Raising the Bar on Christmas Decor?

By: Janice Clements

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE decorating for Christmas. It is truly one of my favourite things to do each year. My inner holiday freak comes out, and all the things I love about home are at their holiday best.

Give me my family home for Christmas, a crackling fire, and a baking obsession that rears it's head this time each year, and you have the makings of some pretty cozy evenings. Suffice it to say, there's a direct correlation to the fact that my pants are undoubtedly snugger in the month of January.

That said, my recent preoccupation with all things Instagram has meant that I have considered raising the decorating bar. It's got me wondering why I would put that kind of pressure on myself. After all, the photo-ready, picture-perfect images I see of other peoples decoration-laden Christmas trees and glorious rooms with vaulted ceilings and over-sized fireplaces complete with fur throws, are likely images that were staged by a crew of people and shot in the balmy months of June or July. 

So, I have decided to go easy on myself this year. We're in a new home and, I have admittedly bought some new seasonal decor items that are more appropriate for our new space. The move gave me the opportunity to purge some Christmas decor that was looking decidedly worn, so I haven't bought anything new that wasn't replacing something old. 

But in decorating the tree, I have been happy to visit again with the older decorations that our kids made in elementary school. I will follow my mom's tradition of never throwing any of these treasures out, even if the eyeballs of the angels have disappeared and the tiny wreaths crumble a little more each time I take them out of the box. These small, precious items are links to our family's past that I look forward to seeing each Christmas. Regardless of how many years go by, they still surprise and thrill me and I have decided that ultimately, that's what Christmas is to me.

So, to hell with the images I see online that tell me my holiday decor could be more picture-perfect. For me, our home and our decorations complete with scratches and dents and falling-off-eyeballs, are already perfect.

Now it's time to enjoy the rest of what makes our Christmas season ours. Time to hunker down at home with my family and friends, eat too much, watch too many movies, and talk about all the stuff that makes our lives unique and crazy and fun and lovely.

My wish for you this year is that you have the opportunity to reflect on what makes your life, your family (in whatever form it comes) and your holiday season, perfect to you.

Merry Christmas to all and CHEERS!


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