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Menofestiff. At least an effort...

I may have mentioned that Christmas is proving a bit of a challenge to me this year. There has just been a tad too much happening externally. Spiritual focus has been a bit lacking. However, laying out the tray for the advent candles, and then finding the right sort of greenery to dress it with, really helped. Then dug out the tree. Am keeping it simple. No tinsel or 'froufourie'.




















































We are getting a lot of mornings like this.

17 comments:

  1. OMCs just exactly where I have always wanted to by is in the Hutch with YAM-Aunty. We love your decorations and your tree is the purrfect size
    Hugs madi and mom

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    1. Hari Om
      The impawtant thing is that I can reach to put the star on... you've met me, you know the challenge... Yxx

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  2. Well done, the tree looks lovely!
    Cheers, Gail.

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  3. So far it hasn't struck at our house butt we are hoping if it snows later the tree might go up!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  4. Put out some Christmas decs, but no tree this year. Missed the Advent wreath making at church this afternoon. :( Maybe next year...
    And I think no tinsel is good.

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  5. Your decorations are lovely. It is a tough year here too as we try to deal with our family member's illness. It is hard to get jolly about Christmas but we need to do it for the kids. Having the tree lit with the nativity scene below has definitely helped.

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  6. That is a beautiful morning, too.

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  7. lovely little tree. Your a head of me...Coffee is on

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  8. you tree is beautiful... it has something of home sweet home and we all want to come home fur christmess, right?

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  9. I used to have tinsel. Until the cats started eating it. And I started finding very 'special' tinsel in a certain 'little cats place'.

    You are definitely much further along than I am though. I haven't even taken the tree down from the loft yet!

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  10. Hello,
    What a gorgeous view and start to your day. Your tree is pretty. Wishing you a blessed Advent Season. Have a great day!

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  11. Those mornings look very familiar...You are ahead of me in the festive department, our tree is still sitting in the box waiting to be put up!

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  12. Your tree and arrangement of candles are lovely. Our last Christmas tree, cut from friends' tree farm and then fully decorated, was discovered to have tent caterpillars! You've never seen a tree so quickly undecorated and escorted out the back door. Alas, the tree farm is no more and we've not had another tree in recent years.

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    1. Hari OM
      Oh my word, I'd have been tempted to use the nearest window! I have occasionally not bothered with a tree... but have come to the conclusion that it (and the advent wreath) are the essentials, all the rest need to go!

      Stephanie, would you be willing to contact me so that I have your email addy? Would love to send personal greetings to you. Yxx

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    2. ... have sent an email - just letting you know via this in case it disappears into your spam or something; it has attachment and links. Yxx

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  13. I was happy to see a morning like yours today! The unrelenting rain has backed off after 23 days and what a welcome site!
    Your tree is lovely as is your Advent arrangement.
    Purrs
    Marv and Mom

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  14. Each year it's a different situation. I'm not speaking to my youngest. Caitlin is hosting her father-in-law & stepmoth-I-L. (She hosted her MIL at Thanksgiving! ) Then Jess is in Vancouver. There have been years we haven't seen ANY family. JB has only had bitter memories of his mother's last Christmases.
    We've continually reinvented it as we go, I, at least, have happy memories of Christmas past. Yours look perfect! I might put up our fake tree, so Daisy can climb it and undecorate it!

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