submitted by: Katie

I was laid off from my job, and with the extra time on my hands went out on my own and bought a six-foot tree, installed it in my boyfriend’s house while he was at work, and hung 100% handmade ornaments on the tree (that I had been making over a 4-month period!).  I hand-painted a huge candle with gold and silver ivy, finished with a beautiful bow, and placed it on a mirror (for great reflections!) on the dining room table.  When he arrived home from work, I had the Christmas tree lights turned on, the candle lit, a bottle of red wine opened, soft music in the background, and a home-cooked meal ready to serve!