Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Holiday Ramblings

Well, I bought my holiday cards last night. They're not my usual glittery cards like I get from Target, but I had to go to Wal-Mart (I know the horrors of the place, yes, but I have to pinch my pennies) last night, so I perused their card selection. I found some cute, homey cards with a secular yet warm greeting inside. I got 60 for less than $12, and since my list just keeps getting longer every year, that's not too shabby! I love sending and receiving holiday cards, though I receive a lot fewer than I send.

I also picked up artificial poinsettia flowers to put in the vase on the mantle. The vase is one that my mom made when she took a pottery class at college years ago. DTTF put it on the mantle with the suggestion that we update the arrangement regularly based on the season or upcoming holiday. I forgot how much I enjoy arranging flowers! I didn't take a picture, but as soon as I do, I'll post it. I didn't buy a real poinsettia because I'm terrible at remembering to water my plants, so they always die. I almost killed the aloe plant Random Faerie left with me when she moved to Colorado. It's still alive and doing better, but I really need to re-plant it. That's the only plant I've been able to keep alive, though. I'm glad I'm better at taking care of my animals than that...

This is Tree Faerie's first Christmas holiday, and I would really like for her to see both my parents and DTTF's mom. Yule (Winter Solstice - our holiday) will be focused more on the spiritual aspect of the season, and we each get to open one gift that night. We'll have our Outer Court Yule celebration on the 22nd. My family gets together at my grandma's on Christmas Eve, but DTTF has to work. That 3 hour drive does not sound appealing with just Tree Faerie and me because I can't keep her entertained and drive. She gets bored easily, and once she gets to the point of fussiness, she needs active distraction. Christmas day will be spent with DTTF's family. I don't know if we're going to do Santa at our house or at DTTF's mom's house or both. I know it will all work out, but until it does it will be burrowing itself in my worry-center.

This weekend I get to pull out the holiday decorations and decide what I'm putting where. I was also debating touching up the paint in Tree Faerie's room so we can move us all upstairs. Hmm. If I get that done, maybe I can get the border hung and her room set up. Then I can pick a day for us to move upstairs so we can get a bit of help in exchange for dinner. Hmm. My wheels are turning...

8 comments:

Monnik said...

Can you come arrange flowers at my place? I suck at it. Really, I can never get them to look right. Maybe it's just my inner perfectionist who gets irritated if they're not perfectly symmetrical.

Heather said...

Looks like you're busy this year! I have you have a great Yule and a wonderful Christmas!

I'll be doing my usual Shutterfly photo cards for the holiday. So simple and personal without having to write anything. Whew!

Heather said...

I stopped doing Christmas cards for awhile, and it was so freeing. I started a couple of years ago, and now I'm afraid to stop again. I don't want anyone thinking they've been dropped from my list. I know what you mean about car rides. When my kids were younger they'd get bored and I'd have to entertain them. For someone with severe motion sickness, this is no easy task!

Andrea said...

Monnik - that's one of the things I love about arranging flowers - I know it doesn't have to be perfect or symmetrical to be beautiful, so I can relax with it.

Heather (cmgd)- I did the thank-you cards from my baby showers with photocards. I considered it for Yule, but the place I used for the thank-you cards isn't doing them anymore. I know I could have gone elsewhere, but I'm lazy.

Heather (3bam) - I'm right there with you on the motion sickness thing. My mom kept telling me I'd grow out of it, but nope. I still get sick. I can't even read a map while riding down the road.

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My Semblance of Sanity said...

UGH!
You are all so far ahead of me - I have a wreath...one stinkin' wreath!!!
I need to get goin'!

Patti said...

wow, you got a great deal on the cards...i am thinking i might not send them this year...am i a scrooge?!

carrie & troy keiser said...

Good luck with your decor! I want to just skip it all {I might be scrooge this year}