santa elf


It doesn’t look very much like Christmas around our little homestead, but it will. So many people seem to decorate and dress their trees and homes much earlier than I remember. Truth be told, I prefer to wait a bit, even as late as the Solstice, before really “decking the halls.” That’s because I like to keep the tree — and especially the lights — through January if possible. I think it helps to lift spirits during some of winter’s darker days. Of course, we also position the tree just by the front door, in part to minimize the cleanup from the fallen needles when we eventually move the tree outdoors, where it remains until spring as a bird shelter. πŸ™‚

We are, however, very busy playing Santa’s elves. A few years ago, James and I decided we wanted to make most of our presents. I think the idea of overflowing car parks and piles of foreign manufactured gadgets and clothes that we didn’t need just sort of overwhelmed us and began to leave us feeling a bit hollow, dissatisfied. We don’t feel that way making our own gifts. My neck is stiff from being bent over my knitting and James is fretting about some marmalade that hasn’t set (it will. and if not, it becomes a lovely pancake topping instead :-)). But it’s a tradeoff I’m willing to make, especially as I can finish the gifts while watching old Downton Abbey episodes, far away from a long checkout line. Aw, holiday bliss. πŸ™‚








3 thoughts on “santa elf

  1. That sounds absolutely lovely. My wife and I–both educators–are just waiting for our winter break to start so that we can start playing elves, too. Project 1: Adirondack chairs. Good luck with all of your…. let’s say elfing.

  2. There have been years I’ve waited as late as the solstice, and other years I’ve decorated on the day after Thanksgiving (NEVER before). I prefer the former sort of year.

    As to playing elf – this year, my friends are all getting home-made cookies and short stories based on their favorite Christmas carols.

  3. Ah, you have a beautiful blog–full of trees and lovely posts. My dad’s side of the family was German and his tradition was to close off the living room three days before Christmas and open it after dinner on Christmas Eve. The house was dark, carols were playing and the tree was lit. It was a joy to wait for that wonderful moment.

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