It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas


After spending Christmas last year in Utah with my son, his wife, and their brand-new baby girl, we were ready to do Christmas here.

The lead-up was a cookie exchange at our clubhouse.







These cookies are mine, made from a recipe of my mother’s. Chocolate drop cookies frosted, with cherries.

We finally found a spot for the huge wreath we always hung on our stone chimney in the living room of our old house: in the clubhouse, where it serves as a centerpiece! Just the right fit.






Soon after we had our luminary night, early because a lot or our residents leave for Christmas to vaction in warm places or to visit family. This is a charity event for the Ronald MacDonald House and almost everyone participates.






Welcome to our home!























This year I decorated our mantel – we’ve never had one before! – and placed the creche on our sideboard. Then the carolers took pride of place on top of the mediumboy (it’s called that because the top part, which would make it a highboy, was missing when my mom bought it.






I finally figured out a way to display our Christmas cards, using paper clips to clip them to our tobacco basket.







And finally the tree. After decades of real trees, we decided we couldn’t manage one any more – putting it up and taking it down and vacuuming needles. And remembering to water it. I do miss the smell of a real tree but this manufactured one is OK. It’s big enough to hold most of our ornaments, collected over the years, it doesn’t need watering, doesn’t shed, and is relatively easy to assemble. And it looks pretty real. It also comes with three types of lighting: clear (yellow) lights, colored lights without the clear ones, and colored lights with clear ones. We like all the colors!




























This is our favorite – all the colors.

I hope you enjoyed the tour! We send all the joys of the holiday season from our house to yours!



23 thoughts on “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

  1. petespringerauthor

    Everything looks marvelous, Noelle. Happy holidays to you and your family. Sometimes it’s just nice to stay home, particularly when the weather isn’t fun to drive in.

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    • We missed being at home last year. This year we will miss my son and his family in Utah, but maybe next year, when it will be close to his retirement from the Army. Have a wonderful holiday season with your family!

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