“There’s nothing cozier than a Christmas tree all lit up.”

Today is gray and damp. It is 37° and will only get a few degrees higher. I’d like some sun. I don’t think that is asking too much though I should be glad we are not freezing like much of the country is. I have to go out today. Jack needs treats. The last of them were eaten by the devil incarnate, Nala. The dogs too need treats. I think I do too.

I’m getting my tree. It is the latest I have ever bought a tree. I wasn’t even sure I should put one up, but I have a plan. Glass ornaments on the bottom. Nala is never attracted to glass unless it is slathered with peanut butter or the like. My favorites, the cloth ornaments like Sherlock, Mark Twain and Captain Hook, will go up high. I’m getting a small enough tree so I can put it on the chair in the corner of the living room. My fingers are crossed.

One of the decorations I found yesterday is a stocking which has bones and toys on it, and at the top it says, “Good dog.” It is hanging over Henry’s bowl.

Last night my house was beautiful. All the outside lights were lit. I moved the extension cord from the wet outlet which didn’t work and added it to the plug on the other side of the fence. Inside the house, colored and white lights twinkled. The scrub pine has multi-colored lights. It stands in its usual spot in the corner of the dining room. In front of it is one of my vintage plastic Santas lit by a white bulb inside. On the table is my block Christmas tree, on a lazy Susan. There are rows of children’s blocks, and each row has a Christmas saying. That took me so long to make including the hunt for blocks. My hands were constantly covered in glue, but now the tree is covered in white lights. In the living room, my small pine cone tree on the table also has white lights. Colored lights hang from the mantle. A larger plastic Santa is lit and stands on the hearth. A gourd is lit from inside and the light shines through small holes. On the table sits a lone candle. I sat in the living room last night amid the lights. I was delighted.

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6 Comments on ““There’s nothing cozier than a Christmas tree all lit up.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today the sun is shining brightly and the temperature is in the mid 50s. My yard guys came by on Sunday and cleared out all the leaves that were on my property. The place looks much better.

    We and my neighbor across the street on the corner are the only ones without lights. I doubt that they are members of the tribe because they drive two huge pickups and have RVs parked around the corner. Jewish people usually don’t drive pickups nor camp out. I consider motel 6 roughing it. 🙂

    I took off a little early to pickup my daughter and take her to a Chanukah celebration at one of the Dallas reformed temples. It should be a fun evening. Maybe they will have some traditional latkes or my favorite, jelly donuts. That’s traditional food for the holiday. We eat fried food to commemorate the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem in the second or third century BCE.

    Yesterday, the January 6th House Committee referred Donald Trump to the Justice department on criminal charges. Hopefully, he will be indicted and stand trial for his many crimes as both a businessman and as President. Finally, Justice will be done and he will be taken into custody by the Federal Corrections Department and spend his last years in prison.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      My guys came a few weeks back, and, like yours, my yard looks great. They blew all the oak leaves away.

      When we were on our light rides, if we saw houses with no lights on a very lit street, my mother always said, “They must be Jewish.”

      We never camped. My mother would have hated it. My father went to summer camp when he was a kid so he would have been fine with it, but 6 of us seemed like too many campers.

      I saved a bunch of Chanukah recipes and tops among them were the latkes and jelly donuts. I do love the latkes but haven’t ever had fresh jelly donuts.

      I watched the committee hearing yesterday and was thrilled by their decision to refer him for those four charges to the Justice Department. Next, I’d like someone to leak his tax returns.

  2. im6 Says:

    You’re batting 1000 with today’s tunes.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Sounds like a cozy Christmassy home 🙂

    I still don’t want a dead tree at home but the spruce in my garden had grown too big. Now the neighboring family has a Christmas tree and my spruce is short enough to stay in the garden. Win-win 🙂
    As every year the plants on my window sill are decorated with white lights, straw stars and more. No hurry, according to my advent calendar I still have 7 days until Christmas Eve but maybe I should check a real calendar?

    • katry Says:

      I found the perfect tree which was quite lucky as there were probably only 10 or so trees left. It is about 5’4″ tall which is short for my tree. I left it outside until tomorrow. I was also lucky in finding a poinsettia as there were only 3 or 4 of those left. I got a pot with both a white and red flower. I have a uke lesson and a oner tomorrow so I’ll spend the afternoon decorating the tree.

      This is the latest I have ever decorated, but this has been a weird fall and a strange almost winter. I didn’t even wrap or send presents, but everyone understood about my finger. My sister said it will be fun to get them in January after the hoopla is over.

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