Friday, November 27, 2009

While the Merry Bells Keep Ringing . . .

. . . Happy Holidays to you!

I love Christmas. I really do. And this year, it's a kind of a Celtic Christmas, Chez A. Here is the tree - I got this tree a couple of years ago, and it's really supposed to go in my living room (which is why it looks sort of narrow). But although I spend more time in there in the winter months than in the summer, I still spend the majority of my time in my sunroom.

So, this year, I decided to move a plant stand that was virtually empty, and put the tree and the Polar Bear Family in the sunroom where I can enjoy them for the next weeks. Also there, down on the right, are BunBun and her sister, Winky. They are bunny rabbits, but the Polar Bear Family is always quite happy to see them, and peace reigns supreme, even with them there, so they are always somewhere around the tree :-)

I did not, however, pull out all the ornaments. I have a really lot of tree ornaments, and I love them all, but it does take a long time to unwrap them (and to put them away again in January). So this year I went with a theme (never have done that before) and only put my Belleek bells on the tree plus some other Irish ornaments that I have. And since 23 years ago I managed to get in at the beginning of something, I have the entire series of Belleek Christmas bells. Well, not quite - this year's is on order :-)

My late mom always got my bell for me every year, and the first Christmas after she passed away, I had to scramble to get one - I forgot and had to get one after the holiday. It was not easy! But I remember now to get them every year, and I like them very much.

Here are the Celtic Santas. They live up on the ledge in my sunroom. All came from a Colorado friend of mine over the years. Two Irishmen and two Scotsmen. I like them all :-)

I really enjoyed Thanksgiving yesterday - I had dinner with my cousins, and then went over to my Aunt's house and spent the evening with her. It was time well spent. I don't get to see her enough (my fault) and so it was good to just sit and talk and catch up for a few hours.

I have so much to be thankful for, and as we blast into this holiday season, I'm remembering to hold the peace of Iona in my heart. It makes everything easier.

I finished the Water Lily socks at my cousin's after dinner, promptly put them on, and I just love them! I will have to get a photo soon.


Michelle said...

Happy Thanksgiving weekend, my friend!

The Knitted Squirrel said...

I'm glad that you had a nice Thanksgiving...
The ornaments sound lovely. I have never had a 'Theme' tree, maybe I should try it. Yours looks beautiful!!!