This year, the theme at our home is low-key festive. If you read last week Sunday’s post, you’ll understand my dilemma on whether or not to even bother with this year’s festivities. But after a bit of back and forth, we decided it would do us some good to at least acknowledge the season. While it will be low-key, I wanted to share some of the little things I’ve done so far to make our surroundings look the part. Be forewarned that I’m no interior decorator, but I do believe that little touches can go a very long way.
Here, I filled up a bowl with ornaments and at the base, framed it with tartan ribbon and some small tchotchkes.
Here’s what our Christmas tree looks like from an angle. This year we decided to put up one tree instead of two.
One of the toy soldiers hanging out next to the mantle garland. (Maybe this guy is a nutcracker)?
Here’s another cross-section of the mantle garland.
Celebrating the holidays not long after losing loved ones can be harrowing and confusing. But, we wake up and commit everyday to hope, while trying to remind ourselves of the gift each new day truly is. Decorating has proven to be helpful and a well-timed distraction, along with streaming some of my favourite yuletide songs in the background. I’ve always loved Christmas, with my favourite years being the ones from my childhood. Back then, a low-key festive season would have been an anomaly, so having those memories are priceless, especially right now.
No matter which holidays are precious or meaningful to you, make them count. Go out of your way to create memories, document them, share them with those dear to you and hold those memories close to your heart. Here’s to looking forward xx.