There was the unexpected addition of two dozen roses from Lisa and Justin:
I decided that I’m just not quite ready to un-decorate my house. I said this to David last night and he said, “It’s our house; we can do what we want.” So I decided that at least for now I’m not taking down the tree. Instead, I’m going to decorate it for Mardi Gras. I’ll take the ornaments off and pack them away. And then I’ll redecorate it with Mardi Gras beads and whatever else I come up with. I’ve got a hair appointment in just a bit so it will have to wait until tomorrow. However, I did this:
And then remembered I had some purple lights so I added them:
I figure that during the cold, dreary winter we need all the cheer we can muster. And what is cheerier than a pirate wearing a Mardi Gras mask? Besides, I am planning to host a Mardi Gras party this year so that’s my excuse. As if I need one. 😉
Just a little tour of our house decorated for Christmas:
It’s funny what you see when you photograph or video tape your house. It probably looks a little cluttered to some of you. Part of that will be gone when I put away the decorations but the truth is that, despite the fact I like things tidy, I’m in no way a minimalist. If you could see my parents’ house you’d probably understand. If they were to hang an “OPEN” sign on the front door and set up a counter with cash register, you’d start looking for price tags. It looks like a cross between an antique store and malt shop. They have a lot of really cool stuff and while it’s a bit much for me to live with personally (I hate to dust!) I do feel comfortable there.
While I can appreciate those perfect houses with just a few careful chosen objets d’art and lots of open space, I’m personally more comfortable with a little cozy clutter. My favorite design style is an English country look complete with wellies by the door and a dog snoozing in front of the fire. Or how about the cottage in the movie, “The Holiday”? Take a look at this photo tour of Rosehill Cottage and tell me it’s not delightful and charming.
Still, I always do some decluttering after I put away Christmas, or at least when spring arrives. It might be a little later this year since we apparently have some frigid weather heading our way later this month and for some reason I feel warmer with a bit of cosy clutter.
What about you? Are you a minimalist, clutter bug, or somewhere in between?
The angle of this photo makes the angel look smaller than it is but we really could use a larger one. I made the bow many, many years ago and if you look closely you’ll see a clear lucite ornament just under the bow. It says, “First Christmas Together 1981”. It has hung near the top of our tree every year since that first Christmas following our wedding.
I finally got the rest of the decorating done today. Well, there are a few more things I could add if I have time but nothing essential. Hopefully I can find a few minutes to take a video tomorrow. I wouldn’t hold my breath, however.
I’m in the process of turning my home into a cozy nest of Christmas-y cheer. Christmas is the bright spot in a season I could otherwise do without and I love to “deck the halls”. Here are some before and after pics of what I’ve been working on:
And here it is all decorated for Christmas. This is always the first thing I decorate. I love setting up the Nativity which was a gift from my aunt and uncle either our first or second Christmas. You can’t tell in the photo but the tablecloth is dark purple which looks pretty with the Advent candles.
I moved the puzzle to our coffee table. The stack of books under the bowl of fruit includes a set of books about Christmas traditions in other countries, plus the Cajun version of “The Night Before Christmas”.
Chris and I have been watching “Home Alone” while assembling the tree and stringing the lights all afternoon. David has always done this part and I never fully appreciated what a pain it is. Literally. My hands are burning and itching. But it’s almost done and then I’ll decorate it tomorrow. After we eat dinner we will turn off all but the Christmas lights and watch “It’s a Wonderful Life”, our annual tradition. It’s my favorite Christmas movie and it never fails to get me in the Christmas spirit.
What is your favorite Christmas movie? Any special holiday traditions you’d like to share? I love hearing about other people’s traditions.