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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Visions of Sugar Plums - Holiday Decorating

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As I've been hauling out the 35 boxes and bins of Christmas decorations that I've somehow managed to amass, I've been thinking about the story, The Night Before Christmas. You heard it as a child, didn't you? The one by Clement Moore? It's a favorite of mine...

mainly because I'd like to know how they managed it...
                                                                               pretty much  all of it.
You remember the story, don't you?

"'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse."

Really?! Not a single person up late wrapping a few last minute gifts or making cinnamon rolls or strata for breakfast?

No one making a last minute run to the drug store to pick up batteries for the camera or a few stocking stuffers? Anyone at all headed out to midnight services?

Okay. I guess that they're simply more organized than I am, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt on that...

Moving on...

"And Mama in her kerchief and I in my cap, had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap."

Is this simply a more poetic way of saying "We collapsed into our bed exhausted from a month of preparation, holiday parties, Christmas pageant's and entertaining?"

If that's what they're really saying, then at least that part of the story makes sense to me.

I do have one more question: Can anyone give me a firm definition of "long winter's nap"?

Does this mean that they somehow managed to get more than six consecutive hours of sleep in a single night...on Christmas Eve?

Is that what they mean by "long nap"?  Because in my book, a nap is generally a pretty accurate description of the amount of sleep that I get on Christmas Eve...but long nap?

Aren't those two terms mutually exclusive? Anything over 3 hours isn't a nap is it?

I'm not convinced.

If the couple in the story actually got a real night's sleep on December 24th, this would seem to indicate that they got their children to stay in bed past 5:00 a.m. on Christmas morning. How'd they do that?! Did money change hands?!

Also, I presume that they don't have adolescent children.

After all, does anyone who has raised teenagers honestly believe that they'd be "...nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads..."  before midnight ?

Even if they were upstairs before 9 p.m, how is it that they wouldn't be laughing and talking from one too many cookies before bedtime and the adrenaline rush of anticipation for Christmas morning?

Let me guess...their children are healthy eaters, brush their teeth without being reminded and go straight to sleep without a word of protest.

Yeah, Right.

As if any of that isn't enough to make me wonder what I'm doing wrong, let's recall this scenario:

"When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter, away to the window I flew in a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash."

Clearly, this guy is much younger than I am and obviously a light sleeper.

If there were a clatter on my lawn on Christmas Eve, I've got to admit, I'd probably sleep right through it.

 In the unlikely event that I was awakened by anything other than the bed being taken out from beneath me, it would take me at least 10 minutes to be certain that I really did hear something and to decide whether or not to call the police.

Then I'd need to find my glasses and robe, stumble to the window (trying not to trip over the dog) and peer carefully through a slit in the curtains to see if I really wanted to get involved in whatever it was that was occurring.

Come to think of it, there's no mention of MRS. Night Before Christmas getting up to see what was going on....apparently, she's a sound sleeper, too.  

The increasingly incredible story continues, "When what to my wondering eyes should appear But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick."

Really!? He recognizes the guy after being startled from a sound sleep in the middle of the night, in the dark, from a second story window, without glasses?!  Comeon!

At this point in my reality,  I'd decide that I was dreaming, or merely hallucinating from exhaustion. I'd get a drink of water, check on my sons and go back to bed because if someone that I know really wants to come into my home through the chimney, in the pre-dawn hours of Christmas day, to eat cookies and leave a few gifts, who am I to argue?!

So, if you happen to be in my neighborhood on Christmas Eve, any time before, oh, let's say 1:30 a.m., stop by...

I'll probably be awake, sewing a few beads on a gift, or running out to pick up a gallon of milk because Santa drank it all.

Be forewarned, however, that if you wake me up before 6:30 on Christmas morning, it had better be because there's coffee on and you've made breakfast!



  1. Very pretty and elegant!
    Oh and by 630am, my day is in full bloom, my body thinks wake up time should be 4am!! Ha!

    1. LOL! I have days like that too!...Today, for example, 4 a.m. We should chat some morning! :)

  2. The bedroom looks wonderful! I have NEVER gotten as far a decorating my bedroom....but I found a white tree last year at the thrift and I'm sticking that in there this year....maybe completely bare, but there nonetheless! I LOVE the window frames over the bed.

    1. If you could see the rest of my house right now, you'd know that it's the ONLY room that's finished! I hope that you share your white tree! I've always wanted an older white tree...haven't seen one that I'm willing to shell out the $$ for least not yet! :)

  3. 0630.... okay I admit it, I rarely see those days any longer... and its rather sad. My "children" have requested that I not get up with them. It may have been fine for the 1st semester this year but it is not going to work for 2nd semester, that's for sure! I miss my mornings with the guys and starting their days off together. :(

    You home is simply beautiful!! I loved seeing all the Christmas and winter decorations... it really is helping to inspire me again. i just finished "helping" with the Christmas decor at church so I was feeling a little, shall we say, burnt out. Have a wonderful day!

    1. Hi Peggy! I'm afraid that my "internal clock" doesn't let me sleep in very often. Today, 4 a.m. 6:30 is a luxury, I'm afraid. I agree with you about starting the day with the guys. It's going to be mighty lonely around here in the fall when my youngest goes to school. In the mean time, I'm savoring every day! I understand "holiday decor burn out". I used to decorate several homes and businesses, these days, I'm content to finish my own! Happy Wednesday! :)

  4. Your room looks so pretty decorated for Christmas! Well I have a funny story about getting up early.When my daughter was little and it was her first real Christmas.You know the one that they actually understand what is going on.Well I expected her to be excited and jump out of be early.I woke up early waiting and expecting her to get up too.I was quite excited to! Seeing her face with all that Santa brought her on her first real Christmas.At 6:00 a.m. I was up.She was still sleeping.At 6:30 a.m. still sleeping.Then it was 7:00.then 7:30,8:00,8:30 then finally 9:00 she was still sleeping.I could not stand it anymore and finally woke her up to tell her Santa had come.My husband asked me why I woke her up.I replied I could not wait any longer I was too excited LOL!

    1. You made me laugh right out loud! That's something that I would most certainly do! The time passes far too quickly! xo, Kimberly

  5. Such pretty decorations!! I'm having fun getting my things out and decorating too! :) xx Holly

  6. So beautiful! I used to decorate in our bedroom for Christmas and now I am too lazy! You make me want to again. So pretty Kim.

  7. So pretty. I am done, did most of it on Black Friday. But the tweaking still goes on :-)
    Thanks for sharing . Long winter's nap.. Hmmm...
    Cheers, Gee

  8. :) Great post! Now you need to write the sequel so we can hear your thoughts on the rest of the poem!

  9. Wow All white, I have a Christmas tree decoration at my bedroom with white and Teal blue color. Maybe Next Christmas I might have a try white theme.

  10. I remember the days well of clamoring kids waking at 6:00 a.m. anxious to open stockings. Somehow even without tiny ones I still only manage to sleep in till 7:00 or so. But I put the coffee on.


  11. So so lovely my friend!! I think it has inspired me to decorate my bedroom for the Holidays... I wasn't going to but I have now decided to! :)

  12. So pretty! You may notice I'm about 5 posts behind, but catching up today! Love it all, xoT.


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