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O Christmas Tree….

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.

mantle

And decided to write some Christmas cards….

cards

And then I decided to get a tree…

tree in car

My car is deceptively large when the seats are down!

ready to go inside Clyde inspecting the tree

The ties made it easy to get inside

lots of needles

It passes the inspection…

the barbies await

The Barbies await – did I mention I have over 15 Barbie ornaments?

lights on

Lights are on – ready for the ornaments

decorated tree

The finished tree

up close

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!

colorful lights

lights galore

tall tree

lit house

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….

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