Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A little Christmas cheer

I never understand in movies when in order to truly celebrate Christmas, the characters have to decorate every object in their vicinity with tons of lights, fake snow and holly and greenery and mistletoe all over the place. When did decorating for Christmas become a contest in gaudiness?

I'm not saying I don't like Christmas decorations. I love the lights and shiny ornaments and wreaths. But, as usual, more is not better. A little goes a long way when you have to look at it for the protracted holiday season. If you are craving a little more flair in the decorations department, you can always find a mall or park with its own huge Christmas tree, or drive into those neighborhoods where the neighbors delight in covering their properties with decorations galore.

For a little Christmas cheer, try getting a small, living Christmas tree instead of a huge cut one. Put up one string of twinkly lights on your front porch instead of six. Fill a bowl with oranges or pomegranates as an edible centerpiece instead of glossy wrapped candies or greenery imported from a state away.

How do you simplify your own holiday decorating?

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  1. We stopped putting up a Christmas tree a few years ago. Now that we are empty-nesters, it no longer seems worth the trouble of dragging everything out of storage, putting it up for a couple of weeks, then reversing the process. I was very happy to pass my tree on to a local family who couldn't afford to buy one.

  2. I enjoy having a tree, but it is a multi-step chore that if you can eliminate will free up a lot of time and space!