I love Christmas, but this year all I can think about is all the things that I need to do after Christmas.
Plus, our house is very different from our other one and I knew the decorating would need to change a bit.
And on top of that, I wasn't feeling all the work it usually takes to put out all the Christmas stuff I have and decorate my 2 trees all fancy the way I usually do.
I probably only used half of my Christmas decorations this year, including only 1 tree. I also did something out of character and didn't make a showroom-style tree this year with matching balls, ribbon, and ornaments. Crazy, I know! ;)
What I did turned out just as nice and our house still has the Christmas look and feel. I mostly decorated the big tree and living room with a little decor sprinkled around the other rooms of the house, including the kids' rooms and bathroom upstairs.
The kids helped a bit with the tree decorating this year and I think it actually looks good with the kid-friendly touches. I actually really like the paper chains that the kids made for me! This time of year, you will always find Christmas book stacked in various places around my house. I always add one or two each year.
One funny story....
Every year after Christmas, I always buy new ornaments for each of us. Last year I picked up the cutest Hallmark ornaments at a great deal. I got themed ones that matched each of us from the previous year- Lightening McQueen, Barbie, a workbench, and a cute coffee mug Christmas tree. I left them in the boxes and would add them to the tree this year. Apparently, I didn't get as good a deal as I had expected. I bought 3 great ornaments and 1 empty box!! And boo hoo, it was mine that was empty!