I actually got my Christmas tree put up two weeks ago. I did something completely different…I’ve had the same Victorian-themed tree for 25 years, so I figured new home, new tree. I went and got a trio of bright, glittery colors and totally re-made my tree! The kids love it. Hubby likes the old one better, but he can live with it. Personally, I think it has a modern touch, and it’s certainly festive and bright!
My oldest son planned to put Christmas lights on his day off, but my husband beat him to it. He actually put them up last weekend! Now that we live in a one-story house, it’s a much easier task to complete. Last weekend, I put out my wreaths on the front and side windows since I have a corner lot, and I bought new bows to decorate them. I also put one on my front storm door. They look so pretty! My husband even neatly trimmed the bushes all around so you could really see the wreaths. I got my Christmas garden flag put out there, and I put a new holiday sign on my inner front door. I might even get some poinsettias to place on the front porch or a couple of small lighted trees. I’m feeling very festive this year!
My neighbor came over to say that she was excited to have a neighbor who also decorates their house. She was out putting her wreaths up, as well! I even sprang for an outdoor timer for the lights that turns on and off automatically and also has several light show effects to choose from…they can twinkle, fade, or cascade...but since we already have outdoor lighting wired on the house, my husband just tapped into that since it has a photo cell on it already. Now there aren’t any wires or power cords hanging down. Very cool!
I’m really looking forward to Christmas this year, and I had a great time doing my annual Black Friday shopping spree, even though I did most of it online this year! It was far less stressful that way. My husband doesn’t normally shop for me until Christmas Eve, but even he shopped online for the first time this year, so he’ll be done in record time!
We took a lovely stroll through the neighborhood this evening. We went down to French Lake, which is located in Candleridge Park within our community. It was an absolutely beautiful night to sit on a bench by the lake and enjoy the lighted fountain in the middle of it! We were surprised by the massive number of ducks and geese still in the lake, but then we realized that “flying south” for the winter means staying put when you’re already in Texas! LOL
The previous homeowners really let the bushes grow up around the pool in our backyard. My husband pretty much cut them down almost to the ground over the long Thanksgiving weekend. We spent some time working outside today, sweeping and vacuuming up leaves from around the pool decking and in the yard and curb around the house. It looks so lovely out there! He even put multi-colored icicle lights around the back of the house that nicely light up the patio around the pool. It’s very festive! We’re really enjoying our new home and enjoy taking care of it. We feel very blessed indeed!