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It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas...

Once again this year, we decided to not put up the large 7 foot Christmas tree and decorate it since our kitty is still too curious and can be destructive. We brought out the artificial fiber optic tree. It's only 4 feet tall, small, and easy-peasy to put up...just set it in its base and plug it in!! It morphs into shades of green, red, blue, yellow, white, and purple. Pretty, but just not traditional [which I'd prefer]. On the plus side, no danger of CATastrophes, and then again, hours spent with decorating a 'real', life-sized tree or tearing down the very same after the holiday is over. (See note below)*

For now, I share these....

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The small Santa Quilt I made last year and the Santa afghan that is several years old that was crocheted by me...now, it has become a bit 'sacred' to us.  This was our late Tahoe [cat]'s FAVORITE snoozing blanket.  No one could use it, 'cause she was on it the minute I unpacked it for Christmas, and left only to eat and use litter box...then, back on it  - day and night!!  I also purchased another quilt panel and quilt batting.  It's of the nativity.  I just never got around to buying other patch work quilt blocks [because of the covid 19 scare and shopping restrictions] to frame it...besides, I couldn't make up my mind even browsing the internet.  So, the panel sits, waiting for me to work on it.  Maybe soon.  Of course it will not be finished until 2021.  That's okay.
The last two are 'new' and 'old'.  The new [on the left] is a small Santa Fairy.  It just had to come home to sit at my table.  So far he's perched on the couch in the living room.  I'm sure he'll be moved eventually.  And last, on the right, is a piece we've had in our home for the holidays since Tucson, AZ.  It's large [about 3 feet in length] with a metal sleigh and Santa - his bag is filled with toys of mini-size.  [oh, and on the snowy ledge behind the sleigh...a gnome.  More of those comin' up too.]



*I'm working on convincing myself to put up the big tree! I miss it.



56 comments:

  1. We don't have Christmas trees down here any more, but Andy is waiting for a nice day to put his Christmas tree on the roof of the house up on the land. We're not exactly conventional. 🙂

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    1. I know, I don't care much for the fiber-optic tree we have. I think I will eventually put up the large 'real tree's.

      I know a few who don't decorate at all. You're not the only ones.

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  2. I haven't started decorating yet, but hope to next week. Want to keep it simpler this year. Have a lovely Christmas month ~ FlowerLady

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    1. I know even if we wouldn't decorate, Christmas would still arrive. But, it all seems worth the extra effort to make the inner soul be alive & full of color & happiness it all brings...especially this year.

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  3. I understand the missng your tree, the last two years, instead of putting the 2 foot tree in the nook i did Charlie brown tree and it looked good, but I missed the tree, so this time I did the tree. i am thinking of getting a new tree for next year, both of mine are leaning and OLD ... about the humor of the dinner, it was the only thing I could do, laugh at it but did not laugh while doing it...with the virus raging humor is so important.
    i love the gold elf shoes and the quilt with Santa is something I would like to have hanging on my sofa

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    1. I remember your Charlie Brown tree & thought it was too adorable!!

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  4. Hello, Anni,
    Your new tree looks pretty, I like the quilt and the cute Santa! Take care, have a happy day!

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  5. I love your decorations and elves (previous post) and Santa's. I am getting ours done little by little, and hope to get the tree up this weekend. It is an all day project as it is an older artificial one that I have to put every single branch in the trunk one at a time, and then put on the lights, etc., and it is very laborious...but when it is done I love it and am happy I did it. I am thinking we need to replace this one with a newer one that opens up presto! And has the lights already on it. But I'm waiting for a good sale and some extra money! LOL. I am sure your Christmas will be beautiful either way you decide to do it...with or without the big tree. Maybe put up lights in other places around your home, living room, etc., and you will enjoy the lights and not miss the tree so much. That's kind of what I've done already in our house, and I almost think I don't need to put up the big tree, but I know I will. Some traditions/habits are hard to break! The important thing is to celebrate Christmas regardless!!

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    1. Stringing lights can be a hassle! But so worth it when the beautiful lights light up the room!

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  6. I haven't pulled anything out yet. I'm debating on just how much I really want to do. I guess I just have to wait for the mood to strike me because it seems like a lot of work for something only I'm going to see.

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    1. A little bit of decorating may lift you up some...maybe

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  7. We have only small trees here but we think they are just as festive with lights and ornies as a larger one. Love all of your wonderful Christmas decorations!

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    1. ...but, the fiber optic is just not Christmas to me

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  8. We haven't felt the urge to get Christmassy yet around here. I've streamlined my decorating in years past, but this year, I'm seriously not feeling it. I don't know.

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    1. So many people feel as you do. Decorating always lifts my spirits (and keeps me busy).

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  9. I like your little tree Anni but if you miss your big one go ahead and put it up! I love all of your gorgeous Christmas stuff :)

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    1. I worked on it a bit yesterday & finished it today. 🎄

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  10. Well the Christmas spirit got to you much earlier than it hit me. I've just been printing and preparing my greeting cards for the season. Now to dig out the ceramic tree and snow ball cardinal and more treasures. Your decorations are really nice. Cookie baking coming soon!

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    1. Your love of cooking & baking far exceeds mine!

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  11. I don't decorate due to a very destructive cat but love it when folks like you do and let me enjoy vicariously. That Santa fairy is really neat.

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  12. I love your quilt. My grandmother was into making quilts and one of my great grandmothers was into those pointy needles and yarn. Sewing stuff runs deep in the family.

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  13. At least our outside lights are up. Gotta get that old artificial tree up soon. it's a lot of work since I do it all..every branch has to go into the trunk and lights ornaments..blah, blah, blah...Sure love it when its all done though. It's the "doing" that's hard.
    I love your quilts especially that Santa. By decorating I think it helps me be filled with hope and thankfulness.
    I'll bet you end up getting a big tree after all..(:0)
    Sue

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    1. Wow, that sounds like a lot of work, but in the end it's worth the effort. Each year, the beauty of a tree is just what we need...this year especially.

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  14. We have the same type of fiber optic tree with its mesmerizing lights and colors. Beautiful quilts and afghans! We only have the outside decorated. This weekend we'll decorate the inside. Friends of ours do so much decorating that it's not unusual to come across something in March that they forgot to put away. :-)

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  15. It sure does look like Christmas at your house.

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    1. I think I finished all I'm gonna do this year. I DID put up the big tree afterall.

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  16. We're going out back to cut our tree once the snow melts some.
    That is one elegant looking Santa, must have been dieting - he's much too thin. :)

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    1. Oh to go out & cut your own tree...brings back memories of doing that in Colorado.

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  17. Our outside lights are up. Tree is up - Frasier Fir, only 7 ft instead of the 8-9 ft we usually put up (no kids around to help this year & no cats to play around inside it - sad).
    Decorated the tree and put up a few inside decorations - will add a little more as time gets closer. Sitting by the fireplace today keeping warm and thinking about Christmas baking...

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    1. Been chilly, hasn't it? And that wind...are you getting the wind?

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  18. The sleigh & Santa is my favorite! This is why we did not put up our big tree...our cat Simba. Who knows what havoc could be wreaked? So I think you made a really good decision.

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    1. Guess what? I put up & decorated the big tree. I just like it better than fibre optic. I'll see how stupid I was.

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  19. It's looking festive! I miss my big tree too, but this 5 foot one is sure easier to put up!

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    1. The small trees are easy to decorate, to be sure.

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  20. Yay for the fairies and the gnomes! Bring them on! Everything is looking so very fine- a Hootin' Anni Christmas, for sure! I am looking forward to seeing the big tree! :~)

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    1. I'm working on more Christmas posts!

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  21. I also have a cat and I am 17 years old, but never broke the Christmas tree!
    the fairies and the gnomes are very nice!

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    1. Well, I did put up the big tree & so far Isaiah isn't impressed one bit. He's making a liar out of me!

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  22. Funny how some things become favorites for our sweet kitties. I am thinking it won't be long before you put up the big tree, just a hunch. :-)

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  23. Do what you need to do to enjoy Christmas Anni... it's even more important this year 🎅🎄🌙☕

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  24. Ohhh look at all the decorations and handwork. Tahoe had excellent taste in napping and I just love that it is sacred...I bet your mind's eye sees her there too.
    No tree up yet here. Just us and no one coming so we are still deciding. I have out flameless festive candles, snow globe and garden flags and window candles.
    Oh it you get a chance come by today. We had an amazing nature experience last week.
    Hugs to you and your B from me and my B
    Cecilia
    Hugs Cecilia

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  25. Very nice decorations! I still have the cover of the pillow in the spare bedroom that our Toby used to lay on all the time. We lost him in March of this year. It still has his fur on it! I can't bring myself to clean it off yet!

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    1. I feel comfort knowing she liked it so much!

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  26. Love Those Rugs There - Sending Positive Vibes

    Cheers

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  27. I will try this again..I made a comment on my phone and it somehow ended up on the other post. I love the colors showing on the fiber optic tree. And I would be very sentimental about that afghan.

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