Every year we become a little overwhelmed by the thought of pulling out all of the boxes of Christmas decorations from our living room cabinets and the attic and starting the holiday decorating. Now having a faux tree with the lights already strung makes everything a little easier for me. I used to always complain about having to go out in the cold to try and find a tree with all good sides, load it on top of the car (sap and needles everywhere) and having to cut the base off with a saw that needed sharpening! Then mounting it in the old Christmas stand and making sure it was straight up and down was always fun. Not to mention untangling last years lights that were all bundled up in a box and stringing the tree!
Now we laugh about buying a faux tree that is just big enough to be heavy and awkward to handle when going up and down the steps. It’s so wide on the bottom that I have to be careful not to scratch up the walls or the touch up paint becomes my next project.
After the tree is upright and in place my job is done. Jen always takes over and does a great job of decorating for Christmas. I get a kick out of how she decorates our mantle around my painting of the Heritage schooner. One year for Christmas Jen’s mom gave us an artist caroler sporting a Rollie Fingers handlebar mustache and wearing a beret. She said she thought of me when she saw it. Jen places tiny wooden easel next to him along with my postcard size painting of a Whistler painting called The Thames on Ice.
Sitting by the fire seeing my art surrounded by our display of carolers reminds me of Christmases in Maine. Carolers would go up and down the town’s snow covered streets singing Christmas carols. Walking through town at night you could smell the smoke from the wood-burning fireplace at the Camden Harbor Inn. Many times we stopped in for a hot chocolate or an after dinner drink to enjoy the fire.
Ornaments on the tree and elves placed strategically around our house remind me of family Christmases full of funny and happy memories. My mom used to give my brother and me fifteen dollars to go out and buy a tree. Her mistake was telling us to keep whatever change was leftover, so we’d come home with a Charlie Brown $7 Christmas tree with a bad side! My brother and I still laugh about it to this day. It always looked great in a corner!!!
I just thought I’d share a few photos of some of Jen’s artistic Christmas decorating with you. We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!