I am so excited for the holidays this year. I did very minimal decorations the last few years, but have decided to do it up right this year. It’s been a few years since I have taken out my tree, but this is going to be the year I start that up again. I have always loved Christmas. It is one of my favorite, if not my favorite holiday. The last few years have been a little bit of a downer but I’m feeling happy this year. Almost back to my normal self I think I am still working through my decorations but decided to start with my bonus room. I purchased the pillows from Target and I have a table top tree (not pictured) in front of one of the windows. I use this room as a sitting area/workout space/office space, so the little changes has given it a nice cozy holiday feeling. I have a pink theme in this room and decided to stick with that instead of changing it up entirely.
I hope that you all are ready for a great holiday season.
This Christmas is a first for me. I decided, along with my best friend, that we would not be putting up decorations or exchanging gifts. The only thing we are doing is hosting dinner at the house. I admit that it feels odd. There are many reasons that this decision was made on my part. To be honest, we didn’t celebrate any holidays in my house this year. I did cook for Thanksgiving, but I spent that holiday alone. I spent the day eating and hanging out in my pajamas. It was good, but Christmas is different.
I love Christmas! It is my favorite time of the year. I think that the majority of people are really happy around this time. At least that has been my experience. There is always a little extra joy in the air. The Christmas carols, movies and just overall cheer puts almost everyone in a good mood.
I also admit that this time of the year can be very overwhelming for people who just feel that there is to much to do. The shopping, food preparing, decorating, and schedule juggling can be daunting. I get it. I’m fortunate..or unfortunate to some…to not have much immediate family (husband, children, parents). Because of this, I don’t have much juggling but I do have all of the other things to contend with. My overall thoughts are Christmas is what you make it.
Christmas is, after all, the celebration of the birth of Christ. All of the other stuff is just extra. No one needs to go out and buy a ton of gifts or have an extravagant dinner. So whenever people say..the holiday has become so commercial, I think ‘It doesn’t have to be.’ Everyone needs to create their own thing and give their own spin to celebrating. They should make it what they want or feel that is should be.
This year, I’ve decided to just do dinner. No need to buy me any gifts. I’m giving love on Christmas day…as the song says. That being said, I kind of missed the hustle and bustle. I probably will be putting a little gift giving back into the plans next year and I definitely will be decorating. I miss my tree. I can’t wait for it to appear next year. You can check out my tree in previous years blog posts though if you want. I normally put up two trees a year..my office tree and my tree at home. It used to be three when my mom was alive. This year, I only put up the office tree but I miss my home tree filled with my ornaments that have been accumulated over the years. So, yes it has been an unconventional Christmas for me but I think I needed the little reset.
Til next time……
Merry Christmas to everyone who has taken time out of their schedules to read this blog. I appreciate it very much that you have spent a moment of your time reading my scattered thoughts. I look forward to sharing more with you next year. The photo above are just a few of the favorites on my tree. The pine cone is over 30 years old. I know that people now purchase these in stores, but the ones on my tree actually belonged to my grandmother. My mom and her siblings actually went outside and scrounged these up and painted them as part of their decorations. Yes…this was back when kids still strung popcorn and handmade ornaments. I also still have a handmade one (not pictured). Sometimes, the simplest thing can make the holiday that much more special.
Talk to you all soon.
I mentioned a few blogs ago that I went to a tea house for the first time. Well my best friend was having a tea party for her mom’s 60th birthday party, and initially she was going to have it at an actual tea house, but decided to throw it herself. So, here I am sharing a few pictures from the party where we all dressed and wore beautiful hats. This is just some photos of the decorations which turned out to be so beautiful. It was a spectacular event. Enjoy!
Talk to you all soon.