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Get Into The Holiday Spirit

Christmas Day is fast approaching, so if you’ve been procrastinating sprucing up the place to get ready for company, there’s not much time left. Give your home a once-over before guests start arriving and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy visiting. I know that with all of the seasonal rush, shopping, baking and plain old running around, you probably don’t have much energy left for extra touches so I’ve written some new lyrics to an old Christmas song that might put you in the holiday mood. Sing them as you go about your decorating tasks. You might even enjoy a chuckle or two which will help brighten your holiday mood.


Deck the house and wash the

collie Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

’Tis the season to try paisley Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Don the bed with brand new

linens Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Treat the lamps to some new

finials Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

Clean the ceiling fixtures early Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

Lose the ruffles they’re too girly Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Toss the faded window treatments

Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Buy some new ones straight and

even Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Light dark corners with new

lamps now Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Add some candles, use your know-how Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

Buy fresh flowers now in season Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

Clear the clutter, goes to reason Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

Can a new floor be installed

now? Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Well, if not buy nice throw rugs

now Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

Wall-to-wall can be removed Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la To show wood that’s dark and

smooth Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Kitchen cabinets that are old

now Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Can be changed, come on you

know how Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Don’t have time to paint or stain

them? Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Take the doors off that might

save them Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

Need some colour in your space

now Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

It’s too late to start to paint now Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

Buy some fabric bold and bright Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

Stretch it on a frame real tight Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Hang your artwork (not too high

now) Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

On a focal wall in sight now Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Add more paintings if you need

’em Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Not too much it’s not a museum


Guests are staying overnight Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la But the guest room just ain’t

right Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Add more pillows, books and

slippers Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

Writing paper, soap, nail clippers


Use just what you have on hand Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Mismatched dishes can look

grand Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Mix and match your service

ware Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

Go eclectic, live with flair Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Take a break it’s time to rest

now Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la That’s enough you’ve done your

best now Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

Treasure all that lay before you Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Home is where the joy will find

you Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year.

Connie Oliver is an interior designer from Winnipeg, Manitoba

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