Saturday, December 3, 2016

Advent, Christmas Trees and Wind!

It's a beautiful sunny day here in southern California but boy was it windy these past couple of days!  The Santa Ana winds blew cold and the house felt the cold with very strong wind gusts.  Needless to say, the pool was filled with leaves this morning but it's almost cleaned.  Luckily, that we didn't suffer any damage.

Every year after Christmas, I love to find bargains.  When I got out my Christmas decorations this year, I found I had bought an advent calendar from Barnes and Noble.  As you can see, it's a house and the windows are little drawers that slide out to reveal a surprise.  It took me a bit to put it together and I've filled it with chocolates and other little goodies for my grandson.  He is thrilled with it although I think his dear Mom may think it's too much sugar!  That's what Grandmas are for!

Speaking of my dear daughter, she has been busy creating these beautiful pillows for the holiday season.  She is busier than ever this year with her online store.  I love the bright colors that are perfect for Christmas.

There's a real tree in the family room that was put up the day after Thanksgiving.  Please don't laugh at the two tree toppers!  I'm afraid to plug in the top angel since the wiring is not so good.  So, I decided to just sit her upon the tree to look down.  Lilly insists to sleep under the tree and play with the bright shiny balls.  That's why I placed some of my vintage Christmas balls on the top portion of the tree.  Lilly is sometimes worse than a child. . .

Here's the tree in the living room - it's fake.  It looks the same year after year although it's starting to shed needles.  Maybe it's time to look for a new one.  I think we've had this tree for 20 years now.

As I mentioned, its been cold here especially in the evenings.  Lilly has enjoyed snuggling in her little bed (it amazes me how she stuffs her body in there). 

Now that the decorating is done and the Christmas gifts are almost completed, I will enjoy wrapping the presents and making the Christmas cookies.  My dear brother will be joining us again this year for Christmas so I'll be making some traditional Danish Christmas foods from our childhood.  It should be a fun, family time.

Do you have special traditions for Christmas that you look forward to each year?  I'd love to hear about them.  Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Wish my best wishes,



  1. Cold winds in southern CA! I forgot that is possible, Pat. Thanks for sharing your Christmas celebration preparations. I hope your daughter's business is successful. Our former cats all enjoyed playing around or in our Christmas trees, as your Lilly does :) Happy Advent to you and yours. xx

  2. Cute Advent calendar! I know your grandson must be so excited with it. I have one I hand and the grands can put all the kings and animals in place, one each day. They enjoy it too. Your trees are so pretty. I love the photo of your living room taken from the stairs. It's just lovely. :-) ♥

  3. I love the advent calendar house, I've never seen anything like it before. Your daughters cushions are gorgeous, I can imagine they're extremely popular. Your trees are lovely, I share your cat problems, we actually had one of our cats pull a tree down one year xx

  4. I love the idea of more than one tree! We're lucky that Miss Kitty doesn't mess with the tree much, other cats in the past have. Pretty Advent House Calendar. Love the pillows.

  5. That advent calendar is so cute! I always did one with my kids. Those pillows are really pretty.

  6. Your trees are beautiful. We used to have a cat, he would pull the tree over every night when he was a kitten, I was thoroughly sick and tired of re-dressing it every morning by the time Christmas was over. You've got a talented daughter, those pillows are lovely, I'm sure they'll be snapped up in her online store.


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