It's that time of year again -- time to deck the halls and walls with hundreds of little white lights to keep the outside darkness at bay.
Last night, the wind howled and rain pelted the roof. When I got up this morning, I saw that the storm had rearranged our deck chairs.
Before I even started the coffee, as the rain continued, I turned on all of the lights draped along the windows and on clusters of little lighted trees.
This lone little tree in the entryway stands beside one of the buckets that will hold Christmas cards.
Instead of cramming the mantel like I usually do with dozens of figures, I limited it to three this year.
I focused mainly on white lights and left all of the ornaments and most of the larger decorations in storage. In past years I've always felt overwhelmed at the thought of pulling everything out and then putting in away again, so this year I kept it simple: lights, little trees and a few decorations. More time to relax and enjoy.
Here's a blog post from five years ago, when gaudiness was the word in my decorating: http://sherriequilt.blogspot.com/2010/12/tis-season-to-be-gaudy.html
Have a colorful day