Monday, December 3, 2007

ahhhh.... december is finally here....






a most wonderful time of year.... magical.... i love december.... there are so many wonderful things that i love... family gatherings, parties with friends, playing in the snow, cutting of the christmas tree, decorating with the sweet smell of pine... and glitter, lots and lots of glitter...

and so it began... we took a carriage ride to see the lights around the lake and to visit with santa....as you see, my youngest is still not real comfortable with the knee sitting... he said he was trembling because he had never met someone that had lived forever before... and as you can see eli is a character in his own right...











by tradition, the first saturday of december is the day the 'men' set out to find the perfect christmas tree.... it is a time for me to spend in the kitchen drinking eggnog, calling my family and creating new foods for our tree decorating party later that night... it is a time where being outnumbered by men, i can carefully decorate the table, place the china and make a centerpiece... it is a time where i can use my heirlooms that were passed to me from many generations and think about the love i feel for those people now gone... a time to show the 'men' that there is another side of life, a time for beauty, manners and grace... a time that isn't a part of everyday, sadly, that it once was...





and while i'm lingering in the world of timeless beauty they are climbing the mountain looking for the perfect tree to bring home...

it's always fun to see what tree they drag home and to hear of the ordeal that they went through.... we are the christmas tree capital of the world so you can imagine the number of people that come up the mountain to begin their tradition of cutting their own tree....




a friend of ours has a tree farm on a mountain, the best tree farm, so off they went... and here are some pictures of their day.... and yes, there was a donkey walking around, along with too many goats to count up and down the mountain....









hayrides and dogs rolling on their backs beggin' for some lovin.... and finally the perfect tree....





so it ended to be a beautiful day and a beautiful night... the tree was trimmed, and of course, it took several more hours than anticipated.... the usual in this household, ran out of lights, dashing to the store... etc... just like thanksgiving, when the turkey was still frozen and ran 3 hours late... but we are in no hurry here, things are done when they are done....














1 comment:

Lana said...

Oh wow Diane! What a great day for both you and the guys! I've really enjoyed seeing all the photos... reading and catching up with you since the Wilton show.