Carol service dates are set, the turkey is ordered and the house is now officially dripping in decorations and lights.
This year I have scaled down the excessive decorations that I normally get carried away with, especially adorning the stairs that wind up through the house, as it became quite tricky to find the handrail when it was overloaded with garlands and lights. I was always waiting for a heavy thud as a Bellini Cocktail overloaded guest either missed the handrail or electrocuted themselves. Plus the cats felt that it was a snaking tree of epic proportions to hand from with their claws. So no stair garland this year.
However, the tree is up and looking very pretty. The baubles are mercury glass, clear glass, beaded ones and the special sentimental ones that my daughter gives me every year.
The mantlepieces are also now done, the one below is in the same room as the main tree so the mecury glass theme continues…