Keeping a Tradition...and...The Naked Christmas Tree
Every year, it was traditional to start decorating the house on my mom's birthday which is tomorrow, December 7th. I've missed doing this tradition a few years, but this year I am renewing it. The tree was brought up from the basement, and the reindeer are waiting for the first visit to my front yard. I bought them a couple years ago and just never put them out. I'm not sure about decorating the fireplace. That may just prove too much of a kitty temptation.
The last time I had my big Christmas tree decorated was 2005. We had the rescue kittens which were in isolation from my other cats until they were old enough to be tested, so I put it up. Since then it has been in storage in the basement. Ever since their arrival, I've put a small table one up. Moving it into the front hall and putting it back when I got home every day from work was the only way I could think to keep it kitty proof. Even after retiring in 2007, I used the small one. That year, I had a broken wrist and couldn't even handle that. Pat had to help me.
Now the "kids" are 5 years old, I decided to try putting it up again this year. Tonight, in the setting up. If no one climbs it or hides in it, I will put the lights on it tomorrow. Then some ribbon garland, bows, and my angel on top in a couple more days. I won't be putting any of my regular ornaments on it since they are all ceramic, spun glass, or crystal. I do have some plastic candy canes and icicles I used on the small tree I can put on it. That's it. It will still be a little naked compared to my usual glittery tree I love.