Last night I put up and decorated my Christmas tree. Even though I have three trash bags full of wreaths and garlands, and a huge tub full of other Christmas decorations, I decided to stop with the tree. well, I did hang the little fake ball of mistletoe over the kitchen door, but that was it.
Don't get me wrong, I love having the house decorated. It's just that it's an awful lot of trouble to drag everything out, put it up and then undo it all after a month. I enjoy looking at the sparkly tree in the evening, but I think that's enough.
Instead of fussing with fake holly swags, I'm going to concentrate my holiday energies on other festivities. As usual, this is leading to a list:
- On Friday, my department at work is having a potluck. I've volunteered to make a cheesecake, which will need to be done no later than Wednesday evening so it'll have time to cure.
- As long as I'm baking, I think I'll make and put together a gingerbread house. My niece is coming over this weekend to accompany me to a party my community service group is throwing for the residents of a nursing home, and decorating the gingerbread house would be a good activity for later in the day.
- I'm hosting at least three parties this season: a candle party because a friend of mine sells them, my semi-annual cookie exchange party, and a "Crappy Claymation Fest" featuring such holiday classics as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "The Year Without A Santa Claus."
With all that on my plate, you can see that decorating is the least of my concerns. The tree is festive enough for the company I'll have and it's easy to disassemble and stuff back in its box on New Year's weekend. (We won't talk about when I might eventually get around to taking down the outdoor Christmas lights. Summer is a good goal, don't you think?)
So which way do you lean when it comes to holiday decorating? Over-the-top, every-nook-and-cranny decorating, something more minimalist, or perhaps none at all?