it's not about decorating.Show compassion to your fellow man and give from your heart.Happy holidays to everyone and here's to a much better New Year.God bless everyone.

Re: Getting Ready for Christmas

posted at 12/5/2010 8:45 PM EST
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If it were up to only me,  I would have just a very small tree on a table and few decorations.  However my husband likes to do the whole BIG tree thing which usually requires at least a week by the time the lights, ornaments and everything are on it.  It does look nice but it is just getting to be too much work for just two days.  Then there is all the taking down and putting everything away.  Maybe someday I can convince him it's not about the decorations as much as the gathering of the families.  I feel it's not how much you spend, but what you give such as time, effort, compassion and love.

I would much rather spend my time baking goodies to give to everybody than decorating a tree lol.  Thankfully my mom also feels that way since we are the only ones who really do the baking but my daughter is starting to get into baking now that she's on her own.

Hopefully everyone will have a wonderful holiday season and happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.


Re: Getting Ready for Christmas

posted at 12/5/2010 9:41 PM EST
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Got a small tree artifical, have some garland up in hallway on both sides and some decorations around the area. Have to find more that are packed up. Need to put up more garland in the living room over my heads.

Re: Getting Ready for Christmas

posted at 12/6/2010 2:32 PM EST
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You're right, Gale, Christmas isn't about gifts and presents that people can't afford to buy in the first place. First and foremost, it's about God's precious gift of His Son to us! It's also a time to spend with family and loved ones and just enjoy being together.
I like to decorate some for Christmas, but don't go overboard. I spent this morning putting up some Christmas lights inside around our doorway and along the ceiling shelf between the kitchen and dining room. Also put up some red garland around our archway leading into the living room. Got out the fiberoptic 3 foot tree and stood it in front of the windown on a stand. Will try to get our six foot artificial tree up this coming weekend possibly and during the week I will also get out a few more Christmas knickknacks and our little Christmas village scene. I'd like to put a couple of strands of colored lights along on our front porch but definitely not today as it is only 18 degrees outside and wind is whipping ferociously! Still snowing but not quite as heavy as it was. It's definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!

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