Christmas is in full swing and I FINALLY gathered the energy to get my decorations out.
Yep, this is about it for me. I have the stockings my mother made, a quilted throw a student made, some elf shaped candles, a cat in a rude pose and a thousand Christmas catalogs.
You have to see these stockings close up! They are so detailed and took my mom forever to make them.
This is the first time I've been able to enjoy them upstairs since she made them! They are definitely my most treasured Christmas item.
I really like this wreath because it doesn't really say "Christmas" but more "winter". (also it has metal stars all over it!) You see, I'm not really into Christmas. In fact, usually I detest Christmas so much that I begrudgingly pull out the decorations for the sake of my students only. What I don't like is the rampant commercialism, the incessant tired old Christmas carols that I have to play a million times at gigs, and the pressure to buy, buy, buy. I also feel that many of the emotions are contrived and insincere. But maybe that is just my emotions, I'm coming to wonder! I usually grumble through the season and hope it will pass quickly, but this year I have decided to try and look at things differently. I don't WANT to be a scrooge, and I think there are some good things I can find in this season. I have Netflix so I can easily avoid the commercials. I no longer work in a department store, so the emotional trauma of the one hour cd of Christmas carols they played back to back ad nauseam is slowly numbing with each passing year. This year, I'm trying to focus on family and traditions.
Unfortunately I don't actually get to see any of my family this Christmas, but I put up a few things that remind me of them. My grandmother on my mom's side was Swedish, which only makes me 1/4 Swedish, but I still like honoring her and remembering Christmas at her house. Here I have a Swedish straw Yule Goat and a Dala horse. The Yule goat is missing some of his beard I think but I've had him for a while. The reindeer was purchased at Target and isn't Swedish or family oriented in the least but I think it makes a nice trio with the others! I have some other decorations, but I left them in the box this year partially out of laziness but mostly because a little Christmas goes a long way for me and I don't want to OD. I am trying to be optimistic here and I'm taking baby steps!
When we purchased the house it already had these rope lights up, so all we have to do is plug them in. That's just the right amount of effort for us. There is a dead spot in the middle of the rope, but we really don't care enough to do anything about it.