I didn't put up a tree this year, so the picture you see is from one a few years back. Does that make it a recycled tree? Hmmm...it's an artifical, so I guess it is in more ways than one.
And no, that isn't a ghostly image beside it...it's the window. My dining room is quite dark, even in the daytime.
So, why you ask, did I not put up a tree. Well, the simple answer is pure and utter laziness. Dave is going to school full time and working, and I'm busy doing things and running hither, tither and yon...which I'm still looking for on the the navigation system, by the way. I found hither - it's in upstate New York, but tither and yon seem to elude me. - Anyhoo...with Dave working is cute buns into the dirt and me being a raving lunatic with everything else, it just seemed to be a bit overwhelming to put up decorations. Oddly enough, it didn't seem like Christmas this year. I don't know if was because we went sans-Deck la Halls, or if it was because it just Came Upon A Midnight Clear waaaayyyy too soon. Me, I opting for it having come up really quickly this year. Almost taking me by surprise. I would very much like to see 2007 go a little slower (But only the spring and summer months...oh and the fall...Winter can go by a lightspeed for all I care.) Anytime there's a potential for me having to drive in the snow, I would really rather not. I guess growing up in Florida during my young adult years kind of spoiled me for that.
So, my Christmas was loverly, though maybe not as festive looking as in past years. Dave and I had a nice quiet weekend at home. We were both off, which never happens!!! I think in all the years he and I have been together that only happened the year we moved to NJ and both worked bankers hours. My Christmas dinner was a triumph. Our tradition for Christmas dinner is to not have a tradition. Unlike Thanksgiving where it's always turkey, as per protocol, Christmas I like to change it up every year. Usually we have some kind of game bird (ham is reserved for Easter) - this year I decided to make a rib roast. It was so tender and juicey it just melted in your mouth. I was very pleased, because though I am a slamming cook, I have no real luck cooking beef, unless it's in the slow cooker with a pile of veggies. If anyone wants the secret, let me know. I'll be more than happy to impart what I am beginning to believe is 'duh wisdom.' You know what that is, wisdom gained after you slap your forehead and say, 'duh.'
I hope you all have a wonderful second half of the holiday. And much love, laughter, luck and longevity (I would say health, but it doesn't start with an 'L' and I was on a roll there), in the New Year.
Really the health and happiness is implied. So, is success.
Cheers to you!