Lessons Learned and Decorating for Christmas

Finally it is time to start decorating for    Christmas. Thanksgiving is behind us and the Season of Giving is here. It is the time of the year when we do start getting our homes ready for the coming celebrations. Never mind that the world started doing this weeks ago…….it is now when we should apply ourselves to the task. I have started decorating just this past few days.

Every year, I haul out my well packed decorations. For years, they were in carton boxes, moved from one home to another, from one country to another. Last year, I bought heavy-duty storage plastic boxes. It was time to have more protection for our Christmas things!!!

They include mementos of our lives, small and precious made by the children when they were small. We added a special ornament every year on our trips.  We have figurines from birthdays, first pictures and small baby toys all lovingly wrapped and then displayed every year. There are real treasures in those boxes. Not for us a change on our decorations, a new color scheme or an artificial tree. That would not do.

Our children have come Home for the Holidays, almost every year since they went away to school, work.  So, I decorated the same every year. It was a ritual. This year is different. For the first time in years, I am not decorating in the same way. After all,  they have homes of their own and partners and new traditions to make. It is time to make changes, I realize that, and things have to change.

First, we will have no Christmas tree with hundreds of light, will not decorate every room or will haul out all those precious mementos. I have bought some new and different decorations. Of course, I might use some of those things I have bought through the years, but not the real sentimental pieces that always bring tears to my eyes. It’s about time, I have decided, to start a new tradition just for my husband and I.

I bought a small lavender tree and decorated it as a Christmas tree. I still made my wreath, but this year I used plastic decorations, a wire cloth hanger and shiny ribbon. It looks great against our black door. A few scented candles and the orchids that are in bloom will decorate the rest of the house. Looks wonderful to us!!!

Whichever Holiday you celebrate, hope your decorating will bring you as much joy. It is never too late to make changes, to move forward and to enjoy the process. That is the beauty of learning!!!

 

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