Christmas comes slowly to Linderhof
We don't rush around Thanksgiving weekend putting up
The Christmas Decorations
We get the outside lights up
For they are turned on Thanksgiving night
(the same tradition as Kansas City's Country Club Plaza)
We cut greens and put them in the planters
replacing spent mums with fresh greenery
And we decorate mantles with fresh greens
And then we wait
We celebrate my birthday
And after those celebrations are completed,
our thoughts turn to tree and town.
Yesterday, we bought the tree
a Frasier Fir
A bit bigger inside than it looked outside!
Today, we strung the lights and put on the beads
Lights on, roping strung, ornaments hung and tree tinseled.
Each year we say it's the prettiest ever!
And I think we think it is!
Although our tree looks pretty much the same every year
big colored lights, a motley collection of ornaments and real tinsel
Handmade, some by me (the needlepoint ones) and others by either Mother or friends
(the crochet wreath)
As well as some old Hallmark ornaments
(the angel is from 1978 -- almost as old as Daughter Sarah!)
And souvenirs from trips
(this one was from last year's trip to Door County)
And gifts from the Grands
(Lucy's handprints from 2014)
And silver bells
Because Daughter Sarah and I are
"It's a Wonderful Life" junkies
And you know that every time you hear a bell, an angel gets its wings.
The bells mark special years in our lives
(the first one we bought on our honeymoon)
And real bubble lights!
We had them on my childhood tree!
We took time for lunch
A new recipe tomato basil soup
with grilled cheese croutons
(ala Ina Garten)
What was Husband Jim doing while I "messed" with the tree?
He was working on our lighted village
(what we call Scott City)
He's not quite done . . . but he's getting there.
And another tradition
The first of many batches of Cutout cookies
The first batch always cut with the Christmas tree cutter
and sprinkled with green sugar!
To be enjoyed with a cup of tea
by the light of the fire and tree
As we admire this, the best tree of all!