Oh man. I have been such a procrastinating fool about decorating. To be honest, since we moved into this house, it’s been a struggle to finish unpacking while keeping the house clean. Decorating has been on the backest of the back burners for awhile. Since we didn’t have the kids for Thanksgiving, though, I wanted to get Christmas decorations up for when we first got them in December.
At first, three plastic bins and a few smaller boxes seemed like alot of decorations. I guess I was still thinking of my single days of living in small apartments with the cat because the more decorations I put up, the less decorations it looks like I have up. How is that possible? Is this house growing as quickly as the kids grow? Did I move into the Tardis of Tardises?
Decorating for Christmas this year also reminded me, yet again, that I’m old. I never used to understand how people could spend so much time looking over fake plants or getting excited over plastic flowers. I’ve already bought 3 different kinds of fake greenery to go with the box of fake greenery that I already had. What in the world is that? I really don’t even understand why that makes me happy or how that makes it feel like Christmas, but it does. I’ve used the real stuff and I actually do not prefer it because that crap has to be watered, sheds on the floor, makes me sneeze, and then I have to throw it all out anyway. The fake stuff seems less wasteful. It blends in well with the bonsais and bamboo that we keep the rest of the year too.
Some of the decorations in the collection were made with the help of the chillrens over the past few years. Other parts were just Ben and me going, I’m an adult with a job, so I can finally go into debt buying the crap I wanted as a kid!”
Decorations I’ve bought:
Ceramic Tree – I couldn’t find it online, but we bought it at Cracker Barrel. Ben and I both got stupid excited over this tree. It had a train that drove through it, played different Christmas songs, and had changing lights. Oh yeah, the kids love it too. It looks kinda like this one, but was not nearly as expensive.
Fake Berries – I don’t know why I think this stuff is so pretty, but I do. It’s honestly hard for me not to eat these. They just look so pretty and delicious. I wish I had enough to fill the whole house with them, like some kinda Christmas candy forest!
Decorations I’ve made:
Ho Ho Ho banner – This was pretty quick, but not quite as easy as I thought. I decided to write the letters myself instead of printing them out, which is why my banner isn’t as pretty as the one I pinned. I still think it’s cute, just not cute enough to put up on Pinterest.
Snow Man Door – Lego helped me make ours a few years ago. He also named it, “Shuger”. He’s a better speller now, mostly. This was another one that looked quick and easy, but was not quick and was only mostly easy. That’s Pinterest for ya.
Decorations I’d like to buy or make:
Snowflake Table Runner – I remember learning to make paper snowflakes in the 1st grade. I got very sick the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, but I spent alot of time in December and January making paper snowflakes, wetting them, and sticking them to the windows. This seems like a version of my snowflaked youth.
Elaborate Wreath – Of course, it would only be complete with an elaborate porch. See how the red reindeer looks upon the grand wreaths with awe! Gaze upon the door that is too pretty for a mortal hand to knock! Be gone with ye, but return when you are bearing gifts of cookies!
I buy most of my holiday stuff after each holiday, when it’s all on clearance (at least 50% off, but preferable >75% off). I’m still discovering the sale goodies that I found last year. Hopefully, we’ll be done decorating the house by the end of this weekend and I can go back to focusing on keeping the floors, countertops, and dishes clean.