Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmastime Is Here...

Christmastime is here and NOW I'm Feeling it... I can't get into the Christmas Spirit until Thanksgiving has passed because I don't really like rushing or blurring my Holidays and Seasons.  I like to Savor them, Thanksgiving included, and I think it is often one of the most neglected of Holidays since it's squeezed inbetween two wildly popular and more extravagant ones.

I Love the time between Halloween and New Years because it's chock full of Fabulous Celebrating and Holidays... and yet, because it is chock full of so many Celebrations, it can also be quite the whirlwind and playing catch up if you don't prepare for each adequately, can't it?

Now, when I was Younger, I could keep up with the Pace of one Holiday Celebration right after another and not feel quite so exhausted by it all... now I definitely have to Pace myself rather than attempt to keep up with the Pace!  *LOL*

And since I Enjoy Creating Vignettes and Decorating so much, even tho' I don't go quite so over the top as I used to, I still can't bring myself to scale down the Holiday Decorating and Vibe to a Minimalistic or Modest amount because it wouldn't Create the Atmosphere I want and Enjoy being around throughout the Holiday Season.

Our Home becomes my little Holiday Coccoon and Sanctuary, so to speak, during each Holiday Season.   I find a Joy, an Enchantment, a Peace and a Comfort being surrounded by whatever Holiday Vibe is being Celebrated when I Create the right Atmosphere for it in the Home.  It brings it to Life fully in my opinion when it's not just a nod to the Season.

We've had Children in our Home for several Decades now and to me it's Important to Create that Atmosphere of Childlike Wonder during the Holiday Seasons.   I'm Hoping that even once all of the Children we're raising are grown I'll still feel compelled to Create that Atmosphere every Holiday Season, even if just for myself!?  *Smiles*

In some Homes everyone gets in on the Decorating for the Holidays because they're all just that 'Into' it.   That is not the case in our Home even tho' they all Enjoy what I Create, I'm usually the one who takes the lead and ensures it gets done.   Over the years I've tried to be Inclusive in the Process, but realized that the majority of the extended Fam are just not that 'Into' it when it comes to the Decorating of anything.  Princess T is about the only one who digs it as much as I do, so it's 'Our Thing' to Create the Magic.

And since I want the Process to be Fun and Joyful, I'd rather just not have Helpers who are doing it under protest or because they feel an obligation to help... if they just move aside and get out of the way, so as not to hinder those of us who really dig it, I'm Golden!  *Winks*

So this year, with everyone out of the way and doing 'Their Thing' I was able to ramp up the Process into Hyperdrive and get it all accomplished in just half of a day!   Even the Tree only took less than 45 Minutes to Decorate... but then, the middle set of lights went out after I finished the whole thing... and so Today I had to install another set of Icicle Light strands on a fully decorated Tree without having to start over!  *Whew*

Yes, the Champagne Pencil Tree we keep up all year and just decorate for each Holiday was a Prelit one, but one by one the sections of permanent lights on it burned out and had to be replaced and I found that Icicle Lights that you usually suspend from the eves of a house work perfectly for a quick fix and a Wow factor when lighting up a Tree... especially in sections.   You can Thank me later for that tip if you have a Christmas Tree Light Malfunction of your own! ? *Ha ha ha*

We came across a bounty of brand new Christmas Lights one Season well after the Holidays had passed and I'd sent The Man on a dumpster dive Mission to find me some Storage Boxes.  A Store had just thrown away all of their unsold boxes of Christmas Lights rather than Donating them!  *Gasp!*  

He Saved the perfectly good boxes of Lights from being Landfill bound and we just gave them out the next Holiday Season to needy Families and kept just a few for ourselves.   I abhor waste of Resources like that... just sending New Stock to the Landfills rather than Donating them to Charities!  But it is deplorable what gets thrown away and Wasted.  Those of us with a Salvage Mentality just need to Rescue it when we come across it!

Stepping down from my Soapbox now... *Winks*... so... I still had all those boxes of New Christmas Lights from that 'Score' in an Outbuilding that WASN'T the Seasonal Storage Cottage I couldn't get into because I'd misplaced the key for the Padlock  *Whew*... and the Tree got lit up again without incident and Thankfully without having to take any Decorations off of it.

I liked how it all turned out with the Vintage Blingy Show Ribbon Collection, Peacock Feather Mardi Gras Mask Theme... everything was large scale enough that it didn't take forever and a day to Decorate and cover the Tree adequately and will take no time at all to take down later... Booyah!

Every year the G-Kid Force tell me that they think this year's Theme is the best ever... and I must admit that every year I've been completely satisifed with how whatever Theme has turned out and been Memorable in it's own way.   Sure I have my Favorites by a slight margin, but overall, I Enjoy any Christmas Decorating Theme I've ever seen and all Inspire and Bring It with the Enchanting Vision in some way! 

I don't know about you, but I thoroughly Enjoy seeing how Inventive and Imaginative folks are with Decorating their Christmas Trees and the Themes they come up with?!?   This year my Vote of Fav Idea goes to my Imaginative Friend Myko who came up with the brilliant Vision for the Vintage Blingy Show Ribbon Ornamentation for a Christmas Tree.

I'll utilize these for Displays and Decor long after Christmas has passed, I just Love how they look and since I Collect both Vintage Show Ribbons and Vintage Bohemian Bling, putting them together was just Idyllic for me as an Instant Collection to Gift myself with this Season.

What has been your Favorite Christmas Decorating Idea for this Season my Friends?   What has been so Fresh and Creative that you've never seen it before and thought it a Brilliant Idea?

What has Inspired you the most for your own Christmas Vision?   Who has Inspired you the most?  Or are you one to just hunker down and brainstorm something totally Unique for yourself to Create something Magical from the Canvas of your own Imagination?

I will continue to add little touches here and there over the coming weeks to our Christmas Vignettes... I recently found some of my Bobeches to put on the Altar Candlesticks.  I had Sold Off most of them so didn't think I had any more, but luckily I had kept a few and stashed them away... I had just forgotten about the Stash!   *LOL*   I do that a lot!

In fact I'm a Masterful Stasher and hide or store things away so well even I can't find them!  *Winks*  I have to be Masterful at it because I have some Inquisitive Types in this household that will go to any lengths and tear the place up looking for Lost or Found Treasures and things they shouldn't be getting into or finding that is supposed to be a Surprise!  *Smiles*

Sometimes I even Succeed at keeping things a Secret and successfully hidden away from prying little eyes and hands.  But not this year, this year I made the mistake of giving the entire Home an Overhaul and De-Stash recently... and had completely Forgotten about some Hiding Places and thus uncovered some things, with the Kiddos Assisting me, that were Gifts for them that I'd lost track of coz I bought them Months ago for Christmas!   Yeah, I know, it seemed like a Set Up that they just happened to be Helping, huh?  *Smiles*

But the good thing is that I also uncovered things I'd forgotten about for Decorating... such as these Wonderfully Realistic looking Faux Fruit Tarts for the Altar!   I used to use Real Food Offerings but then everyone was Tempted to eat them and I didn't want to lure Critters to knosh on them too, so I went with Faux Altar Foods instead.  *Smiles*

I think all of these must have come from a Pastry Shop Display because they are Magnificent and so I was totally Jazzed to get a bag of them while Goodwill Hunting for less than two bucks!  The only thing I have to monitor now is if we have Wee Guests that will assume they're the Real Deal and take a bite outta them?!?  *Smiles... it happens, what can I say?*

And we'll be having some Wee Guests since a Niece from out of State will be visiting with her Children this weekend and taking the G-Kid Force out for a Pizza Party.  I haven't seen her Newest Baby in person yet and am anxious to see the two older ones again, I've missed them so since they moved to Texas!   And they all Grow Up so FAST!

And being the total Pushover that I am, I allowed the G-Kid Force to just go ahead and play with the Gifts they uncovered rather than insist they be wrapped and Torment them because now they know and want desperately to play with them!  *Smiles*   The Young Prince being Fourteen I even let him pick out most of his Gifts this year... and so then of coarse Princess T insisted on picking out just a few of hers to be Fair!  *LOL*

And being the total little Gypsy Negotiator that she is, that one Conned her way into some pretty nifty picked out Presents that wouldn't go under the Tree, by saying she'd Assist Gramma with the take down of Halloween and the putting up of Christmas if she could get a lil somethin-somethin Extra for her Toil and Troubles!  *Smiles* 

And since Clearly she's the only one who would even be a Willing Volunteer to Assist with the Gargantuan Project Gramma was contemplating during their Winter School Break and to get done in a day mind you, it was a Mutually Beneficial Deal we Agreed upon!  *Winks*   So she has three Woodsy Shops and some LPS she didn't already own... which I didn't even think possible given her extensive Collection of them!?!  *Ha ha*   And she made Good on her Promise to be my Staff of one.

She and Santa even Conned Gramma into getting into the Free Santa Pixs at our Antique Mall... I'm always a bit hesitant only because I'm usually Fluffier than Santa and that's pretty discouraging when I'm trying mightily to get my Girlish Figure back!  *Le Sigh*   Hey Dan, couldn't ya Photoshop those extra chins outta there my Friend, coz other than that dead giveaway I looked Skinnier than Santa this year!  *Winks*

But hey, with Glitter and Glam abounding even a Fluffier me Feels positively Radiant this time of year!   And the serious Dietary and Lifestyle Changes can be the New Year's Resolution that I'll have to remain Accountable to in 2015, right?   I'm not exactly going Vegan, but I am increasing my Plant and Fresh Food intake and lessening my non-plant or processed intake considerably.

Better Pray for me on that Resolution because I really like Meat... and Bread... but I think if I don't totally deprive myself of it I should be Okay and just eat less of it than the other tasty Veggie and Fresh Stuff that I Enjoy equally well actually, so it's no big Sacrifice that should send me over the edge of Sanity.

Besides, there are plenty of other things that can do that for me, right?  *LOL*  But at least it will be a more Svelte me that careens over the edge if that happens... and after all that hard Work to get to be Healthier and Leaner, I doubt I wouldn't resist a Free Fall more strenuously.

With the Niece and Family visiting... and another of the Youngest Daughter's Childhood Friends coming by to join the Pizza Party and Help with the G-Kid Force... and The Man and In-Laws getting back in Today... we should have quite the Full House so it's nice that it's Holiday Ready to Receive everyone now.

I Enjoy that during the Holidays we often get to see Relatives and Friends who we don't get to see often... especially those visiting from out of State.   We haven't been able to Travel much after The Man's Tragic Accident so it's good that he's taking the leap of Faith to go on Road Trips again and realizing he can do it and Enjoy it still.

We sure missed him joining us for Thanksgiving Dinner... but knew he was Enjoying it with his Extended Family in Utah and most of his Brothers and Sisters were going to be able to make it this year for a Family Reunion for the Holidays.   We had an Amazing Thanksgiving Dinner at 'Cracker Barrel' this year, with Ham and Turkey on the plate...  no fuss, no muss... plenty of good food and leftovers to take Home... at a Bargain Price that included the drinks and Pumpkin Pecan Pie!

And of coarse that also left Dad's Coveted Recliner empty for others to kick back on...  *Smiles*

It's Okay, I Promise we won't Tell!   Besides, Dad never visits Mom's Cute Lil Decorating Blog so he doesn't have a Clue what I really Blog about!?!  *Bwahahahaha!*

And after Thanksgiving Dinner when the Guys went off and did their 'Thing' together... us Gals went off and did our 'Thing' together, which usually involves Shopping!  *Smiles*

But tho' I Helped his Beloved with crossing off some of the things on her List, I had already Completed mine... with the exception of sending about a Dozen of the G-Kids who live out of State or the Country their Cash Christmas Gifts... since that's always the right size and color.  *Winks*  And if I can manage not to run over any more screws left in the road by this annoying never ending Construction Project the City has going on I might not even have to replace the other three tires on the Jeep right before Christmas?  Lord have Mercy I've run over three screws in less than two weeks already... it's ridiculous how messy these crews are!
Merry Christmas from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian


  1. Good morning Dawn....I always love stopping by here to see your latest creation. That tree is fantastic......and I agree that we must always keep traditions going....with or without kids at home.



  2. Your tree looks awesome Dawn, so creative.....especially the bling rosettes and the peacock feathers just give it all oomph :-) Also your kitchen curtains which l'm guessing you created are so funky. l agree with you about the whole wastage thing....too much stuff around that people just don't want to deal with....lucky there's folks like us willing to take some of it on board :-) Hope you have a lovely time with your family.


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