Day 190 – And the Madness Begins…

And the Madness Begins...

Day 190

Holidays by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The holiest of all holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart,
When the full river of feeling overflows;–
The happy days unclouded to their close;
The sudden joys that out of darkness start
As flames from ashes; swift desires that dart
Like swallows singing down each wind that blows!
White as the gleam of a receding sail,
White as a cloud that floats and fades in air,
White as the whitest lily on a stream,
These tender memories are;–a fairy tale
Of some enchanted land we know not where,
But lovely as a landscape in a dream.
Sigh….  My decorating, for all intents and purposes, is finished.  Two trees, garlands, snowmen, Rudolf, the Nativity, more lights than I want to count and more things for the cats to get into than I want to think about.  The first tree took over 7 hours to decorate to my satisfaction – 1300 lights and more than 300 ornaments.  I have been dreading the holiday decorating, knowing that it would take me a full 3 days of almost non-stop unpacking, unwrapping, tying, hanging, and re-arranging to get this done.  And now, it is a feast for my eyes and I know that I will leave it all up until New Years, barring any catastrophes like the Christmas Tree Fiasco caused by my Baxter last year….

Even if you have just destroyed a Ming Vase, purr. Usually all will be forgiven. ~Lenny Rubenstein

At the Scene of the Crime

8 thoughts on “Day 190 – And the Madness Begins…

  1. 3 days?! That’s just crazy! We have a tradition of putting up the lights and decoration on the tree on the morning of Christmas Eve, usually with a vodka in hand since everyone is starting to feel a bit stressed at this point. It helps 😉 It usually takes us only 1-2 hrs and that’s already a bit much.

  2. Maybe Baxter needs the glass of wine. 😉 My sister had a pair of cats that were so persistent in pestering the Christmas tree one year that we took the top ornament off it and replaced it with a big red bow that tied it to a hook in the ceiling. A lot of ornaments still got massacred, but the tree remained standing.

    • He managed that mess 3 days after Christmas last year after getting a claw hooked in the curtain and having a panic attack. We have been lucky so far with the three cats — they only want to sleep on the tree skirts under the trees. The little one we just took in has been fairly curious about the ornaments so the unbreakables are kept low, low, low!

    • This really was not the shot I wanted for the night – the ornament are actually hanging in a row and I wanted the photo to show that, but it seems that light hanging things like to MOVE when you breath even slightly around them!

  3. That’s so pretty! 😀

    My kitties usually try to climb our tree at least once. Hasn’t happened yet. 😉

    And it takes us a whole weekend to decorate, too. 🙂

    • I have left a foot of space on each side of the big tree for the cats to get to the bay window and they insist on brushing against the tree every time they want to look outside. Furry little troublemakers!

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