Christmas used to be my favorite time of the year. The decorating, the gift giving, the entertaining. I channeled my inner Martha Stewart. Baking cookies, buying and wrapping gifts, and creating the perfect cocktail menu put a permanent smile on my face. That is until last year. A week before Christmas I learned that my 13 year marriage was ending. The visions of Christmases gone by evaporated in the blink of an eye. And a sadness took its place. This year, I am determined to recapture that joyous feeling. Fake it ’til you make it, right? I started small by decorating the mantle- stockings for Bonnie and Clyde (the cats) and me.
And decided to write some Christmas cards….
And then I decided to get a tree…
My car is deceptively large when the seats are down!
The ties made it easy to get inside
It passes the inspection…
The Barbies await – did I mention I have over 15 Barbie ornaments?
Lights are on – ready for the ornaments
The finished tree
Topped with a Tinkerbell
I was so inspired that I decided to take a walk and enjoy the Christmas lights. My neighborhood embraces the holiday season- some even hire professionals to set up the lights!
So for all of those who are feeling a bit blue this holiday season, I send you many wishes of happiness and health and joy. Go out and rediscover the enchantment of Christmas- one little step at a time….