A few years ago, as I began to decorate for Christmas, I had a glorious ah-hah moment. One might even call it an epiphany. Get it…epiphany…Christmas….I can never resist the opportunity for a good pun!
ANYWAY, as I began to clear off surfaces and psyche myself up to head into the attic for the bins of decorations, I realized that I was feeling this sense of dread. It wasn’t that I didn’t look forward to having the Christmas decor around the house, it was knowing that I would be doing all of that work only to take it down so soon afterwards.
But, as I began to clear off surfaces and sort through the plastic tubs it dawned on me. What I really needed to do was to keep things a little less ‘Christmas-y’ and a lot more ‘winter-y’.
I decided to give myself the gift of more time.
Because if this new approach to seasonal decorating bought me an extra month or two where I didn’t have to re-decorate a tabletop or a mantel, it could quite possibly be one of the greatest gifts ever.
And, do you want to know a secret? This year, I didn’t even take the plastic bins out of the attic! I just went in there and brought a few items out a little bit at a time. It was glorious!
I also gathered up several bags filled with Christmas decor I knew I would never use again and dropped it off at the Union Gospel Mission store.
This new approach to seasonal decorating is particularly apparent in my dining room where my sideboard was put together in a matter of minutes.
Wintery trees in varying sizes were placed next to the lamps and then my favorite little cabinet was added in and filled up with all sorts of goodies that I pulled from around the house. The copper mugs add such a lovely pop of warm sparkle.
My only real nod to Christmas is this Santa and I think that even he will remain there long after December 25th.
When I began to take this approach a few years ago, I don’t think I fully realized that, aside from being less stressful and time-consuming, it also allows me to enjoy the beauty of the season much longer.
Because, the next time I will clear off surfaces and bring out new decorations will be in preparation for Spring.
And that means I get to enjoy the twinkling lights, the pine-scented candles and the true beauty of this season for just a little bit longer.
So, here’s my question for you, what are YOU doing this season to give yourself a bit of a break? I’d love to hear from you!
And, as always, thank you so much for meeting me at the fence today,