Tags: a non-traditional Christmas tree, Christmas muzack, decorating for the holidays, decorating the tree, holiday background, holiday spirit, Nandina berries, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, the Island of Misfit Toys, warm apple cider with mulling spices
In the past few days, the holiday music piped in everywhere, and the myriad references to the holidays on radio and blogs, and the decorations downtown and on campus, have begun to make themselves felt in my consciousness. It’s as though none of it penetrated until now.
It was all just background, like the Nandina berries in this photo I took in a friend’s yard.
Maybe it’s because we don’t have a t.v. Maybe it’s because I was so focused on our upcoming wedding. Or maybe I’ve just been too busy to notice.
F. and I will be putting up our first Christmas tree this weekend. Last year, we moved into our new place on December 22nd, and I have some adorable photos of our actual first Christmas, with the “tree” of emptied boxes F. created for us in the middle of a chaotic living room. It reached to the ceiling and was tilting drunkenly as it grew.
I’m pretty excited to have a chance to decorate this year. Excited enough to sort of plan it ahead of time, which is not my usual style.
I want to have Christmas music playing, and sip warm apple cider with mulling spices, and generally take our time, maybe watch a traditional holiday movie afterward. Perhaps something F. has never seen before, like White Christmas or Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. I think he’d get a kick out of seeing people long for snow, because he does, too, at this time of year, and really, who doesn’t love the Island of Misfit Toys?
It’s beginning to feel a little bit more like Christmas here. Are you feeling the holiday spirit yet?