I also scaled down on the big nativity from Mexico, inherited from my grandparents. After rearranging Christmas items into a different closet a few months ago, the beautiful creche built by my grandpa and painted by my grandma is now wedged between the closet door and a beam (bad planning on my part.) Freeing it involves moving my piano, which I just didn't feel like doing this time. Obviously I need to move it and store it somewhere else...eventually.
As usual, decorating took 2 days. One day for the decorations and one day for the tree. I like to pace myself. The good thing about finally putting everything into those big Rubbermaid storage containers is that all of the non-Christmas stuff can go in there too.
Here's our simple little fireplace:
Ramius likes the way everything turned out:
|"Nice decorations. I can't wait to rip them all apart."|
Eric is grateful that I suggested no outside lights this year. As much as I love Christmas lights, I could sense the dread he was having to put them up, so we're taking the year off. Last year he ran back and forth to Target 2-3 times in one day getting the right amount of the same lights, so he deserves a break.
I also decided on minimal Christmas cards. Last year at this time there was a huge bunch, stamped and mailed, containing a lovely card and a Christmas letter. This year will be e-cards and emailed letters, with the exception of immediate family.
I love Christmas, everything about it--the decorations, the lights, the music, atmosphere (aside from the shopping frenzy, which I try to avoid.) The house is definitely ready for the season, just a little less than usual. I guess that is my gift to me.