Let there be light

My mood and the weather have been gray and cool so I decided to do something about my mood at least.

On a warm day last week, I climbed to the attic and picked out some Christmas items, grabbed my tiny fairy lights and set up Christmas. Is it time? No. Do I need it? Yes.

There will be no big tree this year, but I have four small trees with lights, eight bottle brush trees, and two tree wall hangings. It looks festive and when the lights come on, I’m a happy woman.

I was also happy to see that my friend, Laurie Graves at Notes from the Hinterland, had the same idea. πŸ™‚

Barn wall hanging with a red pickup truck and Christmas tree cut out added for the season. It’s amazing what some fray check on fabric and some double faced tape can do. πŸ™‚

I’m working on a few more ornaments and a red pickup truck wall hanging.

Yes, I know I have some strange addiction to holiday red pickup trucks, but I’m not going to seek treatment for it, I’m just going to enjoy it. πŸ™‚

Covid 19 right now is like a deadly fire raging across our nation, and we all have to do what we can to stay safe, keep others safe, but stay mentally healthy.

That’s a tall order, but in my case six sets of fairy lights and a red pickup truck project are really good medicine.

Stay well and do tell what’s helping to keep your mood positive.

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58 Responses to Let there be light

  1. I love your red pickup trucks! Those and all of your other decorations brightened up my morning. I haven’t gotten out my decorations yet. I’ve seen quite a few houses with their outdoor decorations up already. I love it!

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  2. Much as I grump about getting out all the decorations, there is a beauty about it coming together. We will likely do what we usually do. No friends coming in but that’s ok. It’s only for this year and I’ve been finding out I can do anything for a period of time. I am always encouraged by memories of what my parent went through during the depression, then the war. Shortages and relatives fighting and they survived. We can do it too.

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    • When my mother passed away, I couldn’t quite understand why she had several of everything. Having now been involved in this pandemic and the ridiculous hoarding, I understand. Yes, we need a mental lift this year, and favorite holiday decorations do provide some solace.

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  3. Murphy's Law says:

    Judy, your Christmas decorations are just beautiful. I wouldn’t expect anything less from you! We no longer put up a floor-to-ceiling tree. The one we now have is about 2-1/2′ tall. Enough for us. Haven’t started putting up decorations yet, but I agree with you, it does make the house cheery. I do have my Christmas cards signed, perhaps with a note, addressed, sealed, stamped and ready to go.

    What keeps my mood positive? Every day that we and our loved ones wake up Covid-19 free, is a cause for optimism. I pray that everyone can wake up, every day, Covid-free. And the fact that 2020 will soon be a thing of the past is a mood booster!
    Ginger

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    • Oh, I am impressed, friend. You have your cards ready to go. I keep thinking I need to start so I think you just spurred me on to get going. Yes, I hope and pray every day that we can all put this behind us and be in a better place as this year comes to an end. In my naive youth, I never understood how older loved ones got smaller trees as the years progressed. I think I get it now. Too bad it took me so long. πŸ™‚

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Looks like a good thing to do to me. You and Laurie are inspiring us to find the Christmas in our heart, esp. needed this time of year. Stay well and safe.

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  5. Dan Antion says:

    I really like the red pickup. I’m glad you’re finding a way to keep your spirits from sagging.

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  6. Ally Bean says:

    The red pickup trucks are cute and cheerful and charming. A trifecta of good holiday vibes. Very nice

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  7. Almost Iowa says:

    The red pickup theme is really cool – but I have one all important question to ask. Is it a Ford or Chevy? These things matter. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  8. Fairy lights and red pick-up trucks? Yes, please! I really enjoyed seeing all your decorations. Your home must look so festive. I especially love all the wall hangings. And thank you very much for the shout-out. Finally, may your heart be gladdened during this dark season.

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  9. So important to decorate our lives as best we can right now! Thanks for the reminder. I’ll dig out my holiday ornaments and music early! Have fun playing!

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  10. Joyce says:

    Yours is one of the sweetest nativity sets I’ve ever seen!
    Interesting how we’re thinking the same way this year. I suggested to hubby that we skip the 9′ real tree we usually do. Instead, I’d do what you just did. Bring out other decorations and light everything up. The garlands wrapping the staircase railing and draping the mantle would set the stage for Santa and my own nativity set. I decided this after we agreed to skip Thanksgiving in one house, and realized Christmas eve dinner at my place might not happen. Disappointing, I know, but counting my blessings in between. I’m about to pay a “grandma visit” accompanied by my big, bulging crafty bag to finish some paper mache lanterns we made a week ago. I’d go nuts if I didn’t distract myself (like you have!) with the good things we still can enjoy!
    Happy Thanksgiving, Judy! πŸ™‚

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    • I have a huge nativity set that our family made when our daughter was little. It was a big ceramic set that I did the cleaning on and we all painted. It is beautiful, and you’d love it. The only hitch is getting it down from the attic, and I need a very large space to display it all. So, this is a small wooden set that I like and is much easier to move about. Christmas is not Christmas without a nativity set, right. πŸ™‚ When I was cutting out that pickup truck with dog and tree, putting fray check on it and then using double faced tape to put it on the road from the barn hanging, I laughed myself silly thinking of how you would get a chuckle out of that. :-)The 7′ tree is in the attic along with all the lovely ornaments, but I’m happy with my small trees, lights, Santas, and Snoopy playing the piano. Things are different this year, and we have to be okay with different. It will turkey for two here on Thanksgiving and on Christmas too. “Safe” is the keyword right now. I sure am jealous of your weekly outings with those handsome boys of yours. You have fun.

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  11. Marilyn says:

    I have several friends that have put up their Christmas decorations too, to bring some light and fun to these difficult times.

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  12. Your medicine is free and works, which is all good, Judy. and it’s almost Thanksgiving anyway, so… Many people in our neighborhood took down Halloween decorations and replaced them with Christmas decorations, so it’s quite festive outside. I’ll start putting my Christmas things up after Thanksgiving and it will be a bit more interesting since we’re in a new place. Decorations that go on furniture will be the same for the most part, but others will have to find a new spot. That will be interesting. I’m looking forward to it.

    janet

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  13. Good morning, there was a lovely sunrise today. Every time I go through my pictures and I see the door pictures taken in the previous years. I wonder if anyone will decorate theirs this year. It was nice to see a positive post.

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    • Christmas decorations are full of good memories so putting them up a little early this year seemed to be a positive move. I look forward to the lights coming on every evening. It seems like this year we should find happiness wherever we can, right. Stay well. πŸ™‚

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  14. Judy, I have been tempted to skip Thanksgiving and go straight into Christmas. Looks like that is your plan too. I love your decorations. Your home looks so warm and inviting. Why no big tree this year?

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    • With zero company and all decorations coming down from the attic, I decided I would be quite content with the small trees and lights this year. I’ve been making a few more ornaments that I can tuck into Christmas cards which I need to get going on. Stay well, enjoy your walks on the beach, and have fun decorating at your house.

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  15. Oddment says:

    This is so timely! I’ve been having an existential argument with myself: does Christmas exist this year? Then a couple nights ago I noticed that the people across the pond had their outdoor lights on! It was magical, partly because Christmas lights are magical by definition but also because they are early. This says something to all of us: this year there’s no such thing as TOO EARLY.

    You know, we’ve been seeing the word “defiant” a lot lately. Perhaps insisting on Christmas is a way for another kind of defiance. We WILL have light. Thank you for this!

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    • Each night, I can see one house through the trees across the road that has outdoor lights. It always makes me smile. The world in general seems kind of heavy right now, and a few lights and decorations make all the difference even when it is only for you. I love these fairy lights with their timers. πŸ™‚

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  16. I was wondering the other day whether we (and by “we” I mean me) would put up Christmas decorations this year. I skipped Halloween – odd since it’s my favorite holiday – and went straight to Thanksgiving/fall decor. After seeing your decorations, though, I think I’ll probably lug those boxes out and put at least a few of my favorites up. I think we could all use more fairy lights in our lives.

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    • I’m not a big fall decorator, but I do enjoy Christmas decorations. There were many, many years when I had up to four trees. I must admit as each year passes and everything comes down from the attic, I try to get a little more organized and decide if I’m getting it ‘all’ down or not. The fact that there will be no company here this year, made it easier to decide to go a little lighter, but I’m happy and happy is good right now. πŸ™‚

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  17. If you have to stay home for the foreseeable future you may as well be surrounded by the beautiful things you love. Your wall hangings are lovely. Every year I suggest to Mr ET that we get a smaller tree and he doesn’t want to. And the one we have does look beautiful when it’s up and decorated. I hope you, your family and all your friends are able to stay safe and well during what must be such a difficult time.

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    • With the numbers we’re seeing, it is a very difficult time for seniors so thank you for your kind words. I love a big tree, and if Mr ET is willing to get it all down or out for you, bake him some cookies to say thanks. πŸ™‚ My tree wall hangings are much easier this year, and I’m not the least ashamed to admit that. πŸ™‚

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      • He gets home baking all year round, which someone told me recently is “very quaint”. How rude. But anyway, he always appreciates his morning tea treats. And he’s always happy to get the tree out and set it up for me to decorate. I hope things begin to improve for you all soon.

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  18. Maywyn says:

    Beautiful deocorations! I feel inspired to sew something holiday.
    The red pickup truck appeared on the scene, maybe several years ago. (?). I couldn’t find anything but gift bags after seeing it online when searching for rustic photos for Pinterest. It is
    funny how things evolve.
    Your bunny artwork on the matel is beautifully holiday charming. There’s something about rabbits that always has a kitten and puppy glow. Holly and pine are favorites as well.

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    • I will probably look back and laugh at all my red pickup trucks, but it keeps me busy. I love that bunny which a friend gave me last year. Of course, I have a soft spot for bunnies in general. Stay well and thanks for stopping. When the weather clears up I’m headed out to cut some pine branches for decorations. πŸ™‚

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  19. Normally I cringe when I see stores putting out the holiday decorations before Thanksgiving (or sometimes by Halloween), but this year does seem different. As you suggest, I think people sort of need these comfort sightings. Your red pickup theme sounds like fun. – Marty

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  20. germac4 says:

    Your home looks warm and welcoming with all your Christmas decorations….what a great idea to get the decorations up early this year. I love the Nativity scene especially and the red pickup trucks. Have a good week Judy.. β„οΈπŸŒž

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    • Thank you! When we made our cross country move about 18 years ago, we lived out of our suitcases in a rental for the first year, but I couldn’t imagine that first Christmas without a nativity set. Our granddaughter was around two at the time, and I wanted something she could set up that wouldn’t break. I found this wooden set and have enjoyed it ever since.

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  21. Nancy says:

    I love your red pick up trucks! The Christmas Spirit brings us the joy we all need. I collect vintage toy trucks and my red ones are my favorites.
    I am pulling out a few Christmas things today! And what is it about Fairy Lights? They are just fast mood lifters! I have some and love them.

    Here’s my mood lifter… there’s Hope for Us! I have two girlfriends who have participated in two different Vaccine trials.
    The first is a 62 year old flight attendant. She participated in the 3rd phase of Moderna’s trial. She was given two injections. She did not get the placebo! She is immune and is doing very well. And now they are watching her to see how long her immunity lasts. She is a hero to me.
    My second girlfriend who is 63 is doing the University of Pittsburgh’s vaccine trial. It is a patch. It is also showing great promise! She chose Pitt because they were instrumental in the vaccine for the Spanish Flu. She is also another hero to me.
    It’s looking like a vaccine will be ready for healthcare workers and the vulnerable next month! So… that’s a mood lifter for me! Thank the good Lord we have intelligent people who are working day and night to bring us this vaccine and to the volunteers who took it upon themselves to prove this vaccine works.
    Oh and I stopped watching the news… it helps with the anxiety over it all.
    Keep your Christmas Spirit coming! I love it!

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    • Thank you to both of your friends for participating in vaccine trials so there is hope for the rest of us. It will be interesting to see how they roll out these various options. I can’t quite imagine it, but I’m sure we’ll have a front row seat. Yes, a person has to limit how much news they watch and read in order to stay mentally healthy.

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  22. bikerchick57 says:

    There is absolutely nothing wong with red pickup trucks for Christmas. It’s a unique and cool holiday trimming. Enjoy your decorations and lights, Judy,. I say keep them up through January. πŸ™‚

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  23. Brenda says:

    Our neighborhood organized a community email list at the beginning of the pandemic so that we could continue to be in touch while house bound. About two weeks ago, our next door neighbor suggested we put up lights early and make them extra special to lighten our moods this year. Her suggestion was enthusiastically adopted and lights are going up at a record pace. Enjoy your Thanksgiving Judy!

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  24. Karen says:

    I think we all need a little Christmas right now. I asked my husband to help me move a big plant so I could make room for our Christmas tree and he looked at me and said…it’s not even Thanksgiving. I’m starting anyway. 😊 Four homes on our circle have Christmas decorations outside so you are not alone.

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  25. Normally I object to Christmas and holiday decorations going on display even before Halloween, but this year I welcomed them with open arms! I rarely go to any stores these days (and I take all the precautions when I do — mask, sanitizer, etc.), but I do go to my local garden center where I can browse outdoors, and I was so happy to see the decor and hear Christmas music! We always buy our tree from our church’s youth program fundraiser, but I may have to just go visit a Christmas tree lot to breathe in the balsam. Scents are soothing. We’ll put up decorations this weekend now that my college student is home.

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    • I have never understood early holiday decorations, but this year has been dark so the tiny lights have given a boost to my mental health. Because of not ‘shopping’, I haven’t heard a Christmas song yet this year which is a first. I’ve been doing a lot of curbside pickups, but as you noted when I go into the store I’m masked up, and my hands certainly show the use of so much sanitizer. Scents are soothing. We had a rainy day, as in coming down in buckets, this week so I took myself off to the local garden center to walk amongst the poinsettias, trees, and plants. Nice break in the routine. Enjoy your decorating with your special loved one returning from classes.

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