We decorated the tree and put up the scene this week, beginning last Sunday. The scene is a several-generation family tradition. It started with my grandparents, with houses and villages my uncle B made beginning in his teens or twenties. I have some of my uncle’s creations, and some ceramic and resin houses as well. When adding figures and trees (or even houses), we focus less on scale and more on charm and appeal. This is the first time I’ve put up our scene in years. We stopped seven or eight years ago, when we began going to my parents’ house every Christmas; it seemed like too much effort if we weren’t going to be home to enjoy it. I decided to put it up this year anyway, because I miss doing it.
I’m a bit frantic about how much I have to accomplish this week — an index, most of my Christmas shopping, and packing for holiday traveling. I love the holidays, but I always end up with so much to do at the last minute!
Last Week on the Blog
- Sunday Post – 12/01/2019
- Christmas Angels by Nancy Naigle – review
- News & Notes – 12/07/2019
- Sunday Post – 12/08/2019 – this post
This Week on the Blog
- Reviews and other posts if I have time!
- News & Notes – 12/14/2019 – tentative
- Sunday Post – 12/15/2019 – tentative
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I read Nancy Naigle’s Christmas Angels (ARC) (and already reviewed it!) and also Death with Dostoevsky by Katherine Bolger Hyde (ARC, not yet reviewed.) I also reread Scandalous Lord Dere (a short novella by Stephanie Laurens) and started rereading Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie — the latter for the Reading the Detectives book group on Goodreads. (Click titles for Goodreads or my review links.)
Listening: The Wilhelm Conspiracy, the second book in the “Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James” series. After that, I may try How the Dukes Stole Christmas, which I bought from Avon’s Kiss Club on Libro.fm back in July.
Watching: We finished Season 1 of Warehouse 13 and went on to Season 2.
Added to the Hoard
Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)
Click to see on Goodreads or my review. All were Kindle books on sale, unless otherwise noted. Aunt Dimity and the King’s Ransom (reviewed June 2019); A Court of Frost and Firelight; Olivia, Invisible (Kindle short story); Scandalous Lord Dere (Kindle novella); Because of Miss Bridgerton (KissClub Audio); The Ten Thousand Doors of January; Dragonsbane (both Kindle and Audible).
Have a great week!