A faithful reader confided her dilemma in a comment recently. With Thanksgiving falling later in November and after having company, plus her normal responsibilities at work and home, she is behind on decorating for Christmas. She feels pressure to get everything done exactly like all the years before.
At Christmas, we feel we have to decorate “to the hilt” and thoroughly deck our halls every year. Do you feel like doing all of that work? Every year?
Let’s get real here. We are all living busy lives. No one is putting us under pressure (except maybe a little neighborly competition, which I know nothing about here in the middle of farm fields). We do it to ourselves, I think. Rather, maybe we allow ourselves to feel the Christmas decorating stress.
I’m under some pressure, too, now that I blog. My job is to inspire you. (Is there such a thing as blogger’s block when you lack inspiration yourself?)
There’s a lot of blogging pressure at Christmas time – to create something completely new, unique, and fantastic – something that will rock the Pinterest world on its ear. Whew! I feel it, but I’m trying to ignore the unwritten rules, trying not to participate in the competition.
I’m probably supposed to stay up nights cleaning meticulously before a photo shoot, all in the name of perfection. I should labor tirelessly trimming bushes and wrapping my home exterior in ribbons, bows, and greenery to prepare for Christmas decorating how-to posts. I did those kinds of things when my kids were small (minus the blogging part), to give them the full experience of Christmas.
We baked (oh, what fun!), we decorated, we partied, and we celebrated Christmas fully. Now that our children are older, I’ve settled into doing things on a more minimal scale.
I don’t spend a lot of money on the latest and greatest (never did, really). Now that I’m no longer 35, I don’t have the energy to do all I did during those years. To everything, there is a season…
This year, as I updated the garland on the staircase railing (3 Steps to Renovate Old Garland), I removed the front entry wreath adornments to start fresh there, too. While I waited for the perfect inspiration, I tried this and that but was never satisfied with the look. Something was missing. This would not be my year to knock Pinterest on its ear!
For inspiration, I pinned beautiful wreaths to my Pinterest Christmas Decor Board. Click that bold title and see some wonderful ideas! I was truly inspired by many, but you know I live in The Land of Making Do. I don’t run to the store on a whim for supplies. It’s just too far.
One wreath I saw while pinning was a twiggy thing with red berries. Hmm…I’ve had an old wreath on our back door for years, and it has cream-colored berries on twigs arranged in a swirl. I’ve enjoyed having it there all this time, but maybe it’s time for a change.
I wired it on top of the old Christmas wreath, added a few pine cones and a few clusters of shiny ornaments…and a big red burlap bow. The natural elements contrast with the greenery and add a new dimension. The cream berries almost look like tiny lights.
Are you planning to knock Pinterest on its ear this year? Or, are you giving yourself a stress-free Christmas, seeking to enjoy decking your halls, time with family, a little fun time in the kitchen baking?
I want my home to be comfy for my family. I want our guests to feel welcome. How about you?
We all need balance. If we’re in a rotten mood from stressing over the doing, our family and friends will not feel comfortable in our homes. If this is your year to do less decorating, you might discover a merrier Christmas for all.
I’m choosing to ignore the “be the best” pressure – seeking to enjoy family and friends and the simple things here in The Land of Making Do. Sometimes we need to be content and focus on the truly important things. Care to join me?
I hope y’all have a Merrier Christmas!
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