Lucky me! I received a lovely reproduction log cabin ornament, made by Margit...
Monday it was worse, and on Tuesday, I "undecorated" the tree to reveal this:
MUCH better! I had never heard of a tree actually failing before. The branch-looking things at the top are sprigs with leaves and red jingle bells...ho-ho-HO!
It just seems like everything is harder this Christmas...schedules are harder to pound out and coordinate, small tasks are taking a long time to accomplish, people are grumpier and some people are downright SNARKY! I hope things get better for the last 2 weeks before Christmas. When out in public, I'm trying to smile more, be more patient, open doors for people, put more money in the "red kettles," and try to "pay it forward" as much as possible. I think the bad economy and uncertain times are affecting everybody. I think we all need a big "group hug!"