It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.
But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.
There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
Alan Cohen
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Holly Days

The tree is in the window.
The lights are on the tree and twinkling.
The small ornaments, mostly things a baby would like and that are non-breakable are glowing red and gold in the light.
I found a gold filigree Christmas tree in a shop in NJ , years and years ago .. it was sitting on a table with sale items.
fI had to have it. It looks like an antique, it is very graceful looking and looks good no matter where I put it.
It looked lovely in Argentina on a tall chest with candles , it looked good on a coffee table ..
. with tiny sparkling fairy lights twinkling in the dark.
So far the cats are completely disinterested.

                            this photo is from Christmas in Buenos Aires..but that is the tree .

I just wanted something in the house to be festive.
I want my grand baby to see it and smile .. to find little toys , perfect for little boys under that tree.. or next to it.. and the cats can't eat it .

So now I have a massive wreath on the front door with a red bow .. very plain .. a gold filigree tree on the coffee table, and a small  green  tree twinkling in the bay window.
My job is done.

 Tonight I am going to relax with the cats, maybe have some egg drop soup and make lists .. or maybe I won't even make lists.
Maybe I will pretend that my world is absolutely normal, the way it always was and I don't need a list.

Just for a few hours .. let me pretend that everything is the way it was ...

If I can figure out the camera , I will be posting Minette and Merlin Christmas photos soon.
Be sure to mark it on your Calendar ..


Bella Rum said...

That is a beautiful little tree. Your decorations sound about perfect to me. You need enough to make you happy. That's all.

NotesFromAbroad said...

Thank you Bella :)

canada said...

I don't like over the top Christmas decorating; most especially if they're up before Remembrance Day (Nov 11 in Canada). We often aren't home at Christmas so only put up a tree when we host guests.

There's a lit star thing in the window and some wrapped presents to deliver, that's enough for me, your little tree is lovely.

NotesFromAbroad said...

I did put a large green wreath on the front door .. I am not totally Bah Humbug :)

canada said...

Sorry if I came off 'Bah Humbuggish' as I seriously did not mean to. Just speaking to the over commercialized Christmas I guess. You all should do everything that makes you happy; I wish all a great holiday.

NotesFromAbroad said...

That's ok .. we all have our opinions on holidays and how we spend them. I had years and years of happy holidays with my husband and children and suddenly I am alone at the holidays. So if the cats and I can cheer ourselves up with some ornaments and a little bitty tree, more power to us.

Linda said...

Tsounds puuuuurfect to me Candice...
Linda :o)

NotesFromAbroad said...

Cheers to you too Linda ! <3

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Candace,
We got six of those fur babies and that's one reason we will not have a Christmas tree in the house.
But there are other things we use to decorate and our felines go along with just fine.
Christmas is very much a Feast of Family memories... A tough time too, for you as you have to live it alone.
A warm and tight hug,

Are you still in Jacksonville, FL? We were there on October 28 when Saint Maria Goretti was at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. We did walk from the Hyatt Regency where we stayed. Love the rooms with the river view!

NotesFromAbroad said...

No Mariette, when we left Buenos Aires, we returned to New York.
Yes, it is very pretty in Jacksonville along there by the river. We stayed at the Hyatt when we visited our daughter, before moving there .. it is a great spot for views !

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