No, we’re not out there among the crazy shoppers today. We’re decking the halls here at the cottage! It’s been an off-and-on project this entire week. We have two Christmas trees already up and decorated. Now we’re moving on to miscellaneous decorations. (Sorry, no pictures yet.)
It’s a bit of a jumble this year because we are now living in a much smaller house; many furniture pieces have been sold; and the floor plan is completely different. For example, we no longer have two fireplace mantels to decorate with our extensive Santa collection. We’ll just have to see what fits and where! And we don’t have room for 3 trees anymore, so there are a lot of ornaments left over. But abundance of decorations is a good thing (as Martha would say) and I’m not complaining! I just get to be choosier about what I truly love and will set out for us to enjoy during the season.
I’m redecorating my blog too, now that Thanksgiving is a wonderful memory. I’m rolling out a new custom blog background and header for the season! I did my own custom backgrounds this year, but now I am venturing into creating them out of my photographs.
Speaking of blog design, those who comment on my blog have noticed over the past month that I no longer moderate comments or require that dreadful word verification step. That’s because Blogger has successfully stopped all the nasty spam that was previously getting through. Their spam filter really works - hooray! So if you still have these comment settings, you might want to seriously consider changing them. As a bit of precaution, I still require that only registered users may comment.
Blogging has been a frenzy for me this month, but I know that everyone thoroughly enjoyed my vacation pictures. I’ve posted more this month than any other month in my blog’s 3-year history! My dear readers can expect me to now resume my normal publishing pace.
As you go about your shopping, wrapping, decorating, and other related tasks, I hope that you can find a happy balance by focusing more on the joys of the season rather than the work of the season! I’ll be telling myself this advice over and over again as I prepare and address our Christmas cards later on today!