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Posts Tagged ‘Christmas decorations’

Under The Christmas Tree

Posted by terrepruitt on January 1, 2021

While I am excited to leave the Christmas tree and decorations up for another week, I don’t think our cats are. But maybe. The tree is in the spot that their cat tower normally resides, but it is on a table so that they can still have access to the spot where the sun shines. Here is Teagan and Nessa for the first Friday Photo of 2021.

Happy New Year!

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2020 Christmas Decorations

Posted by terrepruitt on December 28, 2020

I was starting to get sad because I was thinking I needed to take the decorations down. I just start feeling like I need to take them down after Christmas and I don’t.  If it weren’t for the Christmas tree in my yoga/Nia/stretch studio (AKA: living room) no one would know how long we have the decorations up. I like to keep them up as long as possible. I think we can make it. The Epiphany is NEXT Wednesday! I can start disassembling on Thursday after class my stretch class. That way I can have about two and half days to get things packed up and allow my hubby Sunday to put it all back up. We will see. I guess I can breathe easy and no need to get sad yet. I have almost two weeks left.  YAY!  By THEN I will be ready to take it down.  🙂

And now . . . I am sharing it with you. IF you have seen some of my previous years’ Christmas posts some of these ornaments will look familiar!  Scroll down, and keep scrolling, and keep scrolling, and keep scrolling . . . I might have gotten carried away.  🙂

Merry Christmas. (I can eeek it out one more day!)

Which are you:

1) take down the tree December 26th?
2) wait until after Epiphany
3) take it down when it is dry and needs to go?

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Treasured Christmas Decorations

Posted by terrepruitt on December 23, 2020

I have received so many wonderful gifts throughout the years.  I cannot remember where all of them came from or thank everyone for everything I have received over the years.  Sometimes I forget who gave me what.  And I know that they forget, too.  But this year I have decided to tell people that I love their gift and it brings me much joy.  I started with my red wreath.

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Another thing is a gift I inherited.  I remember when my mom received it and I loved it then, and I love displaying it now.  It is a row of family bears. listing all of my family’s names.  Only three in that row are still around.

Another thing is my tree skirt.  John’s mom made me a beautiful tree skirt.  I had always dreamed of having a tree skirt to put around my tree and I finally had one.  Every year I was so excited to put it around the tree.  One year she was over and she said, “But, that doesn’t fit.”  Because it only went around about 1/4 of the area below the tree.  And I replied that I didn’t care, it was awesome.  But she remedied that by making me a HUGE tree skirt.  And I love it.  Half of the reason I bug my husband so much about putting up the tree is so I can place that beautiful skirt around it.  It always fits!

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There is also my light jar I received.  It was years ago when light jars first came out.  I had wanted one and was so excited to have received it.

Wow!  I probably could go on and on, but I will stop there.  I just really love decorating for Christmas and I look forward to using these treasures every year.

I think if any year is the year to reach out to people and let them know that they gifted you something you treasure NOW is that year.  What do you think?  What about you?  Do you have anything you received as a gift that you treasure and use every year?

 

 

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Easy Way To Create, Recycle, And Gift Give

Posted by terrepruitt on December 21, 2020

Last year a friend gave me a Bath & Body Works candle in a jar. It smelled so yummy I bought a bunch of them when they were on sale. But I have an issue with throwing “jars” away. Jarred candles feel much safer in that the flame is in a glass container, so I primarily purchase those type of candles (aside from tealight which I then put in containers). I just don’t like throwing the jar away. Last year I painted jars that I had from candles and gave them as gifts. But this year I am not seeing anyone and with a dance studio in our living room I didn’t want to take up the dining room table with crafts. But I did have those Bath & Body Works jars to deal with. And actually it started with a vase that I got for my birthday.

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So, I filled the jar with the ornaments to see how they would fit. Then I took them out and put in the light. I ended up doing that several times until I was finally satisfied. I didn’t use any glue so it was quite easy to rearrange things. Then I tied a bow around it and whamo! INSTANT light up Christmas decoration.

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So, I am super happy. I really like these decorations. I like to make stuff and I love to be able to recycle. And like I said, I think they have a big pop. Anything that lights up POPS to me.

I have a lot of Bath & Body Works candles to burn so I am sure I will fill the emptied jars with other things and give them as gifts. The possibilities are endless, they don’t have to be filled with Christmasy stuff!

I think these are adorable (yes, a little horn tooting), what do you think?  Do you like to make gifts?

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Decorations Are Different For 2020 Christmas

Posted by terrepruitt on December 11, 2020

With our living room as my studio for Nia, yoga, and stretch I’ve had to make some adjustments that have displaced some of my Christmas decorations. I’ve had to move some furniture around and my Zoom backdrop is in the way of a table that I normally put up to display a number of Christmas decorations. So . . . I’ve been rearranging things a bit. I just put the small bottle light up tonight, and I thought that it would be the piece that allowed me to be at peace with this arrangement, but I am not sure about it yet. I will have to sit with it. I have still been up and down (there are two ladders involved) decorating so we will see once I have a chance to actually observe it. My original vision was for multi-colored strings of lights. I didn’t have them, but might be able to scrounge them up. Maybe THAT will do the trick.

Christmas decorations continue for Friday Photos in December.

How are you doing so far?

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Wrapping The Wall Hangings

Posted by terrepruitt on December 7, 2020

Oh, I am so surprised with myself.  I don’t know how I missed this ALL these years.  I love when restaurants, offices, etc have their wall hangings wrapped.  It looks so festive.  I always marvel at the time it must have taken someone to wrap the hangings.  And yet I have never done it myself.  WHAT?  I don’t get it.  How could I have missed this opportunity all these years?  What a great way to decorate and re-use/recycle wrapping paper.  I just don’t get it.  This year I was looking at my purple and blue plates (don’t match red and green) that are in my plate holder and I was trying to think of something to do with them.  I have Christmas dishes, but we didn’t get them down this year and I am ok with that because we have so many other things to decorate with.  Then it dawned on me . . . I could just wrap the plates.

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In case you were wondering what I got to do that was so exciting to me – you are not going to think it is exciting, but I was sooooo happy – I will tell you.  I got to pull stuff out of boxes and then put the boxes back up.  Normally we bring all the boxes in the house and then I empty them and they stay in the house until will put them back up.  And usually we put them all back up at the same time.  So to be able to empty some and not even bring them in the house – such a relief.  The amount of stress that alleviates is amazing.  May sound silly to you, but I was happy.

Anyway . . . this post is me being excited about recycling wrapping paper to decorate and to have a “new” decoration”.  I can change the paper every year.  Well, not really because I often put my Christmas china up there.  But this year . . . . a new decoration!

Well, it is December.  So that means a lot of posts – A LOT – about the Christmas tree (wait till you see the skinny guy we got this year), the decorations, and the season.  Yeah, still celebrating and grasping at the Joy of the Season!

How about you?

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Faux Friday Photo

Posted by terrepruitt on January 11, 2020

I was busy taking down our Christmas tree and trying to un-decorate yesterday. I got involved and forgot out posting a Friday Photo. It is past the time we normally like to take down Christmas so I as on a mission to get the tree out of the house. When my husband came home from work he jumped right in to help and we were able to get the tree out of the house. Normally I would just skip my Friday Photo, I mean, I didn’t post on Friday so technically it is not a “Friday Photo’. But as I continued to pack up the Christmas decorations I saw this card and it is way too pretty to put away never to be seen again. So I wanted to post it on my blog so I could see it.

I will title this “Faux Friday Photo” so I will know how to find it.

Happy New Year!

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Late Christmas Post

Posted by terrepruitt on January 3, 2020

I am usually ready to put away the decorations, but this year, I am not. They are not “bothering” me and I am not tired of them. This one is actually not mine. I wish I would have thought to post it on Christmas. I was wanting to do a post on Christmas, but we were at my family’s (this is theirs) and I didn’t get to it when we got home. So, here . . here is what should have been posted on Christmas as today’s Friday Photo. I suppose by next week’s Friday Photo, I will have to move on from Christmas stuff . . . but not yet.

Happy New Year!

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Unique Candle Burning Bright

Posted by terrepruitt on January 4, 2019

I don’t even remember how I found these cool candles, but I bought one for my husband for Christmas and loved them so much I bought more.  This is an insight into the fact that I have not even begun to take down Christmas decorations.  Been sick and using all my energy for work!  This is a glowing Friday Photo.

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How is your New Year going?  How long do you leave your Christmas Decorations up?

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Happy 2018

Posted by terrepruitt on January 1, 2018

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I have two new ones from Pilgrim Imports. You may have read my post about Lenox ornaments. I used to get their annual snowflake ornament. I did it for years. But the quality started to decline and I was rethinking that whole thing. Then one year I received one that was poorly painted and the little gems were all crooked so I asked to exchange it. Well, they sent me another one that was almost as bad as the first. So I stopped receivingDance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFit their annual ornament.  And asked them to stop marketing to me altogether. Their regular ornaments might be better quality, but if they can’t put out a good quality for their annual ornament I stopped being a customer. I discovered Pilgrim Import ornaments. They are metal ornaments with sparkles attached and bobbles hanging from some of them. I love them. If you’ve seen any of my post about Christmas ornaments before you have probably seen one or two of them. This year I received two new ones. A jelly fish with pink and blue “pearls” attached. And a giraffe adorned with glass beads!

And . . . as I said, Lenox’s regular ornaments might be fine because we receive a beautiful glass Angel that says HOPE from my sister-in-law.  It is also not the regular porcelain (or whatever the snowflakes are made of) type of ornaments I used to collect.

I also was gifted a silver star and a beautiful blue butterfly. The angel I received on Christmas and our tree is a little too droopy for me to trust her on it.  I don’t think the branches would hold her safely. But the star and butterfly are not as fragile so they went on right away.

I am looking forward to decorating with them next Christmas. I am not looking forward to taking down the tree and all the decorations. So much so that I haven’t even started yet.

Happy 2018.  Is there anything you are looking forward to in 2018?

 

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