The Christmas tree is up and things are beginning to look decorated around our house. Our creche from the Congo is on the mantle, the candle carousel from the Phillipines is on the shelf, the candles are out, my Santa collection is on the side board and packages are beginning to appear under the tree already.
Today I even put up the tree at the office. It was a pretty small tree but it will help to make things look cheerful. I guess it will be decorated tonight or in the morning. We are only open this week so it does not have to last long.
I also bought a nice big wreath for my front door. I like having a real tree. And decorating with lots of greenery. At this time of the year with alot of white cold looking stuff outside, it reminds me of the promise of life to come. And it smells like being in a forest – I like that smell. We had enough of artificial trees in the Congo – so I am a bit of a real tree fanatic.
And you know what? I don’t have to keep this one alive! I suggested to my son that he could get me a new plant for Christmas since my old croteus has died. He asked me why he should get me a new plant since I had just finished killing my last one! My tree will most certainly die and then it can become fuel for the fires at winter festival time. No guilt there!