I don't know why, but I always save the big tree for last. Last of the decorations to go up and last to come down. My tree does not have a theme. It is a hodge podge of ornaments. Ornaments made by my niece 40+ years ago. Those made by my boys 30+ years ago. A couple ornaments made by my grandson Jake. This year I had a really hard time putting up some of the ornaments. My mom did beautiful ceramic work and I have many ornaments she made. Then I came upon a few friend Judy (Ellie's mom) had given me over the years. Remnants of ornaments still saved from when the tree came crashing down a few years ago. I was feeling very melancholy. Then I found a Santa ornament DSO had bought in Alaska, and on the bottom was written "from Loocie 2010". Well, I lost it. It's been about 8 months since Loocie unexpectedly died. We still cannot believe it. Ellie was hard enough, but the double whammy of losing Loocie so soon afterward is still more than we can bear. Then I came upon the ornament my brother had made for me. A picture of Loocie and on the back it said "Merry Christmas 2015". I just started to sob. Anyone who has lost a beloved pet surely understands :(
In addition to decorating, I've been binding two small mats. Still need to cut some fresh greens. Write cards. Grocery shop. All before my son arrives early Thursday morning. I'm so excited to have him home for a few days. It will be wonderful to celebrate Christmas with him even if not on Christmas day.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)