If Only In My Dreams

Like It's Christmas in the Room

Skin: Glam Affair America/Simone Hair: Doe: Tessa – Fatpack Appliers: Glam Affair Simone Applier for Lelutka Mesh Head Eyes: [PXL] REFLEX Eyes (B) ~ GreyGold Mesh Attachments: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-SIMONE v1.4

Christmas Eve’ll find me
Where the love light gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

Lelutka has released a new mesh head called Simone. It’s a special edition head with additional expressions including this mournful one that perfectly captures some of the emotional turmoil I am feeling this Christmas season. With the passing of my aunt this summer, everyone from my parents’ generation is now gone. My sister had a tough struggle with cancer last year and came though in the end, but now has a new cancer that has gone from Stage One to Stage Four in just one month. I will confess I cry a lot lately, but I am still hopeful she will beat the odds. She is the strongest woman I know. Homesickness has manifested itself in the kitchen with traditional Christmas baking like lefse and rosettes and cooking up Cherry Soup with Dumplings, the foods that make me think of home and family.

Like It's Christmas in the Room

| -Pixicat- Ballerina.Cat delivery box @ The Arcade | ~silentsparrow~ Felt Bird Ornaments – Partridge – Merry @ Tannenbaum | Silence. – Wooden Cutout Ornament – Gift 2 @ Tannenbaum | MudHoney Brights Giftbag Spots @ The Arcade | The Loft – Monochrome Christmas Fir Garand White M @ The Arcade | Botanical – Green Douglas Fir Christmas Tree (Tannenbaum) | Schadenfreude Jingle Ball 1 Catmas Ornament | ~silentsparrow~ Felt Bird Ornaments – Partridge – @ Tannenbaum | Silence. – Wooden Cutout Ornament – Gift 2 @ Tannenbaum | The Loft – Monochrome Christmas Fir Garand White M | {anc} glass ornament. for tree (2) @ Tannenbaum | !Ohmai: Gold Star Topper @ Tannenbaum | Trompe Loeil – Vintage Diamond Floor Lights @ The Arcade | [ zerkalo ] Magical Christmas – Pile of Gifts#1 | MudHoney Rustic Giftbox Plaid 4 @ The Arcade | MudHoney Rustic Giftbox Plaid 1 @ The Arcade | MudHoney Brights Giftbag Spots @ The Arcade | [ zerkalo ] Magical Christmas – Pile of Gifts#2 @ The Arcade | Sari-Sari – Traditional | Christmas – Reindeer RARE @ The Arcade | {vespertine} snowy dust 11 @ Tannenbaum | {vespertine} dala horse/red 14 @ Tannenbaum | Fancy Decor: Book Ornament Blue @ Tannenbaum | ARIA – Myrrh Handmade Vintage Bulb Bauble Ornament @ Tannenbaum | MishMish – Puppy in a box – Pastel @ Tannenbaum | Schadenfreude Fish 2 Catmas Ornament @ Tannenbaum | [RI] Pearl Berry Ornament (Bubblegum) @ Tannenbaum | [RI] Pearl Berry Ornament (Bubbly) @ Tannenbaum | Garbaggio // Round Xmas Ornament – Red @ Tannenbaum | Silence. – Wooden Cutout Ornament – Gift 2 @ Tannenbaum {anc} glass ornament. for tree (2) 1Li @ Tannenbaum | ~silentsparrow~ Felt Bird Ornaments – Hen – Bright @ Tannenbaum | ~silentsparrow~ Felt Bird Ornaments – Peacock – Bright @ Tannenbaum | Lark – Star Ornament – @ The Arcade | Sway’s [PineConny] Ornament . pink @ Tannenbaum | {anc} glass ornament. for tree (2) 1Li @ Tannenbaum | Silence. – Wooden Cutout Ornament – Tree 3 @ Tannenbaum | {vespertine} crane bauble /mustard 9 @ Tannenbaum | ~silentsparrow~ Felt Bird Ornaments – Raven – Merry @ Tannenbaum | ARIA – Myrrh Burlap Tree Skirt – RARE @ tannenbaum | ~silentsparrow~ Felt Bird Ornaments – Partridge – Merry @ Tannenbaum | Kalopsia – Glitter Leaf – Silver @ The Arcade | Garbaggio // Studded Xmas Ornament – Blue @ Tannenbaum | The Loft – Monochrome Christmas Bulb Ribbon White@ The Arcade

No one loved Christmas more than my mom. Each year, my dad and my uncle would scour the woods for the perfect black spruce or balsam fir. It has to be 17 feet with no bare spots, so when I put the angel on the top it stopped just shy of the ceiling. Dad made a tree stand with wheels so we could turn it to decorate it evenly. I did the top from my bedroom balcony while they did the middle and bottom before we oh-so-carefully wheeled it across the living room so it was framed in the center by all the windows that faced onto the lake. It was a huge undertaking that was never done in a day, particularly since many of the ornaments were generational hand-me-downs and hand-made memory-laden pieces that prompted stories and remembrances of the past. There were no themed trees or single-colored trees because that store of ornaments was much more precious – a store of memories.

Like It's Christmas in the Room

Sari-Sari – Traditional Christmas – Reindeer RARE @ The Arcade | Second Spaces – Nordic Winter Lounge candles – grouped @ Collabor88 | Second Spaces – snow day table – red @ The Arcade | | 34 – 8f8 – Storyteller’s Burrow – Old Rugs | Ariskea [ Petite Paris] La Clock with Sound @ The Arcade | floorplan. happy holidays frame | MudHoney Eva Books | floorplan. the illiad book | Ariskea [ Petite Paris] Paris Letter | Ariskea [ Petite Paris] Les mains | Pixel Mode – Remington – Chaise – White | The Loft – Andreas Gold Tree . | aisling. Bric-a-Brac Desk -Books- | PILOT – Christmas Village 2 – Town Christmas Tree RARE [c] | AF Gilt Frame (Landscape) | RO – Holiday Spirit – Mother Earth RARE COPY | {vespertine} leaf herbarium book./COPY | {anc} comet. / water / gold 1LI (copy | Ariskea [ Petite Paris] Les Roses Anges RARE | [ zerkalo ] Magical Christmas – Christmas Moose | O.M.E.N – French Bulldog | Second Spaces – snow day books – neat stack | -tb- Spring Living – Vintage Books | [ zerkalo ] Magical Christmas – Love | Ariskea [ Petite Paris] Rose Vase Ivoire | [ keke ] winter metal box dusk | [ keke ] winter star candles | [ keke ] winter metal tree – dusk | floorplan. deer marquee RARE [c/m/nt] | NOMAD // Gustavian Coffee Table – | tres blah- Cozy Winter – Winter Pillows | R(S)W The Little Drummer Manny | floorplan. deer marquee RARE [c/m/nt]

Of course, there was more to decorating than the tree. We lived in the woods, so there were plenty of trees and sumac to make wreaths and garlands. And of course, deer season was in November so we had all the tallow for making candles. Then there was the baking, lefse, fattigmand, krumkake, spritz, rosettes, pepparkaker, lace cookies of almonds and oatmeal, rye cookies. All those delicate fussy cookies that needed their special irons and presses. You would think it would be stressful, but nothing made Mom happier than entertaining. Christmas was a full house, with all the singleton neighbors, the old couples whose children did not come home for the holidays, my brothers and sisters and all their children and grandchildren. I cannot recall a Christmas with less than forty people filling the house. I felt grown up when I graduated from eating in the basement with the kids to upstairs with the adults, though the basement was more fun.

Like It's Christmas in the Room

From Liziaah for The Instruments, I am wearing this beautiful black brocade dress/jacket that can be worn rakishly on its own or conservatively with these lovely black cigarette pants from One Bad Pixel. The day bed is from Scarlet Creative and can be found in the store. The art was found on the internet and put on a Kubric Flux full perm canvass.

Like It's Christmas in the Room

These are brand new shoes from Glamistry, elegant, feminine and formal, perfect for the holidays. They are named Begonia over the classic flower.

Like It's Christmas in the Room

KUBRIC FLUX – Full Perm – Canvas 06 – 4 Canvases KUBRIC FLUX – Full Perm – Wall Canvas – 4 Sections – v1a Trompe Loeil – Amelia Loveseat PG

Like It's Christmas in the Room

| Sari-Sari – Twig Chair A * B | Ariskea [ Petite Paris] Le tapis | junk. twigmas tree. | Sari-Sari – Twig Table | Scarlet Creative Meribel Day Sofa Mod and Copy | {anc} flottante puppy. cream . layA 2Li {anc} flottante puppy. cream . layB 2Li

Like It's Christmas in the Room

| Trompe Loeil – Vintage Diamond Floor Lights | Ariskea [ Petite Paris] Le Sofa CHair | Fancy Picture Frame (Adi’s Stuff) | [RI] Mirror (Gold) | Sari-Sari – Twig Chair A * B | Ariskea [ Petite Paris] Le tapis | junk. twigmas tree. | Sari-Sari – Twig Table | AF Venetian Oil in Gilt Frame | +Half-Deer+ Porcelain Deer Figurine (Posed) – White, Gold, Gold Stripe | tarte. tin vase & twig | MudHoney Glass Globe Light | Zaara [home] : 7 Sheesham inlay coffee table | Pixel Mode – Remington – Fireplace | tarte. hanging twig light (gold) | Soy. OSC- TWIG CANDLE (on/off flame by touch) copy | MudHoney Twig Cone Trees | Scarlet Creative Meribel Day Sofa Mod and Copy | Ariskea[ Terre Automne ] Branches twig | {anc} flottante puppy. cream . layA 2Li | {anc} flottante puppy. cream . layB 2Li

Like It's Christmas in the Room

MN Fiona Shelf Set – shadowmapped [ARIA] Sorrel decorated console bar tinted

Like It's Christmas in the Room

| Ariskea [ Petite Paris] Le Sofa CHair | Fancy Picture Frame (Adi’s Stuff) | junk. twigmas tree. | +Half-Deer+ Porcelain Deer Figurine (Posed) – White, Gold, Gold Stripe | tarte. tin vase & twig | MudHoney Glass Globe Light | Zaara [home] : 7 Sheesham inlay coffee table | Pixel Mode – Remington – Fireplace | tarte. hanging twig light (gold) | Soy. OSC- TWIG CANDLE (on/off flame by touch) copy | MudHoney Twig Cone Trees | Scarlet Creative Meribel Day Sofa Mod and Copy | Ariskea[ Terre Automne ] Branches twig

****SHOPPING LIST******

  • Clothing: [LIZ] Mesh blazerdress XS  [Lace] @ The Instruments
  •  ::1bp:: Cigarette Pants Black
  • Shoes: Glamistry : BEGONIA Heels –
  • Skin: Glam Affair America/Simone
  • Hair: Doe: Tessa – Fatpack
  • Poses: in furniture/aDorkable
  • Appliers: Glam Affair Simone Applier for Lelutka Mesh Head, Flair nails
  • Eyes: [PXL] REFLEX Eyes (B) ~ GreyGold
  • Mesh Attachments: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-SIMONE v1.4
  • Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4
  • Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet & Hands
  • HUDS: AnyPose Expression HUD v1.0 – Wear Me
  • LeLutka Simone HUD 1.4
  • Maitreya Mesh Body – HUD V3.4 Lara
  • Slink Ankle Lock

Decor

  • [ba] classic brownstone
  • Soy. Bare tree @ Collabor88
  • Intrigue Co. – Nordicats
  • Trompe Loeil – Haldis Floor Lights @ Collabor88
  • Soy. Chair with sheep fur [white] @ Collabor88
  • Trompe Loeil – Haldis Candleholder Scripted @ Collabor88
  • [*Art Dummy!] simple things. (shelf with decor)RARE
  • b.v Paper wreath @ Honikawa Holiday Hunt
  • Second Spaces – Autumn Blues foyer – cool
  • {what next} Winter Bench (deer) COPY
  • -tres blah- Cozy Winter – Coat Rack
  • KUBRIC FLUX – Full Perm – Wall Canvas – 4 Sections –
  • {what next} Deer Welcome Mat  @ The Arcade
  • -Pixicat- Ballerina.Cat delivery box @ The Arcade
  • ~silentsparrow~  Felt Bird Ornaments – Partridge – Merry  @ Tannenbaum
  • Silence. – Wooden Cutout Ornament – Gift 2 @ Tannenbaum
  • MudHoney Brights Giftbag Spots @ The Arcade
  • The Loft – Monochrome Christmas Fir Garand White M  @ The Arcade
  • Botanical – Green Douglas Fir Christmas Tree (Tannenbaum)
  • Schadenfreude Jingle Ball 1 Catmas Ornament
  • ~silentsparrow~  Felt Bird Ornaments – Partridge – @ Tannenbaum
  • Silence. – Wooden Cutout Ornament – Gift 2 @ Tannenbaum
  • The Loft – Monochrome Christmas Fir Garand White M
  • {anc} glass ornament. for tree (2) @ Tannenbaum
  • !Ohmai: Gold Star Topper @ Tannenbaum
  • Trompe Loeil – Vintage Diamond Floor Lights @ The Arcade
  • [ zerkalo ] Magical Christmas – Pile of Gifts#1
  • MudHoney Rustic Giftbox Plaid 4 @ The Arcade
  • MudHoney Rustic Giftbox Plaid 1 @ The Arcade
  • MudHoney Brights Giftbox Merry @ The Arcade
  • MudHoney Brights Giftbag Spots @ The Arcade
  • [ zerkalo ] Magical Christmas – Pile of Gifts#2 @ The Arcade
  • Sari-Sari – Traditional Christmas – Reindeer RARE @ The Arcade
  • Second Spaces – Nordic Winter Lounge candles – grouped
  • Second Spaces – snow day table – red @ The Arcade
  • {what next} Isabelle Clock Shelves (white) tinted
  • B.C.C My prince-Soldier boy band Orange(Rez) @ The Arcade
  • B.C.C My prince-Nutcracker Blue @ The Arcade
  • {vespertine} snowy dust 11 @ Tannenbaum
  • {vespertine} dala horse/red 14 @ Tannenbaum
  • Fancy Decor: Book Ornament Blue @ Tannenbaum
  • ARIA – Myrrh Handmade Vintage Bulb Bauble Ornament @ Tannenbaum
  • MishMish – Puppy in a box – Pastel @ Tannenbaum
  • Schadenfreude Fish 2 Catmas Ornament @ Tannenbaum
  • [RI] Pearl Berry Ornament (Bubblegum) @ Tannenbaum
  • [RI] Pearl Berry Ornament (Bubbly) @ Tannenbaum
  • Garbaggio // Round Xmas Ornament – Red @ Tannenbaum
  • Silence. – Wooden Cutout Ornament – Gift 2 @ Tannenbaum
  • {anc} glass ornament. for tree (2) 1Li @ Tannenbaum
  • ~silentsparrow~  Felt Bird Ornaments – Hen – Bright @ Tannenbaum
  • ~silentsparrow~  Felt Bird Ornaments – Peacock – Bright @ Tannenbaum
  • Lark – Star Ornament  – @ The Arcade
  • Sway’s [PineConny] Ornament . pink @ Tannenbaum
  • {anc} glass ornament. for tree (2) 1Li @ Tannenbaum
  • Silence. – Wooden Cutout Ornament – Tree 3 @ Tannenbaum
  • {vespertine} crane bauble /mustard 9 @ Tannenbaum
  • ~silentsparrow~  Felt Bird Ornaments – Raven – Merry @ Tannenbaum
  • ARIA – Myrrh Burlap Tree Skirt – RARE @ tannenbaum
  • ~silentsparrow~  Felt Bird Ornaments – Partridge – Merry @ Tannenbaum
  • Kalopsia – Glitter Leaf – Silver @ The Arcade
  • Garbaggio // Studded Xmas Ornament – Blue @ Tannenbaum
  • The Loft – Monochrome Christmas Bulb Ribbon White@ The Arcade
  • 34 – 8f8 – Storyteller’s Burrow – Old Rugs
  • Ariskea [ Petite Paris] La Clock with Sound @ The Arcade
  • floorplan. happy holidays frame
  • MudHoney Eva Books
  • floorplan. the illiad book
  • Ariskea [ Petite Paris] Paris Letter
  • Ariskea [ Petite Paris] Les mains
  • Pixel Mode – Remington – Chaise – White
  • The Loft – Andreas Gold Tree
  • .aisling. Bric-a-Brac Desk -Books-
  • PILOT – Christmas Village 2 – Town Christmas Tree RARE [c]
  • AF Gilt Frame (Landscape)
  • RO – Holiday Spirit – Mother Earth RARE COPY
  • {vespertine} leaf herbarium book./COPY
  • {anc} comet. / water / gold 1LI (copy
  • Ariskea [ Petite Paris] Les Roses Anges RARE
  • [ zerkalo ] Magical Christmas – Christmas Moose
  • O.M.E.N – French Bulldog
  • Second Spaces – snow day books – neat stack
  • -tb- Spring Living – Vintage Books
  • [ zerkalo ] Magical Christmas – Love
  • Ariskea [ Petite Paris] Rose Vase Ivoire
  • [ keke ] winter metal box dusk
  • [ keke ] winter star candles
  • [ keke ] winter metal tree – dusk
  • floorplan. deer marquee RARE [c/m/nt]
  • NOMAD // Gustavian Coffee Table
  • -tres blah- Cozy Winter – Winter Pillows
  • R(S)W The Little Drummer Manny
  • floorplan. deer marquee RARE [c/m/nt]
  • KUBRIC FLUX – Full Perm – Canvas 06 – 4 Canvases
  • KUBRIC FLUX – Full Perm – Wall Canvas – 4 Sections – v1a
  • Trompe Loeil – Amelia Loveseat PG
  • MN Fiona Shelf Set – shadowmapped
  • [ARIA] Sorrel decorated console bar tinted
  • Trompe Loeil – Vintage Diamond Floor Lights
  • Ariskea [ Petite Paris] Le Sofa CHair
  • Fancy Picture Frame (Adi’s Stuff)
  • [RI] Mirror (Gold)
  • Sari-Sari – Twig Chair A * B
  • Ariskea [ Petite Paris] Le tapis
  • junk. twigmas tree.
  • Sari-Sari – Twig Table
  • AF Venetian Oil in Gilt Frame
  • +Half-Deer+ Porcelain Deer Figurine (Posed) – White, Gold, Gold Stripe
  • tarte. tin vase & twig
  • MudHoney Glass Globe Light
  • Zaara [home] : 7 Sheesham inlay coffee table
  • Pixel Mode – Remington – Fireplace
  • tarte. hanging twig light (gold)
  • Soy. OSC- TWIG CANDLE (on/off flame by touch)  copy
  • MudHoney Twig Cone Trees
  • Scarlet Creative Meribel Day Sofa Mod and Copy
  • Ariskea[ Terre Automne ] Branches twig
  • {anc} flottante puppy. cream . layA 2Li
  • {anc} flottante puppy. cream . layB 2Li
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