Decorating for the Holidays

Every year at this time, getting the Christmas boxes out is like a rite of passage. I smile as I open the boxes and view the things I haven’t looked at since the prior year. I smile as I pull each old friend out. Some of them are new, some have been with me for years. All are things I treasure. And as I put them around the house, I think about how I picked this one up at a bazaar with my sisters-in-law.

How Kris Kringle, a gift from my sister, smiles back at me from his corner by the bookcase.

How my husband, who doesn’t like decorating but puts up lights on the house for me, lets me put a few small nick-nacks and color in his corner of the family room.

The nativity set my daughters always loved.

The crafted reindeer a friend gave to my Mom while in a rehab facility to cheer her up.

How old traditions and new meld each year, turning our house into a beloved family history lesson. Decorating for the holidays makes me nostalgic and happy and is more important this year than any before. A lot of people put up their trees weeks ago and I applaud them for doing that. Because now is the time to slough off the stress and just enjoy. From a distance, but thankfully, there are electronic ways to be together. Even 50 years ago, the isolation would have been so much worse.

I hope that, whatever holiday you celebrate, that you have treasures to unearth and smile at for a while this year.

Happy Holidays, everyone! And remember, 2020 is almost…nope. Not going to say it until it’s a done deal. 🙂 Instead, I’ll leave you with a picture of hubby and me on Thanksgiving. It might have been just us, but we dressed up (I even put on makeup!) and got the good china out for dinner.

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10 responses to “Decorating for the Holidays

  1. That old radio has probably played its share of Christmas songs.

  2. Ahhh, good of you to notice the radio. That’s the one my husband and his Dad used to listen to (too many years ago to mention) and he recently got it working again. He’s rightfully very proud of it. 🙂

  3. Loved your post. A reminder to me of what’s important. I’ve downsized quite a bit in the past few years but Christmas remains much the same and like you decorating brings memories that are priceless. And, I know this year we’ll add to them.

  4. We definitely have some priceless memories in our holidays past. Hopefully, present and future will continue that tradition. 🙂

  5. Glad you had a lovely Thanksgiving and you went all out with makeup and the good dishes. We need to do that sometimes! And I adore all your special Christmas items and the stories behind them. I also love remembering where I found particular items and treasuring those memories. Jilliannnn

  6. Oh, yes, shopping for Christmas treasures is definitely part of the joy I feel when I get them out of their boxes. 🙂

  7. That’s a lovely photo, Laurie. I enjoyed looking at your treasures and can see why each is so special to you. Enjoy!

  8. Lovely photos to remind us what is precious and what the true meaning of Christmas is. Dave isn’t one for celebrating being of the bah humbug persuasion although he enjoys the special treats we have and in the last few years he takes great delight in putting up and decorating the tree, especially a small silver musical one that was his mother’s. It’s taken me nearly 40 years to get him to eat Christmas pudding and mince pies – which he now loves.

  9. Mark has a bit of the bah humbug in him, but nowadays, he’s the first one to turn on the lights every evening. 🙂 We all need small joys this year, eh?

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