christmas garland for the holiday season

Whoa!  Wait a minute!  

Wasn’t it summer yesterday?  Didn’t we just get back from Europe?
No, wait – that was end of September!

Hard to believe it’s already December and time for our usual holiday rituals.  Don’t get me wrong; I love this time of year, (except for the weather), and my German upbringing is steeped in tradition.

debbie loves the holiday season

We always went full tilt inside and out with the decorating. It was physically taxing, but worth it for the spectacular results. Hubby grumbled about the roof lights. He knew I wouldn’t be happy without them, so, up he went on that extension ladder, year after year.  I did my share too of course, at ground level though, (acrophobic).

christmas lights 2010 for the holiday season

This year, we couldn’t seem to get in festive mode.  “Are you ready for this?”  I asked.  He shook his head. “No; why don’t we just skip it?”

SKIP IT??!  What a concept!  

Well, I couldn’t go along with that, but did agree to forego the outdoor light show for a couple of understated, pre-lit trees and cut back on elaborate decorations, in general.  Added a few more lights indoors instead, because they give the house such a warm, inviting glow.

holiday christmas tree

So, what’s wrong with us?

It appears that running around Europe for a month and climbing all those rocks and steps took quite a toll. Either that, or, we’re just getting old!

Skimpy or not, the decorations do look nice and that festive feeling is slowly creeping in.  We enjoy the social aspects of the season as well; good times, good friends, epicurean delights, roasted chestnuts…

There’s much to be grateful for!  So many people are struggling and it’s especially difficult for them at this time of year.  We always try to give back by contributing to various food banks and charities.  Everyone deserves a little good cheer!

As the month wears on, our house will be teeming with four legged guests.  (I operate a home boarding service.)  Many people go on vacation for Christmas and New Year’s, so, we literally will have “gone to the dogs”.


There’s still shopping, wrapping and so on to do; things I find fairly tedious, but once again, the end result makes it all worthwhile.

What do YOU do to prepare for the holidays?  

Or, perhaps you don’t?

Looking forward to your comments!

wishing friends happy holidaysCartoons courtesy of BITSTRIPS Facebook app

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Debbie D.

Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Currently working on various memoirs, travelogues and creative writing pieces. Looking for the next adventure!

Debbie D.

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  1. Lauren

    I think the decorations look awesome. Just looking at your pictures put me in the Christmas spirit. But I have to say. The cold weather sucks. All those dogs will keep you warm. We home boarded a dog once for a shelter. I was sad to see her go. But she was adopted by a nice family.
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    • Hi Lauren; Glad you enjoyed the post. I do miss the look of the outdoor lights, but not the work involved. The interior is very Christmas-y, though. Agree about the cold weather! 🙁 The only good thing about snow, in regards to the dogs, is that it’s clean. Rain is my biggest nemesis. Dogs are such sweet creatures, aren’t they? (Well, the ones I look after, anyway). One of my favourites, (an adorable little Bichon), just passed away unexpectedly and I was heartbroken. Thanks for visiting and Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to you and yours! 🙂
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  2. Sylviane Nuccio

    Hi Debbie,

    What a gorgeous tribute to Christmas and I love your pictures and cartoon that represents you. So, cute 🙂

    I agree with you, I thought it was summer yesterday too. As a matter of fact, I’ve moved back in May and it seems to be like I just moved only a few weeks ago, really. Time just fly by so quick!

    Thanks for the fun read.
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  3. Hey Debbie,

    Well I don’t blame you really. With all that globe trotting you two did and this time of the year just creeping up on us, it’s hard to get in the mood.

    I quit putting up a tree years ago. As you know I live alone so although someone would help me put it in the car, it was up to me to do everything else once I got home and I live in a condo so I had a little bit of a walk from my car to my front door. Add about 10 years of doing that and you’ll forgo the tree too!

    I do decorate though and it’s very festive in here. It’s pretty to me but very minimal. That’s okay, no one ever comes over to my house for the holidays, I’m always going to theirs. It’s for my eyes only the majority of the time but I don’t mind.

    I’m sure it’s pretty anyway and I do love your little tree. The lights on the house are pretty too, I do love looking at lights. You probably made a wise choice though.

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    • Hi Adrienne; We’re just too tired this year to do the usual stuff, but, the two little lighted trees on the porch are better than no lights at all. I completely understand about the indoor tree! It’s so much work! We haven’t had a full sized one in many years, because of the dogs. We do have three table top models with lights and they look pretty in the dark. 🙂 Easy as can be, because after the season, they go back in the basement, under dust covers. Of course, decorating should be done for yourself, regardless whether people come over or not. We don’t do much entertaining either, because there’s a houseful of dogs. It’s primary clients dropping off and picking up.
      Thanks so much for visiting. Happy Holidays to you and yours!
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  4. Lisa

    Hi Debbie, since my kids are grown I don’t get into it as much. I supposed a week prior I will do some decorating. I’ve yet to get the cards. I must move soon. I wish life were more simple and we could keep holidays simple too 🙂 I hope you have a great one Debbie. Loving your bitstrips!
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    • Hi Lisa; Many people probably feel the same way. We don’t have kids, but I’ve always been big on decorating for the holidays. We’re getting older though and the physical labours of it were just too much this year. LOL As for cards, I only do a few now, whereas a couple of years ago, it took an entire weekend to get them done. I’ve found that many people prefer the ease of sending ecards, anyway. Those Bitstrips are fun. Wish they had a bigger wardrobe, though. 😀 Thanks for visiting. Happy Holidays to you and yours!
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  5. Gede Prama

    Amazing and Thank you for writing which is quite good and best wishes always, and greetings. Kindness blossoms in your heart.

  6. Chi Chi

    Good morning, Debbie!

    I’ve yet to do one bit of Xmas shopping, not even cards. Xmas has come too fast this year. I propose we delay it one month till 25 January 2014 to allow procrastinators and others time to catch-up!

    Merry Xmas to you and your readers!

  7. Hi Debbie,

    It surely must be feeling nice to be back after such a lovely vacation 🙂

    Yes, it’s the holiday season for all of you. For me too, though more than Christmas and New Year’s, we have the kid’s vacations that keep us rather busy. Ah…and their never ending decorations, and wanting goodies all the time keeps poor Mom busy!

    Loved the pictures, and your home surely looks warm and inviting with that wonderful Christmas tree. Seems like you’d be busy with the pet lovers leaving their pets at your place, but then I’m glad they have you to take care.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend, and wishing you all the best for a lovely Christmas, though it’s still away but the moods set right 🙂
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    • Good day, Harleena; Actually, coming back from Europe was rather anticlimactic, but, now we are enjoying the holiday season. 🙂 Sounds like you will have your hands full too, but, I’m sure there will be some enjoyable moments as well. Fortunately, my husband will be on vacation for 10 days and he always helps with the dogs, then. Glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for visiting and Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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