Do not be mistaken, this is not our house. In fact, I’ve never lived in a household that went over the top for the holidays. White lights, greenery, and a festive bow or two was the extent of it. Even my mom’s Christmas tree, in recent years atleast, is in hues that compliment the decor in their living room.
Today, I decided that I wanted to decorate our house for the holidays. I know there will be no tree this year (again) because it doesn’t make sense to have a tree when you aren’t even in town for Christmas and when there are no gifts to sit, temptingly, beneath the bejeweled boughs. But I thought to myself that this year, I’d like to show a little holiday cheer. So we went out and purchased white mini-lights, an outdoor timer, a little fresh pine garland, and some red bows (and a longer string of lights…and an extension cord….and hooks to hold the lights once we decided to put lights around the door). I gotta say the place looks pretty sweet. So much so that I’ve been humming “Deck the Halls” for no real apparent reason all day. Yes, it’s only 3 strings of lights. Yes, it’s only red bows and white pine. But being able to decorate my home for the holiday season so I smile when I drive up in those dark winter evenings means more to me than anything. So, do it up right if that’s your thing. Use all kinds of obnoxious/blinking/flashing lights, blow up santas and snowmen if that’s what suits your fancy. Just make sure you’re beaming inside when it’s all over. It’s totally worth it.