“…freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night…”

The morning has been a busy one here at the Ryan estate. The staff has decorated the grounds with multi-colored lights. Large ornaments hang from trees, and a spotlight gives the ornaments a twinkle. The back deck is awash with lights. A smaller star joins the big star on the fence gate. A wooden sled draped with white skates is now by the front steps and is lit by a string of colored lights. A wreath is on the front fence gate and hanging in the middle of it is a wooden fish. The front door also has a wreath but hanging from its middle is bright coral. The crowning achievement is the tree. It is in the stand in the living room where it will sit for a day or two before being decorated. The tree, even naked, is beautiful and full of branches and soft needles. Already the aroma of pine has begun to waft through the living room. A bayberry centerpiece is ready to take its place in the middle of the dining room table once the Christmas runner has been found.

The outside is finished. All I need to do is check the lights tonight to make sure the timers are correct, and the front and back lights are turning on around the same time.

The living room is a chaotic mess. All the presents are now downstairs. They are piled on the couch and chair and even the floor. They need to be catalogued and wrapped, but that is for another day. I did vacuum the dirt and needles which came in with the tree but that’s it. I’m done for the day.

I’m watching the 1966 Andy Williams Christmas show. Already his brothers have dropped by as have his mother and father. His mother is wearing a fur stole. His wife Claudine, not yet notorious, wants help picking the tree. The Osmond Brothers are now singing. They are dressed in pink shirts and white bib overalls and singing about peppermint. Donny is tiny compared to his brothers. I probably saw this back in the day as we never missed an Andy Williams Christmas.

Though the temperature is in the 40’s, the dampness has made the day feel even colder. There have been clouds all day, but the clouds are darkening. The rain will soon be here.

I’m thinking I deserve a bit of egg nog.

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8 Comments on ““…freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night…””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Kat, was the Andy Williams Bear dressed up as Santa Claus ? Was Andy wearing a super cool Christmas sweater ? Was Claudine smoking hot ? (Ridiculously stupid question)

    I have had a very solid FedEx, UPS day with Mrs MDH the primary beneficiary. 20 days to go and the pressure is really diminished.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      No bear, dressed or undressed.

      Andy had a variety of sweaters, and when he and his brothers sang together, they all wore the same outfits which included sweaters.

      Now that my gifts are downstairs I can get busy seeing what I have and what I need. That will be tomorrow. Thursday will be Tree Day.

  2. lilydark Says:

    Hi Kat,
    You have an amazing estate. I promised myself this year I would do Christmas cards, but they might have to be late New Year’s cards. I am going to a few concerts around Christmas — Vienna Teng is the one I am looking forward the most, also Arlo Guthrie ( did he really turn rep-rep, oh I can’t say the word! I wish I had a fainting chair– it would go nicely with my mood and decor.

    Take Care,
    Lori and Cookie

    • katry Says:

      I went outside to look at the lights and it all looks lovely. My neighbor from across the street called to say she is enjoying the lights.

      That’s a swear word to me as well.

      I love the vision of you with your handkerchief and sniffing smelling salts as you lie on the chaise.

      Have a great evening!!

  3. Bob Says:

    A little egg nog is always welcome, especially with a little rum.

    Today was partly cloudy with a low of 50 in the morning and a high of only 58 with a north wind. Just a little taste of winter after a record high of 84 yesterday.

    • katry Says:

      To my egg nog you add Brandy and Kahlua and then fold in whipped cream. There is never any left!!

      It is supposed to get warmer over night and be in the 50’s tomorrow. That’s crazy for December.

  4. olof1 Says:

    I’ve only put up the advent star in the window so far 🙂 but the small plastic spruce is just waiting for a spot somewhere, it might get it tonight 🙂

    I wish we could see some of those old christmas shows over here, they never even show the swedish ones. The past is the past and should be forgotten it seems, unless it has to do with some kind of sport 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I’m watching those old shows on YouTube. There are tons of them to choose from. I watched a couple today then switched to old B&W movies like The Mummy’s Hand. It was fun.

      Do me a favor please. I can’t find you address so could you please e-mail it to me: katry@comcast.net


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