Thursday, December 11, 2008


Christmas is upon us once again. Time to haul the artificial tree out of the corner and dust it off.

I just never did quite get around to putting it away last year, and when I had kittens in the house, they enjoyed climbing all over it. I just left it in a dark, shadowy corner of my much-too-big living room and ignored it. I wonder if its lights still work.

I think I shall bring in a different box of ornaments this year. Lord knows, Addy had enough ornaments to trim a dozen trees.

I used to have a collection of ornaments that the kids had made, or I had made, or that I had had around forever. When The Infamous Jude went through my stuff, he tossed them, and presented me with a box of ornaments that were the detritus of his own conglomeration. I haven't felt quite so involved in trimming the tree, since.

I am slowly building a new collection of ornaments to which I am attached. Lovely things that people have made and given to me, and a few I have made myself, or bought on sale.

Many of Addy's are beautiful, and some are very old, but, of course, they all remind me of Jim.

I am not actually afraid of being reminded of Jim this year. I know I will be sad and I have come to accept that.

I can be sad, and still enjoy myself. How weird is that?


  1. Are you going to go out or have a Christmas dinner at home?

    I think I am going to buy a few lobsters and kick tradition.

  2. Not weird at all I'd guess. Just hopeful and life-affirming.

  3. As someone who prefers real trees over artifical, you have shown me the one real advantage of artificial. You can leave them up all year long! A real tree dies, turns brown, and sheds it's needles.

    I know this because I kept one on screened porch from January until March once. Mainly because I kept forgetting to get someone to help me get it down the apartment steps.

    Merry Christmas, Ronni!

  4. We've got a little 4ft artificial tree. It doesn't take up too much space and we only need a single string of lights. Great!

  5. This year I have decided to live with the ghost of Christmas's Past! You know the ones! When you got everything on your list, the house got too hot from cooking all day, and those long and lazy afternoons playing or reading with something new. Everything old seems new again, or so they say!

    btw...Hi Ronni! and any other Misfits! It's been a while, think I will go on the hunt again!

  6. Yay! Woo to the Hoo!

    Several Misfits read here, Delilah, but they may not know who you are. Would you like to come back and identify yourself by your Misfit name, or shall I do so privately, when asked?

    Look out killers! Delilah is back!

  7. Mgt, we haven't firmed any plans yet. Brendan comes in on Friday next, so we shall see from there.