Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Ruby-proof Christmas


I'm just watching Ruby our dog eating my daughter's toothbrush. Mmm ... yum. And wondering how we are going to get through Christmas without something special - or even not so special ie socks - getting hijacked and destroyed. (Please note Mum and Dad, when visiting, all items must be stored in the overhead locker ... I mean, anywhere out of Ruby's reach).

I've had to make the executive decision (love that phrase - makes me feel all suit-ish!) to not have a Christmas tree this year. I know, shock, horror - since we always get a large, real, fir Christmas tree and decorate it like mad, inhaling its gorgeous smell. But no, this year we will sadly have to make do with a fake table-top tree.

This is, I might add, partly because we will be up at the bach which is so cosy that a full-size tree would take up most of the living space and require the removal of furniture. But it's also because Ruby would have a field day with the decorations, the presents, the water keeping the tree alive and the tree itself.

Cue: every possible decoration we have that can be hung, placed up high or strung somewhere out of reach. You'd think I had a toddler roaming around! So, I've retrieved the large box of decorations that has been stored in the garage since we moved house and I'll get the girls to work when we go up the coast on the 18th!

What are you doing for Christmas decos this year? Has anyone got some original, nifty, unique takes on decorating for the festive season?

P.S Check out the blog where I sourced the image above - it may be a year old but it has some great ideas for original Christmas tree ideas ie magazine-style and post-it note-style!


  1. Poor little Ruby, she's just trying to do her own style of 'decorating' around the house :)
    We go traditional (with a fake tree) but Molly dog keeps checking the pressies and the Christmas stockings. Even at 6yrs old she is quite tempted but resists currently...

  2. Hi Jane,

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower... and I must say that I'm thrilled to have discovered yours! I think I'll add you to my blog roll so I can keep track.

    I was also very impressed that you have managed to publish a novel! Hats off to you... I've been working on mine for years (literally) and I feel on closer to completion than the day I started it!

    By the way, I approve very much of your decision re: the Xmas tree - sometimes a little lateral thinking is in order!

    Have a great weekend.


  3. Thanks guys and keep at the writing, Angela - my certainly didn't happen over night!

  4. Hi Jane. There are many things I miss about my late dog but the situation you just described is not one of them ;o)
    I hope you get as much pleasure from your table-top tree.


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