I’ve never been one to get crazy about Christmas. I’m not sure why but in past years, on occasion, I’ve been a real scrooge. I think it has to do with the season change. It gets much darker quicker and it puts me in a . . . mood. I’m just one of those people who needs the sun to set at 8:00 p.m. not 5:00 p.m. . . . sigh.
Last year was our first year in our new home. I can’t even remember decorating the house. My mother-in-law let us borrow lighted garland and graciously put it up on the banister. It ended up being beautiful. Thankfully she came down and did it again. Because man, that stuff scratches your hands. Ignore the bucket on the stairs. We were cleaning.
Surprisingly, we have put up the tree and decorated the mantle. I’m really into it this year. Our home feels so cozy and warm. I think we need a taller, fuller tree but this works for now! I loved taking out each ornament and remembering its special meaning. We have ornaments to celebrate buying a dog, getting married, home ownership, pregnancies and births. Looking at our tree is like looking over the past six years of our lives. Amazing feeling.
My favorite Christmas decorations by far are our stockings. I got them at JC Penney for 75% off after Christmas one year. I love the burlap look to them. It has that certain old-fashioned look to it.
You’ll notice the television is no longer there. It’s now a mirror that beautifully reflects light. Now I can decorate the mantle for each season! I plan on putting some bunting that says “Merry Christmas” draped across the mirror.
So that’s a peek into our home especially since so many people comment that they’d like to see more of it. I’m really in the decorating mood. Our shelves are here and our new rug is on the way! Finally, a year and a half after moving it finally feels like home.