There was the unexpected addition of two dozen roses from Lisa and Justin:
Non-traditional – Rebel Jesus (Jackson Browne)
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?
We always leave up our tree until Chris’ birthday on January 10th. I’m always a little taken aback when I hear that someone has taken their tree down on Christmas day or the day after. I mean, to each his own but I enjoy the tree and decorations most during the week or two following Christmas. That’s when I finally have a moment to catch my breath and really take in the beauty of the season, especially at night when all the Christmas lights are on. Plus, I find that by leaving it all up until well into January, I’m really ready to do some cleaning and decluttering at that point. Hopefully this year will be no different!