It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

“It’s beginning to look a lot like FISHMEN. Everywhere I go!” Cue the H.P. Lovecraft Society’s A Very Scary Solstice and I am now firmly in a festive mood.

One of the pleasures of owning this big, beautiful, drafty old house is our annual Christmas decorating adventures. It takes at least two full days – one to clean the house, and the other to install the tree and decorate it.

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And that’s just the downstairs.

Need a photo with Santa? We've got you covered!

Need a photo with Santa? We’ve got you covered!

At some point, I hope to set up additional trees and decorations upstairs in various rooms.

The dining room mantel always gets the Christmas village

The dining room mantel always gets the Christmas village

For instance, I would like to find a 4-5′ tall artificial tree for the library/office which I will decorate in a books/writing theme.

The countdown to Christmas (pic taken a few days ago)

The countdown to Christmas (pic taken a few days ago)

I think it would be fun to add a tiny tree to the main floor bathroom which held miniatures such as bars of soap, tiny Christmas towels, and other bathroom themed decor.

A mix of the old and new. A snowflake montage in the background I made a couple of years ago, with old wooden cherries hung on a velvet tree. I don't remember a Christmas without those cherries.

A mix of the old and new. A snowflake montage in the background I made a couple of years ago, with old wooden cherries hung on a velvet tree. I don’t remember a Christmas without those cherries.

And then there is the kitchen. A tiny tree with little whisks and graters and such in the window.

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Or the art room – paintbrushes, tiny art pieces, and more.

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The utility room…

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By the time I’m done figuring out all the rooms – Christmas decorating will take a full WEEK to complete!

A big thanks to Dorri, a friend and neighbor who brought me this music box and collecitble Santa last year.

A big thanks to Dorri, a friend and neighbor who brought me this music box and collecitble Santa last year.

And don’t get me started on the Haunted Graveyard I’ve been dreaming of doing each Halloween for YEARS now.

A special ten-year-old little someone hung these stockings for her big sister and for her sister's dog, Ludo.

A special ten-year-old little someone hung these stockings for her big sister and for her sister’s dog, Ludo.

Let’s face it, holiday decorating is a lot of work, but it is fun too. Especially when we pull out the “festive” holiday tunes. It’s hard to get grumpy over all those strings of Christmas lights you have to test when you get to hear the dulcet tones of A Very Scary Solstice belting out “And on his hands he has orifices and he doesn’t have a head!” to the tune of I Want to Wish You a Merry Christmas.

You gorgeous beast, you!

You gorgeous beast, you!

And now I’m sad that I didn’t schedule us to have a holiday party!

A new addition

A new addition

Next year, folks. Mark your calendars for the second weekend of December of next year. I guarantee we will have a fabulous party then!

The front parlor mantel

The front parlor mantel

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