Thursday, December 18, 2008
First of all I must say kudos to all the bloggers like Megan’s Munchie’s and ZestyCook who are still managing to blog EVERY day during this busy season. You foodies have my utmost respect.
Creating tasty food is always a priority, but finding the time to write about it has been put on the back burner these days as I bustle about decorating our house to look like the department stores I'm not visiting this year.
We’re facing the same budget crunch so many others are experiencing these days, so even though there will be fewer presents under our tree, I decided to make our house as festive as possible. Best of all, it was entirely affordable because I’ve been collecting Christmas decorations for over 20 years.
The first step was picking out a tree. We drove off Cape to Westport, Massachusetts to Al and Penny Hatfield’s Christmas Tree Farm, named A Quiet Place.
It was indeed quiet before my crew got there. I went with my oldest daughter Jess, her boyfriend Scott, my granddaughter Skylar and my third daughter Julie. It remains one of my nicest memories of this season.
Jess and Skylar were so excited they ran when we first got there. Sky picked one that was just her size.
We looked at every tree on the farm – twice – before I chose the biggest, fattest tree of the bunch, because that's the way I like my trees. This place was truly magical and we didn't want to leave.
Al drove his tractor out, cut down our tree, and even took our picture.
And then when we got home, I set to work. We have Santas and more Santas and a few snowmen too.
One of my favorite decorations is my Grandma Palmer's ceramic tree. Somehow I was the lucky one who inherited this treasure that she painted in my Grandma Agard's ceramic shop back in the 1960's. Every year when I set it up, it feels like a little piece of my childhood is right here with me.
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!