Yep. The tree went up and the ornaments will be going on it as soon as we get the tablecloth out of the dryer...it's kinda hairy (the cats liked to get under the occasional table it covers and they left quite a bit of fur on it). We've been using a pre-lit artificial tree for several years now (that picture is from last year) and it's about 4 foot high so we put it on top of a little table that for the rest of the year holds a lamp and a glass chess set.
I've put out the greenery on the mantle and shelves, and the wreath is on the door.
But the thing that really indicates that the holiday season is upon us is:
Dawno Gets Out Her Christmas Sweaters
I have 13 of them now. They are all what a friend of mine called "intense." For example - last year's sweaters:
I don't think I've been collecting them for 13 years because occasionally I get two, but I've been doing it for at least the last 8 or 9. It was a thrilling year for me when I finally had 5 sweaters and could wear a different one to work each day the week before Christmas. Hey, I look for excitement where ever I can find it and I set the bar low enough not to miss.
I am taking my son to the mall tomorrow since he doesn't drive and he wants to shop for his girlfriend, so he can't very well ask her to give him a ride. Yes, yes, I could tell him to take a bus. I want to tell him to take a bus - but it's Christmas so I'll do it. Even though I hate shopping in malls this time of year most of all. The upside of it is that while I'm there I can shop for a new Christmas sweater. Hopefully there will be some good intense ones left.
Dawno, Christmas Sweaters