Each year around the first of September, I put up a harvest tree which remains up in my kitchen window until Thanksgiving night when all the guests are gone. Then, I undress it and redress it for Christmas. I’m late this year.
I borrowed this idea from my friend Margaret Ann who has a beautiful grapevine tree which frankly looks better than mine because it is completely natural. She dresses it for Valentines, Easter, birthdays, Fourth of July…and of course, Christmas.
Mine is just one of those artificial hardware store pencil-post trees they put on sale for about $7.99 after the Holidays.
But it casts a beautiful glow in the kitchen after dark when I turn out all the lights. The rusty harvests colors warm up the room and invoke thoughts of the first pot of chili – which I begin the moment the weather man predicts evening temperatures below 50 degrees.
It could be soon. My crock pot is waiting. I’m going out to rake some leaves to get in the mood….