We needed a little Christmas Spirit around here. My mission on Sunday morning was to put up our Christmas tree! I wanted to get it done before Ralph woke up so it would be a surprise for him. For various reason, we didn’t have a tree last year. Because of the fact that the house is in disarray due to our attempts to pack everything up for our move (we’re not organized, if you haven’t figured that out from reading BCDC!!) there is precious little space to put up a tree. I was however determined that this would happen.
Our tree is small and we have an antique chest in the living room that is just big enough for the base of the tree. That seemed perfect to me. It was perfect. Here’s our tree, small but filled with Christmas Spirit!
I should have taken a picture in the evening, but I forgot to. The tree skirt is one that my Mom made for me many years ago. I’m probably going to add a few more ornaments also, but for now it looks perfect. Surrounding it are a few special things. Ralph’s brother-in-law John is a wonderful wood-carver. Each Christmas he gives everyone in the family special carved pieces, sometimes ornaments, sometimes things to sit on the tables.
This year’s treat!
Santa looks a little frightened! It is so cute!
A Santa from a few years ago.
I like him a lot!
This is my favorite that John ever did for us…
A fireplace and mantle. The moving Christmas stockings have our names on them. There’s a candle on the mantle. The picture on the left it is a little painting to represent our house in New Mexico. On the right is an actual photo of Ralph and me. And in the fireplace itself, it looks like someone is about to make a special guest appearance! This is just so wonderful and I treasure it.
My favorite thing under the tree is this…
Ralph with Santa! The inscription in his Mom’s handwriting says “Christmas 1950-Mickey 3 1/2 years old.” Ralph’s middle name is Michael, so he was called Mickey as a child. It’s not easy to see, but little Mickey does not appear to be happy with Santa. I have one of me and Ele that I have to find in my Christmas box and put out, too.
The best thing was Ralph’s reaction. I was in the bedroom getting dressed when he woke up. He got up and went to the kitchen to turn on his coffee which was ready for him. I didn’t expect him to see it right away. A few minutes later I hear, “Awww, look…we have a Christmas Tree!” He was very happy with it and he gave me a big hug when I came out. He continued to mention throughout the day.
After finishing his dinner later in the evening, I heard water running. He was doing the dishes! I came out and said, “Thanks for doing the dishes, I really appreciate it.” His reply? “It’s the least I can do…you gave me a Christmas Tree!!”
In spite of everything, I think we’re going to have a very good Christmas this year. I already got my present. And he wasn’t even wrapped!