We’ve had our pre-lit Martha Stewart Christmas tree for thirteen years. The tree has been wonderful all these years…just remove three sections from the box, snap them together, plug in the light sections, and you’re good to go.
Not so this year. It must be the unlucky thirteen!
I put our tree together the Monday after Thanksgiving. Yikes – huge sections of no lights! HH worked endlessly repairing lights, and we still had unlit sections.
Frankly, I would have given up long before he did. I was willing to forego having a tree altogether this year. But when a friend gave me this ornament, I was so glad we didn’t!
We have so much going on in the lives of our kids right now – graduation…a major move…surgery. Visitors coming in and out, meals and presents to prepare, a recovering patient under our roof. While maintaining involvement in Christmas gatherings, it seems like a roller-coaster ride this year.
Don’t get me wrong. We don’t want to miss a thing, but we can barely keep up. Do you feel that way sometimes?
Over the last two weeks, as HH worked on lights, ordered replacement parts, made trips to civilization to purchase more bulbs (and on and on, endlessly it seemed), I focused on other main areas.
Remember, I spent minimal time on all of it. So, these are the basics, folks.
Four Main Areas to Decorate for Christmas
One: The front door wreath.
Two: The banister.
Three: The Mantel
Four: The Tree
Finally, as of Tuesday, Voila!
After the four main areas, anything else is a bonus, right?
One day, I added the nativity scene on the vintage sewing machine in the foyer.
It literally took five minutes to bring the box down and set it out.
We enjoy board games and puzzles, so we’ll be working this new puzzle together during the holidays. Until we break open the box, it’s a simple addition to the decor.
Our Christ Story is a fun part of our Christmas every year!
At my parents’ house, the kids handed out packages wearing their Santa hats when they were young. The collection stands ready on the book-shelf.
I placed an old step-ladder (given to us by Mom 2) beside the tree. As soon as it was decorated, I snapped pictures to share.
An elf on the step-ladder shelf.
Santa standing in his sleigh of greenery.
To create a better traffic flow for working the puzzle, I moved the step-ladder. Did you notice in the tree picture it was moved to the other side?
A replacement angel is due to arrive today. It won’t be the same, but it’s OK.
In the midst of the Christmas rush, remember.
Love is the reason we decorate for Christmas. So, keep the love by leaving behind extras you may not have time for this year. Keep the main thing the main thing. Love.
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you taking things down a notch or up a notch this year?