Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Tree And Other Decorations

I've been intending to share my Christmas decorations and tree with y'all for days now. I kept forgetting. I've had these up since the day after Thanksgiving. (My bad.)

We live way out in the country on a single lane dirt road with over 4 acres that are cleared. The home, that we had built in 1993, is a good 350 feet or so off the road with lots of mature trees and undergrowth between us passersby. I've had to remember to focus on where I want to decorate so as not to over spend since we're about the only ones that get to enjoy the display. I quit doing lights when I was so sick all those years. Now I'm out of the habit and too lazy. I do keep most all my decorations from year to year but come next Holiday season, I get the hankerin' to go shopping and get more! (I'm such a sucker for atmosphere.) My tactic now is to wait until after the season is over and then get them greatly discounted. Yeah, I know, most everyone does that. [smile]

Even though it's just the two of us that can see it, I start at the front door, front porch and windows facing the road.



Then I move down to the gate. Because of all the fallen leaves, I had to mow a little first to clear the area. There are two planters there for seasonal artificial flowers. I try to always decorate them with colors that are festive for that season (you know: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter). I also hang windchimes and other nice, gentle things. I told you, I'm a sucker for atmosphere.


As in years past, I positioned plastic candy canes along the driveway. Oh, and my Hubby made the little green birdhouse with painted pictures on it. I know y'all can't see it in the photo but it's so lovely. He creates the nicest wood projects. That man is so gifted. He really spoils me.


Then I decorated the planter on the other side of the gate, the gate itself and the side gate for good measure. (I know, I need to repaint the side gate. It's really showing it's age ... like me! ha ha) 






Not many get to see it but at least the mailman can enjoy the festive decorations and I can too when I tramp out there to get the mail.

Now, I can move back into the house and finish up there.


And now, without any further ado [clearing throat] the pièce de résistance! The Christmas tree. I call it my abbreviated version this year because of the Jack Russell Terrorists (Jack and Sam). They're 5 months old and at a chewing stage. Could you see all those lovely handmade decorations dangling at eye level?!! OH NO!! So, I just used the top of the artificial on the coffee table. Pretty cool, huh? There's more than one way to skin a cat ... opps, I should say, a Jack Russell? [lol]


O christmas tree
O christmas tree, o christmas tree,
With faithful leaves unchanging;
O christmas tree, o christmas tree,
With faithful leaves unchanging;
Not only green in summer's heat,
But also winter's snow and sleet,
O christmas tree, o christmas tree,
With faithful leave unchanging.
O christmas tree, o christmas tree,
Of all the trees most lovely;
O christmas tree, o christmas tree,
Of all the trees most lovely;
Each year, you bring to me delight
Gleaming in the christmas night.
O christmas tree, o christmas tree,
Of all the trees most lovely.
Not only green in summer's heat,
But also winter's snow and sleet,
O christmas tree, o christmas tree,
With faithful leave unchanging.

~ Ride Safe ~
Sparky

9 comments:

Simply Linda said...

I LOVE THE CHRISTMAS FRONT DOOR!! (ps. I am sure you didn't even realize that,lol)--I love your house, the land etc. I bet the boys are growing! (and how is Lucy?)--Just plum lovely! Do you not have drapes? LOLOLOLOL--J/T you..I do miss the country life..but not the drive into town. lol--luv ya.

Sparky said...

@Simply Linda ~ Thank you for the kind words. I use sheers and wooden blinds on the windows. 99% of the time they are open though. Living way out in the country, privacy is not an issue. Lucy is fine but aging a lot lately. She's hanging on, poor dear. The Terrorists are growing in leaps and bounds. When they're not running, they're sleeping or eating. Little scamps. God bless to you and your lovely family. ~:)

linda eller said...

The visit with you at your home brought back sweet memories for me. We lived on a dirt road, 6 miles from town on 30 acres. My children grew up there and we all still drive by now and then. We lived there for 20 years and because of Jim's parents, we had to move back closer to them, to take care of them. Everything you did is so pretty and as long as you enjoy them, that's the best!

Blackberry Lane said...

You two are blessed with such a beautiful home/property and you have everything looking so festive. A friend just bought an 8 week old white German Shepherd...so cute. Love to you and the critters!

Jackie said...

Oh how beautiful!!
I am a country girl, and I love it.
Your decorations are so pretty.
Thank you for sharing your home's Christmas decorations with me. I especially love the "Believe" bow.

Simply Linda said...

LOL--the what? The Terrorists? I am going to tell them you called them that, LOLOLOL. Lovely...btw, Coffee has been licking the tree, not peeing on it..LICKING IT!! WEIRD GERMAN SHEP!!! LOL

Sparky said...

@ Linda Eller ~ Y'alls former home sounds Heavenly. I enjoy country living. I could see your place in my mind and I smiled too. I've toyed with moving, but, truly, I would be miserable with neighbors again. (I'm such a curmudgeon ... ha ha)

@ Blackberry Lane ~ German Shepherds are wonderful dogs. Hubby had a German Shepherd when he was younger. He says they are very local, clean, and well behaved. I like big dogs but saddly my weakend body can't pick up such a large critter anymore or we would have one now!

@ Jackie ~ Country living is the best (in my never-to-be-humble opinion). We live not too far away, you know, in Pierce County. [waving your way]

@ Simply Linda ~ I wish I could claim that as an original. I did see that term somewhere. The little darlings are a terror to the local squirrels to be sure! I do enjoy their enjoy their energy level but will be grateful when they have matured a bit. 'Coffee' is such a funny dog. I wonder what he is thinking as he licks the tree? [puzzled look]

THANK YOU everyone for commenting and for the kind words. I pray that everyone is having a happy day! Remember I also pray for my blogging friends, far and near. Stay safe y'all. God bless. ~:)

Sparky said...

@ Blackberry Lane ~ I meant "loyal" not local. [snort] I really should proof read before hitting "send"!! ha ha

Thistle Cove Farm said...

oooohhhhh, do LOVE those front porch colors...beautiful!