Planning starts early (after Canadian Thanksgiving in October) but I try to resist putting up Christmas decorations until December 1st - when the outdoor stuff happens. The transformation indoors is more gradual with the tree going up the week before The Day. This year, I’m a little early. DH and I took advantage of a warm (10degC) day to work out-of-doors. DH put up the lights (strings of white outlining the eaves - thank heavens we live in a one story house!) and after he rejuvenated a Red Osier Dogwood by cutting it back, I made my holiday planters using the twigs, cedar greens, and recycled materials from previous years (birch logs, pine cones, gold balls, burlap ribbon.)

The last few days have been all about a big house cleaning, but I did make one little seasonal montage in my music room.

We have no snow (a neighbour was actually mowing his lawn yesterday) but several inches are forecast for the weekend - just in time for the Christmas parade. I will do some more decorating next week and plan to use some holly from my garden. I generally stick with natural greenery, and a silver and gold theme. A few years back I stripped the prisms off a chandelier I found left for dump collection. I washed them up and now use them to supplement my tree ornaments. This year I’m thinking of a smaller tree -around 3-4 ft, on a table - like the first Christmas trees in Victorian days.

Did you decorate for the US Thanksgiving? Have you started on Christmas yet? Do you celebrate Hanukkah or another seasonal event? Keeping things traditional, or changing things up? Please share ideas and photos.

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