Thursday, December 2, 2010
1st Day of Yule: Dibs on the Moose!!
For the little tree I wanted to keep things on the natural, primitive side - the ornaments I got from the exchange last month went a long way to creating the look I wanted! This tree is my year-round/Wheel of the Year tree, so it reflects the more natural parts of this time of year... fruits, pinecones, acorns, berries. My mother's peapod angel/goddess is at the top now.
My SIL helped me bring up the big tree and the bins of ornaments from the basement last night when he picked up his daughter - I didn't plan to do much other than to set the tree, and then wait for a day later in the week for Deanna and I to decorate it.
And by then it was 1am, so I stopped. This is the tree without any decorations yet - I'm hoping we can get those up this evening.
So.. yes, that is two trees in a smallish living room. I am that kind of crazy.
I turned the mantle over to it's Winter splendor as well - replacing scarecrows and corn dollies with a woodsy Santa and a pair of angels and hanging the stockings. (The additional two stockings there include one for Michael and one for Frankie the Cat and Sadie, Michael's beagle, to share.... and because just two stockings hanging looked wrong to me.) Santa and the angel reflect the God and Goddess for me here, just as the scarecrow and corn dolly did throughout Autumn, and my cinnamon broom is still there, sending out house blessings and saying "Welcome".
While hanging the stockings, I realized that Deanna and I have a tradition... even though there is now just the two of us (and therefore no siblings to fight with), she yelled loudly and as soon as she saw it, "Dibs on the Moose!!!!" The Moose headed stocking has been hers, and only hers, since she was about 5 years old, but apparently there are mysterious thieves waiting in the wings to snatch it from her and force her to have to use the knitted 'bah humbug' stocking if she isn't vigilant to claim it. I'm cracking up picturing her all grown up, still yelling "Dibs on the Moose!" every December.
Shared with Christmas Mantle Link Up and 12 Crafts Til Christmas Family Traditions.