Tag Archive | decorating for Christmas

And so it goes….

This post was specifically requested by a fan. I will do my very best.

The fan/reader/mom, who shall remain anonymous, posed the question, “How does one get into the mood for Christmas, or any holiday, during a pandemic?” Good question. I have no idea. They asked, would you please write a blog post on that?

I promise to do my best, so here goes. Please put away your cynical thoughts. I can hear them in my head already!

1. Fill all of your senses with Christmas! Smell it! Add a fresh tree and set some mulling spices simmering on the stove. Fill the house with music, whether it be jazz or classical, and bake. Decorate the tree and write your thoughts down on a Christmas card, yeah old fashioned-like. Actual pen and paper. Lick the envelope and mail it to the f***ing North Pole. Your kids will love you for it. And then say a prayer of thanks for Samuel L. Jackson, because he made it okay to use that word. You know the one. Have a drink. And if you don’t drink, have a Seedlip cocktail, because they…. are….delicious and are the only distilled nonalcoholic spirit in my repertoire. The bomb. Tested by me, and no, I am not an alcoholic. Yet.

Seedlip nonalcoholic distilled spirits. Originating from apothecary recipes from 1651, or something like that.

2. Adopt a pandemic pet. I have a non-pandemic pet who won’t stray 6 inches from my feet and I am NEVER lonely. He adopted me:

My pet gremlin.

Henry Adams is a legit pandemic pet. Unveiled like some sort of long-awaited designer fashion object d’arte….. on a political blog for people with way too much time on their hands. Behold, meet the…. Henry Adams Cat. He is my latest sibling and heir to the throne:

The foot is real and Henry is doing his job as the foot is no longer a lonely foot.

3. As a family we have enjoyed some seriously fun Zoom calls. We got an account so you can talk for more than 40 minutes. We hosted a game of “Among Us” with the Australian cousin/family. Fun we might not have had if it were not for the pandemic. We even included our far-away Boston child in the game, who dressed unsuspectingly like a plant, and proceeded to murder us in our sleep. It was all good.

Just relax and enjoy the quiet peaceful moments.

4. Seize the calm and the small moments. A fire, a bath, a quiet walk in the woods. Just be in the present. Put down the news and watch the birds. Believe me, those birds have plenty to say. Recharge your batteries.

I realized I have quite the collection of beach-bum Santas and this year, they are hanging out in a prominent place, reminding me that another year is on its way. Thank God!

Beach bum Santas.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

© Mariam d’Eustachio at Simply Turquoise 2020.

The Christmas Procrastinator

I am the ultimate procrastinator. In the past, I have waited so long to put up the Christmas tree, I could have gotten it from the curb. Our family celebrates Christmas in January, so the prolonged season of “cheery holiday goodness” can last practically until Spring.

This year, I have done it! Christmas by anyone’s calendar has not yet arrived. We have gotten creative with paper decorations because of the two-year-old force of destruction wandering around the house. This may be the first tree ever to be decorated with origami ninja stars. The paper boats (or hats depending on how you look at them) and snowflakes are what started it all. The older kids have gone completely crazy making wreaths and such from paper.

Origami wreath, by Secondo.

Origami wreath, by Secondo.

This tree is so pretty! The snowflake idea was inspired by The Nesting Placea blog I read periodically. She seems to decorate with paper because teenage boys may be just as hazardous to your decor as two-year-olds. I embraced the idea and left most of the glass ornaments in the box, perhaps until 2025.

Snowflakes and origami.

Snowflakes and origami.

Here is a glimpse of what we have been up to, mostly just sitting by the fire and cutting paper snowflakes. It is totally fun in a retro sort of way.

Old-fashioned fun.

Old-fashioned fun.

Origami ninja star.

Origami ninja star.

I added just a few sparkly ornaments and hung the beaded snowflakes in the windows.

A nice view of our old truck.

A nice view of our old truck.

The quick rearrange of living room furniture to fit the tree in.

Chaos!

Chaos!

Getting better....

Getting better….

I love it at night.

I love it at night.

If only I could get those Christmas cards done! Maybe next year…

©copyright Mariam d’Eustachio 2013 at Simply Turquoise.