Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree

After digging out all of our Christmas stuff for FHE the other night, I did something I never thought I'd do.

I looked around my house and thought to myself "we need more stuff!"

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, I am pretty lackadaisical. For Halloween I might throw out a pumpkin or two, for Easter I fill a small bowl with decorative eggs and that's about it. When it comes to Christmas, however, I go a little nutty. I suddenly feel like every surface of the house needs to be Merry! and Bright! I want every table to have just the right amount of holiday cheer placed perfectly upon it and even though in the past I always thought I had plenty of stuff, this year I didn't.

Most of my current selection comes from my sweet mother, who, a few years back, showed up on my doorstep on the first of December with twelve beautifully wrapped presents. She gave me my very own 12 days of Christmas and the kids and I had a blast opening a new package each day. (I hope to recreate this tradition for my own kids one day!) In addition to being fun, I acquired some very festive things that adorn all the nooks and crannies of my little house.

With the desire to fill in the blanks, I headed to JoAnn's this morning. I am not normally a JoAnn's kind of girl since I don't sew...or really craft...or make home florals....but I went to check things out. And there, in aisle after twinkling aisle, was the silver lining to the economic crisis: all of their Christmas merchandise was %60 off BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

Pretty much made my day.

I came home with bag after bag and now these halls are all decked out in boughs of holly. The house feels warmer, my kids smiles are a little bigger, and I am loving every minute of this time of year.

10 comments:

Michele said...

I'm with you...it's our mothers in us. I have my mom's garland all over, for the first time, and I too thought, I need more for downstairs! And my house is the size of your kitchen.

tharker said...

60% off! Ooh, I'm so there!!!

I can't wait to see your happy house all decked out!

Sarah said...

Knowing you and your style, I bet it looks fantastic! Way to score some deals too, that always makes it extra fun.

lindsay>boo said...

I bet your house looks great. I need to take a page from your book and buy some decorations. The other day Carson told someone that we don't decorate for Christmas. The kid made us sound like we were Jehovah's Witness or something.

Kelly said...

Good for you! All I've managed to do so far is break open the advent calendar so the boys don't think their mom is a total downer. I'm sure I'll get the urge to bring in the endless totes of Christmas decor before too long.

Sara said...

I love Christmas for the very fact that every surface of a home can be covered in decorations and you still might try to put a few more ribbons and other fun stuff anywhere and everywhere.

PRP said...

Kelly, I'm expecting the house to be fully decorated in time for my arrival tomorrow....

Kelly said...

It will be fully decorated with my usual everyday decor...plus one advent calendar. :)

Jan said...

Sounds pretty jolly over there.

Marilyn said...

60% Rocks!

Your "today I will" has me inspired. I really really really need to get busy on my Christmas cards...I'm not sure what my problem is this year.