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.