Ross was eager to get the Christmas tree up this weekend. Saturday afternoon we went to the tree lot and Ross picked out a nice fir tree. We all warmed ourselves by the fire.
We put the tree in water overnight, in the garage, to let the branches relax. After church on Sunday, Ross and I decorated it. Chris couldn't help, because he had to write his final exams. The busyness of the end of fall semester has always made it hard for Chris to participate in Christmas preparations -- it's one of the few downsides of being a professor.
I made the treetop angel almost 20(!) years ago. She was a Vogue pattern, I think. The head, neck, and arms are just a simple, stuffed doll, and a plastic cone fills out the skirt. Her skirt has rhinestones and embroidery. Her face was originally embroidered, but the floss for her eyes had mostly disintegrated (or was eaten by some bug?). So I took out a brown marker and drew eyes, and gave her a nose for the first time.
I bought a poinsettia and an amaryllis bulb. The bulb is just starting to show its first leaf. I love to watch these shoot up! It's almost like magic.