Here it is, December 23rd, the day before Christmas Eve, usually my favorite day of the Christmas Season.
It feels a little like a blue Christmas since last evening, when our son called to inform us that the car had conked out and he was stuck in the middle of the road... and just after I spent most of last week getting our broken refrigerator repaired and re-stocked.
So, in the spirit of the season, I thought I'd share some blue Christmas with you.
Don't worry, it's all good!
A few days ago, I found myself in Walmart buying the ingredients to make "doo-dads", you know that healthy, nutritious snack food that incorporates all the chex cereals. It was something that, as kids, we eagerly anticipated at Christmas. Christmas wasn't official until the reindeer appeared in the window of the Mulvaney house and the box of "doo-dads" had arrived from my Grama Maud, in Colorado. Anyway, while shopping in Walmart, my eye caught sight of a blue Christmas tree..not just blue, but purple and pink ones too! At first, I was appalled and disgusted, but that quickly changed as I began to open my mind to the possibilities of multi colored Christmas trees!
I took a leap of faith, trusted my gut, and coughed up the $15 to buy the blue one.
I really didn't do much decorating this Christmas and have been feeling bad about not going all out this year because it is the last Christmas before our son (and only child) goes off to college.
I've always decorated his room at Christmas and put up a tree, but this year, I was off my game.
So, this morning, when I put the blue Christmas tree in his room...
the poignancy of the moment did not pass me by. I realized that it was symbolic of the emotions that I've been feeling about this particular Christmas, and how it is the last Christmas that we will celebrate as a family that has been living and growing together for the past 18 years.
Next Christmas, the first in the new decade, my husband and I will be decorating our home in anticipation of our son coming home from college for Christmas!!
I've learned, at the ripe age of 51, to connect the dots of life. I'm not sure how I'll make it to this point next year, but one thing I can count on is my faith.
I will cherish this special Christmas, and try to live it in the present moment, with the realization that happiness is in moments.
I hope you enjoy these photos of our son, Christopher's bedroom, and his blue Christmas tree!
I think I'll call it, "a coastal Christmas".
It's just a start. I'll need to pull out more white starfish and maybe some vintage silver balls.
I picked up this blue and white container at an estate sale last weekend for $2.
I think it would be perfect to place the tree in, with the burlap scrap wrapped around the trunk.
Speaking of that estate sale, the owner had a thing for blue!
Here are some of the other blue treasures I brought home with me...
I know I've been bad about getting my items in my etsy store...
In fact, my New Year's Resolution for 2010 is...
that I will be consistent in getting my treasures into my etsy store
where you will be able to buy them if your heart desires.
I am a passionate treasure huntress addicted to "the thrill of the hunt." I pride myself on finding unique items and have spent a lifetime collecting unusual and interesting "treasures" which I have used in decorating our home. I shop with an eye for design and look for pieces that I like to call the "jewelry" of the room. Those pieces that have been around accumulating energy thereby bringing life into a space by telling its story or evoking a memory. The allure is found in the details of its journey... condition, provenance and patina. Our collected "treasures" tell the story of who we are. Billy Baldwin said it best, "Decorating is never successful unless it is personal." My treasures are available for purchase in my Etsy Shop and on my companion blog, Shop La Dolfina. The links can be accessed from my sidebar.
"All of life is about energy. It's about the energy that you're putting out; energy that you're drawing to yourself, every day, based on the way you think about your life & the actions that you take. Everybody is an energy field. And because of your attitude, your thinking, your actions; who you choose to be in the world, forms your own field. You are drawing into your field people who are like you... to remind you, to show you, to reflect back to you- who you are. Believe that or not, that is what is happening all the time... and it does not require your belief. It just is. It. Just. Is." -Oprah