Wreath, garlands and lights

Most of my friends put up their Christmas trees and lanterns almost as soon as Halloween was over but not us. We don’t even have a tree yet. Speedy refused to make a deposit for a fresh fir tree because of what happened last year — S&R dropped the price of the tree from P4,000.00 to P799.00 a week or so after we paid the full price. Excess supply hence the bargain? I don’t know. But Speedy said we might as well wait for the price drop rather than feel cheated again.

So, we don’t have a tree yet. And if we are unable to get a fresh fir tree this year, I’m opting for the white twig tree.

We put up the rest of the Christmas decor today anyhow. There was this lovely wreath with white lilies that I wanted for the front door. I am just so dead tired of the usual designs one finds in department stores.

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The garlands were supposed to go on the banister of the staircase but we didn’t have enough. I needed 45 feet of garland, only 18 feet were available in the design that I liked, Speedy did not want to put them on the staircase because there would be bald spots. So we used the garland to frame the front door with the lily wreath instead. It worked.

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There’s Speedy admiring his handiwork. Nice job.

Then, it was time for the icicle curtain lights. We don’t get icicles in the tropics but the lights look pretty anyway.

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I would have taken photos while Speedy was on that ladder clipping the wires on the window frame but that would have been impossible. And mean. Impossible because I was holding the stairs ladder to make sure it didn’t slide. And mean because Speedy was perspiring profusely. That’s a pretty high window, there’s nothing to hold on to and he doesn’t like heights. But Sam wanted the icicle curtain lights so he put up the icicle curtain lights.

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Then, it was over. Time to see the effect. He switched it on. I turned off the pendant lamps.

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And voila!

How did it look from the outside?

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Pretty good, I think. Although Sam insists the house is still UNDERdecorated. As I write this, she’s making small ribbons that she wants to insert randomly between the flowers on the wreath. I’ll take photos when she’s done.


    • says

      Thanks, EmyM and Browneyedgirl. The house is proving to be a lucky charm too. :)

      Ruth, hay naku, lahat na ninanakaw. Did you know that theft of telephone cables is a very big thing in the Philippines now? For the past few years so so, it appears to be big business because the copper interior of the cables reputedly fetch a hefty sum.

  1. Miguk says

    What a beautiful house. This is Antipolo, right? San Lorenzo village is supposed to be one of the “exclusive” subdivisions in Makati, but it looks like a ghetto compared to your place!

    • says

      Rhodora, sana nga. Am starting to panic. Dunno if we’ll be able to get a fresh fir tree again considering we didn’t make a reservation.

      Miguk, thanks! Yes, Antipolo. But has San Lo really changed that much? Or is the city pollution taking its toll?

      • Miguk says

        Pollution, huge potholes in the roads, cars double parked, idiotic drivers, dogs crapping everywhere, rundown and even abandoned houses — you name it. All we need is some sari sari stores and we will be parang probinsiya. I like Antiopolo!

        • says

          We got everything you enumerated. LOL We got sari sari stores around here too. Actually it’s prohibited (properties for residential purposes only) but Filipinos can be bullish about these things.

          The difference is in the quality of the air. Pollution isn’t as bad as what you have in Metro Manila. When we’re on the hillside looking at the expanse of Metro Manila, the smog hides everything but the tops of the tallest buildings.

  2. ruth tuvilla says

    That looks beautiful. Not overdone like some garishly overdecorated places. Have not done any decorating yet- i have a live alberta spruce tree sitting on the cofee table that Reggie is gonna plant outside after the holidays but just cannot get myself motivated to get the decorations out. Kids are not home until the 16th so maybe then. Happy holidays to all and please pray for some peace -specially Peace.

  3. says

    Am allergic to anything overdecorated — including food. :)

    Re peace. I don’t think I know what it means relative to living conditions in this country. We were putting up the garlands yesterday, our ironing woman passed by and commented that the decor might not be there in the morning. And this is a much safer neighborhood than most. Such is reality of life in the Philippines.

  4. ruth tuvilla says

    It happens here too. Everyday i see it on the news- people asking for their stolen christmas lawn ornaments to be returned. Have not heard of stolen haloween decorations but for some reasons the christmas decors seem to bring out more evil intentions to some people. What a contradiction- because if Christmas is to celebrate something sacred and good how come it can result into somethings so morbid- as in stealing a manger scene right off my neighbors lawn.

  5. Carla of Dubai says

    That icycle lights are devine. I still remember my dad’s last Christmas with us. He requested a Christmas lights designed as a star in from of our terrace and he would look at it every night when its on. Its lovely and it makes you really feel that Christmas is just around the corner and its really always a family affair.