Christmas in Arizona is going to be a bit understated, since we're playing it low maintenance style. And it's just us until late on the Day of the Tree, when Joe's folks will fly in for some super-fantastic family time.
Since there's never too much of a good thing, I crocheted a passel of snowflakes, using that same pattern for the packages, in a variety of festive colors, and chain stitched them together to make a garland.
In a fit of sweetness, Joe's folks bought a four-and-a-half foot scotch pine for our merry pleasure, and it was waiting for us to unpack when we arrived. It's covered in real pine cones and pine cone-shaped lights, which is adorable (and which you can't see in the photo below. You'll have to trust me.).
Add a few boxes of shatterproof ornaments (important when you have the following deadly mixture: 1) stone floors, 2) no tree skirt, 3) two tall dogs with happy tails) and you've got instant festivity.
Here's hoping that your house is also festive but that the decorating didn't make you frantic. I'm sort of in love with low maintenance Christmas.
And now I'm off to take my second walk of the day and hunt for quail, roadrunners, and rabbits.