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It’s here! Time for a 5 Day Preparing for the Holiday Themed Blog Hop with the Schoolhouse Review Crew…
Today’s focus is on decorating, something that I wish I had more time to do. I own outside lights, but unless you put them up in early October the weather might prevent you from doing so. As the amount of snow is still minimal here, I am going to map out a plan and hope I can get the big boys to help me implement it. With the months of long dark days, I’d really like a little more ‘light’ in my life.
What I envision would be on the simple side like this:
Inside the house, we tend to be rather minimalist with our decorations. This is not out of my desire to be that way as I adore the holidays and want to have a beautiful home. Rather, it is a combination of feeling rushed trying to do too many things and having had a little one who I fear would break cherished decorations.
I must admit that we tend to not decorate for this particular holiday. I do have an autumn themed runner that needs to be pulled out and placed onto our buffet table. But, beyond that we do not decorate.
We have our Christmas tree. Since moving to Alaska, it has been a real tree (even if they are a bit scrawny) as hubby can get a tree tag for cutting down one tree in a designated area on base. I’ve gone back and forth between all white lights and colored lights. This past year, I picked up some new colored lights at Sam’s Club on clearance and I am eager to see how they look on a tree.
We have way more ornaments than I have tree space or patience to display. That has me seriously considering having a second tree in our schoolroom, even if it is a modest artificial, so we can have more of the ornaments on display.
Here’s how the tree looked last year. The boys decorated and lost steam for hanging ornaments quickly. Plus, they avoided sections that J could easily reach and pull them off.
We do have Santa visit the house for the boys and therefore hang stockings on the mantle. After years of trying to use those stocking hangers that rest on the mantle, we gave up and went with hooks screwed into the underside of the mantel.
Back when P was a babe, I did some sewing projects while he napped in the swing. One of the items I made was a fabric Christmas tree that has now seen better days as boys got a little rough with it. Last year, I put it in J’s room for a little holiday touch. Here’s a photo I found from when we lived in Ohio (so 6 or 7 years ago.)
One of the decorations that I would like to pull out this year after a few year’s hiatus is the Nativity scene that my deceased sister in law made for my husband many years ago. Anytime we’ve had a younger boy in the house, we’ve opted to not display it for fear of pieces being broken. Instead, we have used child friendly (albeit not so pretty) sets that the boys can handle all they want with little fear of breakage.
Christmas is all about remembering God’s most wonderful gift to humanity and I want to ensure the focus is more on Him and less on us during this season. If I fear for the handmade Nativity, then I might try my hand at something a little more boy proof like this gorgeous silhouette.
How do you decorate the house for the holidays?