I know it’s only the first week in November, but I’m already getting excited about the holidays.
Sweet Miss is headed home in just three weeks, and we’ll be hosting Thanksgiving here and decorating for Christmas that weekend. I’ve planned lots of projects–who knows how many I’ll actually get done? But I’m excited about one vision that’s taking shape. Last December, I shared my troubles decorating the massive mantel with my undersized decorations. Then in the monthly wrap up, I mentioned my dream of nutcrackers marching down the stair-stepped side walls that flank the fireplace.
Well in June, what did I come across at the at the thrift store but a giant nutcracker. My quest had begun. Next, a friend read my blog and came across nutcrackers for sale on the local Facebook trading post. By the end of the month, I’d added three more soldiers of Christmas to my collection. The seller had access to a hundreds of nutcrackers down in California and promised to contact me when they arrived at his house. I was afraid he’d forgotten about it, but Friday I found myself perusing table upon table of nutcrackers.
The collection had belonged to his mother-in-law and with her passing, the family needed to find new homes for her treasures. At most for just $3 a piece, I went to town and brought home these fine fellows.
While I have to put them away for now, in another month, they’ll be guarding my fireplace along with their brothers. I have a great start on a collection, so I can be a little more discriminating and add to it as I go along.
I need to get busy with all those other Thanksgiving and Christmas projects. We had a windstorm on Saturday morning, and the power was out for a day and a half. I have lots of catching up to do around here, now that I can see the mess we made in the dark. Baby Girl and I did enjoy a cozy afternoon, knitting and doing homework while listening to an audiobook with a fire in the hearth to keep us warm.
Are you getting ready for the holidays? Hope you had a cozy weekend.