I typically decorate last minute for Christmas. One year, we were in the basement pulling out the ornaments, mad dash to get things up 4 hours before family was arriving at our house for the holidays. Swore the kids to secrecy and when there were comments of “oh, your house looks so great, you must spend a lot of time putting up the decorations”, we all smiled and said simply “thanks”.
No lie, no excuses, we just took the compliment.
We have a LOT of decorations. Most have been gifted to us and we are very fortunate for the terrific taste of the gifters. There is one questionable moose on a wreath, but it was given with love so has a place of honour on the wall of the kitchen. After all, we live in Canada, why not have a moose on the wall?
So…this year…no one knows why…I decided we would not decorate at the last minute. Partly trying to teach my kids better habits since there are only a few years left before they go out on their own and repeat all the bad habits I have and blame me…and partly to see if this would indeed reduce the amount of Christmas tension and arguments in the house if there was one less thing to worry about before the guests arrived.
This post then is for those of you who aren’t yet in the mood to decorate, and want some inspiration, or just want to look at some nice ornaments. These are all real, from my house, and yes, I included the moose.
It didn’t stop the “why do I have to help with the decorating, why do we have to do it now, how come I am doing more than anyone else” arguments…but hey, now they are over and I am sitting here enjoying the beauty.
Merry Christmas decorating!