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December Decorating

Stephanie's Cat Teddy by Christmas tree
Teddy supervising the decorating of the tree

December Already?

Can you believe it is December already? This year seems to have flown by as everyone slowly started getting back out and about. I pray that we can still enjoy this holiday season and that 2022 will find everyone safe and healthy.

Today, while writing this, my Christmas tree is decorated minus a few very special ornaments due to our cat. I saw some snowflakes early this morning, which did not make me happy if you know me.

Decorating Help With The Cat

Our cat, Mr. Teddy, is now over 1 year old and still such a klutz. I had to remove our tree skirt since he seemed to want to hide his toys under it then attack it. The ornaments I did not put on the tree are safe from any future accidents that might happen. So far, knock on wood, so good.

I am slowly bringing up all our Christmas decorations. We empty out our glass cabinet each year, and put all the remaining nutcrackers in there. I have to say, I really love how that looks. In the last few years, I have given my children their choice of a nutcracker for their home. We had over 50, and it was past time to thin the collection down. I am left with most of the ones I want to keep except for five, which they will be taking home this year. Not sure what I will hand out next year, maybe some of the many holiday decorations I put all over the house. Downsizing 42 years of this and that is not easy. Everything reminds me of something or someone, but I would rather do it now while I can share the reason why it means so much to me.

How Do You Decorated In December?

What about you? How do you decorate for Christmas? Do you still have children at home that love to help? Do you smile as you set up a snow village knowing your grandchildren are going to love it? What about your ornaments? Which is your special one? Maybe you and your family celebrate the holiday season differently? What are some of your traditions? I would love to hear from you about what brings you joy. For me, I think I need to get to a garden center and buy some poinsettias. Maybe a new Cyclamen? Whatever I get, I know it won’t be December without one. Now to keep that cat away from it.

Happy December, Everyone!

Behnke Nursery Flower Cart Ornament
Behnke Nursery Flower Cart Ornament
Cat Under Christmas Tree
Mr. Teddy Cat Under Christmas Tree

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Love your idea for displaying all the nutcrackers, which I also adore. Your Behnke ornament is darling. I too know that very pain of downsizing after decades of collecting (and inheriting from a collector freak mother ha!). All the memories each item brings back is hard on a sentimental sort like us. I love to put out all the Christmas textiles – tablecloths, doilies, linens, towels. And pulling out the Christmas mugs from all the Christkindlmarkts we have visited in Germany as well as here. I enjoy rearranging my many Hummels to make scenarios about Christmas, adding little lights as I go along with timed battery operated candles (sadly mostly made in China); and this year I lit the greenery I put in our window boxes which looks quite festive as we drive in the driveway. Potentially our last year in our home before moving to a retirement community, we are savoring every bit. Do you have any Thanksgiving/Christmas/Easter cactuses? I have one that I’m delighted with but would still like one of each! Merry Christmas, Stephanie! Fröhliche Weihnachten und alles Gute im Neujahr!

  2. Hi there! I am glad you are going all out with your decorating. It will make it easier when packing to decide what you will want to take with you next year if you do move. I love giving things to my children that they pick out . They might as well enjoy them.
    We do have a small Christmas cactus that seems to bloom at Easter. My son has a very large coral one that he got with the house he bought. His blooms at Thanksgiving and then again in the Spring so he is very lucky.

    Take care,

  3. Stephanie, you’re very sweet to decorate WITH a 1yo kitty on hand! I’ve not done a lot of indoor decor since adopting playful kittens (a pair) several YEARS ago. It *might* be time to try a bit of holiday indoors this year though. (I did get an evergreen swag for atop one of our doors — one female tuxedo who has since passed on, used to be able to figure out how to walk ON THE TOP OF DOORS but it will be safe, now haha!)
    I’m just bringing a few things out of storage at a time, so we have a little bit of “new” every few days.

    1. We too are adding a little bit of new each day. Just this week my Dept. 56 Christmas In The City went up. The CAT is thinking of jumping up there I know! In 42 years all of our cats, none have ever been as big of a wrecking ball as this boy. And does not listen. Does not even move an ear when you say kitty kitty. I know he has good hearing, but like little kids it is very selective. My other cats lived 22, 18 and 17 years… My hope is that this one will live at least as long to get me into my late 70s and 80’s… but I worry.. he is such a knucklehead. Merry Christmas!

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