If guess you’re normal people, you do reasonable things and deck your halls with boughs of holly.
But if you’re me, you deck the halls with redwood greenery that you chopped off the bottom of some trees at your neighborhood park. There are like a butt load of redwoods in this town.
I apologize in advance for all the careless things I’m about to say having nothing to do with Christmas decor. At time of this blog I have been shut up completely alone in the house with two small children for three days. Northern California’s Winter Storm of 2014, you see. (AKA: a day or two of rain that made me very lazy.)
This year’s Christmas decorating was a lot of fun. I have a new space to play in! And a fireplace mantel of my very own to deck. I like to play around and try something completely different every year. In case you uh, hadn’t noticed from last year.
This year was kind of a hand-made, old-fashioned theme. You know, lots of fresh greenery, strung popcorn, and paper stars.
(I thank my brother Josiah for painstakingly stringing this popcorn last year while watching multiple runs of Elf.)
(Paper star tutorial found here!)
At first I felt really pressured to build a case to you guys about how simple my Christmas decorations were, because that is what everyone else on the Internet planet is saying.
It’s not. It’s just not. I like to decorate. Sue me!
You can see my redwood clippings are a little erm…shall we say scorched from the fireplace. But that’s why I like free things.
On the other hand, this non-scorched cedar garland was 25 feet for $16.99 at Costco. I now know that if I only had the choice to buy one thing every Christmas season, it would be cedar garland. This did my doorway and the bottom half of my bannister. No other embellishments needed.
The wreaths I made for free out of my stolen redwood clippings! And dang, let me tell you, wreath-making is not my favorite. The end.
My imperfect space-branch tree just so happens to bring hearts to my eyes and I offer you no apologies for that.
This year’s plan for enjoying the Christmas season was not to have any plans. It’s always my goal to have my holiday calendar done and my shopping finished by November. Cookie baking is in the future, but not the near future because I already ate a lot of chocolate covered peppermint Joe-Joes.
My first inclination was to plan some fun crafts or activities to “build memories” with the kids. Then I realized that was me being completely unnecessary. I passed by the cutest wooden house Advent calendar at Target and almost put it in my cart when I had an honest moment with myself and thought I don’t even know what Advent is. I just really like this wooden house.
Anyways, I laughed at myself and put it back and got the wooden children’s nativity set which I put in our box of Christmas toys with all of our Santa things. They really love it.
So there you are. Do the things you love to do at Christmas and forget the rest! Feliz Navidad and egg nog from my house to yours! What are you guys up to this December?