It's a cold day here in NJ. I am very thankful for my warm, woolen scarf. I wish my thrummed mittens were done but the holiday knitting takes precedence.

I am envious of all of you who can change your blog around with impunity. I've tried to put a picture up behind the title but it's always too big and looks silly. I don't have a flikr acct and maybe that helps? I also am a creature of habit. I wear the same three pair of earrings every day. I wear the same watch and rings. I don't like having to worry about things like that so I just leave them alone. Kinda like the blog. I like clean lines and a minimum of fuss. I did change the color of the header but it went from black to blue so it was not very noticeable. Maybe over the holidays when I have time (although where this time will come from, I don't know) I'll play with it.

I have finished the bulk of the holiday knitting. I want to make some washcloths to go with the lavender goat milk soap I bought for my aunts. They are elderly (scares me to say that) and don't need knick knacks or clothes or more stuff. But I saw the soap and it smelled so good I bought some for each of them. Now, I need a nice easy pattern to whip up. I think I might crochet the cloths because it would be quicker. This is what I love about the internet. I'll look for a quick, easy, pretty pattern and start tonight.

We bought our tree on Saturday. It's huge. Pk and Elanor chose it. After enduring endless ribbing last year about the "bush" I chose, I decided not to say a word. It fits perfectly in the living room. I mean PERFECTLY. There is not an inch to spare between the top of the tree and the ceiling. We'll have to cut a little off to accomodate the angel's head. We have 9 foot ceilings in the front of the house so it's a 9 foot tree. We don't decorate the tree until Christmas Eve. When the girls were little, we decided to tell them that Santa decorated the tree. That meant that we had to work magic after they went to bed. It was totally worth it to see the look on their faces when they got up in the morning. Now that they are all grown up, it's wonderful to share the decorating with them. The cast of characters has changed over the years but it's always a fun time.

I'm at work so no photos of the trip on Saturday. I'll do that when I get home today. Have a good Monday.

Comments

Alwen said…
We started getting a table-top tree when we had a new puppy and our son was only two. Now I think the tree on the table has become our tradition!
Roxie said…
A nine foot tree? Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! A person could always give your Christmas ornaments if they were short on inspiration. It is such a joy to come to your blog when so many people are feeling the holiday blues. I LOVE Christmas, and will be getting the tree up the day after we get home. Our ceilings are barely 7 foot, and floor space is limited. I look for a tree that's flat on one side so it will cuddle against the wall better. And my nativity set has a plastic cow that poops jelly beans in with all the nice olive-wood carved figures.
Taphophile said…
Thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas tradition.
Galad said…
Your tree sounds wonderful and I love hearing about other people's traditions.
Bezzie said…
Ooo...we saw those 9 footers on Saturday and oooeed and ahhhhed and couldn't imagine that in our house. We'd have to decorate it "Elf" style--where you get a running jump off the couch to hang the star on the top of the tree! Hee hee!

Half the joy of having the tree up is having the smell--and you get that effect decorated or undecorated until 12/24!
Sheepish Annie said…
Oooooh! Big tree! We must have pictures!!!!!

I haven't changed my blog template in forever. I think of it every now and again but, these days, I'm lucky to get a post out there. Never mind the decorating!

I'm the same way about the house, now that I think of it...
Amy Lane said…
Wow--how wonderful!!! We'll put ours up and decorate it this weekend--we let the kids decorate it with the first ornaments we can find!!! (We've got a LOT of them, so we go for the unbreakable ones!)
amy said…
Thanks for your comment, Donna Lee.

If you ever want help with your blog header, let me know. You have my email. ;)

We have a cute little tree. It looks just right in our living room. We let the kids do just about all the decorating. Chris unwrapped the ornaments and I threaded them with the hangers, and the kids put them on the tree. Then Chris rearranged. I never knew he was so anal about this, but Nicholas put all his ornaments in one spot and it drove my husband crazy. I had no idea!
MadMad said…
Today I watched my kids decorate the tree, while I sat nearby and KNITTED. It was awesome!
Geek Knitter said…
My family always waited until the last Sunday of Advent to put up our tree. All that pent-up anticipation, my brother and I would be in an absolute tizzy by then.

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