Sunday, December 12, 2010

Deck the Malls

What a busy month this has been so far! Winter has definitely arrived in Chicago. Here is a recent view of the garden...

First Snow, December 2010

... and here is the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago, all lit up for Christmas and Hanukkah. Here's a fun fact: the Merchandise Mart is SO big, it has it's own zip code!

Merchandise Mart, Chicago

This Saturday, we went to the stores and malls to do some Christmas shopping.

The Mall 3

I think we're done, and that's a relief! Look, there's Santa!


The stores were packed, and the parking lots were full, so going back would be a major headache.

The Mall 2

Sunday was "Put The Christmas Tree Up Day."

Tree- Step 1

I've declared it as such because it literally takes me ALL DAY to just get the tree up and decorated.

Tree- Step 2

I began at noon. I know, I should have started earlier.

Tree- Step 3

Here it is, going up in stages. There are 11 tiers of branches on a 7-1/2 foot tree.

Tree- Step 4

This year, we ran into a few snags. When I finally got the tree put together, I dragged out the box of lights. I started stringing them onto the tree, when I came across 2 major strands that were not working!

Tree- Step 5

It was 4:30 by this time. We hopped in the car and drove to the nearby Ace Hardware and bought 2 new strands. As we were approaching Ace, Terry noticed a car on the other side of the road losing control, spinning out, jumping the curb and hitting some evergreen trees. We stopped to call the police and waited until they arrived, then continued our shopping.

Tree- Step 6

When I got home and opened the first set of lights, it did not light completely! A faulty set! The other set was fine, so I got that one put on the tree.

Tree boxes
The entire tree fits in these two bins

By this time it was too late to go back to Ace, which closes at 5:00. So we drove all over the area looking for more Christmas lights.

Putting on the Lights

Menards, Target, Home Depot all were out of lights! I couldn't believe it! Luckily, I decided to pull into a Walgreens on the way home and they had some left. Whew!

Lights are Done

Once I got all the lights on the tree, it was time to take a break and eat dinner. I made us a yummy asparagus casserole. Mmmm! It warmed our cockles on such a chilly evening!

Asparagus Casserole

OK, so this is no Tablescape Thursday-type photo! Just my everyday dishes which do not match the tablecloth. And my everyday husband Terry. Nothing fancy going on here!

Terry eating dinner

After dinner, I went back to the tree. I got the rest of it all done by 10:45 on Sunday night!

Angel centerpiece 2

I'll leave the rest of the tree photos for the next post. I did manage to pull this angel out of storage for our table centerpiece. The rest of the Christmas decorations will have to wait for another day!

Angel centerpiece



Blogger The Dusty Victorian said...

That angel looks like you Pam!

December 13, 2010 at 6:24 AM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...


What a nice compliment! *blushing*
Maybe when I was a LOT younger, perhaps?

;-). Pam

December 13, 2010 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger victorian parlor II said...


Wow-what a day! All of that snow, the mall (a treacherous place in itself this time of year:), and then the lighting nightmare! I can't wait to see the rest of your Christmas decorations. I love the angel-she's lovely! BTW, your dinner looks yummy-now I'm hungry!



December 13, 2010 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Kim,

You know, it's funny, but now when things get hectic or unusual things occur, I just think, " Well, at least I can blog about it!" It's very cathartic. Thank you for being a loyal visitor, and leaving such sweet comments, Kim! :-)


December 14, 2010 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger Romeo said...

Oh, the fun I could have added to your tree raising!!! I could just see myself stepping through the layers and laying in wait (or branches) for your paw to come into view, as you placed the next branch....much more fun than trying to find someone who still had lights for sale!!! Will be anxious to see the finished tree!!! And I promise, when I visit, I will be a good boy!



December 16, 2010 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Romeo, o Romeo!

Wherefore art thou when I was putting up the tree? I could have used some extra paws! My kitties weren't much help. So far the tree is still standing and no ornaments have been confused for cat toys. But Christmass is still a week away!

:-). Pam

December 17, 2010 at 8:27 AM  

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