I don't know about your family, but in ours, there are 2 GUARANTEED debates that will occur every Thanksgiving and Christmas in my family.
Debate #1 : When is the best time to buy and put up our Christmas tree (which then leads to decorating the rest of the house)? ? My logic (which is faultless, of course) is that its best to buy the tree as soon as they arrive on the lot and get them home and in water. Terry thinks its best to wait a bit to get a fresher one closer to Christmas! First of all, I think all the trees are cut around the same time, before Thanksgiving, so you won't be getting a fresher one if you wait, you'll just be getting one who hasn't had the benefit of sitting in water for a couple of weeks. Luckily, I usually prevail on this debate.
Debate #2 : What is the right way to count down your advent calendar? My kids and I believe the calendar should count down showing how many days are left until Christmas, but Terry thinks you start at #1 on the first day of December. In Terry's defense, our advent calendar, which is a family treasure lovingly made by my mom, has the '25' at the top of the tree. Terry thinks that when you reach the top of the tree, it should be Christmas. I understand what he's saying, but it's a family joke/fun debate each year and each year the ornaments on the tree get re-arranged depending on the belief of the person placing the countdown ornaments.
So, I have a couple of weeks before I have to gird myself for these debates; but since I know I will ultimately win #1, in a short 2 weeks we will be putting up our tree and decorating our home for Christmas. I have even more quills in my quiver this year as Kate will be home from school for the Thanksgiving break and decorating for Christmas is one of her most favorite things and high on her list of things to do over her long weekend home.
To that end, I've been getting my Christmas planning in gear. For the most part, our favorite decorations make an appearance every year, but I do like to mix things up a little. Since forever, my Santa collection has adorned our mantle with greenery and lights. So this year, I was compelled to paint Santa's portrait to hang over our mantle, which has prompted me to rethink that whole space.The wall above my mantel is tall, so Santa's portrait is 4 feet tall. But I also needed something tall to flank Santa. I didn't have anything on hand that would work, so…RATS…I had to create something!? (picture Snoopy doing his happy dance!)
I am lucky to have these 2 white milk glass urns that belonged to my Grandma. I remember her having pots of African violets and ivy growing in them. I figured I'd use them as a base for something tall. I considered making a tall ornament tree by attaching smallish ornaments on a conical styrofoam base, but in the end opted to make these topiaries for ease of assembly and because I thought they'd make more of a statement. I've got to be honest, I'm pretty tickled with them! They were easy to make, relatively inexpensive and do exactly what I needed them to do!
My topiaries are 27″ tall, from the bottom of bottom ornament to the top of the top ornament. The supplies listed will make topiaries approximately that size.
So now I just need to figure out the rest of my mantle in the next couple of weeks! Have you started your Christmas planning?
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