When I was in high school, we moved into a newly-built house the day after Christmas. It was a little strange, but it felt like a part of Christmas. My new room was the best gift of the year and a place to put my new clothes and CD player. We moved into this house in mid-September, but it feels like we just moved in. We’re still getting organized and settled. There are still so many projects to do, a few boxes to unpack, and things to be organized. The Christmas season, while welcome, feels like a bit of a disruption. On top of stripping wallpaper and painting trim, I need to put up and decorate a tree, buy and wrap gifts, and do advent stockings (Calvin sent me a text this morning reminding me of that!)
It’s exciting and my favorite time of year, but it feels a little overwhelming. So, I’m just doing what I can this season and taking it one step at a time knowing that it will be more fun in future years when more of the house is finished.
I talked the guys into setting up the tree for me over the long weekend. My 8′ tree is skimming our 8′ ceilings, but we can make it work. We had removed the pre-lit lights from the tree in January since all buy one strand wasn’t working. I wrote a post about this last year and you can read it HERE. Suffice it to say that I love this tree and it was worth the work, but I will never buy a pre-lit tree again. Taking the lights off left the branches all wonky, though, since we had to go branch by branch and cut off each strand of lights.
It took a while and gave my shoulders a good workout, but I was able to get the tree fluffed and looking beautiful. Other than the fact that the shape is a little too perfect, it really does look so real.
I strung new lights on it and added a few dried orange slices. I’m going to get out more ornaments today and put more batteries in my collection of clip-on candle lights.
I decided to put it in this corner so we wouldn’t lose any seating. Since the dining room is in flux, we just moved the dresser into the dining room. Ideally, I would probably take the plates and such off the wall, but I just put them there and I’m not ready to take them down!
I put a little tabletop tree in my studio and will add a few simple decorations to that.
You can see I still need to finish painting the walls and trim. We’ll get there!
And, when I felt a little paralyzed yesterday, I made a test batch of salt dough ornaments. I made most of them too thin so they curled up a bit as they were baking. I’m going to try another batch of them to get it right, but I am loving the new molds.
While most of these turned out a bit too thin, it still felt good to make things.
The wreaths are a particular favorite even if they aren’t specifically Christmas.
I don’t know what this season feels like for you. Maybe you are in your stride and all of the decorating and gifting feels easy and is springing out of an abundance of excitement. Or maybe you’re sapped, drained, and overwhelmed and you’re just doing the best you can, whatever that looks like. If you’re at one end of the spectrum, the other, or somewhere in between, I hope you give yourself heaps of grace. Just pile it on, spread it on thick, wrap up in it, and wear it. Enjoy the moments you enjoy. Be thankful when the energy surges, even if only for a minute. Celebrate whatever you accomplish whether it’s impressive to anyone else or not
And I’ll try to do the same.