Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Lights

by Maggie Sefton



Kate's post yesterday reminded me that soon I'll be bringing boxes of Christmas
lights and decorations out of storage in my garage and shopping for a tall Colorado evergreen---spruce, probably.  With mountain forests, we don't lack a good supply of fresh trees for the holidays.  Yes, I still buy a fresh tree for Christmas-----whenever I'm here in Colorado for the holiday, that is.   Actually, this December will be the first time in four years since I've celebrated Christmas here.

Where do I go the other years?  That's easy.  Wherever family and/or friends are celebrating.   Usually wherever my daughters---either together or singly---are celebrating.  But, on the years my girls are scattered elsewhere for the holiday, then I join my close friends since childhood---Nancy and Diane---back in Vienna, Virginia, in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC.   I've spent wonderful Christmas holidays in Manhattan, NY with daughter Melissa, near Houston, Texas with daughter Serena, and in Fairfax, Northern Virginia with daughter Christine and family with my grandchildren---always a fun time.

This year, three of my four daughters decided to come home to Colorado for Christmas, which means I'll be decorating.  Dragging out those dusty boxes of lights and decorations, finding the holiday music CDs and singing along while I make and bake all the family favorite goodies---like Maggie's Chocolate Mint Fudge, Chocolate Rum Balls, and Cranberry Orange Nut Bread.

Do you decorate your home for the holidays?  Or, do you concentrate on creating yummy treats in the kitchen?

9 comments:

Deb said...

I remember your Chocolate Mint Fudge with great fondness, Maggie:) I'm staying out of the kitchen because I eat everything I make.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I love Christmas and all that goes with it.. I put up an artificial tree with lights already on it. We used go and cut one down at the tree farm but now that I am alone I use a really nice fake one. I put up all my decorations Thanksgiving weekend. I gave most of my Dept 57 Dickens Village to my son but kept 8 buildings which are on the server in my dining room. I'll leave them up through Feb. Tree and other things will come down the day after New Years day. On Christmas Day I will drive up to Ma. to be with the grand kids and son and his wife. Only for the day. Some say I am silly to put up all the stuff I do just for me.. But I say, I deserve to look at the things I love. I'll so it as long as I can.

Aurian said...

I don't have any place anymore for a Christmas tree, my new and very pretty and very comfortable couch is much bigger than the old one. Perhaps I will buy a small tree for on the living room table, but well, that space is needed to set out sweets. And no, I never ever bake goodies myself. Everything is store bought.

Rachelle21 said...

Lighting candles for eight days takes less space than trees. But I love decorating other peoples trees.

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Maggie Sefton said...

LOL, Deb. I'm afraid that's true for me as well. I can't resist the holidays.

Maggie Sefton said...

Good for you, Diane. I agree, you definitely deserve to look at the things you love. :) Keep it up.

Maggie Sefton said...

Aurian, I understand. A comfy couch is a much better choice than a temporary Christmas tree purchase. Long-term comfort over short term beauty. No contest.

Maggie Sefton said...

Rachelle21---You're right. :) But I love candles. I hope you have a lot of family around to celebrate the holidays with. Family, friends, and food. Oh, and food, of course. We can't forget the yummy goodies.