Then-husband has moved on, as have I, and the kitties lived out their lives in love and safety as the years rolled on. I confess to "tree envy" now and again, and even succumbed to using an artificial tree for a few years. But now I'm back to a tabletop tree and happy with that choice. (Shout-out to Connie over at Connie Cooks and Contemplates for her small-tree solidarity.)
My Christmas decorations are down to two boxes of my very favorite things, with Kayak Guy's favorite things added to the mix. I spread everything out on the entry buffet, with votive candles to take up the bare spots, and work the small presents in. Larger presents pile on the floor nearby. It creates a festive holiday display -- on a manageable scale.
|The tabletop tree, peeking around the gifts|
|NOEL candle holders from Kayak Guy's childhood|
|My ornaments from Russia, plus a few others|
|On the front door, some classic yarn|
kitsch made by Kayak Guy's dad
Of course, things could be different next year. One never knows.
|At a public library in Sulęcin, Poland, shared on Facebook|
|Posted on Facebook by Jonathan W. Pote|