Well, I made it through the hub bub of Thanksgiving. We had a pretty large group this year. I didn’t want to put up my holiday decorations before turkey day. Trying to savor the moment and all. With only 3 weeks until Christmas my sweetie and I decided that instead of “fa la la la la la la la la la”, this year we were just going to do “fa la” – light.
What a load off that decision has been. Usually Christmas kind of explodes at my house. This year I put up the very minimum and, strangely enough, I’m really okay with it. I usually spend an ENTIRE week, sometimes more, putting up all of the decorations inside and out. This year I did it all in one afternoon. No, we don’t look entirely Grinchy! I put up wreaths on the front doors, decorated the rockers on the porch, did ONE tree (instead of 5), brought out the baby Jesus – we can’t have Christmas without him , a FEW Santas, and the stockings. That’s it! I know. I can hardly believe it myself.
Let me tell you it’s been liberating. The stress level is still in the green zone. It’s a lovely change of pace from my usual frantic Decembers.
I’ve had time to read, enjoy some holiday magazines, shop on the internets, get packages ready to mail – early, watch some of my favorite holiday movies, and look up recipes – just for fun. I know! I highly recommend this minimal thing. Who knows? It could become a trend around here.
Wishing you a relaxing Christmas season.