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.

  • browneyedgirl

    you have a very nice house :)

    • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

      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.

  • rhodora

    When the Christmas tree is up, perhaps Sam will be happy na. :)

  • Miguk

    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!

    • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

      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?

      • anna

        what did you do to your tree last year? pinang-gatong niyo ba?

        • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

          Gosh, I don’t remember. More like pinang-barbecue. Malamang.

      • Miguk

        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!

        • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

          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.

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          • Miguk

            I’m surprised we don’t have any Sari Sari stores. Actually it would be better cause I end up driving to the store more oftne than I want cause we are out of __________ (fill in the blank). I agree with the smog. I just got back from 2 weeks in the U.S., and I can really tell the difference.
            My wife and I joke that we live in the ghetto of the all the villages here (which actually is not far from the truth).

          • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

            What goes into the blank?

          • Miguk

            The blank? Usually rice hahahaha

          • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

            Sheesh, and I thought you left the blank for censorship reasons. I was thinking more in terms of condoms BWAHAHAHA

          • Miguk

            hahahahahahaha I spit my drink all over!!!!!!!!! Good excuse to go home early :-)

          • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

            Well, you get mysterious like that and my imagination goes wild hahaha

          • Miguk

            Mysterious? You are a mater familias — you know there always something that is empty or ran out in the house noh — no matter how many rolls or kilos or packs you just bought last week hahahaha

          • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

            Nah, before anything runs out, I buy.

          • Miguk

            That’s why I always want to buy two of everything when we go shoppingbut I can’t cause the kummander says “ay wag, gastos” hahahaha

          • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

            Ohhhh right, she gets to decide. I never had problems buying in quantity because my hubby can’t say no. The downside of being male hahaha

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    • Mimi

      Your house is so beautiful! I love it!

      • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

        Thanks. But it’s also possible it’s really just photogenic. :wink:

  • ruth tuvilla

    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.

  • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

    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.

  • emyM

    So simple with a touch of elegance. Awesome.

  • ruth tuvilla

    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.

  • Carla of Dubai

    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.