A long time ago when November was growing older and December was young…
…I festooned this staircase with real evergreen garland.
It had to be real.
No faux for me.
I searched all over town Thanksgiving weekend for yards and yards and yards of real garland.
The kind that smells like Christmas.
The kind that you can sink your nose into.
The kind that’s related to hot chocolate and Christmas carols and bells and jolly stumps of pipes and reindeer everywhere.
At first it was amazing.
Every time I walked down the staircase…
…I would pat myself on my Christmas back.
The tiny little evergreen branches tucked over that 100-year-old staircase.
The way the greenery draped over the side of the banister.
I was so inspired that I tied on doves at every loop of the garland.
And then tied on white satin bows.
Decorating brilliance at its finest.
One day I was walking up the staircase and I noticed a tiny little piece of greenery on the ground.
Who knocked this off? I asked.
How did this happen? I wondered aloud.
No one knew how it happened.
No one saw how the greenery ended up on the floor.
So I shrugged my shoulders and left the mystery unsolved and went on my merry Christmas way.
A couple of days later?
More pieces of greenery on the ground.
More tiny evergreen flakes.
More branches on the stairs.
And I realized no one was knocking the branches off.
No one was responsible for all the mess.
And the pieces.
And the branches.
And the bits of evergreen.
THE STAIRCASE WAS SHEDDING ITSELF.
What I thought was a brilliant Christmas decorating decision?
Just turned into a HOT CHRISTMAS MESS.
I’m just trying to hold me and myself and my garland together for the caroling party on Friday night.
Two more days.
I hope it can make it.
I’m spritzing it and babying it and talking to it and telling it to hold on.
And if you are coming to the party on Friday?
Those aren’t evergreen droppings.
They are party favors.
Take one with you when you go.
PS Did you see where the needlepoint ended up?
I tried it in the office, first, but it told me it needed a new home.
And now I get to visit it every day.