Thursday, December 25, 2008
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Bella was so taken with it that she climbed in before I had a chance to fully assemble it.
I couldn't put it together right away because my aunt and uncle were picking me up to go to the Festival of Lessons and Carols at St. Andrew's Cathedral.
The cathedral is beautiful on the inside. Really big, with soaring vaulted ceilings. There are golden stars painted on parts of the ceiling. I found the big dipper.
At any rate, the carols were sung by the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys. They did an excellent job. The lessons were read by choir members and people from the community. One of them was Uncle Charlie, from Children's Bible Hour. That was a pleasant surprise.
When I got home, Bella was champing at the bit for me to finish off her house. As you can see, she loves it.
Thanks, Mimi and Papa!
Stay tuned for the Jingle Bella Christmas Countdown!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
1. A tree, for sure. And a black and brown tabby cat. I guess the tabby is technically optional, but I don't see why anyone wouldn't want a nice tabby along for the ride.
Here's Bella stalking our untrimmed tree.
2. Christmas Music. I'm not sure it's possible to trim the tree without Nat or Bing or someone crooning in the background. The London Philharmonic or Mannheim Steamroller will do nicely, too.
Don't you just LOVE Christmas music? I do.
3. Lights. I like the simplicity of white lights. But the multicolored ones are nice, too. I'm not crazy about the blinky ones, though.
Pardon the unsightly vertical blinds. They sure don't make for the nicest backdrop.
4. A garland of some sort is nice. You can use tinsel, or cranberry or popcorn strings. I like this beaded garland. Bella likes it too. In fact, sometimes she tries to be helpful by untrimming the tree. One year I found her all the way down the back hall of my apartment, dragging this garland in her teeth. So far this year she's left it on the tree.
Maybe if I let her wear it before I put it on the tree, she'll leave it alone.
5. Ornaments, of course. This little guy has been with me since my second Christmas. He's my all-time favorite.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here.
And with a live Colorado Spruce, it smells a lot like Christmas, too.