November 30, 2008

Wreath

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we turn our thoughts to Christmas. I guess. I'm not a big holiday person. It would not be fair to say that I hate the holidays, but I really don't get whipped into a frenzy by any of it. Perhaps my emotional/nostalgometer is simply turned down a notch or two lower than other people's. Beyond the bizarre behavior of people standing in line for better than 12 hours to save a little money on stuff they probably don't need are the hyperdecorators in my neighborhood. They really got rolling this weekend. My across-the-street neighbor actually got out the ladder today and put up some of his lights, which are now lit. It's the 30th of November. It's RAINING. It's dangerous--never mind the wet, slippery ladder--but let's consider the 15 amps that the outside socket pulls. We drove to dinner last night, and coming home in the dark, it seems that roughly one in 10 of our neighbors has put up lights and action figures and blow-up stuff already. That will increase to about 4 in 5. I don't really get it--we did the outside lights last year, and they seemed nice enough, but a lot of work for something that wasn't that satisfying.

There are two things I'd like this year, aside from our old faithful Christmas tree and the various bulbs I've been forcing: a large, really nice fresh wreath, and a garland of shells for the mantelpiece. I like this garland--it's featured in the latest issue of Tradional Home. I'm sending away for the shells and I'm going to see what I can whip up. I'll show you pictures as I do it. Of course, since I have final exams the next two weekends in a row, it's going to be tricky to get done.

Speaking of wreathes, here's the wreath from Dorothy's Garden. The year goes under my initials, but why tempt fate and put a particular year in, just in case I lose interest and don't finish this until 2022?

And here's Pink, who as always, is doing his best to help me decorate. "Mom, instead of stringing cranberries, let's string doots this year, and hang them on the tree!"

9 comments:

bunnygirl said...

That shell garland is interesting--I've never seen anything like it before. I can imagine Nantucketers doing something like that, can't you?

It's a lot better than Pink's suggestion, that's for sure. Never take a bunny's advice on decorating. Tidbit actually thought my new sofa looked better with fringe!

Tammy said...

The wreath is looking so pretty--I love that ocean-y garland!!! I'm going to do that when I win the lott and buy a beachfront condo, ok? As always, Pink is FABU.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

The shell garland looks very great. I don't get real frenzied about holidays either. Too many years of working retail, I suppose. Though I do enjoy other peoples light displays, some are quite creative. Speaking of which Pink's idea is a good one, that way the bunnies could eat the cranberries.

mainely stitching said...

Doot stringing! OMG!!

furrybutts said...

Strings of doots! And maybe some excess bunny fur to resemble snow on the tree.. :p

Rabbits' Guy said...

Is it the Holiday season already? Oh Oh ...

We live where there are few other houses, so we will hang out the lights.

I have this mental image of rabbits stringing cranberries!

The Scarlett house said...

I'm with you on your thoughts about decorating and standing in line. I do the first very simply, and I refuse to do the latter at all. I hate all the commercialization of the holiday and I enjoy making my gifts, so I stay far, far away from the stores.
Love the shell garland, that's not something you see everyday in AZ.

FrecklesandDeb said...

Well, Pink, that is certainly an interesting decorating suggestion!

Michelle said...

I love the idea of a shell garland! Gorgeous!!!