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Livin' la Vida Lacy - A cozy-cottage Christmas look
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Ok, so you know the excitement I had about decorating for Christmas? It’s gone. I’m kidding. Now that it’s up and done, Ross is super happy and I can relax. 

Shew, decorating is no small feat. I’m here to keep it real with you. On day 2, I had to pull out my tubs from storage, unpack them to see what I had, which created a mess, and pack up my normal décor to store for the next couple of months. I had Ross haul those suckers upstairs to the attic when he got home from work. 

Let’s talk about my prelit Christmas tree. Is there anything worse than getting it set up only for part of the lights to die? Yep, that’s what happened to the top third of mine. Luckily, Grandma had some leftover Christmas tree lights for me to borrow. By that point, I was getting aggravated. Just ask her how many times I said “I hate this” or “I’m never decorating for the holidays again.” I must have been putting off negative energy because Grandpa steered clear that day.

As you could probably tell from my previous column, I’m a big fan of artificial greenery. You can use it anywhere – the mantle, under a figurine, or shove it in the bare spot of your tree. The only downfall is the crystals, which create that icy look I love, leave behind a must-sweep feeling.

So, on Wednesday morning, I got up early and bought a snowman garden flag at Always in Bloom before heading to Mt. Leo. At River Craft Ceramics, I selected a 16-inch-tree with a holly leaf base. It was hard to make up my mind. From tree styles to color options, it’s completely customizable. 

Since both pieces needed three coats of green, it took around two hours, but Grandma and I were the only ones there so it was nice. I even learned something new about her. She’s a ceramic painting pro and used to do it on the regular with my great-aunt Carmen.

By Thursday, my Christmas spirit had been renewed and the ba-hum-bugs had diminished. Amazon deliveries do that for us ladies. I eagerly opened the package containing our needlepoint personalized Christmas stockings from Land’s End. Mine is red with Santa and a reindeer while Ross’ has a tree and holiday hedgehogs on it. They look lovely hanging beneath my mantle above the fireplace.

To make the day even better, I got a text from Jamie that my ceramic tree was ready. I literally just painted it the day before! For those of you unfamiliar with how it works, once you’ve painted a piece, you leave it for Jamie and her husband to glaze and fire. She even sent me home with instructions on how to apply snow to it along with an assortment of plastic twist-style light ornaments.

Honestly though, decorating for Christmas at this point in my life is fun and important to Ross so I don’t mind spending time doing it. I can confidently say I’ve achieved the cozy-cottage Christmas look I was going for. Now, it’s time to sit back and enjoy it.

Standard reporter Lacy Garrison can be reached at 473-2191.