This is a lot later than I wanted it to be. Ideally, one’s Christmas post should be up circa-Christmas, you know? But I’ve been busy so it’s more of a recap.
We’ve been trying for the past few years to cut back at Christmas and focus more on the reason we celebrate than the commercialism of modern, secular Christmas. We celebrate the Advent of Christ and time spent with family instead of a fat guy in a red suit, basically. But there are some things that I love about Christmas that are completely decorative, too. I love the feel of Christmas almost as much as I enjoy the preparation and symbolism.
Ordinarily I prefer white lights on our Christmas tree, and ornaments that are more elegant than truly mainstream Christmas-y. But this year we needed to unlight our prelit tree and I decided to use the newly naked tree as an excuse to use multi-colored lights for the year. In addition, I have a collection of Hallmark ornaments my uncle and parents gave me over the first 30 years of my life or so, and all the ornaments we’ve collected since we’ve been married. We haven’t used them in about five years, so we decided to put them up this year. I enjoyed the combination a lot more than I expected to, so I wanted to share them with you.
I hope your Christmas, Chanukah, or other December holiday was great, and that you spent some time in quiet reflection and some time with noisy family. Tomorrow I’ll give you a look at how I spent my Christmas break!