Four years ago, I slowly started to get rid of a lot of my stuff in preparation of a move. Some decisions came easy, others more difficult… but go it must as I was in the process of looking for a smaller place to live.
One of the easier tasks was thinning out way too many Christmas decorations down to those which were the most significant to me. For years, I have decorated my share of Christmas trees and holiday settings… mine, my clients and stores I have worked in. However, the last several years, I have been doing less and less for myself. The simple truth is, despite how much I loved putting it up, I loathed taking it down and packing it back up. Can anyone relate?????
It seems every year, my tree continues to get one more round of editing.
This year I did not feel the push to hang all of the ornaments I had already narrowed down to. (Yep, feeling really lazy this year.)
I choose only the most significant.
The best way to highlight significant ornaments is to first create a base and rhythm with ribbon and other repetitive items. (That’s my tip for the day!)
A few years ago I started wiring three balls together because it just had a little more pop. (As well, as later being a little less work as well. ha ha. )
The gold and silver wire mesh ribbon helped beef up my pencil tree that does not overwhelm my smaller living space.
I like the way the ribbon trail creates pockets of space where those significant ornaments can rest and beckon attention.
It is those significant ornaments that make the Christmas decorating the most fun .
Thoughts start rushing back to memories of years past.
I always get a little choked up.
And I am sure I am not alone in that.
Other treasures are the collection of nativity ornaments that my cousin has given me
every year for as long as I can remember.
(My cousin is my best friend, my mother, my sister, my counselor all wrapped in one.
She has been with me through thick and thin and knows my deepest secrets.)
And, oh, yes ….. Baby’s First Christmas ornaments…..
(I can hardly believe my kids are all grown up now, one married and the other with a significant other.)
I have no regrets of getting rid of some of my over done garlands
Pieces of my Mom’s Lennox Nativity Scene are located in various spots in my décor
rather than the traditional nativity set up.
It is symbolic to me in knowing that the wise men, the sheppard, and the angels
were not actually all there at the same time.
(I have to admit the wise men and angels actually stay on my mantle year round.
Not so much lazy this time, but simply a reminder
of my own personal journey to find Christ.)
I like to use a piece of my art as a backdrop for the manger scene.
(I am always game for something a little unexpected.)
This piece is titled “On My Shoulder”.
(You can learn more about the story behind the art here.)