In between our marathon watching of The Wire, we decided to put up our Christmas decor.
I love this time of year and I love decorations, but you definitely wouldn’t know it if you came to our house. We hang a wreath on the door, stockings along the stairs and a tree. I throw the extra tree decorations into vases around the living/dining room. But that’s about it.
We’ve done this same sort of look for the last couple of years and now I’m bored with it.
And yes, we have a fake tree. I found out this year that its not a very “green” thing to do. For some reason I always thought it was the other way around. I thought cutting down trees was a bad thing but then found out that for every tree cut down, another one is planted in its place and that the plastic crap fake trees are made of are terrible. Who knew? But I might as well get the most mileage out of this fake tree then.
Anywho – the majority of the decorations consist of ornaments purchased in bulk from Ikea, Target and Walmart. So – they’re very matchy-matchy and boring. I mean, I love our silver, red and aqua color scheme but I need something new.
I was inspired by my friend Theresa’s eclectic tree (although I haven’t seen it – I just know she has a hodge podge of ornaments) and decided that I want to start building a collection of ornaments from places we’ve visited. I kind of wished we would have started this back when we visited some very cool places like the Maldives (our honeymoon!) and Scotland. I actually picked up an ornament for Theresa in Scotland but didn’t think to get one for myself. I’m kicking myself over that right now. For any of my Scotland resident readers (okay – so I only know of one and she doesn’t read this often… hi Juli!) – want to send me a cute little Nessie ornament for my tree? I’d totally appreciate it. :-)
I even wish I would have picked up a Philadelphia ornament! I guess that just gives me another reason to go back. I love that city.
I’m also picking up an ornament of my college (since I went there for undergrad and will be getting my Master’s from there shortly. Woop! woop! for it being my last semester!) and I’m making Jeremy pick up one from his law school.
I want our tree to consist of ornaments of places we’ve visited and things of significance during our marriage. Did you just gag a little? I can’t believe I’ve gotten so sentimental either.
The only current ornament of real interest on our tree is of one that Jeremy made when he was a little kid. I thought it was sweet that his mom kept it after all these years especially since my parents haven’t kept any of my kid crafts. Seriously – they’ve managed to hold on to their 8-track player but my totally cute and adorable kid crafts? In the garbage. Ouch.
How do you decorate for the holidays?