Decking the Halls

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Call me Scrooge, but I kind of hate decorating for the holidays.  So many boxes to drag up the stairs, so much stuff to put out, and then a month later, I just have to pack it back up. Don’t get me wrong, homes that are decorated for Christmas are lovely. It’s just so much work.

Christmas Tree 2015

And decorating this year has been weird. We’re in our new house, and I’m discovering that I’ll have to decorate differently here.  I used to have a lot of breakable ornaments on my tree, but with the hardwood floors, I worry about the cat(s) knocking them off and having them shatter. For some reason, picking up shards of Christmas Pickle doesn’t sound pleasant. That meant only using the non-breakable ornaments, so my tree is mostly filled with homemade cinnamon ornaments, and the handmade cookie cutter ornaments that we made for wedding favors.

cinnamon ornaments

cookie cutter ornament

I’m also short shelving in my new living room.  The big bookcase that used to be in the living room at the old house is now in the spare bedroom. And it just didn’t make sense to put all of those decorations in the spare room, so I’ve had to shuffle around where some of the decorations live. That means that my creche, and many of the floral arrangements that are normally on the shelves are living with the presents under the Christmas tree. Here’s hoping that the cats don’t want to lay on top of the baby Jesus, and keep taking naps on me instead.

Geordi sleeping

How do you decorate at your house?


  1. anna in spain on December 14, 2015 at 9:46 am

    I hear you! Spain has Christmas from 22 Dec (Lottery Day) to 6 Jan, and even so my DH likes the house decorated on or about 20 December, our WA. We have the Nativity for me, and the tree for him, and it’s a little hard in our small apartment to have such a large chunk of our main room taken up with it all.
    People used to send us handmade ornaments (knitted, crochet snowflakes etc) but they definitely look better in bigger rooms with higher ceilings than what we’ve got. Once I tried to make paper chains and they just didn’t look right here.
    I am glad our local shops have gotten over the “minimalist” decorations–I dunno, white and purple painted reeds and leafless branches just don’t say “Christmas” to me.

    • Andrea on December 14, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      Wow! You should see photos from inside some of the shops around here. Any possible style is available. Sometimes it’s too much to handle.

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