A cold evening. A crackling fire in the hearth.
With music cranked to semi-loud, time to decorate for Christmas. The pups, Will and Jasmine, it is their first Christmas. The kits, they are familiar with the season. Bringing a tree indoors is extra special for them all. The lights, the ornaments, both are tempting. “Wait until the presents come out,” Tara says. “The risk of mayhem,” Deborah replies.
Jasmine helping with the lights
Strung with 800 mini-lights, around 100 ornaments, the tree was finished three and a half hours later. There will be a couple more days of fussing with the ornaments, and picking up those that have mysteriously fallen on the floor.
Good news – the tree is still standing.
A little decorating of the barn followed, mostly with more lights and a few ornaments here and there.
They patiently wait for Santa to arrive with treats, catnip and toys. The best way to be good is to nap and look cute …
Midnight, Susie Q, Tuxie, and Pinky
They watch the colors …
… wandering what Santa will leave under the tree …
Until the appointed hour arrives, we offer our best of greetings to all …
The color and glitter of Christmas has arrived.
The glitter …
The color …
the mini-tree in the front room
the mini-tree in the master bedroom
outdoor lights from the inside
Simplicity, vivid colors and size are our rules in decorating. It keeps the next morning “surprises” at a minimum.
It’s beginning to look more like Christmas. Our red Christmas cactus has begun to flower very generously …
Our white Christmas cactus, however, flowers a few days after Christmas – which fits in nicely with the “Twelve Days of Christmas”.
The countdown to Christmas has begun in earnest, with 27 days remaining until the big day. And, we’re beginning with our preparations …
getting some light in the laundry/utility/plant room
front and back
at leaf’s edge
It’s important to keep certain Christmas season plants out of reach of the furry ones. We’re fortunate to have a kitty crew not interested in such things. We may add with a pink and white poinsettia as Christmas approaches, and if they’re on sale.