Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Deck the Halls...

It’s that time of year again. Christmas is upon us. This post, like JMB's last, has a foot in both rl and the virtual.

Over the weekend we put up our decorations. Lights, garlands, wreaths for the front door and of course the tree.

We have an artificial tree. It is quite realistic and saves a tree every year. My motives are not so much planet crusading, as I don’t like to see a tree (or anything else) die needlessly, and I really hate needles all over the floor.

I used to try to get trees with roots in buckets of soil, but they all died anyway, just took longer.

Our tree, apart from being artificial, is old fashioned, traditional. None of this having it upside down or such like. It has lights and strings of decorations, pine cones, artificial fruit, icicles, and glass globes with an angel on the top. All green silver red and white.

By coincidence. I logged into SL over the weekend and what should pop up in instant Message but an invite to go shopping with two of my close friends. Naturally I accepted without even noticing where they were.

Well, when I got there, imagine my delight when I realised it was the equivalent of a large outside garden centre that specialised in Christmassy stuff. If you want to visit search on NIRVANA Christmas & Winter.

Picture this: It was dark, snow lay all around, a light snow was falling steadily. There was the look of a misty coldness in the air.

There were lights, trees Christmas trees and old fashioned gas type street lamps everywhere, strings of lights, snowy hedges, paths, frozen over ponds for skating, ice sculptures. It was all so realistic yet magical in that moment.

On top of it all there were A and P. We all live on the same land and they were shopping, to not just decorate for Christmas, but guarantee we had a full on traditional white Christmas, deep and crisp and even.

Well at this point I don't know what got into us but we all started exploring and rushing around like kids in fresh snow. A was more grown up about it, P and I less so, me? I fear possibly least so.

My excuse?If I need one, I was caught by surprise by it all and regressed ^_^

I know it is not real and all, but even so, that made me feel so cheerful and full of fun.

Like the new hair do btw? D, who is a model, pointed me to the place that did it.

My outfit? Yes I know I was not really dressed for it. What can I say? I wasn't expecting snow... and I have experienced English summers ^_^ I did put a jacket on after as you can see.

I was looking forward to seeing the results of the expedition. I logged in and arrived home today to find P had been hard at work. The first thing I noticed was that it was snowing quite heavily. Then I saw the trees and hedges. Not all in place yet, but it is going to be just great, I know it.


jmb said...

Well I have several sparkling decorated Christmas trees at my cabin in SL but no tree in RL, not till this weekend.
I would love to have snow too. You must invite me over to see your decorations Miss Moggs.

Crushed said...

If I come over, can we have a party?

And what would virtual present would you like?

CherryPie said...

Still haven't got my tree up, life is to frantic!

Love the hairdo :-)

Dr.John said...

We also have an artificial tree but have only the real world to celebrate in. You get to do Christmas in two worlds. Lucky you!

Moggs Tigerpaw said...

JMB, I'll IM you.

Crushed, I don't know if we are having a party, but if I get to see you in sl it will be the first time ^_^.

Virtual presents? You can take me shopping... *Evil grin* Mwa-ha-haaa...

There are some lovely places in sl all geared up for Christmas Renaissance Island is really pretty with it's half timbered buildings and such.

CherryPie, Thank you ^_^. It always catches me out how much work it is setting up decorations.

Dr John, Well the software for sl is free to download and it is free to sign up also.

You too could have a second Christmas in second life this year...