Like many of you, I have been planning and preparing my home for the fast approaching Thanksgiving holiday - oh my gosh, is it really only a week and a half away?! Anyway, I have been knee deep in some much needed house cleaning and other things around here, but while doing so I have been giving thought to the oncoming freight train known as the Christmas season.
For all of my years on this planet, I have loved every single bit, bauble and trapping of Christmas decor. I never met a piece of tinsel, glitter or shiny orb I didn't like - or did not include in my decorating for the season. I have taken great pride in the comments of "your house looks like a Christmas store," and "I can't believe all of the Christmas decorations you have." But.......
This year I have been doing some thinking. Pondering, if you will. Something deep inside of me is crying out for a simpler look, a quieter feel to my holiday approach. In fact, I have been thinking about this since last Christmas. A simple Christmas. A Christmas where one or two Santas stand out in a vignette. Where a cozy throw and a pillow on the sofa is enough to say "welcome Christmas."
But, what about the boxes, bins and bags of holiday "loot" that holds my family's tradition of decorating excess? What will the family think of this pared down Christmas style? What will the friends and relatives say?
I'm even "this close" to going with a four foot tabletop tree in the living room. Partly because of our puppy, partly because it would lend a simplicity to the room.
It remains to be seen whether I truly go through with the "look of simplicity" this year. I may open up those familiar storage boxes and feel the magnetic draw of the Santas, the snowmen, the gingerbread, the 1500 plus ornaments. I am hoping to show restraint and have a quiet Christmas look.
"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
― Dr. Seuss,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
What are your decorating plans for the holidays? I don't think there is a right or wrong - just different ways of approaching the season. This year I am trying to keep it simple.
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