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Yesterday was a bad day. I mean it was a good day, I got a lot done, but it was a bad day in terms of nerves. It seems that I had completely forgotten that it’s Christmas, a time for celebration. Since today is Friday–also a time for celebration–I am going to take it down a notch, focus on festivities and try not to stress.

You may recall that my mother decorates the front of her house with a giant blow-up Homer Simpson. I live in an apartment, which doesn’t have a yard, so my homage to the Simpson’s (probably the most commercial family tradition I’ve ever heard of) is a small decoration on my tree. You might notice that I’m also so lazy that I haven’t even hung this ornament properly. That’s because perching him on the branches, I believe, allows him to stroll through the tree at his leisure.

I was so eager for Christmas this year that I broke all of my rules and started decorating the second last weekend in November. Sadly though my apartment is so warm that I haven’t really had the lights on. Still I’m going to focus on the things that make me happy before I plunge into my work.

 I can’t really tell you what was going through my mind when I decided that I should put up a tree dedicated to gingerbread. Sometimes–most times–I seem to forget that I should be watching what I eat. Funnily enough most of these ornaments have a story. There’s one there from my trip to Quebec City in 2004; that’s a nice memory, Quebec City is beautiful and it was a fun trip. There are also a couple of ornaments given to me by the kids I used to babysit when I was in high school. That’s also a nice memory, they were the best kids, and that was the easiest babysitting gig ever.

If you look hard you can also see gold and silver apples. They’re from the dollar store. It’s not much of a story, but I will tell you I was humming that “Silver and Gold” song from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer while I was buying them–that’s like half a story right? One quarter of a story?

I bought this tree my first year away from home;  it was the perfect size for a residence room, and it was the perfect size for my bachelor, but now I am beginning to feel that I’d like a much bigger tree. I mean I do have 2 trees and 2 boughs already, but it’s not the same as having a nice tall Christmas tree right?

Happy Friday


Alright–deep breaths–I think I’m ready. I think I’ve had a good dose of Christmas spirit and I’m ready to take on the day. If I need any other encouragement I can remember Friday’s traditions too.

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So I got my wish. After a gorgeous Monday, and a so-so Tuesday, we are now into November weather. Which is bad because it’s rainy and overcast and it’s going down to -5C tonight (23F), which is pretty cold. But I can’t complain since this was what I was looking for.

We had such a hot summer, followed by a long and mild fall. This is my idea of the best possible weather, so I feel strongly that I can’t complain, and I won’t. Instead I’m going to show you what I did with my last day of gorgeous fall weather.

First things first. I put Cadie in my mother’s front yard, and tied her up so that the blob would get her, and judging by that photo, the blob almost succeeded.

Then my mum came out and set to decorating the front of the house. When you live in a tempermental climate you learn to make hay when the sun shines. If an October is particularly cold people will put their lights up then, and no one laughs or points, as long as they don’t turn the lights on until mid November.

My mother takes Chritsmas very seriously. She has 8 giant rubbermaid tubs filled with indoor decorations, and every year she buys another 20 or 30 ornaments. It’s really insane. For the outside of the house my mother has one of those blow up creatures. It’s Homer Simpson, dressed in a Santa Claus costume, and holding a box of doughnuts. It’s pretty funny. She also has a couple of wire figures, shaped like ginger bread cookies. These look pretty creepy to me, but it’s her house to decorate as she likes.

I did not help my mum set out her front yard funpark; instead I helped with the greenery. These are much more traditional decorations. We did not add lights to the greenery, because…well frankly they can’t compete with the rest of the lights on the front lawn.

My mother saw this decoration in Canadian Living and fell in love, so she ran out to the store and bought an enormous amount of greenery. She has two bird baths, so we selected the one that we thought would be best and set it up.

Admittedly, it doesn’t look quite right. Personally I don’t like mixing the copper with the red and gold, but again, it’s not my front lawn. We ended up moving those big balls a couple of times, but still I wasn’t happy with it. Oh well, now it’s up to Mum to sort it out.

As you can see, we had enough greenery left over to decorate the windows. They were looking a little sparse though, so my mum decided to trim her Colorado Blue Spruce. Alright, so this window still looks funny. But I think we really hit our stride with the big front window.

Firstly, my mother just replaced the actual window, and I think it’s fabulous. I find it very cozy and classic, very over-the-river-and-through-the-woods. So we took the purchased greenery, bulked it up with some blue spruce, and then put the cherry on top, some red and gold fruit, which my mother shellacked for some reason, and pine cones, because we had like 50 of them.

I’m thrilled with the way it turned out, well, not all of it, but come on, my mum and I are a nurse and an editor, we’re not decorators, so when you take that into consideration I think we did pretty well.

It even looks classic and cozy from the inside, so I have to say mission accomplished. I was able to combine my need for something Christmassy with my love of being outside, and I think that, even though our house won’t be featured in Canadian Living, it all turned out pretty well.

"Why do I have to stay here, while that dog gets a walk?"

The best thing of all is that the blob didn’t get Cadie; she lived to be forced to come inside, and don’t worry, she also had a nice long walk, on a bright and beautiful afternoon.

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