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What Level of Hell is Decorating for Christmas?

‘Twas the day after Thanksgiving

And we thought we’d planned well

How we’d decorate for Christmas

But found ourselves in hell

 

Nothing seemed to work

No matter what we tried

We surveyed our shoddy work

And maybe even cried

 

I threw up my hands

Wanted to concede defeat

Maybe not decorating

Could be an unexpected treat

 

But we looked at each other

And vowed to keep trying

We’d make the decor work

Even if we kept sighing

 

So maybe it won’t be done

By the time the weekend ends

But surely, eventually

By the time Christmas begins

 

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We tried so hard to decorate today but found ourselves stymied by everything.

The tree we bought last year had a series of lights on top suddenly go dark after several days of perfect performance.  Why not have a lighting gap on your tree? And obviously we can’t finish decorating until we fix the problem with the lights.

lights out on christmas tree

Not noticeable at all!

Jimmy took the top to the kitchen to play the “which bulb is the culprit?” game. The lights are supposed to stay on if one goes out; we speculate there must be more than one out for the strand to go dark. Maybe. Hopefully. We’ve ordered a tool to help.

top of Christmas tree

The head! The head!!!

Last year I bought several new strands of lights for the outside. After trying 10 strands this year, only 4 worked.

failed christmas lights

The lights that don’t work

After putting them on the bushes, it looks like only some of the strands work since the colors are So Very Different!

holiday lights outside

None of these things are like the other

After the holidays last year, we sent our tree skirt to the dry cleaners and asked if they could tighten the buttons on the skirt. We’ve had the tree skirt for 10 years, and it needed a little work. They said no and returned the skirt to us clean but with buttons looser than they were before. We’ll need to repair them before we can use the skirt.

Loose buttons on tree skirt

Buttons are begging to fall off

We were able to decorate some of the house successfully, but it certainly does feel like one step forwards, two steps back when it comes to everything else 🙂 Thankfully, there is our annual viewing of Christmas Vacation to help with catharsis.

November Hodge Podge

Today is a hodge podge post.  It was a gorgeous weekend in North Carolina.  Warm and colorful. We spent some time outside, and I love seeing how our neighborhood looks in the Fall now that the leaves have changed.

View from our driveway

Our house from the street, hidden behind trees

 

View from our mailbox

Some little boy also loves to collect leaves.

Gorgeous tree and beautiful boy

 

Sweet Pea with leaf

We went to the grocery store today, and we found Christmas sprinkles that Daniel demanded we buy.  He didn’t have to twist our arms too much because I am a sucker for Christmas cookies.

We have a deal going right now that if he naps, he gets a naptime surprise.  Typically that involves ice cream, whipped cream and sprinkles (I know, I know).  Today, Daniel wanted his Christmas sprinkles.  I watched him shake them onto his ice cream with bemusement because I am sooooo excited and ready to prepare for the holidays with him.

Hmmm which sprinkle to choose?

I’m not the only one I know participating in NaBloPoMO.  Here are a few other awesome bloggers who would welcome a hello:

I hope you had a great weekend and may your week be wonderful.  I’m in the office all week, which makes me feel happy.  Very few meetings!!!!!