Getting ready for Christmas
We have been getting very festive this weekend in readiness for Christmas. As my youngest and I were finishing school and work on the 19th, we decided to wait until then to start putting up the decorations. However, the odd bit of festive cheer, such as the Poinsettia above, had started to creep in. I know some people hate Poinsettias but I quite like them – well for a couple of weeks. I only like the smaller squat ones not when they have become leggy and topple over.
The first thing on our list was the Christmas tree. Now I know that there are split opinions over real or false but we have a false tree and that’s that. While we were putting it up my son, who loves a good debate, and I were trying to decide which was more environmental a real tree or a false one. He argued that real trees weren’t environmental as we were chopping them down thereby reducing their impact on the ozone, transporting them to where ever, and then we had to dispose of them. I argued that false trees were just as bad when you took into account the production process and transportation of them. We concluded that there was no real winner and we our false tree suited us for now. Along with the trees we put up lights and tinsel and it all looked very festive.
Today, however I decided to indulge myself and do something I had wanted to do for several years. I went and bought three gorgeous stems of Amaryllis. I haven’t done this before due to the expense and normally by now funds are in a poor state. This year isn’t too bad and so I decided as a Christmas pressie to myself I would succumb.
The photo does not convey the true sumptuousness of the blooms. They have a gorgeous velvety appearance and seem so opulent to me. Much nicer than the garish red ones I have grown from bulbs in the past.
Another of my make shift decorations – some baubles we weren’t using and some pine cones and bundles of cinnamon sticks that I saved for an arrangement I was given last year – I have convinced myself that this thriftiness offsets the expense of the Amaryllis!!!!
Finally some Allium seed heads which don’t look as gold as I would like and to be honest I don’t really have room for them but having sprayed them I had to find them a home!
My son now says that we cant get any more in so I will move on tomorrow to decorating the cake instead!!!!!