Each year we use the same Christmas decorations and add a little something here and there. It startles me to think that families have a new ‘theme’ each year with different colours and loads of brand new decorations. I can’t even cope when the stores do that, even though I know most of their stuff is rented and at least last year’s theme is this year’s theme for a different store. Unless they’re into commercial-style renting, this isn’t the case for households. Do they just throw all the white stuff out when they’ve decided to go pink?
Anyway, I’m probably veering too close to the ‘what do you do with all that stuff?’ territory that got me in huge amounts of trouble earlier this year. But I can’t help but wonder, especially this time of year. I’m uber-conscious of all the utter crap we humans produce so that other humans can go ooh-ahh for five minutes before putting it in the bin because they are decluttering. I’m guilty of all this myself, I know I am, but I never consciously throw away something perfectly useful and I try very hard not to buy a new something useful when the old thing is still going along okay.
So, back to Christmas decorating – over the years I’ve collected a vast array of greenery and red things and even though this year I was desperate to have a neon pink Christmas (I kinda started the neon thing last year), I held back and just rejigged all the old stuff, adding a hit of neon here and there. We’ve had the same star for the top of the tree since I first met Bart and each year it’s a big ceremony when the star goes on.
I was also tempted to do a creative new Advent calendar, but I know the kids would never forgive me if I ditched their beloved ‘socks’.
I like it. I like that Christmas looks much the same with a little rejiggle each year and I’ll be there is comfort in that for the kids. I like to extend Christmas throughout the house, not just confined to the room the Christmas tree is in. I put a little motif above each doorway and the kids have their own tree in their room and other places throughout the house.
We have also slowly been growing our outdoor light collection too and this is the first year our house looks ‘lit’ at night. I find it ridiculously exciting to come home to a solar-lit home that flashes loads of Christmas spirit off and on, off and on all night long… I planned to post a few pictures, but we’ve been out every single night and by the time I come home I’m too tired to get the camera out. Ah, Christmas, huh?
What’s your Christmas decorating style?