Sunday, December 05, 2021

It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas

And oh the great fun of it all!! I love the tree and each little cherished decoration and all of the wonderful spirit lifting lights!! 

And not just the tree but years of making or buying little things that once were put out all through the house and more! And as much work as it can be for so many of us (depending in how much you decorate, bake, and craft) or how many rooms or trees you decorate, or if you decorate just inside or also outside and how much you do of that! 

 I am the doer of too much all by myself  because my directions of how and where to put what would cause more trouble than it's worth in aggravation for both parties. Ha!

The tree has been up since November 9th (my oldest daughter's birthday) and that day is the beginning of my own personal blessings and gratitude holidays 

 Using my simple prayer flags garland most definitely fits in with "Prayers and Blessings' in November and now that the tree is still up there and in use multiple months it really justifys the expense of this artificial tree that I never planned on ever buying! 

I bought it 5 years ago when my husband was preparing for his first hip replacement. It was a rough time awaiting that and getting a real tree and hauling it upstairs was literally impossible that year. But in the end I'm happy we were forced to make that decision.

Five years of purchasing/ doubling the season's use makes up for my cost as well as the carbon footprint of that plastic and paper-plastic needles involved in its production! And after dragging that box to the cash register and convincing the clerk that my triple discount actually would work (it did) it was quite the bargain at way under cost for an on sale tree to begin with!

And this year I loved my addition of my bronze cow bells so much that I kept them and the feathers on the Christmas tree and just saved out some of my wooden Christmas ornaments and added them to the garlands instead. I still have more natural elements to add in. But for now all 4 grands have visited it and gently touched and admired the Christmas fun. Love it all!

Then of course Covid hit and no one came inside except Larry and myself and the cat! Well one tiny boy person peeked his precious little masked head in the door and looked up at the tree in our loft and garland of lights all of the stair rails up into that loft's railing and  our magical bridge to nowhere and everywhere! But best of all could actually see a few gifts up on the stair landing!

So yes, I still did all this crazy work just for Larry and myself (Covid Isolation or not!) 2020 we were all pretty crazy especially those of us who super followed the science and stayed inside and never went into a single store for over a year!

And it really doesn't seem to matter what we do or do it for.  Just the sheer mood elevating endorphins high of the doing! 

I just plain LOVE the holidays! 

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Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands


  1. Good to see a post from you....And a Christmas post at that. xoxoxo

  2. Hahaha! I'm trying woman but I just cannot keep up with you! ❤

  3. Lovely decorating for Christmas, Michele;))) We have paired ours down and I've gifted my most cherished family ornaments to my two children through the now we make do with two little tabletop trees...But Christmas decorated trees are so magical no matter the size...
    Hugs, Julierose

    1. Lovely and dear to pass things to your children. Do nice knowing things will be appreciated possibly even treasured beyond us all.

      My earliest homemade ornaments from the 70s are on my three grown children's family tree. Well except for my 3" stuffed Calico yoyo garlands and wreathed. We still laugh at some of my early things. Hopefully vintage oddity lovers @ Goodwill were thrilled with those unique one of a kind delights. They did .arch my version of my 3 kids as Christmas Tree Farm "Sunbonnet Sues and a Sam"! Oh those were my uniquely wild homemade holidays!!

  4. I tyoe my posts on a phone for give typos as comments have no edit button 🙃

  5. Michele.... your trees are lovely and you put so much love into decorating them! How the grands must love them. I still have ornaments from the 70's that I made.. no very many... some little wooden ones that I painted,,,, and some from the 80's that I sewed and stuffed.. little vintage carolers and angels in greens and burgundys.. I just love those! Each year I would try to make at least one new ornament.. usually from some craft that I was "into" for that year. My most prized and cherished treasure for Christmas is a ceramic nativity that I painted starting way back in the 60's!! I got one or two figures painted that year, and then for years and years, I would paint one or two more. There are animals and the three wise men, Joseph and Mary and the baby. I think I finally got them all done in the 90's.. my son helped me paint a few and I still treasure those more than anything, since he is gone now. I haven't put up a tree yet.. but may today or tomorrow.Oh and congrats on being 20,000 away from ten million views! Hugs.. Marilyn