Christmas Eve

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring…

Snaps of my place on Christmas Eve 2012. All is well.

The place is small so there aren’t a lot of decorations. If I bring in a tree, whether real or fake, the cats would get it. So I just hang something at each window and that’s about it. But the ambiance they provide is truly peaceful. I like them very much.

In the living room I put up a glass block into which tiny fairy lights have been wound. A red and gold gilded bow is tied around the block. Behind the white lace curtain the glow of the lights diffuses into a nice low-key holiday atmosphere inside and spreads out to the lawn for my part in neighborhood decorating outside..

The same goes for the bedroom. In this case there is a white ball studded with tiny white lights. They are  bit brighter than the living room window’s glass block, and so they cast a nice glow into the entire room. I’m only in the bedroom when I go to bed so its dark in there. There are no other lights competing with the white ball, and the room has nicely lit radiance.

There is a sleeping kitty! Shhh!

In the kitchen is one candle. It runs on rechargeable batteries. On the sill above is a small vase of red holly and berries, interspersed with some white espresso cups! I wish I had a Keurig.

Where is Luke? Why, eating, of course! The small snuffs of the sleeping Bert and the mild chomp chomp of Luke’s kibble are the only noises in the house. Except for the hiss of the gas stove and the clicking of the laptop keyboard, that is.

Atop the tall bookcase in the living room are the Christmas angel and the Christmas cactus. I have to put the cactus on top because that is the only place the cats cannot get to…for the time being. I know they are attracted to it and would find a way eventually to climb up there. So I am giving the cactus away tomorrow as a gift, so I won’t have to worry any more about them munching on the greenery and getting poisoned by the blossoms…

So that is my quiet Christmas Eve. I have plans to eat Christmas Dinner at a friend’s on Christmas Day. But for now, all is quiet with me and my kitties.

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