I love holiday decorations and the way they add to the festive, joyful spirit of the season. But I’ve realized that I actually enjoy having less of them more than I like having an abundance of them. Clutter is never festive, lol.
I have a container (or containers, as is the case for Christmas) for each season or holiday. I thought I had things the way that I wanted them, but just before Thanksgiving I realized that it still felt like too much. It became clear that when decorating for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, I was only putting out some of what was in the containers. I had to ask myself, why was I keeping the rest?
Knickknacks are cute but unless they are tied to a specific memory or person, and I feel like they bring me or the kids joy, I have let them go. Holiday wall art and other miscellaneous décor is no longer for me; I would much rather things remain simplified in my home year round than rearranging a bunch of things every few months.
The craft projects that the kids have made over the years are special to me but the only reason I used to try to find somewhere to display them each season was because that’s what my mom did with ours when I was growing up, not because it’s what *I* actually want to do with my kids’ projects. Instead, I would just like to choose to make one or two crafts with them (Samuel and Elizabeth) and enjoy the process and memories. Take some photos and be content. ^_^
I have realized that I really only want to have a few special areas of the home decorated for the season/holiday.
Over the years, I have sewn little quilts for the holidays. Currently, I have one for Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I would still like to make one for summer (Fourth of July), and I hope to do that between now and mid-June. I display children’s books and a few stuffed animals on the quilts during the season or month of the holiday. I think it’s sweet, encourages reading, and makes my kids happy because it’s a place just for them.
I enjoy the way a festive tablecloth looks, sometimes with the addition of a small centerpiece, and I would love to have one for each season. At the moment, I only have a tablecloth for Thanksgiving and a centerpiece for Christmas so this is actually something I want to begin looking into buying as the seasons change.
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And really that’s it. I don’t want a bunch of clutter to go with the seasons. Don’t worry about the kids – we have a Christmas tree with lights and ornaments, and those chunky orange pumpkins for trick-or-treating. But I guess what I’m saying is that I’m trying to be more deliberate and mindful when it comes to holiday décor. I like the calm way a cozy, minimalistic holiday feels. ^_^