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Oh Christmas Tree , Oh Christmas Tree


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my home …finally . However, this is is a HUGE variation from our norm.

Last year as per usual we had our traditional tree in the forbidden room. It is festooned with multiple coloured lights , gold and red baubles, matching bows, tinsel and the tinsel thread they call icicles. Least it did have icicles until the cat decided she liked the taste of them.

Enjoying tasty tinsel icicles.

Enjoying tasty tinsel icicles.

This year Sheldon the dog is into everything new . I have visions of returning home after work, to a broken tree, shattered baubles, chewed branches and a sick puppy so we have changed our decorating style somewhat this year. Last year he still had a healthy respect for the world.

Watching the Christmas tree 2012

Watching the Christmas tree 2012

So anticipating the worst, I’ve made some adaptions.

We purchased a new tree for our forbidden room this Christmas. It’s small enough to stand on the dining table and is decorated with gold and silver baubles. Usually we have a battery operated train that runs around on a track beneath the big Christmas tree. This year I bought a small train with carriages being the words HO HO HO. This one keeps a count of the days left until Christmas. It goes nowhere.

We also usually light up our house Griswold style. Our claim to fame is one year we actually won a prize of a large gift voucher to a Christmas light warehouse, coming 2nd in a local radio ‘Best Lights ‘ competition. Apparently a neighbour nominated us. But this year, with my FIL having an accident, my husband hasn’t the time now, to climb the roof to smother adorn it with lights.

Determined not to be totally light- free and not wanting to have inviting ‘Gnaw on me please’ cords at animal level, I found some battery operated lights. I have I draped them on the little tree and a few on our windows…a poor displayย but better than nothing in my opinion.







Least packing it all up in January is going to be an easy job .

How do you decorate your home at Christmas?

Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

22 thoughts on “Oh Christmas Tree , Oh Christmas Tree

  1. The lights still look pretty fine to me! The only lights we have are the ones on the Christmas tree and they give me enough grief getting them in exactly the right place!

    When we had Tiggy, she would always attempt to climb the tree, shaking baubles off in her wake. Its actually a bit sad to see the tree with everything still in place.

    I don’t think its the size of the display matters. its the thought that counts. If it makes you feel like Christmas, its done its job. xx

    • Tim and I are the ones that love the big overboard look. We both miss it but we know we’d are being realistic. Hopefully next year when the animals are a bit older we can return to our special style. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. PS I like your new Christmas page theme.

  3. Looks really festive. Merry Christmas

  4. We don’t do much outside. And each year I seem to do less inside. We put white candle bulbs in the windows, a wreath on the door, and decorate a 4-ft. tree.

  5. It’s amazing how the decorations change each year, depending on what season of life you’re in. So many friends are rethinking the way they do to this year because of toddlers.
    On another note, I love the idea of the train that goes around the tree! I think I might have to borrow that one ๐Ÿ™‚

    • When my kids were toddlers we had the tree in a playpen placed strategically so it couldn’t be moved?
      The train was a delightful touch. Except, it had oil in it so it puffed smoke every so often. Once it derailed ( I’m thinking kids fingers played a part though they denied it haha) and a few drops of oil spilt onto our near white carpet. Took us 10 years to get the stain out…by putting down floorboards ๐Ÿ™‚ .

  6. I thought kids were the nemesis of Christmas trees everywhere, sounds like pets are equally as challenging!

  7. Beautiful. After saying that we are never doing outside lights again, the Garden Gnome has festooned outside once more. And even went and bought new lights for the roof. I have to take my camera and tripod outside for photos to post. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Surprisingly the Diva isn’t interested in the Christmas Tree. She’s terrified of the train under it and has only taken one bauble for a bat around the floor. We’re doing well this year ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Hope your FIL is getting better. I read on DC’s blog that you missed your winery thing. Hope it comes off in the New Year for you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I look forward to seeing the photos. It must look special. I wish my Blacky would be as disinterested as Diva . Just yesterday she sneaked up on the table trying to extract a bauble in a small window of time when I had left the room without pushing in the chair fully. Thanks for your kind words about my FIL . It was disappointing having to defer the winery but family is the most important. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Very cute! Love the naughty kitty pic! Such a simple cleanup I am jealous!

  9. Your pets look truly excited about Christmas ๐Ÿ˜‰

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