Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A blue, blue, Christmas...

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...

I promise...

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.

Wishing you all a blue, blue Christmas!


A Gift Wrapped Life said...

You are doing beautifully! Love the blue tree and our "only" son is just happy we are going to see him. It's a different Christmas for us as well but we'll be together and that is more than good enough (no tree, dinner out at a restaurant but some really good wine and lots of laughs). Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

Erin {House of Turquoise} said...

LOVE that blue tree!!! So cute and beachy, right up my alley!! I really love all your blue finds at the estate sale....I need to start going to those if these are the sorts of gems you can find at them!

Merry Christmas!!! :)

Kitty said...

you're the bomb! i love the blue tree with a single starfish. really modern and sooo california! merry christmas! love, kitty

FrenchBlue said...

That blue blue blue Christmas fits you so well! I love it and I know your son will too! I adore your house Miss Terese!! What about that drift wood sailboat? So funny... I saw a driftwood Chirstmas tree last night and thought of you! Have a beautiful Christmas!

Kat said...

I love the tree! It fits so perfectly in your son's room and the container is just right. Have a joyous Christmas with your family. Our daughter is a senior in college and I remember very well the first year she was gone. It was rough, but makes the visits all the sweeter. And now she's home for 6 months while she student teaches, so a new adventure begins. Merry Christmas to you! Kathy (btw, does he always keep his room this nice? If so, does he give lessons lol)

Kathysue said...

Teresa, Love the blue tree, it looks very coastal in your sons room.My oldest grandson has the same tree in his bedroom. I think they like having a tree in their rooms. You get the important message of Christmas, it is not in all the goings and the doings it is in the "beings with". You always get it!! Merry Christmas dear friend, Hugs Kathysue

Gift registry said...

The blue Christmas tree is cute. I love it.